I love French fries. Ok, I love French fries and chocolate cake. I balance them out with broccoli and salad. I am thin and physically fit. What does my foodie life have to do with my hair? The short answer…. A lot!

We are all shooting to be healthier. Looking for ways to make a difference in our waistline, skin, nails and of course, hair. You may want to look to your diet. We all know the daily dose chart from school, it may be time to revisit it. There are a few simple additions/modifications you can make to your weekly diet that will pack a big punch.

First, drink more water. I know, everyone says that. Because it’s true! Your hair can suffer from dehydration along with your skin and body. Winter weather, dry climate, and simply not drinking enough can leave hair more brittle and susceptible to split ends and breakage.

Salmon. We all know…want great hair and skin? ORDER THE SALMON. I know the cheeseburger sounds amazing. But, trust us, switching it up will give lasting results. Nearly 3% of the hair shaft is made up of fatty acids and salmon if full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your skin and hair. It’s also great for your scalp. When ordering, always go for the Wild Caught and skip Farm Raised when possible. Hate fish? Reach for the walnuts, they are the only nut with significant amount of fatty acids.

There are bunches of other foods that will help give you shiny hair and a healthy scalp. Try incorporating spinach for its iron, beta keratin, and Viatmin C. Eggs are a great source of protein and have 4 key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron, which help carries oxygen to your hair. Blueberries, sweet potatoes and heaps of dark leafy greens are all a great alternative to the bag of chips that are calling your name from the pantry right now. It’s not just you, I can hear them too.

My mom always said it’s ok to have the cake, just don’t have it everyday! Balance is key. Add in some new veggies… you can have the cake tomorrow.