Lifeless locks? It could be your diet! To nourish your hair, stock up on these foods next time you are at the grocery store.
1. Sweet potatoes contain beta Carotene, an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A inside of your body. Vitamin A helps to produce the oils that maintain your scalp and is also essential for the growth of hair cells. Being low in vitamin A can make you susceptible to a dry and itchy scalp.
2. Spinach contains folate and vitamin C, which keep scalp oil circulating and hair follicles healthy.
3. Bell peppers contain Vitamin C which helps the body form collagen. Collagen gives hair structure and keeps it healthy for optimal growth. Vitamin C also helps with circulation to the scalp. If your hair breaks easily, you may need to consume more vitamin C. Also consider eating more strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi to boost your vitamin C intake.
4. Salmon contains a lot of nutrients essential to healthy hair. Vitamin D, protein, and omega three fatty acids! Protein and vitamin D keep hair strong. Omega three fatty acids make somewhere around 3% of the hair shaft, and provide oil for your scalp.
5. Walnuts contain omega three fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E. These nutrients protect cells from damage. Being deficient in biotin can lead to hair loss. If you don’t like walnuts, consider using walnut oil, safflower oil or canola oil in salad dressings or when cooking.
5. Chicken is rich in protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins. All of these nutrients are essential for hair health and growth. If you don’t like chicken, consider eating more lean cuts of beef.
6. Oysters contain high levels of zinc. Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and dandruff. Eating just three ounces of oysters will give you 493% of your days needs for zinc! If you don’t like oysters, you can also get zinc from fortified cereals and whole grain bread, nuts, beef, and eggs.