Healthy Hair Care: 6 Foods You HAVE To Start Eating for Healthier Hair
When you eat right, it shows.
Diet not only affects your energy levels, the appearance of your skin, and how well your jeans fit. But what you eat also affects those luscious locks on top of your noggin! How exactly does your hair benefit from your nutritious diet? Healthy hair usually grows half an inch every month. If you want to keep this growth on pace (or speed up the process), it’s all about vitamins and proteins, baby!
What foods should you eat more of if you are looking to amp up the strength and shine of your locks? Get these 6 vegan foods into your shopping cart and into your belly!
Did you know avocados are actually a fruit? You may have thought they were a veggie. Not only do these delicious, green beauties pack a nutritional punch. But this fruit is INCREDIBLE for hair health. Avocados are high in Vitamin B and Vitamin E, which helps your hair on a cellular level to be all it can be. Vitamin E aids healing and recovery of your scalp, which always needs TLC too!
Peppers, as we know, are a generous source of Vitamin C, which is also necessary for overall hair health. Vitamin C helps to create collagen, which helps hold our bodies together. You may know that collagen as an important factor for glowing skin, but what exactly is collagen? Collagen is the most important protein in our bodies, so it is crucial when it comes to growing hair. Our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, and tendons are all made of collagen. As we age, we start to produce less and less collagen. Don’t feel bad—it’s natural! Adding in bell peppers can help keep collagen production in full swing. When you have a deficiency in Vitamin C, your hair can feel dry. You may also start seeing more and more split ends crop up. Gasp!
Lentils may already be a staple in your diet, especially if you follow a vegan lifestyle. Lentils are easy to cook and are a great source of iron and protein. Protein is necessary for hair growth—since hair is made of a protein called keratin. Without enough keratin, your hair growth slows down and the strands will be prone to breakage. Iron is important, too. When you eat iron-rich foods, do your best to eat foods high in Vitamin C. Why is that? Vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron it needs. So when you’re downing a big spinach salad for lunch, eat a few slices of an orange. Your body will thank you.
This leafy green has both folate and iron to help combat anemia (low iron). Anemia can leave you feeling haggard, run down, and sluggish, but can also affect the state of your hair. If you’re anemic or running low on iron, your hair can take a toll. Hair loss is often associated with anemia. Spinach salads, sautéed spinach, and adding spinach to smoothies are all easy options to get your fill.
Remember we talked about hair and the importance of protein? Chia seeds contain 20 percent more protein than soybeans, which are a source of protein in a vegan diet. Can you believe that? Plus, the Omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds help prevent hair loss. There are other benefits of sprinkling chia seeds on cereal, soups and puddings. Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, fiber, and manganese! You never want your body to be low on these nutrients.
Sweet potatoes are packed full of all kinds of goodness. Beta-carotene adds that orange color to those delicious taters. In your body, beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A. Your body uses Vitamin A for growing cells, including hair cells. When you don’t eat what your body needs, your hair takes a toll. The result is lackluster locks. Hair can feel dry and dull and look rather lifeless. Bad hair days will creep up on your more and more.
So what else is a rich source of beta-carotene? The good news is that if you do follow a vegan diet, you may have these veggies in your home already. Eat more carrots, kale, butternut squash, cantaloupe, dark lettuces, asparagus and pumpkins. When you include this wide variety of veggies, chances are you won’t be needing to take a Vitamin A supplement.
If you’re looking for ways to boost the health of your hair, eat lots of these fruits and veggies and seeds. Keep us posted on the results. We’d love to hear from you! For best natural hair care use vegan shampoo and conditioners.