Like every other species of the animal kingdom, humans consider hair to be an indicator of health. Nothing says, “I’m healthy” like natural lustrous locks. As it happens, eating one’s way to better hair is as simple as adding just ten things to the diet:
- Fatty fish rich in Omega-3 like Salmon
- Greek Yogurt
- Lean poultry
- Sweet Potatoes
- Tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc., but NOT peanuts and cashews (those are legumes))
On various lists of things to eat to grow strong, thick, shiny hair that is not brittle, these are the foods that are recommended the lists have in common. The reason is the specific combination of nutrients that are dense in these particular foods: Vitamins A, C, and E, Omega-3, good protein, zinc, and iron. These are the nutrients that help to grow healthy, strong hair.
Of course, these foods are not the sources of these nutrients. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins A and C, and olive oil and butter provide Vitamin E. Iron is found in abundance in organ meats, beef, and pork. Omega-3 pops up in other food profiles. But these natural foods are particularly good sources of them.
The old adage “you are what you eat” is especially true when it comes to hair. Hair is essentially a protein called keratin, so it makes sense that to grow beautiful, healthy hair, eating quality protein needs to be part of the equation. This also goes for healthy skin, growing nails, and maintaining good health in general. To really look your best, cosmetics and hair products cannot take the place of a healthy diet. In the long run, more than just hair, nails and skin will benefit.
P.s. Of course, this also means removing sugar, refined flours, diet soda, and other foods that may be filling, but have next to no positive nutritional value.