Eat your way to shiny and healthy hair

By Hannah Robbins.

During January we are all thinking of how to shift the Christmas bulge and trying to get fitter. But whilst we are worrying about our figures we could also be thinking of getting our hair fitter and healthier as well. It does seem quite obvious when you think about it, what you put in your body shows on the outside. There are many supplements and vitamins out there boasting they can make your hair thicker/shinier/longer. But why go out and spend a fortune on these and not really know what’s in them. Just tweak your diet and your hair will reward you.

Remember, although fad diets and quick crash diets may Shed the pounds it may also shed the hair. They can make your hair shed, dull and brittle if you’re not getting the right nutrients.


So read on one and all as these are my top 10 super foods, just add these into your diet more and you will see the benefits.

1. Salmon

Salmon is possibly the most super of all these foods. It is jam packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, Iron and is an awesome sauce of high quality protein. “Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says dietician Andrea Giancoli.

Many studies show that if you don’t eat enough Omega 3 fatty acids it can result in a dry flaky scalp.

A healthy scalp grows healthy hair.


2. Dark Green Vegetables

The likes of spinach and broccoli are great for your hair as they contain vital vitamins that help our bodies produce sebum. This is the oil that is secreted by the hair follicles and acts as a natural hair conditioner. Not only do dark green vegetables contain vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron.

3. Beans

Beans Means Hair Growth!!!

Nutritionists recommend 2-3 cups of beans (such as kidney beans) or lentils once a week. Why? We ask, Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but also ample iron, zinc and biotin. It has been suggested that a biotin deficiancy can result in brittle hair.

4. Nuts

Warning!! A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that help condition your hair. They are also an awesome source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans and almonds. Brazil nuts are one nature’s best sources of selenium. This helps maintain a healthy scalp.

5. Poultry

Keep the Grey away!!

The high quality protein that you get from chicken and turkeys will help towards the gorgeous locks we all crave. “Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” dietitian Andrea Giancoli tells us.

6. Eggs

However they come eggs are an amazing sauce of protein. They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12.

7. Whole Grains

Breakfast can keep those bad hair days at bay!

Whole grain bread and cereals contain zinc,iron and B vitamins. All as we now know contribute towards beautiful hair.

8. Oysters

An aphrodisiac and beautiful hair, who can ask for more?!?

Oysters are pumped full of zinc, which is a powerful anti-oxidant.

9. Carrots

See your beautiful hair in the dark!

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision. Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

10. Low Fat Dairy Products

Strong bones and Strong Hair!!

Low-fat dairy products like skimmed milk and yoghurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.


Hannah Robbins

Hannah Robbins

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