Ever looked at a film star and wished you had hair like that? Well, you can get it very simply, by just following a good, nourishing diet.
We all want great, shiny and silky hair. Hair is your natural asset, adding to your looks and personality. So nourish it both from inside and outside to make it look good!
Remember the saying, “You are what you eat.” So the secret to beautiful hair is a good, nourishing diet. In this article, we will discuss what foods you should be eating regularly for really beautiful and shiny hair, which will help to make a good impression on others. I have taken care to keep Indian eating habits in mind so that you can easily include easily available food items in your routine.
The first thing to remember is to eat a regular, nourishing and well-balanced diet. You will have to make an effort for this, as modern lifestyles promote unhealthy eating habits. Remember to have regular meals, and include in your diet different sources of protein. Fortunately, you don’t have to search very far, because traditional Indian foods are rich in natural nourishment for the hair and skin. Be sure to include these easily available foods in your meals.
Remember grandma’s advice that eating veggies is good for you? Well, there is a lot of wisdom in this saying. Green vegetables are “super foods” in many senses as they contain essential iron required for your general health, and are particularly helpful for hair growth. Eating iron-rich foods is therefore a good, healthy habit and will keep your hair beautiful and strong. Lack of iron affects the hair and makes it weak, dry and thin, leading to hair loss. The rich proteins in green vegetables will give your hair a natural, lustrous shine.
Green vegetables are available in plenty in India. Add spinach to your diet, which will provide you with essential Vitamin A and C. Spinach is also a rich source of anti-oxidants. Don’t bypass broccoli, which is another easily available green vegetable that you can add to your cooking. Spice up your soups and salads with green shoots of broccoli, green onions, dhania (coriander), and other greens to add spice to your hair!
Foods rich in Vitamin C
Another habit to acquire is to eat fruit and other foods rich in Vitamin C. Fruits such as guavas and oranges are natural sources of Vitamin C, along with other citrus fruits. Include papayas, kiwis, strawberries, amla in your routine and you will feel the difference. The wonderful Vitamin C protects you from illnesses and helps in absorption of iron.
Among vegetables, apart from the greens mentioned above, cauliflower and tomatoes too have good doses of Vitamin C.
A typically helpful food is rajmah or beans. They are also called kidney beans. Dals are also good source of proteins.
Omega 3 rich foods
Omega 3 are fatty acids that are good for skin, hair and general health. These days roasted soybeans are easily available, so including this in your snacking habit will help you get Omega 3 regularly. Making walnuts and flaxseeds a regular habit too helps in getting your daily requirement of Omega 3. If you are a non-vegetarian, eating eggs, meat and fish are recommended. Nuts like walnuts and almonds are also good sources of Vitamin A and C. They can be eaten raw or you can add them to ice creams and milkshakes. You can also do your cooking in Canola oil, which is rich in Omega 3.
Zinc rich foods
Deficiency of zinc leads to hair loss. Add some zinc rich foods to your diet as well. Remember to include pumpkin seeds, beans and mushrooms in your daily intake, which will provide you with your requirement of zinc.
Of course, it is important to consult your doctor or your hair specialist to find out more about what to eat and what to avoid for beautiful skin and hair. But good eating habits reflect on your looks. That is why a regular, healthy diet is so important.
So instead of rushing about your meals and adopting irregular habits that your busy life requires, think for a while how it impacts your looks and health.