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July 19, 2020 2 min read

During these stressful times, we are eating more as a way to soothe ourselves.  So we thought, how can we "feed" our hair at the same time?  Well, here's how and some of the choices might surprise you!

A friend sent us this wonderful article reminding us that “we are what we eat.”  What are your favorite hair healthy recipes?

In her article “What to eat for healthy hair”, nutritional therapist Jo Lewin explains that “Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients.”

Proteins crucial to make hair that is strong and healthy. “Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.” 

Iron and Vitamin C are essential to feed hair follicles. "Red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens... The best sources [of Vitamin C] are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.”

Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin A keep our scalp and hair hydrated. For Omega-3’s Jo suggests, “oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.” 

For Vitamin A, try “carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.”

Zinc and selenium and vitamin Eto protect your scalp and hair. “Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E.”

See Jo Lewin’s complete article here.

Now that’s a lot to chew on. Happy eating!

Looking for other summer hair care tips?  Check out this blog post here.

  -- Abigail + David, ANTIDOTE1848

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