Easy, breezy, beautiful….sweet potatoes? Many don’t realize it, but the secret to healthy, voluminous hair could lie in what you eat. While many spend hundreds of dollars on fancy hair products that make bold promises, eating the right things could have just as much of an effect on your hair as expensive shampoos and conditioners.
Once you identify the foods that lead to healthy hair, you can start incorporating them into your daily eating habits. Below are several foods that could do wonders for the health of your hair.
Sweet Potatoes – All of those sweet potatoes you ate over the holidays may have had a greater effect than just being delicious. Sweet potatoes are loaded with the antioxidant beta carotene, which is then turned into vitamin A. Vitamin A produces oils that sustain in your scalp – without sufficient vitamin A you could find yourself with dandruff.
Salmon – Salmon, best known for being the fish that swim upstream, has something else to add to its resume – being great for hair. For starters, salmon is rich in protein and vitamin D, which are a huge plus toward keeping hair healthy. On top of the protein and vitamin D, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon. Your body can’t naturally make those fatty acids, which makes up a small portion of your hair. The skin of your scalp also contains cell membranes with omega-3s, so salmon will help prevent skin from becoming raw and dry and instead will keep skin and scalp hydrated.
Eggs – A breakfast staple, eggs are high in protein as well as the minerals zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is big for healthy hair since it helps carry oxygen to hair follicles. Those with an iron deficiency, such as anemia, could experience hair loss. Biotin is another vitamin found in eggs that is great for hair growth and scalp health.
Lentils- For many vegetarians, lentils are a premier replacement source of the iron-rich protein carnivores would get from meat. Not just for vegetarians of course, lentils could lead to some luscious hair. Protein is responsible for the growth of cells in the body. That includes hair cells. Hair gets is structure from keratin, which is a form of protein. So loading up on protein in lentils means that hair will not only grow in quicker, it will grow stronger too.
Oysters – The benefit that oysters have on your hair comes down to one main thing – zinc. Just a few oysters can help you reach your recommended daily zinc intake, and then some. A lack of zinc leads to a dry, flaky scalp and potential hair loss.
The road to healthy hair starts in the supermarket. Expensive shampoos and products can help your hair, sure. But a good diet filled with hair-healthy foods is the most natural way to beautiful, healthy hair.
So the next time someone asks you the secret to your amazing hair, you can tell them it’s the sweet potatoes from the night before.