Eating for Healthy Hair
by Daisy Rosania, Senior Director Aurelio Salon Howell NJ
Have you ever asked “How can i get healthier hair?” Have you always wanted beautiful, healthy hair, but couldn’t quite manage it? You’re not alone. In fact there could be an easy reason for it. Good hair products and outstanding haircuts can only go so far without the correct nutrition. Your hair is treated as a low priority by the body, as it performs no real function when it comes to keeping us alive, so your hair only gets the leftover nutrients in your system once your organs are done with them.
This is important to know, because it means that if you want strong, healthy, and beautiful hair year round, you need to be eating healthy all of the time. So let’s take a look at some of the essential foods you can eat to improve the look and feel of your hair.
Salmon If there’s one thing we all know about salmon, it’s that its full of Omega 3 fatty acids, but did you know that those fatty acids are essential to bringing a healthy shine and fullness to your hair? In fact, your hair needs Omega 3 just to grow. In light of this, it’s important that you get as much Omega 3 as possible, either through fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, or through supplementation. Remember, your vital organs will take all the Omega 3 it needs before your hair gets the benefits, so ensure a couple of portions of fish a week for the best results.
Please note that the Salmon MUST be wild caught and farm raised. Farmed raised Salmon have seven times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon, are fed chemicals to give them color, are administered antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock, and have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet.
Spinach & Kale Leafy greens come rich in many nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, folate, beta-carotene, and iron. These nutrients work in unison to keep your hair hydrated, so that it doesn’t grow dry and brittle. If you always suffer from split ends, a lack of leafy greens may be to blame!
To counter this, add some leafy greens to one or more of your meals everyday, and watch as your hair and scalp become healthier, less dry and overall better to look at.
Vitamin C Vitamin C, found in citric fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes, are vital to protecting your hair from unwanted breakage. Try drinking a litre of water with the juice from 1 lemon in the morning, and feel yourself more energised than you could ever be through tea or coffee. And then, as your vitamin C levels increase on a daily basis, enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, protected head of hair.
Protein Vital to nearly every system in your body, protein is essential for a thick, flowing mane. It’s hard to not know that protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, restricting fat gain, and increasing satisfaction during meals, but it’s hair benefits are often overlooked. For a healthy dose of protein, eat lean meats like chicken and turkey breasts. Peas, lentils, nuts and fish are also full of protein, and come alongside some of the other nutrients in this list.
It’s an overall healthy diet, with a variety of fruits, vegetables and meats, that can really help to turn around not only your hair, but your everyday life and longevity. For a happy, healthy, and beautiful body inside and out, focus on the diet alongside the pampering. I guarantee you’ll feel great for it!