​Food for your tresses

Believe it or not, you really are what you eat. You can tell a lot about a person’s diet simply by looking at the condition of their skin and hair. If you’re not getting the right nutrients from your meals, you can buy expensive treatment masks and go to the salon until you are blue in the face, but you won’t have great hair.

We’ve got the low down on what should be on your plate if you want beautiful, strong hair.

Whole grains: Niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, B6, and B12 are all vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in most whole grains. These guys contribute to the stimulation of hair follicles. Stimulation of your hair follicles will result in healthy, shiny, strong hair by increasing circulation. So make sure to get your hands on some brown rice, as well as quinoa - both are low GI as an added bonus!

Lentils: Legumes are the way to go! Forget your fancy protein treatment at the salon, these inexpensive little miracles will go a lot further to adding strength and shine to your hair. They contain protein, zinc, biotin and iron. These minerals carry oxygen to all parts of the body, right down to your hair follicles.

Eggs: Great in “home-made” hair masks, but even better in your belly. Why not cook up some poached eggs for your dose of biotin and vitamin B, not to mention the obvious protein in eggs which assist in cell growth.

Salmon: Salmon is a great source of various B vitamins, but the main reason why Salmon is great for hair and skin is the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which will make your hair and skin silky and shiny. Other sources of omegas include Avocado pear, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Oysters: Have you ever wondered why mermaids have such great hair? Well it’s obvious isn’t it, they eat Oysters! These miracle molluscs are rich in antioxidants, zinc, and selenium, which all aid in the repair of damaged cells, they are great immune boosters as well.

Written by Celest Nirenstein

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