Beauty starts from within!! Yes it is clichéd and no it’s not wrong. What you put in your body does radiate from outside in the health of your hair as well as the shine of your nails. Your hair protects your scalp from dust, dirt and the sun and in return often ends up dull, dry and lackluster. There are times when we feel helpless looking at our constant hair fall till we figure out it’s been the fault in our diets all along. Let’s get to the root of this and look at some foods that will take your hair from drab to fab.
Worried sick by the dryness caused by colour treatment, I ended up in a salon asking the stylist to bring back by natural shine. And the only advise she gave me was to have eggs(in any form) in breakfast. Proteins are immensely important for our hair growth, which can be found in dairy as well as meat. If you are vegetarian, legumes, nuts and peas can fulfil your protein needs.
Leafy greens and vegetables
Leafy greens are a firm favourite with nutritionists - and that's because they are very good for you! Add greens like spinach, kale and broccoli to the mix as they are rich in iron which is a very important ingredient for hair. Too little iron is associated with hair loss and nobody wants that. Other great sources of iron include meat, chicken, fish and lentils.
Vitamin E is great to promote smooth, shiny hair and smooth nails. Vitamin E can be acquired from hazelnuts,sunflower seeds,almoinds, wheat germ,olive oil etc. You could eat Vitamin E pills (evion) in doses of one for every fifteen days or just cut one open and apply it liberally over your hair or nails, leave for a bit and wash off.
This leads us on nicely to vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron better, so it's worth trying to eat foods rich in both in the same meal. Sweet potatoes are a top source of vitamin C, as are tomatoes, green and red peppers, and most leafy greens.
Omega 3 fatty acids
One of the most talked about source is omega 3 fatty acids by nutritionist. Get them in fish, flax seeds, spinach, sardine, walnuts, salmon and tuna. Fish are a great source of fatty acids, vegetarians can add flaxseed powder to their rotis and salads instead. In addition to helping with hair growth, the above foods allow us to gain beautiful and youthful-looking skin and strong nails, as well as a satisfied digestive system.