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Thinning or slow-growing hair can be a pain. There’s no shortage of supplements out there that promise to make your hair grow faster, but do they actually work? There are certain essential nutrients that do promote hair growth, but they’re most easily absorbed into the body when you consume them through whole, natural foods.

Some nutrients to look for include omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, protein, biotin, and vitamins C, E and A. Let’s take a look at which foods contain these vital nutrients.

Avocado

Avocado is full of the essential fatty acids that are a necessary component of skin cells. Boosting your intake of fatty acids keeps your scalp healthy, which in turn allows your hair to grow longer and healthier. For an added boost, you can apply avocado topically to the hair and scalp for about 10 minutes.

Salmon

Salmon is another food rich in fatty acids. In addition to the omega-3s that are necessary for scalp health, it contains protein that helps strengthen your hair strands.

Eggs

Many of the most common hair-growth supplements contain biotin, also known as vitamin B7. The yolk of an egg is rich in this nutrient, which is essential for hair, skin and nail growth. Eggs are also rich in protein and fatty acids.

Pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Snacking on these seeds throughout the day will supply you with a boost of vitamin E, which increases circulation to the scalp. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which keeps the scalp moisturized. A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair.

Oysters

Another abundant source of zinc can be found in the sea. One 3 ounce serving of fresh oysters contains a whopping 493% of your daily value of zinc.

Strawberries

There are many foods that are rich in vitamin C, but strawberries are one of the most delicious ways to pack this essential vitamin into your diet. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production, and collagen is a critical part of hair strands.

Sweet Potatoes

Vitamin A is crucial for a healthy scalp as well as hair growth, but it’s best to consume it from natural sources. The beautiful orange color of sweet potatoes is due to the high content of beta carotene, which is then formed into vitamin A.

Leafy Vegetables

Leafy vegetables have a couple important benefits: they’re rich in iron, and they contain MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). Iron deficiency is a common culprit of hair loss, while MSM is a vital component of keratin, a type of protein in hair strands.

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Conversation Starters

by Dee Dee

Ever get tired of the same old “How was your day?” question? The worst part is that it usually leads to an answer that’s about as tired as the question itself. Well, don’t worry you’re definitely not alone and I’ve just stumbled across the perfect, simple solution from The Dating Divas. They created these stacks and stacks of thought-provoking questions to draw out some much more stimulating and meaningful conversations.

These conversation starters have 250 prompts about intimacy, finances, quality time, romance, and family so if you make it through all of them, you’ll have hit all of the biggest ideas in marriage.

We decided on the ‘one a day’ approach and since the first time we’re really alone isn’t until we head to bed, we just have them divided up in our nightstands and we alternate nights. On my day, I’ll just choose a category and pull the top card from the deck. I read it aloud and then we chat about it. Sometimes it’s “easy” question and we share our thoughts for a few minutes but other times we actually have to stop and force ourselves to get to bed (we usually promise to think about it more and discuss over dinner the next day).

There have even been some questions on topics that we never would’ve thought to approach on our own. I think those are my favorites because afterwards we’re always so surprised we never talked about it before, and we usually have pretty similar thoughts on the matter too!

To keep everything organized and to make sure our cards aren’t spread throughout the nightstand (or even the entire house), it’s nice that they fit so perfectly in an Altoids tin. We keep all the cards in their little boxes, even the ones we’ve already discussed because you never know when your thoughts might change or something new might come to you. I’m a sucker for cute packaging, so I love the tins, but there are all kinds of ways to keep them organized – anything from a simple plastic baggie to a binder ring.

We’re pretty satisfied with our question a day routine but I do think it would be fun to use these conversation starters on a long road trip too. Having thoughtful conversation makes the drive seem a lot more purposeful and feel a lot less like a waste of time. We’re also lucky enough to see each other pretty much every night but I really think these would be fun to add to a nightly phone conversation if you’re in a long distance relationship!

So if you’re ready to open up those lines of communication the easy way and stop discussing only the basics of your spouse’s day, try some conversation starters today! I’m guessing you’ll be just as amazed as we were at the discussions these prompts encourage. Click here


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