Healthy Diet for Healthy Hair

We all wish for that long, shiny, healthy hair that we see on shampoo commercials. However, the reality is often quite different. Many factors play their role in having that perfect hair, including genetics, age, hormones, hair care, use of the right hair products and a healthy diet. So let’s discuss a factor you can control, diet. Unhealthy food does not only harm your body, it also causes your hair to fall and break. A balanced healthy diet is essential to help your hair grow strong and stay healthy. AramanYC, a renowned hair photographer from NYC describes hair as living art, and to help you keep the beauty of it we’ve decided to share the following list of the most important nutrients for healthy hair.

Iron

Hair needs iron for growth and repair because it helps blood cells carry oxygen to hair cells. Therefore, it is an essential mineral for your hair. You can find it in red meat, chicken and fish as well as in many vegetables, such as spinach, lentil and kale. Including iron in your diet is easy whether you are a vegetarian or not.

Suggested recipes:

Baked Beef and Black Bean Tacos

Kale and quinoa with cherry tomatoes and lemon tahini dressing.

Vitamin C

The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C, plus its role in iron absorption play an important part in your hair’s strength. Also, when your body makes collagen, it uses Vitamin C in the process. Collagen is known to protect the hair from breakage and brittleness. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, kiwi, guava, pepper and sweet potatoes.

Suggested recipes:

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit Fennel Salsa

Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for your body. Do not let the “fat” part scare you, they are one of the good types of fat. They are important for heart health and blood pressure. However, our bodies do not produce Omega-3 on their own, we get them from fish types such as salmon, sardines and trout. They can also be found in avocado, pumpkin seeds, soybeans and walnuts. Their importance for hair care lies in the fact that they nourish the hair by providing oils that help hair growth and scalp hydration. They are also linked to hair thickness.

Suggested recipes:

Green Tea Poached Salmon with Ginger Lime Sauce

Basil and Walnut Quiche

Protein

Hair follicles are made of protein, mostly. Therefore, having it in your diet is essential to ensure long, strong and healthy hair. Low levels of protein can result in hair loss, in addition to dryness and brittleness. Protein can be found in eggs, chicken, fish and dairy products. Vegetarian sources include tofu, chickpeas, lentil and quinoa.

Suggested recipes:

Spiced Lamb Meatball and Swiss Chard Stew

Vegan Crockpot Lasagna with Spinach and Tofu

Zinc

The scalp needs protection and taking care of, just like the hair itself. One way to take care of your scalp is to provide it with zinc. Zinc is important for scalp health and hair growth. It can restore the health back to your hair and it is found in eggs, crabs and oysters, as well as whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Suggested recipes:

Oyster Stuffing

Quadruple Sesame Hummus

Biotin

Biotin, also known as vitamin B₇, is a water-soluble B vitamin. Its job is to help the body convert food into energy, so you can imagine how important it is. For the hair, it plays a role in its nourishment and growth. It is found in egg yolk, liver and yeast, in addition to soy flour and whole grains.

Suggested recipes:

Twice Baked Potato with Egg on Top

Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

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