We’ve all heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” And sure, there’s the obvious connection between overall health, weight, cholesterol and what you put into your mouth each day. But did you know that certain foods are not only good for what’s inside of you, but can make an impact on your hair as well?
Salmon: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids (which your body can’t make), salmon can also lead to shinier, fuller hair. The next time you see it on the menu, consider ordering it instead of a steak or pasta.
Spinach: Popeye’s favorite meal is packed with nutrients, including vitamin A, folate and vitamin C. This amazing mix helps keep your scalp healthy, fights brittle hair and adds luster to your locks.
Cinnamon: Who knew that a spice associated with gingerbread and sprinkled on oatmeal is actually great for your circulation? Good blood flow supplies oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.
Oysters: You may love these or perhaps they’re not your cup of tea, but these somewhat slimy suckers are rich in zinc — key to building hair, even eyelashes. If you’re not into oysters, crab and lobster also have loads of this key nutrient.
Breakfast cereal: Iron-fortified cereal is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough iron on a daily basis. Too little iron can lead to anemia and hair loss. Cereal isn’t just for kids anymore (although many of the “kiddie” cereals are fortified as well!).
Greek yogurt: All the rage for a few years now (with just about every yogurt brand offering some version) it’s not just a trend. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and has something called vitamin B5 which is believed to help prevent hair thinning and loss.
Sweet potatoes: If your hair has lost its luster, try eating more sweet potatoes. They’re full of a host of good nutrients — including beta carotene which your body turns into vitamin A. Not only can this protect against dull hair but it helps your scalp make sebum — key to healthy hair follicles.
Pick a few good foods that you can stomach and reap the benefits to both your overall health and hair!