Healthy hair is a sign of good health. While genes decide the characteristics of our hair, it is how we take care of our mane that determines their quality and health. Although the type of shampoo, conditioner and other hair care products you use affects the appearance and feel of your hair to some extent, to ensure good hair health you need to pay attention to what you eat. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to a variety of hair problems such as breakage, dullness, thinning and hair loss.
1. Lentils & Pulses
Do you remember all the dietary advice you got while growing up? 'Eat your pulses' or to put in simple way 'Have a bowl of dal every day.' Pulses are high protein & high nutrient foods. Pulses help to build the structure of hair, promote growth, prevent breakage and impart strength. Pluses are also rich in folic acid, so, its intake is mandatory for good hair health as it prevents premature graying of hair and aids in hair growth by renewing hair cells.
Walnuts are immensely rich in nutrition and their benefits ranging from metabolism to heart health and beauty cannot be overlooked. Walnut are good ‘hair food’. It contains Biotin (Vitamin B7) that helps strengthen hair, reduce hair fall and improve hair growth to certain extent. They are also rich in omega 3 fats that promote shine and keep the scalp healthy.
3. Milk & Milk related Products
Milk & Milk Products for hair contains essential substances like casein and several nutrients such as Vitamin A & B, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc and protein that have the ability to strengthen and nourished hair cells; and also softens the hairs to provide smooth and shiny hairs. Intake of dairy products such as curd, low fat cheese and milk promotes hair growth, thickness and improves hair texture.
4. Dark green leafy vegetables
Foods classified as dark, leafy greens contain vitamins C and E. These vegetables are known for being nutritional powerhouses due to their high level of nutrients. Both of these vitamins are antioxidants that increase the blood circulation to your scalp. Increased circulation stimulates your hair follicles, which allows you to grow more hair. So, make sure you consume your bowl of greens daily for a head full of silky, healthy & smooth hair.