Go ahead. Flip it, switch it and reverse it…your mane and your main course! It doesn’t have to be pain to maintain luscious locks, or a hair-healthy diet. All you have to do is sprinkle a little sexy, or switch out a few ingredients to incorporate these foods for healthy hair. And don’t be surprised if the rest of your body becomes just as happy as your hair.
1. ASK FOR SPINACH AS A SALAD BASE
Hair loss can be a sign of iron-deficiency. Spinach is a plant-based powerhouse that can pump up your volume. Just use this vitamin-rich leafy green instead of romaine or mixed greens. So simple!
2. TOP IT OFF WITH AN EGG
Bring that spinach salad up a notch with the addition of an egg. Full of protein and a B-vitamin called biotin, it’s easy to get beautiful hair by adding an egg over easy (or scrambled!) on your morning avocado toast, a salad, a turkey burger or anything else you’re snacking on.
3. SPRINKLE CINNAMON ON TOP OF… EVERYTHING
Cinnamon is the new turmeric. It’s a great anti-inflammatory, helps to balance blood sugar and helps to stimulate blood flow which will make your hair grow faster, stronger and shinier. Cinnamon is also great on oatmeal, on your latte, in a smoothie or even on top of a lean protein.
4. TREAT YOURSELF TO SALMON
The feel-good fats in salmon also help make your silky strands shiny and lush. Salmon is full of protein and omegas, two components that give your hair that extra sheen and bounce. Substitute chicken breast for salmon a few times a week, or put lox on your gluten-free bagel in the morning. Scramble with some eggs and spinach for the ultimate hair happy breakfast!
5. GO GREEK
Polish your morning granola routine by substituting Greek yogurt for regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics and has a lot more protein than regular yogurt.
6. CHOOSE GRASS-FED MEAT
It’s ok to enjoy a burger now and then. But just know that most meat is full of hormones that will affect your hair. Grass-fed meat is generally cleaner. leaner and richer in omega 3’s.
7. SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH DARK CHOCOLATE
Ladies love it and want more of it. Chocolate is the treat of choice for many of us and if you eat the raw, dark variety, it’s actually really good for you. Raw chocolate is full of copper, zinc and iron. These minerals are vital for shiny hair, plus the stimulating power of chocolate increases blood flow and hair growth. Go raw if you want to avoid the added sugar found in most chocolate bars that leads to dry hair. Shave some raw chocolate onto a coffee drink or eat a couple of squares for an afternoon snack.
8. GO NUTS OVER ALMONDS
Almonds are full of healthy fats for luster, magnesium and vitamin D that help guard against hair loss. These low-key nuts are such an easy add-on! Throw some on a salad, in oatmeal, granola, on greek or coco yogurt or just as a snack on its own.
9. SPIRULINA MAKES YOU SILKY
Spirulina is a great way to summon silky shine. It’s a magical mixture of GLA fatty acids and beta-carotene that helps your body fight inflammation and hair loss. Spirulina can be thrown into a chia pot, a smoothie, or a juice.
10. LENTILS > QUINOA
Filling up your fancy lunch salad? Splurge a little on some weighty, but wonderfully protein-packed lentils. Lentils aren’t just a wonder source of protein and iron for vegetarians–they are full of B vitamins, potassium and magnesium, which are all essential vitamins for hair growth.
11. HAVE YOUR [SWEET POTATO] FRIES AND EAT THEM TOO
Sweet potatoes are favorite foods for healthy hair because they’re full of beta-carotene, the same vitamins found in carrots that stimulate cell growth in your eyes. Cell growth doesn’t just make you see better—it makes you look better! Converted in your body to vitamin A, eating beta carotene and sweet potatoes can ward off dandruff! Eat sweet potato “fries” (try to eat them baked versus fried) instead of white potatoes or substitute your pre-workout snack with the low-glycemic energy of sweet potato.
You’ll eat your way to thicker, healthier hair in now time with these easy swaps! Will you be switching up your diet and adding in these foods for healthy hair? Sound off in the comments below!
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