Did you know that your hair can be a mirror of your overall health? What you eat directly reflects on your locks, so pay attention. If you think that expensive conditioner or hair mask or the ridiculously pricey shampoo will save your hair from damage, think again. The cheapest and easiest way to achieve hair like those women from the commercials, that is silky to the touch and with no split ends is to eat the right foods. Many of these hair products actually contain products that, in the long run, are not good for your hair. Ditch your usual hair products and get to the kitchen for the best supplies.
Many hair products contain added vitamins that claim to strengthen your hair and prevent hair loss or hair damage. Isn’t it more logical to take these vitamins with food and let them find their way to your hair? This way, you’ll be sure to contribute to its health and you will not be disappointed the next time you stand in front of the mirror. For shiny, healthy hair, the vitamins from the B group are the best. B6. B12 and Folate help the cells grow and renew; especially hair and nails.
Foods that contain a lot of vitamin B6 are chicken, potatoes, salmon (wild), bananas, pistachios, tomatoes, oats, barley, brown rice, squash, peppers, peanuts, eggs, broccoli, carrots, tofu cheese, watermelon, apricots, avocado, whole grain bread, strawberries etc. For vitamin B12, eat wild salmon, oysters, crab and clams, trout, soy milk, canned tuna, cottage cheese, lean beef, milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt etc. and for Folate, soybeans, black-eyed peas, orange juice, papaya, berries, mustard greens, wheat germ, cauliflower, corn, whole grain pasta and bread, Chinese cabbage etc.
Many shampoo commercials often mention the word Biotin, which is a vitamin B essential great for our hair. The human body produces it itself and many foods also contain it, so don’t be fooled by taking supplements. Foods that contain biotin are cheese, avocado, raspberries, wild salmon, eggs, almonds, peanuts etc.
Your skin’s health may also be affected by low iron reserves in your body. This causes your hair to fall. The best solution for this is eating iron-rich proteins as found in meat. This will help your cells grow, renew and strengthen the hair. For best results, take vitamin C with every meal rich in iron for better absorption. Foods rich in iron and proteins are lean beef and lamb, egg yolks, clams, skinless chicken, shrimp etc. Vegetarian sources include soybeans, lentils, beans, tofu etc. and vegetables low in protein but rich in iron are seaweed, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, kale etc.
Vitamin C helps the iron absorb more efficiently, but it also helps hair follicles grow. It has been proven that even the slightest Vitamin C deficiency can cause dull, brittle and lifeless hair. Foods rich in vitamin C are lemons and citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, kidney beans, kale, kiwi, mango, raspberries, watermelon, lychees, cauliflower etc.
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