Diet, as I have talked about before, is much more than a change in your eating habits. The word diet means “a way of life,” or a way to live better. Since every part of your body depends on your diet in order to survive, the old saying, “you are what you eat” is entirely true. From your toenails to the hair on your head, all the cells in your body need nutrients in order to flourish.
Perhaps that is why beautiful hair is such an attractive feature. When a woman is mal-nourished, her hair suffers in appearance. The texture, volume and shine, are all related to the health of the hair, which in turn is dependent on the health of that particular woman. In other words, what you eat, your diet—makes a big difference in the health of your hair.
To make things simpler, I have made a list of five foods to eat for healthy hair. Of course, this is just a short list, as many foods attribute to the health of your hair. However, the foods listed are also good for other cells in the body and should be incorporated into your diet on a regular basis.
Foods Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Polyunsaturated, omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that can help to prevent lots of medical conditions, including heart disease, breathing problems, such as asthma, depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids promote healthy cell growth and protect against free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases. Below are a list of excellent to very good sources of omega-3’s.
Cod Liver Oil
Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
You know how your mom told you to eat your veggies in order to be pretty? Well she wasn’t just making that stuff up! Eating vegetables with high contents of iron is one of the best ways to take care of your hair and nails. That’s because iron is such an important part of a woman’s diet. We need iron for energy and cell growth and when we don’t get enough iron it shows. The dangerous part is that by the time it shows in our hair and nails, our body is suffering from a lack of needed iron for all the other important functions of our feminine bodies. Below are some great examples of iron-rich leafy green vegetables that are low in saturated fat and full of vitamins and nutrients.
I can’t stress this factor enough. Protein is the building block of every cell in the human body. It is vitally important to a woman’s health to eat protein at every meal. Not only will it give you beautiful hair, but every part of your body will benefit from eating protein-rich foods. Of course, with protein, saturated fats become an issue. But there are many low-fat food choices that supply plenty of protein without overloading your diet with these bad fats. Below are some selections to choose from. Remember, to keep calories and fats under control, cook these foods with a minimum amount of added fat, choosing instead a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil, which carries a wealth of health benefits on its own.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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