Long, beautiful, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen... I adore hair! ~James Rado and Gerome Ragni, Hair. Like Rado, practically everybody in the world admires good and healthy hair. Well nourished hair is probably one of the most attractive features of a person’s being. But, not all of us are blessed with such feathery tresses and for such people, acquiring beautiful looking hair requires some attention. You need to eat, sleep and exercise right. Yes, you heard it – exercise also! All these factors are extremely essential in determining how your hair looks. It is not important what hairstyle you have or how you accessorize your hair, if it looks limp and dull, the effect will definitely be lost. Whatever the length of the hair, it needs to be oiled, shampooed and conditioned for a fabulous effect. As mentioned earlier, eating right defines your hair and comprises a major part of the hair-care regimen. This article provides some tips and advice on the diet you need to follow regularly for a happy and healthy crowning glory. So, step out of the dressing room, and step into the kitchen!
Diet For Healthy Hair
Dark Green Vegetables
We know you feared this one! But it is a fact that spinach, broccoli and other greens, that you don’t like, have plenty of vitamins and other nutrients in them. These nutrients are required by your body to produce sebum (the oily substance that acts as a natural hair conditioner). They supply iron and calcium to your body which reduce breakage of hair. So, it is time to include those green leaves into your diet at any cost!
Seafood is also essential for hair growth and maintenance and fish is the best way you can get the sulphur and fatty acids required for healthy hair and skin. Shrimp, mussels and oysters have an enormous amount of zinc which is required for various body functions such as hair growth, cell building and growth etc and it also strengthens hair follicles and assists in absorption of other vitamins. However, if you are allergic to seafood, you can always opt for certain dietary supplements like cod-liver oil etc to ensure that you hair do not suffer from any deficiency.
Vegetarians should definitely try the low fat cottage cheese during lunch or breakfast for a glossy and shiny effect on the hair. What you eat, shows externally. Tastier options include adding it as a topping on berries or other fruits or salads. It is an excellent source of calcium as it is a dairy product. Increase your intake of this magic food and strong hair would follow.
Chicken and turkey are some of the vital providers of high quality protein. Weak and brittle hair is revitalised on eating these meats. Protein deficiency can result in loss of colour in the hair which leaves it looking dull and distressed. Chicken also happens to be high in iron content which ensures healthy blood circulation leading to healthier, stronger and lustrous hair.
Thick hair is procured by eating nuts and dry fruits. The best ones are Brazil nuts which supply important mineral called selenium to your hair. Walnuts contain alpha linolenic acid that conditions your hair while cashews, pecans and almonds are a terrific source of zinc. Be careful as zinc deficiency leads to hair shedding. Follow the nutty way and go nuts over the good looking hair you obtain!
Silica is present in most bean sprouts that are a must to prevent hair loss. Silica helps your body in absorbing the vitamins and minerals that you consume with your diet. So, if you’re not consuming some form of silica, you’re not doing your job for strong hair. Other than bean sprouts, silica is also present in peppers and cucumbers. Hair follicles and roots need nutrition to give you a good output. If you haven’t shopped for it yet, pick them up right away!
These are some of the food items you need to include in your diet to achieve your dream of having gorgeous and healthy tresses!