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5 Delicious Foods for Keeping Your Hair Healthy

by - Friday, February 15, 2013

You’ve noticed a lot of hair around your house and on your clothes. Maybe you’ve heard from friends who have started losing their hair and you’re concerned about your own. One thing you should consider, if you want to keep your hair healthy, is your diet.

It’s true that what you eat makes a difference in your hair’s appearance. These five foods are both delicious and good for your hair. Having a balanced diet ensures your hair gets necessary nutrients.

Salmon

Eating salmon is good for your hair because it is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy body and hair. It is also rich in protein and vitamin D, two things that are great for hair.
Ingredients for cooking salmon:
  • Salmon fillets
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dried basil
How to cook salmon: The number of people you are cooking for will determine the quantity of the ingredients you will need.
  1. Stir together the salt, pepper, basil and garlic.
  2. Rub the mixture on the salmon fillets.
  3. Warm your skillet and add a little olive oil.
  4. Cook the salmon about five minutes per side.
  5. Serve with lemon.

Spinach and Mushroom Omelet

Spinach and other dark green vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, are great for your hair because they are packed with vitamins A and C. Spinach also has iron, beta-carotene and folate to keep your hair follicles and your scalp healthy.
Ingredients:
  • Large eggs
  • Fresh spinach
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to make this recipe: Again, the number of people you are cooking for and how big of an omelet you want will determine the quantity of ingredients.
  1. Warm your skillet and grease it with olive oil.
  2. Beat eggs, salt and pepper.
  3. Add mushrooms and spinach after washing.
  4. Cook until omelet is set, turning it over once.
  5. Garnish and serve.

Nuts

Various nuts have different nutrients that contribute to hair health and growth. Selenium is an essential mineral for scalp health; the best source is in Brazil nuts. If you don’t get enough zinc, your hair might fall out. Walnuts, cashews and pecans are great sources of zinc. Also, walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Yogurt Parfait

 Greek yogurt is high in protein, vitamin B and vitamin D, which is linked with hair growth. Blueberries (and strawberries to a lesser extent) have a lot of vitamin C, which supports the blood vessels that feed your hair follicles. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, your hair might start breaking.
Ingredients:
  • Greek yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Oatmeal
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
How to make this recipe:
  1. Mix cinnamon and oatmeal.
  2. Cut fruit and layer all ingredients.
  3. Put in the fridge to cool and serve.

Bean Stew

Beans are rich sources of protein and have high levels of iron, zinc and biotin. Lentils and kidney beans are the best options for great hair.
Ingredients:
  • Soaked lentils
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped garlic
  • Chopped carrots
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Vegetable broth
  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

How to make this recipe: The number of people you are cooking for will determine the quantity of ingredients.
  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot and sauté the garlic and onion. Add the carrot after a few minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, tomatoes, spices and lentils. Let simmer for 30 minutes while stirring regularly.
  3. Add the kidney beans and cook another 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
Getting the right nutrients will keep your hair healthy. You can also take vitamin supplements, but sometimes you need other products for hair growth. The best hair growth products can make a difference in your hair’s appearance. Whether you use shampoos, conditioners or vitamin treatments, you can have great-looking and healthy hair.

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About the Author: Julie Baldwin is a health and beauty expert and writer. She loves to cook healthy food for her family and friends.





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