Fun fact: March is “National Nutrition Month”! Not that we should need to designate a month to remind us that healthy and nutritious food is good for our bodies, but it does give us a chance to open up some dialogue about the subject. The cool thing about eating nutritiously is all of the neat benefits you can reap from doing so. You’ve surely heard a few of these tips passed around over the years, almost in the vein of old wives’ tales: carrots help your eyesight, milk builds strong bones, etc. And while, at least to a certain extent, these factoids can be overblown or lost in translation, there is also a large element to truth in the subject. Eating nothing but a bushel of carrots for a week won’t turn your nearsightedness into 20/20 vision, but consistent, steady inclusion of carrots can and will, over time, greatly improve the function and ability of your eyes.
The same logic applies to you hair! One of the most overlooked aspects of a natural hair journey is that what you’re putting into your body during the process can greatly affect what grows out of your scalp. There are several foods rife with nutrients that can promote healthy scalp, strong roots and hair growth. Again, this is not to say that eating a bunch of these foods will add four inches to your length in record time. But make sure that they’re a staple of your diet, and you will definitely see the difference! We recommend doing research on your own to discover different foods that are great for hair health. In the meantime, here are a few to get you started:
Seafood: It is Lenten season, and fish, shrimp and other aquatic-based offerings are at the forefront of most of our minds right now. And while we can’t actually vouch for your uncle’s fried catfish, it should be of note that most seafood, especially when prepared correctly, are rich in nutrients like iron and biotin, both of which are crucial for healthy skin and hair. More specifically, salmon and tuna are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are not only beneficial for building strong bonds in scalp and hair roots, but are great for cognitive health and improves brain and cardiovascular function. Other offerings like oysters contain zinc, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.
Avocado: You may recognize avocado as an ingredient in a few of our products, and for good reason (e.g. our Richee Rich Moisturizing Conditioner). The list of hair and skin benefits of this superfood stretches around the block! And while most times you hear about it being used topically as a skin creme or hair mask, keep in mind that it is a food, so eating it can be just a beneficial. Avocado is rich in antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow — meaning easier and healthier hair growth.
Spinach: Who doesn’t remember the cartoon Popeye? Whenever he was in trouble, he’d crack open a can of spinach and be good to go! He may have been on to something. On top of being rich in iron and vitamin D, spinach contains sebum, a substance produced by our bodies that acts as a natural conditioner for hair. To keep your tresses strong to the finish, we definitely suggest you eat these greens!
This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of great and tasty things you can eat this spring to promote healthy, beautiful curls.While you’re treating your body right, take this opportunity to pass it on to your children. Instilling healthy eating habits early on creates a broader pallet later on in life.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Let us know in the comments!