I am a produce girl all the way, I love walking through the farmers market when I can, and if I cant get to the market, the produce isle atÂ WalmartÂ will do. Honestly I should be crazy skinny the amount of fruit andÂ vegetablesÂ I buy, juice and eat. ButÂ that’sÂ a whole other post. I was checking the other day on what items in the produce section I could focus on that are geared specifically to hair growth and overall hair health and it turns out its pretty much some of the same basic items we all know and love.
Before we get into the food choices I must highlight that the best thing to do when choosing your produce is to determine whatÂ vitaminsÂ you are looking for that is specifically geared towards great hair health. For example Vitamin C is huge for preventing hair loss, hair growth and preventing dryness and vitamin A, eat your carrots baby girl, is great for scalp health, shiny hair and healthy hair follicles.
Lets create a grocery list!
Oranges – Great source of vitamin C, used to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Personally I love oranges and I bought a flashy little red citrus juicer that really helps when making fresh juice and avoiding the box versions.
Grapefruits – Another great source of vitamin C but in addition to that it helps with blood circulation which is great for hair growth and over all health. If you are going to buy oranges you might as well throw some grapefruits in the cart as well.
Lemons – Lemons are a must have on any shopping list, but for hair it helps with hair loss, dandruff and itchy scalps. I like to call it the beauty fruit because it adds to theÂ beautyÂ aspect of your hair. Add lemon to your water as much as you can especially in the morning as soon as you wake up, your welcome because if you make this a habit you will be thanking me in the furture.
Cherries and Cherry Juice – Cherries are in season now and are very rich in iron which not only prevents anemia but hair loss as well. IÂ haven’tÂ juiced any cherries but I bought my first bunch this week, and I will keep buying them throughout the season.
Berries – Black, Blue andÂ RaspberriesÂ are great for circulation and helping to reduce shedding, I stay berried up because of my own shedding issues the best way to get them in is throw them in a smoothie, that way you can eat a bunch without feeling overwhelmed.
Guava – Oh how I miss thee, IÂ haven’tÂ been able to get much guavas but if you can find them, the vitamin A in those fruits promotes hair growth and overall hair health.
For hair masks and cool treatments, Bananas are a great pick, peaches also make a great hair mask and the pulp from plums is great to reduce hair loss when applied directly to the hair
Go Green – Dark leafy greenÂ vegetablesÂ are your best bet so add these to your cart
Bok Choy – Yummy! theÂ vegetableÂ contains vitamins A and C and helps your body produce sebumÂ whichÂ is your hairs natural moisturizer and oil. InÂ additionÂ toÂ vitaminÂ A and C Â Bok Choy contains calcium and iron which are needed for hair growth. If you ever have whole fish, a great way to prepare it is to stuff the fish with Bok Choy wrap each fishÂ securelyÂ with some foil paper, stick them in the oven and allow them to steam for about 20 minutes or until the fish is well done. The Bok Choy will add the best flavor to the fish and its a great way to get your veggies incorporated in the dish.
Spinach, Swiss Chard – Same benefits as above, and in addition to adding theseÂ vegetablesÂ to fish and salad, I like to juice the Chard and I add spinach to smoothies, these are must haves on any hair growth shopping list.
Carrots – Like I said before, eat your carrots, they are one of the best sources of Vitamin A out there and your hair will be conditioned, shiny, growing and healthy if you get them in your diet often. Personally I hate carrots, I cant lie I always have, so now I juice them and theyÂ aren’tÂ so bad I add ginger and lemon to mask the taste.
Red Bell Peppers – Great source of Vitamin C and is best when eaten raw, so add them to your salad and eat up! They are a bit Â pricey especially in comparison to the green ones but every now and then I will buy the red, orange, yellow and the green for variety.
Avocados – IÂ couldn’tÂ decide if this was a fruit or aÂ vegetableÂ but in any case it is a great source of vitamin E which is important for hair growth and healthy hair. Oh and its a great hair mask ingredient as well!
I think its a fruit because it has a seed Â *shrugs shoulder*
There you have it, your hair growth produce grocery list, feel free to add to the list because B vitamins are great for hair health and growth as well which are found in other food other than just produce.