Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Want Healthy, Shinny Hair? Eat This...Not That!!

It's extremely important to monitor everything that goes into our bodies for a number of reasons…but since this is BSB, a beauty and fashion blog…we will discuss 10 foods that make your hair healthy and look super shinny! Although you can take any of the vitamins listed below in the form of OTC supplements…eating fresh healthy, REAL food is always the best most pure place to get your daily source of vitamins! Our resident BSB Beauty/Foodiva says if it didn't grow from the ground or it is doesn't have a mother....don't eat it! Mrs. Obama is constantly talking about healthy eating and it shows in her hair! Happy Hair Eating!

1. Dark Green Vegetables
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins A & C which your body needs to produce sebum (the oily substance secreted by your hair follicles or the body’s natural conditioner)

2. Salmon
Jam packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and high quality protein. A deficiency can result in a dry scalp causing hair to look dull (vegetarians add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to your meal) Side Note: You can take Omega-3 in the form of an over the counter pill.
3. Poultry
This is high quality protein, which you need because your hair is made from protein.

4. Eggs
One of the best protein sources you can find and include Biotin & B-12 (important beauty nutrients) Side Note: You can take Biotin & B-12 in the form of an over the counter pill.
5. Carrots
Vitamin A which promotes a healthy scalp, this is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair. Side note: They also help with vision.

6. Whole Grains
Wheat bread, fortified whole grain breakfast cereals are great for healthy hair and include zinc, iron and B vitamins.
7. Nuts
A deficiency can lead to hair shedding (brazil nuts, cashews almonds etc) packed with alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that helps condition your hair to prevent this from happening.
8. Oysters
High zinc content, a powerful antioxidant (you can also get zinc from beef and lamb)
9. Beans
They provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, and iron, zinc and biotin.

10. Low Fat Dairy or Even Better…Soy products
Great source of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth, also contains why and casein, two high quality protein sources.

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