The 6 Best Foods for Healthy Hair

Who doesn’t want thick, shiny, bouncy hair? While we are typically concerned with the aesthetic look of our manes, the state of our hair can be an indication of overall health. Hair serves a biological purpose. Like our skin, hair helps to regulate body temperature and keep our heads warm. While emotional stress, genetics, pharmaceuticals and hormonal issues affect our hair, diet also influences hair health, function and appearance. The George Washington School of Medicine writes, “Virtually every nutritional deficiency can affect the health of our hair, skin and nails in some manner.” Here is a list of foods that can work from the inside out to maintain or improve hair health.

6 – Oily Cold-Water Fish

Oily Cold-Water Fish

Fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, pilchards, kipper, herring and eel are all high-quality sources of protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega-6. Those fatty acids are crucial to hair, skin and nail health, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, which writes that EFAs “help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism and maintain the reproductive system.” Other research shows that these oils also can help defeat dull, dry hair and scalp and improve luster and shine. But baby mamas beware: Pregnant and lactating women need to consult their doctors on safe consumption because certain fish can contain mercury and other toxins.

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