In Part one of Foods for Healthy Hair, I left off with sweet potatoes, walnuts and omega fatty acids–but no list of healthy foods for hair and beyond would be complete without these foods listed below!
Now, eggs are controversial; from people claiming that eating eggs will kill you to those who claim that its merits are unfounded. But I am here to say, the incredible edible egg is just that–incredible! Eggs are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, sulfur and selenium; and the most important of those is the iron, which helps the blood carry oxygen to the hair follicle, helping to reduce hair loss.
Eggs are a perfect hair growing breakfast. And as an extra bonus, they will energize your morning like no other food.
Between the iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C, spinach keeps the scalp and follicles healthy and the blood circulating! Spinach is great in smoothies and juices because you get all nutrients without that bossy spinach flavor; it’s completely undetectable for those with an aversion to green things!
Chicken is extraordinary when it comes to protein content, not to mention the hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins that help keep hair strong and plentiful. And since hair is nearly all protein, foods that are rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for strong, enviable hair.
I said in Part one that I was going to share with you just how far my hair has come since I began eating for hair health. I measured my hair length on January 3rd and it was 1/4 inch in length. In the name of full disclosure, I must tell you that in addition to eating the right foods, I have also switched from cotton pillow cases to silk ones, as cotton contributes to length loss. I have also been covering my hair up when I go out to protect it from the elements such as wind, cold and sunlight.
So just how much length have my efforts gotten me? 3/4 of an inch!
Although this may seem like nothing, the average of hair growth in a month is between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch–and in a month and a half’s time, I blew that average out of the water. Needless to say, whatever I’m doing is working!
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