We have, once again, reached the holiday season; that time to give thanks, gifts and eat eat eat. With all of the entertaining we plan to do for the next couple of months, I have put together a simple guide of your favorite meals that you are sure to encounter and how they will benefit your goal of healthy hair growth.
Let’s start with my favorite type of meal, pie! Sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie. We love these guys because they are super loaded with Vitamin A. Vitamin A stimulates the hair follicles and helps the scalp to produce sebum, which keeps the scalp and hair hydrated. But you’ll only want a sliver because they’re also full of sugar and high in fat. Other great sources for Vitamin A are carrots and kale. Candied yams are also a good source of Vitamin A but has lots of sugar.
If you’re going to get rice, then skip the white rice and ask for brown. Brown rice, along with oats and sunflower seeds are great
sources of Biotin, which is known as the “hair vitamin”. It promotes hair growth and prevents brittle, fragile hair.
No feast is complete without a turkey dinner. You can feel good knowing that turkey is the leanest of all meats. It is also a good
source of Potassium, Iron and Niacin. Increasing your Potassium intake will remove excess sodium from the hair follicles and eliminate Potassium deficiency, which can result in hair loss. Iron deficiency can also lead to hair loss, so go ahead and help yourself to seconds. Research has shown that Biotin works better with Niacin. If you substitute the stuffing for brown rice as your side, then you have created a great meal for great hair.
Green bean casserole anyone? Green beans are a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Copper. It’s also a great source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. Phew, is your hair growing yet? Just pick off the fried onions as they add tons of unnecessary fat to the dish.
Dishes that you’ll want to stay away from, or just have a taste of are: cranberry sauce (mostly sugar), bread stuffing (good source of selenium, but is high in sodium) Sodium prevents the absorption of vital nutrients required for healthy hair.
Most nutritional data from: http://nutritiondata.self.com/