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5 Foods for Healthier Hair

5 Foods for Healthier Hair

Healthy hair doesnít stop with the kind of shampoo you use or how often you wash your hair. It also includes your diet. Here are five foods that will help keep your hair healthy:

1. Blueberries: Blueberries are one of natureís healthiest fruits. Dark berries in general (such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries) are known to have lots of antioxidants, which are important for combating the free radicals in our body. In addition, blueberries have a lower glycemic index than a lot of other fruit, making them an ideal choice for people with diabetes or for those focusing on weight loss. Blueberries also have a ton of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy hair, since it feeds the tiny hair follicles in your scalp. Without adequate vitamin C, your hair can break more easily. So eat your blueberries!

2. Salmon: Wild-caught salmon (as opposed to farm-raised) is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which include EPA and DHA, oils that our body doesnít create on its own and are essential to healthy hair, and a healthy body. Salmon is also an excellent source of protein, another essential nutrient for healthy hair. If you donít like salmon, try eating walnuts or flaxseed, which are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Oysters: Another from the sea, oysters are rich in zinc, an essential nutrient to your hairís health. Too little zinc can lead to hair breakage or a flaky scalp. If youíre not a fan of oysters, you can boost your zinc intake with beef and eggs, which also are great sources of protein.

4. Leafy greens: Like you need another reason to eat your spinach! You know that leafy greens are important for a whole host of reasons, but now you can add a few more. They have iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C Ė all nutrients that help keep your hair full of luster and shine. You can eat spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or even broccoli to reap these valuable benefits.

5. Avocados: Many shampoos and hair treatments contain avocado as one of their main ingredients. Thatís because using avocado can repair damaged hair, prevent hair loss, and even promote hair growth! But eating this fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit!) can be good for your hair, too. Avocados are rich in numerous nutrients, particularly vitamins B and E, which are important for keeping hair strong and preventing hair loss. Known as a superfood, avocados are also rich in omega-3s, antioxidants, vitamin C, K, and folate.

Another way to boost your hairís natural luster? Being pregnant! Thatís because, during pregnancy, the growth/rest cycle of your hair is slowed down, and less hair is falling out than normal. Unfortunately, after you have that baby, your gorgeous, shiny hair will start to fall out (oh, the joys of motherhood). All the more important to boost your hairís luster with the foods mentioned above. Not only will you have healthy hair, youíll have a healthier body too.

article by Chanie Kirschner

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1:20PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

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3:46AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Even though some of the things are not suitable for me because I'm vegetarian thanks for information :)

6:37AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Thank you.

3:25AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

I don't like Avocados or Oysters, but I love the others!!

6:27AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thank you :)

4:14AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Choose and eat smart; it's simple enough

2:04PM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

Thanks.

11:46PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing a useful article.

8:55PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

thank you!

10:23PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Diet and beauty are co related more healthy food you intake which gives natural source of vitamins and proteins make your hair smooth and healthy.
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