These Foods Have All The Nutrition Your Hair Needs, So Eat Up
They say “you are what you eat,” and they aren’t wrong. True, if you eat a cupcake, you aren’t going to turn into a cupcake, but the sugar compounds and simple carbohydrates, however, will have some kind of effect on your body. Of course, this isn’t me telling you to give up cupcakes – your girl has a major sweet tooth over here – but I am trying to make a point that being mindful about what you put into your body will help you determine what sorts of foods your body needs to thrive internally, as well as externally.
Think of it this way: Sticking to a diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods like vegetables and fruit makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you look good, too. Trust me, its science. Similarly to how eating things like dark, leafy greens, olive oil, and pumpkin is great for your skin, there are specific foods you can incorporate into your diet to sustain a healthy mane.
We asked a few experts to spill some of their favorite foods for healthy, shiny tresses year round. Here are a few of their suggestions to add to your diet ASAP.
Simply Avocado Garlic Herb Dip, $8.95 MexGrocer.com
“Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen your scalp. A healthy scalp means healthy hair follicles, and healthy hair follicles mean…you guessed it—abundant, healthy hair.
In addition to keeping your scalp moisturized (side note: dandruff issues? More healthy fats!), omegas will also improve the elasticity of your hair, which contributes to stronger locks and less breakage.” - Whitney Tingle + Danielle Duboise, Co-Founders of Sakara Life
2. Bone Broth
Bonafide Provisions Bone Broth, Amazon
“Taking collagen supplements may not be as effective as incorporating collagen and amino acid rich foods into your diet. Bone broth contains amino acid that stimulate fibroblasts in the body to lay new collagen. If you do choose to use a powder, be sure to choose one that comes from an organic, quality, pasture raised source and don’t solely rely on the supplements as your collagen sources. Use them in conjunction with bone broth, wild caught fish, and pasture raised eggs.” - Alexandra Rains, Co-Founder of Bonafide Provisions
Organic Garbanzo Beans, $1.35 Thrive Market
"This mineral is required for cell reproduction and the growth and repair of healthy tissues. So it comes as no surprise that a zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and slow growth. But make sure you’re getting enough and you’ll ensure healthy hair follicles and proper tissue maintenance. Zinc is also required for the production of protein (the stuff your hair and nails are made of, remember?) and DNA." - Whitney Tingle + Danielle Duboise, Co-Founders of Sakara Life
Blue Diamond Almonds, $11.68 Amazon
“Loading up on amino acids is probably one of the most important dietary considerations for hair and nail health. After all, your hair and nails are made of protein—more specifically, keratin—so if you’re not getting a sufficient amount, you may suffer from strands with split ends and breakage, sluggish hair growth and nail weakness. And don’t forget that sulfur is an important piece of the protein synthesis puzzle. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—you can absolutely get all the nail-and-hair-nourishing protein you need from a plant-based diet.” - Whitney Tingle + Danielle Duboise, Co-Founders of Sakara Life
6. Veggies Rich In Silicone
“Silicon-rich foods and herbs have been shown to increase bone-mineral density, leading to a healthy skeleton, and teeth. The highest concentration of silicon is found in the hair and nails.
There are studies that have found the oral and external application of silicon improves the condition of aging skin, hair, and nails in women. Silicon-rich foods to add to your diet include: Bell pepper (with skin,) Cucumber (with skin) Horsetail tea (herb,) Marjoram, Radish, Romaine lettuce, Tomato (with skin).” -Paula Simpson, Holistic Beauty Nutritionist, Biochemist and Co-Founder of Zea Skin Solutions