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8 Thanksgiving Foods to Eat for Healthier Hair

November 17, 2017

Foods to Eat for Healthier Hair

The most anticipated part of Thanksgiving is its gorgeous meal spread, from delicious roast turkey to mouthwatering pumpkin pie. Apart from getting you in the festive mood, some of this typical Thanksgiving fare can also give you healthy luscious natural hair. It may be difficult to believe that dishes that contain oodles of butter and sugar are good for you hair, but it is true. Here are 8 Thanksgiving foods to consume this year packed with essential nutrients for your crown.  

Turkey

  • The protein keratin is vital for healthy hair because it is in reality the building block of your hair. If you do not have enough of this protein, your hair growth will definitely be affected. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your hair follicles remain strong and your hair growth rate increases is to include lean meat in your diet. Turkey is a lean meat that is brimming with high quality protein. It is also a good source of iron, which prevents your hair from thinning.  

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes are a staple in most Thanksgiving dinners and are promote healthy hair growth. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta-carotene, which is the precursor of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a very important role in your body. For example, it is responsible for cell growth (including hair growth). If you have a deficiency of this vitamin, problems like dandruff and dull, lifeless, and dry hair arise. For a healthy scalp as well as for a good hair growth rate, incorporate sweet potatoes in your diet.

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  • Pumpkin

  • Thanksgiving dinner has to include a slice or two of pumpkin pie. If you are someone who avoids eating pie, here is an added incentive - pumpkin is chockfull of healthy vitamins and minerals, which are good for your hair as well as your skin. Apart from being a rich source of beta-carotene, this vegetable is also a good source of minerals like potassium, iron, manganese, copper, and zinc. While zinc and copper have been linked to healthy hair, potassium not only stimulates healthy hair, but it also supports in hair regrowth. The best part about pumpkin is you can either consume it or apply it topically to your scalp as a conditioner.

  • Cranberry

  • Who does not like a good dollop of cranberry sauce with turkey on Thanksgiving? Although these berries may be small in size, the health benefits offered by them have a big impact. Cranberry juice contains a good amount of vitamin A and vitamin C – vitamins that are needed for promoting hair growth, which in turn prevents hair fall and breakage. Because of the antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties of cranberries, they are used in the preventing dandruff as well as psoriasis. You can apply cranberries directly on your scalp as a treatment for dandruff. Another benefit of these berries is that you can use them as natural hair color to achieve the latest natural hair styles

  • Carrots

  • The next time you think about skipping roasted carrot on your Thanksgiving dinner plate, reconsider. Carrots can be termed as powerhouses of nutrients because they contain a good quantity of vitamin A, carotenoids, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and more. These nutrients work together to prevent hair loss, and make your hair stronger, longer, and even shinier. The vitamin C and E present in carrots helps prevent premature hair graying by improving the blood circulation to your scalp.

  • Greens

  • Greens like mustards, collards, and green beans are superfoods when it comes to healthy natural hair. These greens are perhaps the best sources of beta-carotene and are also a good source of folate, vitamin E, and vitamin C. While vitamin C helps in the buildup of collagen to make your hair strands stronger, folate is responsible of renewing the cells, thereby aiding the growth of healthy hair. Vitamin E is vital for repairing the damage to your hair follicles and reducing inflammation. Green beans contain a good quantity of biotin, which is essential for maintaining healthy hair.

  • Pecans

  • Another popular dessert during Thanksgiving is the Pecan Pie, and even this provides health benefits for your hair. These nuts are a great source of the amino acid L-arginine. L-arginine is typically used to promote growth of healthy hair as well as to treat male pattern baldness. This amino acid also improves the blood circulation to the hair roots by boosting the flexibility of the walls of the arteries. Pecans are also a good source of iron, which is yet another mineral needed for healthy hair. One of the most common causes of hair loss is anemia (iron deficiency). Including pecans in your Thanksgiving dinner ensures that you are combating hair loss.

  • Oranges

  • Whether you include oranges in your Thanksgiving salad or in your cranberry sauce, these fruits play an important role in achievingnatural conditioner you healthy hair. The vitamin C present in the oranges helps increase your hair growth rate. They are also a good source of vitamin B and folic acid – both of them are essential for healthy hair. Do not throw away the orange peel, it can be used to prevent dandruff. Crush the orange peel to make a pulp or juice it up, and apply the resultant mixture directly to your scalp. It is a very effective treatment for dandruff and also works as a .


    If a healthy scalp and luscious locks sound desirable to you, include these foods in your Thanksgiving meal without fail. Who would have thought that getting healthy hair would be so easy and tasty!


    Vivian Kaye
    Vivian Kaye

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    Vivian Kaye is the Queen of Kank and the founder of KinkyCurlyYaki (KCY). Tired of the "African in the front, Indian in the back" hair extensions available to women of color, Vivian set out to find high quality natural hair extensions that blended with her own hair. In 2010, KCY was launched. Her passion for natural hair and curls resonates with her customers and continues to be the guiding principle of what KCY is all about.



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