We should’ve believed our moms when they said that we are what we eat. Because, really, our moms were right (again). Maybe it’s not very usual to hear something like “superfoods” that can help achieve a shiny, glowing hair, unlike the usual superfoods we’ve always heard about for a healthier body, skin, heart, brain, and other related parts. But food for the hair? Really? Yes! There are plenty of superfoods that you need to take if you want to transform your dull mane into a gorgeous, shiny hair. And the good news is that some of these superfoods are just sitting around the kitchen, waiting for you to cram them down.
In case you’ve found your Holy Grail shampoo and conditioner, then you are off for a great start. However, for hair that’s healthy and glowing, you have to work on it from the inside as well. So, if you’re ready to nosh your way to having better hair, pack your superfoods for the most efficient hair diet ever!
1. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that keep the scalp and hair hydrated, making each hair strand thick, full, and lustrous locks. These nutrients can also prevent hair loss and strengthen follicles. Especially, some instances of hair loss are due to physical stress, pregnancy, MRI exposure, heredity, and more. So, if you want to achieve strong hair, then maybe you should start including fatty fish on your hair diet meal, regardless if you’re a fan of mackerel or not.
I hope you’re not allergic as I am because here’s another super seafood that can pack a similar hair-nourishing punch. Crustaceans like shrimp are fully loaded with all the nutrients important for the growth of hair including fatty acids, Vitamin D and B12, iron, zinc, selenium, and protein.
Have you ever heard of the most powerful beauty booster on the whole planet? I could guess that you had no idea it’s your favorite dish. Everyone loves oysters! But you would love them even better, knowing that if you order a dozen, you will gain around 500 percent of your daily requirement to have that beautifully bouncing hair for a relatively tiny amount of calories.
4. Chia Seeds
While kiwi is the superstar choice for chia seeds, we advise you to chop kiwi fruit with strawberries or blueberries and stir mix the chops in a bowl of milk for a perfect breakfast smoothie. Chia seeds are not just rich in omega-3 fatty acids but they also contain important minerals such as protein, calcium, and phosphorous which all make the hair strong and powerful till roots.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been a famous staple for DIY hair and skincare for ages now. But this is not only beneficial for application procedures because when ingested as an alternative to traditional cooking oils, but it can also help improve hair growth and cleanse the hair with its fatty acids that contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
6. Green Tea
A cup of green tea is what you need if you are dealing with a dry, dehydrated scalp. Green tea is rich in Vitamin A which helps stimulate the sebum or natural oil production that soothes a dry scalp.
Similar to other superfoods that I’ve previously mentioned, eggs have the same vitamins and minerals necessary for hair growth. But aside from those nutrients, eggs also contain biotin, a mineral that you may often find at the back label of your shampoo or conditioner. Biotin helps improve the luster and shine in every strand of your hair.
Author: Sarah Contreras, Synergy Radiology