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Discover these seven remarkable foods that naturally enhance the health of your hair

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(NaturalNews) The hair care product industry is big business and is expected to reach $265 billion in global revenues by 2017. More people are feeling the need to put something on their hair to make it appear more lustrous and youthful. Oftentimes consumers turn to chemical products that may damage the natural beauty of the hair, or mask problems that start within the body.

Many of these over-the-counter hair products introduce harmful substances directly into the scalp. Shampoos, serums, conditioners, styling gels, hair sprays, masks, glazes and colorants are all popular products, but many may leech hormone-disrupting chemicals into the blood as the skin absorbs their chemistry.

That's why many people are going natural with their body care products, or ditching hair products altogether. More people are realizing that lustrous and youthful hair begins with how they eat. Hair health is a major indicator of a person's inner health. Nutrition makes all the difference in the shine, strength and volume of hair.

These seven foods have a positive impact on the health of your hair

In the popular 1930s cartoon, Popeye the sailor man, Popeye showed off his muscles and the secret to his strength: spinach. The cartoon's creators could have given Popeye a better-looking head of hair, because spinach is also a top food for promoting healthy hair. Full of potassium, calcium, fiber, iron, protein, vitamin K, A, C and E, spinach gives the cells a great set of instructions for healthy organ function and healthy hair growth.

Oysters sure are a treasure of the ocean, not only because some species produce highly-sought-after pearls, but also because they are an excellent source of iron, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, zinc and calcium. Oysters are optimal sources of nutrition, making them a great food to promote beautiful, healthy hair. They also have the added benefit of being low in fat, calories and cholesterol.

Sweet potatoes are a fertility food, full of fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin A. These tasty root vegetables, which are fun to grow and harvest, provide the body with fertile conditions to promote the growth of healthy locks.

A high profile of omega-3 fatty acids, found in wild salmon, give the body the conditions it needs to dramatically improve hair health.

Lentils are a great all-around wholefood. These tiny, lens-shaped, protein-rich legumes can be added to soups and side dishes as a substitute for meats, and as a natural way to stimulate healthy hair growth.

Greek yogurt is a fantastic snack to help multiply and diversify the good species of bacteria in the gut. The stronger the microbiome of the individual, the more effective their body is at utilizing the nutrients in other foods. Probiotic-rich foods help every system of the body, including promoting healthy hair growth.

The building blocks of proteins – amino acids – are prevalent in the roots and leaves of nettles. These amino acids make nettles a powerful food for promoting healthy hair. When touched, this wild plant lets off a powerful sting, but this sting could be perceived as an indicator of the plant's finer, therapeutic nutritional profile. Nettles can be consumed in herbal teas or as a medicinal supplement, and will quickly remedy many maladies, while also promoting beautiful, lustrous hair.

By incorporating these seven foods into your lifestyle, you will be well on your way toward natural, healthy hair. There's no need to douse the scalp with chemicals that create disharmony within the body.

Common cancer-causing hair product chemicals, such as DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) serve no healthy purpose. Neither do sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), which actually harm the quality of hair and restrict its growth. Other common shampoo ingredients like propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol, only dry out the hair, stripping its natural beauty and causing split ends.

Many hair "care" products contain no nourishing, nutritional profile at all, and mask the true source of healthy hair. Healthy hair comes from within, empowered by nutritional instructions.

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