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Food for healthy hair is a hot topic, and you know what they say—you are what you eat! While that may not literally be true, your diet could be a factor contributing to your overall beauty look. Seriously, what you eat may influence how your skin and hair appear! Wondering what beauty foods you should be adding into your diet to be your most beautiful, healthy-looking self? Here, we’re sharing foods you can try incorporating into a healthy lifestyle!
In general, eating a healthy diet can benefit you in more ways than one—including boosting your hair’s appearance. Your mane, like the rest of your body, requires care to appear its best. In the case of your hair, that means shiny and healthy looking. Typically, these are attributes of people who look after themselves and take good care of their body, according to a study from the National Center for Biotechnological Information (NCBI). You can start to add some of the following foods into your diet with the help of smoothies and prepped meals among other things! The most important part of incorporating healthy foods into your diet is to make sure you’re maintaining a balanced, well-rounded diet and lifestyle. So, ready to see what foods you should be making into your daily meal plan? Keep reading to find out!
Getting the right amount of protein is an essential part of supporting healthy hair, which is why eggs are the first food on this list. Eggs provide a source of amino acids that make up the proteins responsible for healthy hair. According to the NCBI, it is recommended to consume two to three eggs per week as part of a healthy diet. The study goes on to explain that protein deficiency can result in hair fragility and brittleness, hair loss, lack of hair elasticity, and lack of volume.
Speaking of protein, our second food to boost the look of healthy hair can also up your protein intake: nuts. Not only are nuts—specifically pistachios and peanuts—a good source of amino acids according to the NCBI, they can also add magnesium and iron into your diet. This is important, as having an iron or magnesium deficiency can result in hair loss, according to the same study. So, consider grabbing a handful of nuts the next time you’re craving a mid-afternoon snack!
We bet it’s no surprise to you that vegetables are on our list of foods to help you achieve healthy-looking hair; after all, your mom has likely been scolding you to “eat your veggies” since you were a child. And hopefully you listened, as vegetables have quite a few benefits when it comes to hair. Vitamin C is one of those benefits. The NCBI states that vitamin C has an influence on creating the hair shaft, which is why it should be included in your diet. According to the study, veggies that are a good source of vitamin C include green parsley leaves, kale, horseradish, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach.
Folate is another nutrient found in certain vegetables that can benefit your hair’s appearance. The study states that folate is responsible for stimulating the blood flow to the hair growth source. You can get folate into your diet by consuming kale, green peas, asparagus, and beets. Other nutrients you can ensure are part of your diet for healthy hair through eating certain veggies include biotin, vitamin B5, and vitamin A.
Editor's note: Speaking of biotin, vitamins for healthy hair can also be an option. With that said, before making the decision to take a supplement, talk to your healthcare provider. They can help you make sure you're consuming the right nutrients in the right quanities.
Veggies aren’t the only way to get more vitamin C into your diet! Fruits can also be a great source of this nutrient. According to the NCBI, strawberries, kiwi, and citrus fruits all contain vitamin C. Aside from vitamin C, fruits are also a source of vitamin A and flavonoids, which can help bring about healthy-looking hair. Specific fruits that can serve as a source of flavonoids in your diet include apples, berries, grapes, and citrus fruits. The study also states that bitter chocolate has the highest number of flavonoid compounds, so consider having a treat (as long as it’s greater than 70% cocoa) here and there, too.
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