A healthy diet promotes healthy hair

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They say ‘we are what we eat’ but do we think of the effects that this may have on our hair? Changing your diet may be the solution to solving your brittle and dull hair woes. Betito Ebengo, head stylist at ORS South Africa unpacks this for us.

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Your hair is alive as it grows and repairs itself, thus needing the added benefits of eating healthy to assist in this process. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which is the key structural component to healthy hair and nails. If you eat more protein-enriched food, this will help your hairs become stronger and fuller within six months.

Foods such as eggs, which is filled with a Vitamin called Biotin, will assist with growth while eating pork tenderloin that contains Vitamins B6 and B12 will help with creating more red blood cells that will carry the oxygen and nutrients to the follicles and scalp.

Vegetables like lentils, bell peppers and spinach are packed with Vitamin A and C, iron, beta carotene and folate. These work together for a healthy scalp.

Our bodies also needs healthy fats. Oysters, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. This will give you shiny hair.

For dry hair, eating sweet potatoes is filled with a Vitamin called Beta carotene. The body then turns this into Vitamin A which encourages the glands in your scalp to produce an oily fluid called sebum.

If you like sweet fruits and yoghurt, eating guava and Greek yoghurt will stop hair breakage. It contains nutrients such as Vitamins B5 and vitamin C which aids blood flow and helps strengthen hair.

Also, if you’re a breakfast kind-of-person, you can sprinkle a little cinnamon over your oats or in your tea in the morning. This will help with blood flow and circulation.

Remember that too much of anything is never good, so eat in moderation or as directed and see the beautiful results of your healthier, happier, shinier hair.

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