Ask Away...: Give Your Hair Health a Boost With Vitamin-packed Food

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Give Your Hair Health a Boost With Vitamin-packed Food



 
Having a full head of healthy, lustrous locks can be a real confidence booster. If you’ve seen signs that your hair is thinning or generally lacking in radiance, now could be the time to take action. The good news is, simple changes to your eating habits could help you to enhance the health of your tresses.

If you eat out a lot, it pays off to be organized  and to prepare some of your meals in advance at home. For example, taking a nutritious packed lunch to work every day can help to ensure you stay away from unhealthy canteen fodder. When you’re preparing meals, try to include some of the following ingredients.

Eat your greens
Many essential vitamins for hair growth can be found in vegetables, so like mommy always said, it’s important to eat your greens! Dark green veg like spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are especially rich in vitamins A and C. Your body needs these substances in order to produce sebum. This oily substance is secreted by your hair follicles and it serves as a natural conditioner.

It’s also a good idea to tuck into some carrots. These vibrant root vegetables contain lots of vitamin A.
 

Plenty of protein
Lots of protein is a must too. Without this, you’re more likely to experience weak and brittle hair. You’re even at a greater risk of a loss of hair color. Chicken and turkey are both great sources of protein and they are low fat, which is a bonus if you’re calorie counting.

Eggs are also rich in protein and they contain biotin, which is an important nutrient when it comes to hair growth. Eggs have plenty of B-12 too, which can promote the health of tresses.

Oily fish and seafood are also beneficial. For example, salmon is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. These substances are known to help promote scalp health. Salmon is rich in vitamin B-12 and iron too. They may not be cheap, but oysters are great for hair as well. These shellfish are rich in zinc, which is a powerful antioxidant.

 
Go nutty
Nuts can play an important role in hair health. These items are among the best sources of a mineral called selenium. This can help to promote the condition of the scalp. Brazil nuts are particularly rich in selenium.


The pros of pulses
Pulses such as beans and lentils are protein-rich and so they can make a great addition to your diet. They are especially useful if you eat little or no meat.

 
Get busy in the kitchen
Of course, it’s one thing knowing which ingredients you should include in your meals and another thing actually preparing and cooking them. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy recipes online if you need some inspiration and guidance.

It’s also possible to boost your vitamin intake by taking special supplements. These products are widely available online. However, bear in mind that supplements should always been seen as an addition to a healthy diet rather than as a substitute.

 





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