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May 28, 2013

Vibrant hair comes with a balanced and nutritious diet; when we take care of our bodies, our bodies take care of us and give us better output. By incorporating the following foods into your meals, you'll be eating your way to shinier, stronger, more vibrant hair.

What you eat directly effects your scalp and follicles, which are the root of good hair. A balanced and varied diet is key. Focus on foods rich in protein, beta-carotene, folate, biotin and omega-3s, and you'll surely see a difference in your locks.

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Keep in mind that hair changes take a few months to notice, so stick with these nutritious foods and don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away!

Lentils

Not only is the protein in lentils key for glowing hair, but the iron, zinc, and biotin are also powerful nutrients. Specifically, biotin regenerates cell growth, which will help combat hair loss and brittle hair.

Walnuts

Rich in biotin and essential fatty acids, walnuts are a wonderful food to snack on to get vibrant hair. A lack of biotin in the body leads to hair loss, so adding it into the diet will lead to stronger hair.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A in the body. Nourishing cell function through sweet potatoes helps produce scalp oils that lead to stronger and more vibrant hair.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in folate, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, which keep scalp oils circulating, and hair follicles nourished. Folate is important because it renews cells that promote hair growth.

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Salmon

Salmon is an omega-3 powerhouse, giving us the essential fatty acids that our bodies can't produce on our own. These omega-3s are a necessary component of hair shaft growth, which will keep your scalp oils hydrated as well. Also, salmon is rich in protein, which is the building block of our cells and thus our hair output.

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Tara Sowlaty
Tara Sowlaty

Tara Sowlaty RHC is a Natural Foods Chef and Registered Health Coach, trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute and Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She created The Tara List Solution, which gives you tools to stay healthy yet still embrace the delicious side of life. You can find her tips and secrets on The Tara List, as well as on  The Chalkboard Mag and TheExaminer.com. She wants to share her health and foodie knowledge to help others maintain a balanced and thriving lifestyle. Make a promise to yourself and commit to The Tara List Solution; it’s a way of life.

Never diet, deprive, or doubt again… The Tara List Solution will take you into balance, moderation, and happiness!