I am a great believer that having a varied healthy Diet, and regular exercise has many benefits other than weight loss. It can improve your mood, your stamina, your sex life, your quality of sleep as well as, your skin and Hair.
Below I have complied a list of foods that are great for repairing, caring and protecting your skin and hair. Enjoy! :-)
As hair is made of protein, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak if you don't have enough protein in your diet. There are loads of foods that can increase your protein intake including chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the Scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources include avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Zinc and selenium
Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.Source: BBC Good Food