Eat to glow, eat to grow. Despite our burning love of restorative products (we're looking at you NouNou Hair MasK), we know that the key to healthy strong-as-rope locks, is as much about what you put in your mouth as what you do on your head. We chat to Bridget Bennett, a twenty year veteran of all things health and the resident nutritionist at Indie Fresh about how to nourish our hair from the inside out.
1. Drink all of the Water
Seemingly obvious, but critical. Our bodies are made up of 60-80% water and keeping up our fluids is essential nutrient distribution throughout cells - including to hair follicles. 'When the body is dehydrated, everything suffers,' confirms Bridget; 'skin, hair, digestion. You name it.' She also recommend ditching the sports drinks and choosing foods with naturally occurring electrolytes, 'they have much more hydrating power than sports drinks and are far better for you.'
Nosh on: bananas, coconut water, dark leafy greens, beans and mushrooms.
2. Befriend Biotin
Masquerading as Vitamin H, Biotin is a member of the complex B Vitamin #squad and has long been studied for it's role in hair health. It's key to metabolizing fats, carbohydrates and proteins and 'assuming you have a fairly healthy diet, your body will produce it'. But that doesn't mean we can't bump up our intake through food. 'It's also easy to sources such as eggs and nuts', Bridget adds.
Nosh on: eggs, peanuts, walnuts and wild salmon (like in this salad).
3. Pack in Protein
'Hair is actually made of protein,' explains Bridget, 'and eating adequate amounts of it is essential to building and repairing tissue in the body.' Her tip? Incorporate some into each meal or snack to ensure you're getting adequate amounts in throughout the day.
Nosh on: lean meats and fish, beans, eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds
4. Fatten up
According to Bridget, essential fatty acids are 'responsible for far too many different processes to mention and play a key role in allowing your hair to shine from the inside out'. The issue? 'They're called essential because our body can't make them and we must obtain them from food sources, so it's important to remember to incorporate them into your diet.'
Nosh on: avocados (try in a shake like this one), coconuts oil, walnuts, pecans, cashews.