At the beginning of my health journey, when I began to take an interest in nutrition, one of the things that stood out to me was the strong connection between food and the effect it has on our hair, skin and nails.
Healthy foods are abundant in essential vitamins and beautifying minerals, which promote healthy hair, glowing skin and strong nails.
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So when it comes to growing long, healthy hair it’s crucial to pay attention not only the products you’re putting on your hair but also the foods you’re eating because following a healthy diet is a major key for achieving your hair goals.
Below are the top 5 foods that promote hair growth:
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps skin glands make sebum, an oily substance that keeps the scalp moisturised and healthy which promotes hair growth.
It’s easy to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet, as they’re available in most supermarkets and greengrocers all year round and they’re relatively cheap. Not to mention they’re delicious, hearty and so versatile.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in iron, which is an essential mineral for hair growth because it helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles.
Leafy greens also contain calcium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E as well as traces of omega 3 fats, which all promote hair growth and maintains healthy hair.
The easiest way to make sure you’re eating leafy greens on a regular basis is by blending them with fruit and making a green a smoothie. Click here to check out the top 10 benefits of green smoothies.
Flaxseeds are one of the best sources of omega 3 fats, which are essential nutrients that promote heart and brain health as well as hair growth and thickness. Flaxseeds nourish the hair and help prevent hair breakage by increasing the hair’s elasticity.
A great way to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet is by adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds (they digest better grounded) to your porridge, smoothie bowls or green smoothies.
Berries are rich in many vitamins, including vitamin C. Vitamin C helps aid the absorption of iron and helps with the production of collagen, which strengthens the hair shaft and follicles.
You can incorporate berries into your diet by eating them as a snack or adding them to your green smoothies, smoothie bowls or adding them on top of your porridge.
Beans are a great source of protein and protein is vital for hair growth and thickness. Beans are also high in iron, zinc and biotin, which helps maintain healthy hair.
A great way to incorporate beans into your diet is by adding them to nourish bowls, stews and curries.
Walnuts are a top hair food and packed full of vitamins and beautifying minerals. They’re high in protein, zinc, vitamin E as well as essential fatty acids that promote healthier, shinier and stronger hair.
To include walnuts in your diet, eat a handful of them as a snack or add them on top of your porridge, smoothie bowls or salads for crunchiness and texture.
Whole grains are rich in B vitamins including biotin (vitamin B7), which helps with hair breakage and promotes hair growth.
Whole grains also contain zinc, iron and selenium, which are all vital minerals for healthy hair.
To incorporate whole grains into your diet, swap refined grains for whole grains such as oats, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta. Click here to check out other healthy food swaps that will improve your overall health and beauty.
So there’ re the top 5 foods that promote hair growth. Now the easiest way to ensure you’re eating all these foods (as well as an abundance of other other nutrients rich foods) is by focusing on eating a predominately whole food, plant-based diet which is made up of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
A plant-based diet that centres on whole foods promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, lowers your chances of developing chronic diseases, maintains a healthy body and will have you looking and feeling your best.
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