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#RealGirlBeauty: 7 Superfoods For Healthy, Shinier Hair

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No matter how well you care for your precious strands, in order to have truly lustrous locks, you need to eat right. It’s true that you are what you eat - but so is your hair! We give you a few superfoods for healthy, shinier hair. Incorporate them into your diet for a glossy mane stat.



1. Flaxseeds


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They are a great source of essential fatty acids, most importantly Omega 3. Flaxseeds are great for hair (and good health). Omega­ 3 fatty acids help strengthen your hair follicles while adding a touch of shine. Eat a fistful every morning or sprinkle some onto your glass of nimbu pani.



2. Chicken


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We loose about 50­-100 strands of hair every day, sure, but if you are leaving an even larger trail of hair in your wake, then you may want to start eating more chicken. Your hair needs its building blocks, a.k.a. protein (your strands are mainly made of protein). Without it, your body can’t replace the hairs that you shed. So add a piece of chicken, or a chunk of cottage cheese (if you’re vegetarian) to your diet every other day. (But nothing fried, please!)



3. Pumpkin ­Seeds


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About a 1⁄2 cup of whole, roasted pumpkin seeds can help you load up on zinc in your system. This mineral is an essential for the body and helps prevent scalp dryness (a precursor to dandruff), hair fall and frizzy hair. If you are not fond of pumpkin seeds, make sure you eat other zinc-rich foods like yoghurt and fortified cereals.



4. Strawberries


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If your strands break from the middle, they may need an extra dose of Vitamin C. Plus, your body needs Vitamin C to build protein. So help yourself to a few strawberries as a healthy snack as often as you can. In a short period of time, you'll notice less breakage than before. You can also load up on other citrus fruits like oranges and grapes.



5. Almonds


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Not only are they amazing for boosting your memory (like our mums told us during exams), but their health benefits are manifold as well. Rich in Vitamin E and other anti­-oxidants, almonds help avoid and repair damage caused to your hair and scalp by UV exposure. Munching a handful of these magic nuts every morning can be one of the nicest things you do for your body and hair. It doesn’t matter whether you eat them with the skin or without - however you like it is fine.



6. Lentils


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Here's another reason to finish your bowl of daal at lunch every day: strong hair. Lentils are a rich source of biotin (and protein and zinc), an ingredient that has proven to promote healthy hair and growth. Make sure you have enough biotin in your diet naturally rather than supplements. If you're dealing with major hair fall, load up on lentils to make your hair stronger.



7. Greek Yoghurt


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One of the most nutrient-­rich and yummy foods around, it's a great boost for your hair (and skin!). Not only is it on high on protein but also vitamin B5, a.k.a. pantothenic acid, an ingredient we end up seeing on hair care product labels. Opt for a low-fat version to save on calories. Oikos Greek Yogurt is a good brand to try from your neighbourhood supermarket.




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