It’s undeniable that luscious, healthy hair is a result of a good diet and positive lifestyle. With just the right kind of diet you can resolve a host of hair problems right from split ends to stunted hair growth! Check out this list of ingredients which when included in your diet will give you hair that rivals even the most gorgeous Disney princess.
Nuts and seeds - Hello healthy hair
Nuts and seeds have nutrients like biotin and omega 3 along with a ton of vitamins and minerals found in the most perfect blend. Including these regularly in your diet can give your hair nourishment like no other food can. Almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are what you should be munching on to realize all your gorgeous hair dreams.
The green gang
Your body absorbs nutrients from natural green coloured food like a sponge. Veggies like spinach, broccoli, fenugreek and kale etc. hold reserves of iron, zinc, phosphorous, folate and plenty of natural collagen which not just nourishes your hair but also helps strengthens it. Going green is always a good idea.
‘See’ food, eat it!
Oily fish like salmon and mackerel as well as other seafood like oysters and shellfish, boast of good doses of healthy omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, iron, selenium protein and vitamin D that hydrate the scalp and strengthen hair follicles - which in turn prevent hair loss. Besides these they contain the very rare Vitamin B12 which is actually your hair’s BFF!
Doodh se dosti – no breakage
Dairy products like yogurt, milk and cheese are not just good, but brilliant sources of protein – an extreme essential when it comes to good hair. It helps strengthen hair follicles, prevent hair loss, split ends and damage due to breakage. It’s not rocket science to understand that hair free of breakage and split ends automatically gets that silky, lush feel.
‘Sunday hoya Monday roz khao ande’ really holds true if you want shiny strong locks. They contain large reserves of biotin which provide both luster and strength to your hair. Besides including them in your diet, you could also apply a hair pack made with eggs and yogurt on your hair and bask in the glory of strong shiny locks.
Spice diaries - the long and short of it
There are a ton of spices from your pantry that improve blood circulation in the body including hair follicles. Did you know a light sprinkling of cinnamon over a smoothie or coffee helps your hair roots get a ton of nourishment which leads to healthier hair that doesn’t grow at a snail’s pace? Even ginger and turmeric work in the same way to improve your hair health.
Fruits and veggies like carrots, beetroot, pumpkins, mangoes and sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which gets converted into Vitamin A once inside your system. Not just this, but these warm coloured veggies also have large reserves of keratin and collagen which contribute greatly towards nourished healthy hair.
Whole foods – repair damage
Your hair absolutely loves whole foods like oats, quinoa and brown rice etc. Because of their large reserves of silica and zinc that prevent hair loss and repair damaged hair follicles. Also a great idea to include them in your diet if you want to grow your tresses long quickly!
Herby reloaded – dandruff free
If you have an herb garden in your house then bad hair days are just an excuse. Curry leaves for example when heated with some coconut oil and applied to the scalp speeds up the process of hair growth and rosemary too can be used as a remedy for dandruff and hairloss.
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