What if the food you ate changed the way you looked? Well, doctors and scientists have been saying for ages that this is the case! We all remember the old “you are what you eat” commercials that would be on television. Some of us have also probably read stories that too much chocolate can cause acne issues.
All of this amounts to one thing: your body is affected by what you eat. That means that your hair and nails are also impacted by your diet. In fact, what you put in your body has a greater impact than beauty products that you may use on a daily basis. This is good news because changing what you eat could result in healthier skin and nails—no more expensive creams, gels, and products.
Today, we’re going to go over all the foods that have an impact on your hair and nails. If you want longer, stronger hair and nails, it could just be as easy as eating more bananas and eggs!
We’re not going to say eating a healthy diet is easier than slathering on some cream, but we do think it’ll yield better results. Add some of these foods to your diet (or increase the amount you eat), and you may see results in as little as a few months.
Disclaimer: The information in this content is for general informational purposes only, not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle.
Bananas are delicious, but that isn't their only benefit. Bananas are also incredibly rich in biotin. This nutrient can help strengthen your hair and nails to prevent splitting.
Eggs are also a rich source of biotin. Doctors and researchers agree that eating the nutrient absorbs better when compared to taking a supplement. Put down the pill and consider eating more eggs.
Sometimes almonds and walnuts steal all the attention, but peanuts are also a great source of biotin. Do we need to encourage you to eat more peanut butter? We think not.
Salmon is incredibly good for your health. Doctors have been telling patients for years that this fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Maybe we'll eat more now that we know those nutrients can help us get shinier, healthier hair.
Flaxseed is loaded with essential fatty acids which are important for cell function. This can overall improve the look and feel of your hair while strengthening your nails.
Walnuts are loaded with omega-3s and vitamin E. Omega-3 fatty acids will help increase shine while vitamin E will make your nails stronger!
We all know that protein is important, but for hair and nails? Chicken is a great source of lean protein, which can help repair damage that's already affecting your hair and nails.
Broccoli contains the amino acid cysteine which aids in protein absorption. All that protein you're eating works even better when you add broccoli to your diet.
Carrots are high in vitamin A and vitamin C. If you’ve ever been suckered into buying something with retinol, you may be surprised to know that’s just vitamin A. This vitamin is actually much better absorbed when it increased through your diet.
Spinach can be added to a ton of different dishes, which is a great thing since it's rich in vitamin E and iron which can help strengthen hair.
Lean Red Meat
Lean red meats are rich in protein and iron. It's important that you stick to lean red meats as the fattier cuts can actually have a negative impact on your health.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which are said to aid in the prevention of hair loss. If you're having thinning issues, bulk up on your blueberries!
Here is a surprising one! Beer is rich in silicon which is said to improve scalp health. Just remember that next time you're sitting back with a cold one!
Oats have proved to have a wide array of health benefits. They can help your heart, but this miraculous food can also help your hair. Oats contain protein and biotin, which will strengthen your luscious locks and beautiful nails.
Sweet potatoes aren't just for the holidays! You should eat them more often because they're a great source of biotin and high in vitamin A.
Onions are a surprisingly nutrient-dense food that's low in calories. They have plenty of vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, iron, calcium, biotin, and antioxidants.
Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, high-quality protein, biotin, and tons of other vitamins and minerals. Basically, they're a superfood.
Don't throw out pumpkin seeds after you carve up the gourd! Save them because they're great for your heart, bones, hair, and nails. They're extremely rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Avocado toast took the world by storm for a good reason. Avocados delicious and fantastic for your health. We all know that they're rich in healthy fats, but they're also a great source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
It may be best to check with your doctor before consuming huge amounts of Jello, but that doesn't change the fact that it's rich in collagen. Collagen encourages your hair to go faster and stronger. You can also get collagen from bone broth, but gelatin is a lot more delicious.
AuthorAlot Health TeamLast Updated: December 14, 2023