If you’ve ever been to your local farmer’s market, you’ll notice there’s an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables that are just waiting to be tasted. The homey look of a blood orange sliced in segments for the tasting, the big bins of freshly picked raw peanuts, and the local fauna including men sitting with dogs at the open café nearby light up the senses. Today we’ll take a look at which of these foods for healthy hair are the best to strengthen, condition, and protect your hair.
When you have the option for great tasting, fresh ingredients, your palate will love you. But your hair will love you even more. Healthy hair may seem like a luck of the draw, but there’s a lot of science that goes into that hair perfection. First, washing hair with a good set of shampoo and conditioners can make a significant difference in your day to day look.
However, to have thick, shiny hair is often a good sign of a balanced diet. Whether it’s the colors of the rainbow in a fresh salad or that homemade turkey dinner, you’re probably already eating a lot of the right foods. With the help of the right foods, you’re well on your way to culinary delight through the help of dozens and nutrients that make you look and feel your best. Here are some of the many amazing foods that promote healthier living and healthier hair:
The Dark Leafy Green
Kale, spinach and other dark leafy vegetables are known for both iron and calcium, but they’re also known as hair helpers. The Folic acid in them helps create and make new cells while Vitamin A promotes cell growth and fights aging. This mean these veggies prevent further graying and promotes thicker and shinier hair. Plus, the folic acid adds moisture to your hair while Vitamin A allows your body to produce sebum, our body’s natural conditioner.
Know your legumes. Peanuts, green peas, soybeans and other beans are a high source of protein, great if you’re a vegetarian. But it also knocks off a few nutrients on our checklist. Biotin, found in everything from oats and brown rice to green peas and lentils, produces keratin. Niacin, a nutrient found in meat, mushrooms, and legumes like green peas and peanuts nourishes the scalp and promotes hair growth. Alongside folic acid (also found in legumes), Biotin increases strength and hair and as Niacin and folic acid double team for a nourishing and moisturizing one-two punch.
The Cup of Orange
Vitamin C is good for the entire body. When we think of Vitamin C, it’s usually associated with oranges and orange juice, and to a lesser extent apples, berries, peppers, tomatoes, some leafy greens, and avocado. But this nutrient is more than just commonplace knowledge. There’s another orange food that contains vitamin C, and that’s the sweet potato.
In fact, the sweet potato is more than just a sweet dish at grandma’s Thanksgiving table. It contains vitamin A which without would create dry, brittle hair and an itchy scalp. More than that, vitamin C is an amazing little nutrient that builds collagen and is necessary in absorbing iron. This means that the shafts of hair are strengthened and the hair itself is stronger, healthier, and lengthens with the support of Vitamin C.
Try It All
Whether you get your food from the supermarket, a farmer’s market, a farm or a local stand, you’ll find food that tastes good and is good for you. If you want to take more care of your hair or just feel better, a balanced diet is the way to do it. You can choose a variety of healthy items while mixing and matching meals and still get the necessary nutrients for great hair.
The good news is a shower and a healthy meal will make anyone feel better. The great news is a balanced meal helps keep your hair shiny, thick and strong. Eat your veggies, and your fruit, and all that healthy food. And make your shower experience as natural as possible with Dr. Squatch Soaps. Your hair and your body will thank you.
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