Many times women often ask what can they put on their hair to help it grow faster. But a lot of the time what you put in your body is equally important. Your diet plays a critical role in the health of your hair. If you have a poor diet and unhealthy eating practices, you more than likely have hair that is not as healthy as it could be. I am definitely a healthy hair advocate, and I promote healthy hair not only through great products like by L. Jones, as well as healthy hair care practices, but also through the food that we eat.
There are many foods that contain the nutrients that we look for when turning to multivitamins for faster hair growth. In fact, your body absorbs the nutrients better when you eat then from the food directly versus when you take a vitamin. Today I am going to go over the top 25 foods that you should eat that would help your hair grow faster and become healthier.
1. Eggs- Eggs are packed with biotin & protein. Biotin helps the hair to grow while protein makes the hair stronger.
|Eggs with salmon & leafy greens|
2. Swiss chard- Swiss chard contains biotin which is fantastic for hair growth.
3. Salmon- Salmon reduces flakiness and itching.
4. Carrots- Carrots contain vitamin A which helps with cell growth.
5. Chicken- Chicken contains protein which helps the hair become stronger. A deficiency in protein contributes to premature hair loss.
6. Brazil nuts- Brazil nuts contain selenium which help the body process protein which is needed for stronger hair. It also stimulates the hair which encourages growth.
7. Spinach- Spinach contains vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and iron. Vitamin C helps regulate oil production (great if you have dry scalp). All cells need vitamin A to grow, including the hair. Iron deficiency causes hair loss, and folate is a type of b vitamin that also contributes towards healthy, strong hair.
8. Beef (red meat)- Red meat contains zinc which stimulates hair growth, and iron which contributes to hair growth.
9. Walnuts- Walnuts contain vitamin E which helps the hair grow faster.
10. Lamb- Lamb contains zinc, iron, and b-12 which helps keep the hair healthy
11. Berries- Berries including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries contain vitamin C which contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect hair follicles from damage from free radicals.
12. Sweet potatoes- Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which converts to vitamin A!
13. Avocados- Avocados contain vitamin E which promotes hair growth.
14. Seeds- Seeds like sunflower, flax, and chia contain vitamin E, vitamin B, and omega-3
15. Sweet peppers- contain vitamin C (especially the yellow peppers)
16. Oysters- Oysters contain zinc, but beware, too much zinc can cause hair loss! So pace yourself when eating oysters (I personally love them).
17. Shrimp- Shrimp contains protein, vitamin B, zinc, iron, AND vitamin D! This makes it loaded with healthy hair vitamins.
|salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, black bean, corn, & cheese|
18. Beans- All beans contain protein! My personal favorite bean is the black bean, especially in a taco salad.
19. Soybeans- Soybeans promote hair growth and also prolong the anagen phase (growing phase) of the hair growth cycle.
20. Greek yogurt- I'm personally not a fan of yogurt. I really tried to like it by trying every flavor and brand imaginable but I have come to the conclusion that we just don't get along! However, greek yogurt contains protein as well as b5
21. Guava- Guava contains vitamin C, which protects against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Your body also needs vitamin C to create collagen which is also a protein.
22. Cinnamon- Cinnamon helps with circulation. Better circulation of the blood leads to faster hair growth.
23. Oatmeal- Oatmeal contains iron, fiber (promotes hair growth), zinc, and omega-3
24. Liver- Liver contains iron which helps the hair to grow. I remember my mother making me eat liver as a child because I had an iron deficiency. I hated it then and don't feel much different about it now!
25. Mushrooms- Mushrooms contain copper which helps the hair maintain its natural color, and collagen which helps with breakage and brittleness. Mushrooms also contain iron.
|chicken, squash, zucchini, rice|
I often use a combination of these foods to come up with some fantastic recipes. With the help of Pinterest, I have been making some amazing things happen! So check out the list and see what your hair is lacking, then make you a fantastic recipe with some of the foods on the list.
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