Spring is right around the corner, and most of us are thinking about the foods that will help us look and feel our best once we drop the winter coats. But at VICI Capilli, we want you thinking about which foods you should snack on for the healthiest hair. A lot contributes to beautiful hair, and your diet is more important than you’d think. These are just a few of the best foods for healthy hair.
Eggs for Breakfast
Your hair is made of protein, which means if you want healthy hair, you need to eat enough protein. Eggs are a great way to pack protein into your diet, and breakfast is a great time to add in this nutrient because bagels or smoothies seem more convenient. How often do you really add protein to your breakfast? Chicken breast, milk and cheese, turkey and fish are also excellent sources of protein. If you’re looking for a vegan way to help your hair stay strong, try almonds, cashews and legumes.
Spinach for Lunch
Iron deficiency is a major attribute to hair loss, so make sure you’ve got plenty of iron in your diet. A spinach salad makes an excellent lunch, and with .7mg of iron in just one cup, your hair will thank you. Add pumpkin seeds or soybeans (also filled with iron) and chicken breast to get that protein, and you’ll have healthier hair by the time summer comes.
Salmon for Dinner
Want to know the secret to a well-hydrated scalp? Omega-3 fatty acids! Omega-3s are found in the cells lining your scalp, and they prevent your scalp and hair from drying out. Unfortunately, the human body is not capable of making these fats, so you need to get them from the food you eat. Salmon is an amazing source of Omega-3s, and it tastes delicious! Any oily fish will supply your body with Omega-3s, like herring, sardines, trout and mackerel. Avocados are also a great source, as well as pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Mangoes and Chili Powder for Dessert
We know what you’re thinking – fruit and chili powder? The combination is actually delicious, and the chili powder brightens the flavor of the natural sugars in the mango. Plus, both mangoes and chili powder are great sources of Vitamin E. This vitamin has antioxidant characteristics and repairs damaged hair follicles and tissues. This, in turn, stimulates healthy hair growth. Mangoes contain about 11% of your daily Vitamin E requirement and chili powder contains 7%.
Vitamin E has plenty of other beauty benefits, and if you don’t feel like consuming it, you can put it directly on your hair or body. You can place olive oil or coconut oil (both packed with Vitamin E) on your hair to help growth. You can also use Vitamin E to fade scars, fight wrinkles and erase stretch marks.
A balanced diet filled with plenty of nutrients not only helps keep your body healthy, but it will improve your hair, as well! Many of the foods we love will help your hair in multiple ways and are filled with various vitamins to promote happy hair.