NEED TO KNOW: 7 Unusual Foods That Give You Hella Healthy Hair
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In collaboration with Be Well by Kelly…
Hair is an influential part of our integumentary system, which includes hair, skin, and nails, and area underneath your skin. Nourishing the hair inside and out begins with our diet, and what we choose to put into our bodies. Healthy hair is a lifestyle, and what better way to maintain it than by taking care of yourself on the inside. Ahead, seven foods to eat your way to healthy, bombshell hair.
1. BONE BROTH
Bone broth is all the rage and one of the best food sources for collagen, a digestible form of protein that is vital for hair. Bone broth is also a rich source of gelatin and glycine, both of which contribute to hair elasticity. The healthy fat found in bone broth helps your body function by absorbing fat-soluble vitamins that are needed for hair growth – especially Vitamins A and E. Your body uses Vitamin A to produce sebum, the natural oil that’s released from your hair follicles.
Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C and calcium are all wrapped up in these small shells. Oysters are an excellent source of Zinc, which results in healthy hair by supporting protein synthesis and by strengthening hair follicles. Oysters are also known for their vitamin D and Selenium, a mineral that protects the hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals best when consumed with fat and protein, and oysters are a fabulous source of both.
3. GRASS-FED BISON
Kelly’s favorite protein, grass-fed bison, is full of B Vitamins, Vitamin A, E, and Selenium – all of which are important for vital cell functions. Vitamin B3, or Niacin, is naturally found in Bison and helps hydrate the scalp and stimulate hair growth. Not only is bison one of the highest sources of animal protein, it’s also a good source of potassium and phosphorous, key minerals that work with Biotin.
4. ADAPTOGENS: ASHWAGANDA & RHODIOLA
Adaptogens like Ashwaganda and Rhodiola are herbal remedies that protect your body from stress. A recent study examining Cortisol secretion in women’s hair confirmed that stress elevates cortisol levels, and this finding is linked to hair loss. Ashwaganda and Rhodiola aid the body in lowering Cortisol, and when consumed on a regular basis, help relax and balance you from the inside out.
5. COD LIVER OR KRILL OIL
Cod liver or Krill oil are major sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Fat helps your body produce hormones and is essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K. According to medical research, your body functions off of the fat that you eat, which means that it also signals when you are not consuming enough of it. Dehydrated, brittle hair can mean that your body is suffering internally, namely from a Vitamin A or E deficiency. Kelly recommends eating at least two tablespoons of healthy fats at every meal to hydrate your cells and nourish your mane.
Widely known for its health benefits, Kefir is the fermented milk product that’s commonly consumed as yogurt. Kefir is rich in B vitamins like thiamin, B12, biotin, calcium, folate and K2, all of which are fundamental for hair health. Not only does Kefir contain readily accessible vitamins for our bodies, it’s also a beneficial source of probiotics, which feed our body healthy gut bacteria essential for vitamin and nutrient absorption. Healthy bacteria in our gut, or Gut flora, stimulates a healthy glow for our skin and even better, our hair.
7. EGG YOLK
One egg yolk contains 13 essential nutrients, which makes it a skin superfood! The yolk is rich in Vitamin E, which stimulates collagen production and benefits hair elasticity. Biotin, which egg yolks contain, helps produce keratin, a protein that restores the hair’s natural glow and protects cells from damage.
Have something you swear by? Let us know below and be sure to add these foods to your list, too.