Having Healthy Hair Starts with Eating Right!

by Gabriella Patel on August 25, 2015

You can buy the best shampoo and conditioner to get your hair looking great, but for healthy hair, it starts from the inside! Genetics plays a role in hair loss, but there are also many factors, including insufficient scalp circulation, an underactive thyroid, hormonal imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies. However, you are in luck! There are also many foods that offer vitamins and minerals that support healthy hair growth and strength.

Vitamin EVitamin E Prevents Breakage

Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent breakage. It aids the body’s ability to manufacture keratin within hair strands to reduce breakage. Some foods high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, dried apricots, cooked spinach and olives.

Boost Your Biotin Intake

Biotin is a water soluble form of vitamin B, and encourages scalp health and growth. You can find great sources of biotin in brown rice, oats, and nuts!

Boost Keratin Production with MSM

Keratin (a protein in the hair) is produced with the help of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), while doing double-duty to strengthen hair follicles. You can find a small amount of MSM in leafy vegetables. Opt for the raw vegetables, as they contain a higher amount than cooked vegetables because heat causes some of the MSM to dissolve or evaporate. However, you still receive some when you eat cooked asparagus or beets.

Consume Iron-rich Foods

Berries, dried fruits, cashews, green leafy vegetables, figs, and berries are a wonderful source of iron. Iron is essential for healthy, strong hair. However, it is also necessary to help your body absorb iron, and you’ll need enough vitamin C.

Support Collagen with Vitamin C

Collagen surrounds the hair strands but as we age collagen breaks down, causing hair to be more vulnerable to breaking. Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers.

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are specific fats that are critical to the proper function of your body. Your body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, so it is necessary that you eat foods containing them. Essential fatty acids come from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish, avocado, and are great foods to eat for healthy hair.

Mineral-boost Your Hair

The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growth. Food sources of silica include cucumber, mango, green leafs, beans, celery, and asparagus. Among some of the foods high in zinc are pumpkin seeds, fresh oysters, brazil nuts, eggs, and pecans.

An Underactive Thyroid Gland

Hypothyroidism can cause thinning hair. Adding sea vegetables like kelp, wakame, dulse, nori, and kombu are rich in iodine and may be helpful to balance this condition. Avoid drinking tap water since it typically contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit iodine absorption.

Increase Circulation with Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has been traditionally used to increase circulation to the scalp. Add a few drops to your shampoo or, better yet, add a few drops of rosemary or coconut oil and massage your scalp daily. You will love the feeling it gives your scalp as circulation is increased!

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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