Food for healthy hair

by Sanjeev Kapoor

A poor diet will affect your health and eventually show on your hair. Some foods are believed to promote healthy roots, so increasing your intake of these foods might alleviate the problem of hair loss.

Protein power
Hair is ninety eight percent protein and hence instantly responds to the addition of protein rich foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts.  Fish packs a double punch of protein combined with health building essential fatty acids and natural oils. 

To have super hair growth
Nuts and seeds should feature in your diet on a daily basis. And, also include some Vitamin A rich carrots because they are low in calories. There is nothing better than a sweet mix of freshly squeezed carrot juice mixed with a little lemon.

To have super strong hair
Fish, liver, lean meats, meats and whole grains are rich in iron, zinc, selenium and fatty acids. These nutrients add strength to your hair. To knock out stress, eight to ten soaked and peeled almonds a day provide vitamin B needed for strong hair. Avocados and pumpkin seeds as also bananas promote hair health.

To fight dandruff and oily hair
Soy beans, wheat germ oil, eggs and green leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamin E and this is what is needed when dandruff strikes. Even oily hair can do well with a supply of Vitamin E. Eggs, meat, onions, broccoli, cabbage and watercress are all excellent sources of sulphur, which promotes smooth glossy locks. 

What Not to Do
Avoid fried foods, which are believed to stimulate oil glands. Not all foods have equal ability to help grow shiny strands. Sugars and starches, soft drinks and junk snacks are good hair foes. Also caffeine, alcohol, nicotine also rob the body of important hair growing nutrients. 

Good hair, don’t care!

Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
Treat your hair with love, avoid unnecessary brushing, combing or handling.
Avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers or other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
Massage your scalp well at least once a week to stimulate hair follicles.
Trim your hair regularly to eliminate split ends and allow it to look and feel healthier.
Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.

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