Hair is the first thing we notice when we meet new people and a healthy, gorgeous hair will always be admired. And for our satisfaction and self-confidence, we should pay more attention to the needs of our hair. Besides psychological factors, environment conditions and cosmetic products, foods are also a huge impact on the look of our hair. For instance, a diet rich in proteins influences the growth, while a diet poor in proteins makes the hair be thinner and fragile. Therefore, it’s very important to know what foods influences positively the growth and quality of the hair.
According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, the dietician and spokesperson of American Dietetic Association, the hair grows about 1 cm per month. What we eat during that month has an impact on the hair and skin as well as on the growth of nails. So, a healthy diet means a healthy hair, skin and nails. Anyone can go to a drugstore and buy supplements for hair but before doing that they should know that some of these supplements promise the impossible, because if a person has thin and fragile hair, there are chances that these pills won’t thicken the hair and instead make it fall. This happens when we have a high intake of vitamin A.
So, before presenting those ten foods for a gorgeous hair, we will give you a piece of advice: associate healthy foods with a ‘healthy attitude’. People who stress easily have problems with hair fall and even a beginning of alopecia. Be positive and try to eliminate the stress by meditation and sport instead of anti-stress medication as these drugs can influence the growth and quality of hair.
You may not consider water a food, but believe me, it is sometimes more valuable than any kind of food. One quarter of the hair structure is made of water so you should drink between 6 and 8 glasses of still water every day but if you find this difficult, substitute the glasses with foods rich in liquids. A good hydrated hair will be shinier and healthy.
Milk and cottage cheese
These two foods are rich in calcium and casein. The minerals from milk, yoghurt and cheese help increasing the growth rhythm of the hair. Active persons who spend a lot of time at the office should take advantage of the fact that a glass of milk is a quick and healthy snack.
Salmon, beef, chicken meat and eggs
It is strongly recommended for those who have a normal level of cholesterol to eat beef twice a week. The impact on the hair is huge because red meat is rich in vitamin B, iron, zinc, proteins and other minerals essential for a gorgeous hair. Chicken meat is rich in iron, while eggs – no matter how you prefer them, boiled or fried – are rich in vitamin B12 and proteins, of course. As for salmon, smoked or fresh, at breakfast or at supper, it is always welcomed. Just like beef, salmon is rich in minerals and proteins essential for the hair.
Fruits and vegetables
Beans, spinach, broccoli, carrots and nuts are the best in this category. We should all eat at least three cups of beans every week.
Cereals should be consumed as a snack because it gives you energy in moments when you need it the most. They are rich in zinc, iron and vitamin B.