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Natural Hair Care: Foods that Promote Fast Hair Growth

healthy hairWe’ve all had that short cut that just won’t seem to grow out. It was cute short, but it goes through awkward stage after awkward stage as you try to make it grow long again. Whether you’re growing your hair out from a bad cut or awkward growth stages, or just want more style options, you can encourage your hair to grow faster by consuming a few common foods that are good for you and promote healthy hair growth. Many of these items could combine into delicious, low-calorie salads that are packed with nutrients, or mix a few of these items into breakfast smoothies on the go. These foods are not just good for your hair – they’re good for your overall well-being. Here are a few of our low-calorie favorites, which are part of a healthy diet too.

Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and follicles, encouraging your hair to grow faster. Classic foods with vitamin C include citrus fruits, but did you know that yellow bell peppers have five times the amount of vitamin C as an orange? Guavas, kale, kiwi, broccoli, berries, and tomatoes are also excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C assists in the growth of tissue and the repair of damaged tissue. This means that if you damage your hair cells or scalp in any way, Vitamin C can help repair it. Mix up a great smoothie using many of these ingredients, and drink one each morning for a healthy way to start the day.

Omega-3's

Omega-3's keep your scalp healthy, which promotes hair growth. They are polyunsaturated fatty acids. Find Omega-3 in salmon, eggs, flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, and soybeans. While all of these options are healthy options to eat, you can also purchase Omega-3 supplements at any health food store. We recommend getting the supplements that are odor-free.
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Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble B-Vitamin. Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin not only encourages a healthy scalp, but it also helps with healthy hair growth. Biotin is in an amazing amount of delicious foods: eggs, almonds, mushrooms, blueberries, tuna, avocado, and sunflower seeds are all excellent sources of biotin. Grab a handful of almonds as a mid-afternoon snack, or mix some tuna and avocado together for a lean version of tuna salad.
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