9 of the Best Foods for Healthy Hair (and 3 to Avoid)

Shiny, bouncy tresses are at the top of our wish list pretty much always. And while we’re no stranger to trying different beauty products in order to get us one inch closer to Blake Lively-esque locks, we’ve never thought about using what’s in our kitchen to boost our hair health. But according to nutritionist Frida Harju-Westman, what you eat can have a significant impact on your mane. Here, nine foods to add to your diet for beautiful hair and three to avoid.

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“As strands of hair are made up of protein

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Here’s how to lay the foundation for healthy hair according to Shahnaz Husain

Susan S. Johnson

If you want your child to have healthy hair, you have to take some common factors into consideration. These are physical fitness, nutrition, exercise, sleep, as well as some amount of external hair care. The external treatments should mainly be in the form of protective care.

Indeed, healthy hair is the outcome of good internal health and regular external care. Nutritional deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair loss. The diet is of great importance to skin and hair. During the growing years, proteins are of more importance. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are

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Ways to Make Your Diet Heart Healthy

Susan S. Johnson

Penny Kris-Etherton, fellow American Heart Association; Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; professor of nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Cleveland Clinic: “Obesity and Heart Disease,” “Heart Healthy Power Foods.”

American Heart Association: “Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia),” “Health Threats From High Blood Pressure,” “The Benefits of Beans and Legumes,” “Trans Fats,” “Meat, Poultry, and Fish: Picking Healthy Proteins,” “Know the flax (and the chia): A little seed may be what your diet needs,” “Healthy Cooking Oils,” “The Skinny on Fats.”

American Diabetes Association: “Make your heart work for your blood sugar.”

USDA: “Why is

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Keep it simple, cheap and healthy with beans — and these recipes

Susan S. Johnson

When I was younger, I never appreciated how lucky I was to spend time with many of my great-grandparents. One of them stands out.

Even in his old age, my great-grandfather Edwin was a bundle of energy. He was healthier than average and lived to be 99. 

I remember how much he aggravated my grandmother, because, just like most people, he wanted to maintain control of his life even as he aged and needed some help. Edwin was no longer driving and my grandmother was buying his groceries. But he insisted on going to the grocery store with her so

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