Health is just as important in the outside as it is in the outside. Besides using high quality hair care products, there are several nutrients you can include in your diet that can help you reach optimal hair health. Here's a few:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Eat fatty fish like salmon twice a week for hydrated and silky hair. Additionally, Omega-3 is heart healthy and relieves depression.
Hair is made up of protein, and a diet scarce in protein will leave hair dry and brittle. For healthy and strong hair, consume meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs. Vegan options are legumes (yes, quinoa!) and nuts.
Biotin is an essential B vitamin necessary for hair growth. It’s found in eggs, but if you’re not an egg person, you can always take a biotin supplement daily.
Iron is a crucial mineral in the blood needed to feed the hair follicles and roots. The highest bioavailiabity of iron is in animal products, such as red meat, chicken and fish. Lentils, spinach, kale and other leafy greens can also be good sources of iron.
Besides aiding in the absorption of iron, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps in the production of collagen, which strengthens the capillaries to the hair shafts. Best sources of Vitamin C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papayas, strawberries and sweet potatoes/
Vitamin A, an antioxidant also known as retinol, helps produce healthy sebum, an oily substance released by the scalp. Sebum works as a natural conditioner and prevents hair from drying out and breaking off. Vitamin A is in animal products, orange and yellow colored vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.