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Eat your way to healthier, shinier hair

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Like your skin, preserving the condition of your hair starts at meal time.  The cells and body processes that create strong, vibrant hair and good skin depend on a balanced diet.  The nutrients we eat help to fortify the hair follicle and the scalp, creating glossier, better looking hair.

Essential Fatty Acids

These are healthy fats critical to a properly functioning body, and are needed to grow hair. About three percent of the hair shaft is made up of fatty acids. Some of them, like Omega-3, are also found in cell membranes in the scalp, and in the natural oils that keep both the skin and hair hydrated.

The body is not able to produce fatty acids on its own, so foods like walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, herring and avocado are great at providing these essential oils.

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Healthy hair starts not from your shampoo and conditioner, but from your diet.

Boost your Biotin levels

This water soluble B complex vitamin encourages hair and scalp health. Too little biotin in the body can lead to hair loss. Getting enough biotin in the diet, combined with vitamin B6 reduces hair thinning by increasing scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles.

Dietary sources of biotin include nuts, brown rice and oats. Walnuts are also rich in biotin and vitamin E.

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Walnuts are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making them a great food to eat for healthier hair.

Level up on vitamin C

Our hair strands are surrounded by collagen, which breaks down with age and causes hair to be vulnerable to breaking.  The best way to boost collagen production is to consume more vitamin C. The vitamin is also critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed hair follicles.

Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, blueberries, kiwis, sweet potatoes and red peppers.  Refrigerators like the Electrolux FlexFresh have crisper drawers with adjustable humidity, allowing you to keep vegetables fresher for longer. This helps to keep their vitamin and mineral content high for consumption.

Make more keratin

Keratin is a protein in our hair, whose production is aided by methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  MSM also strengthens hair follicles.  Leafy greens like Swiss chard, watercress, beets, asparagus and cabbage contain some MSM, with raw produce containing higher amounts than cooked ones.

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