I have said many times in this blog that beauty for me begins from inside. It means, rather than splurging out on hundred of cosmetics to look good, to spend some time and energy to eat well. As I am five month postpartum, my body is going through several changes, in its bid to go back to its pre-pregnancy days. I feel a plethora of changes happening inside and outside. The worst one is definitely losing hair but I know I cannot do anything to stop it fully. However, as it was mentioned here, it is crucial to eat well and nourish your body to minimize the wreck caused by nature and hormones. So, here are my hair super heroes—food that will definitely give you the lovely locks you lust far.
1) Salmon: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron; Salmon is a beauty and hair super hero that will give all those hair products a run for its money. Omega-3 fatty acids give you a great scalp, adds a shine and give you an all-round boost. Vegetarian? Include flax seeds in your diet as it has the magic O.
2) Bananas: This commonly fruit is so great in all counts. It is the best answer to hunger pangs, the potassium in it essential to repair your muscles (a must if you are runner or exercise regularly). This versatile fruit also a packs a nourishing punch with its vitamins A, B, C and E. Bananas also contain minerals like zinc, iron and manganese—nutrients necessary for strong locks and supple skin.
3) Legumes/Lentils: This is another commonly found ingredient that will not burn your pockets. Proteins are the main component you need if you wish to have healthy, beautiful hair and the humble lentil gives you a dollop of those. Lentils (especially kidney beans) are also a good source of biotin. Deficiency of biotin causes brittle hair (and weak nails). Chicken is another source of proteins if you are not big on lentils. But remember, there are almost 400 types of lentils so try as many as you can before writing them off.
4) Greek honey yogurt: Greek yogurt and honey has been used as hair masks for ages. Eating it will actually give you double the benefit (trust me). The lactic acid present in yogurt will smooth and hydrate your locks whilst honey will make it deliciously soft. Sprinkle some seeds like pumpkin seeds to get some fatty acids too.
5) Walnuts: Walnuts are known as hair doctor for a good reason. Walnuts contain essential fats necessary to promote hair growth as well as biotin, vitamin e and copper. You don’t have to eat a lot of it; a little goes a long way. Not a fan? (seriously??) Opt for pecan nuts, almonds or cashews.
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