The secret to healthy and shiny hair is in two things – the nutrients your hair gets from your diet and what you use on your hair. Strike the right balance with these key ingredients and you too can have great hair. We will focus on what foods you should be eating if you want great looking hair.
The key nutrients for strong healthy hair are iron, zinc, protein and biotin. Iron and zinc help hair follicles to grow. Protein promotes cell growth and repair and is essential for healthy hair. Biotin is a vitamin that occurs naturally (vitamin B7) and supports protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Omega 3 fatty acids may help to reduce hair loss. Vitamin D is also important as deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to hair loss.
So here are the foods for healthy hair:
Eggs – These are full of nutrition, they are great source of many vitamins, minerals and protein including biotin. Although biotin will not stimulate new hairs, it may give you healthier hair that is thicker and fuller.
Walnuts – all nuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, but Walnuts also have vitamin E which is an essential vitamin for healthy hair and skin.
Salmon – Another food that is full of omega 3 fatty acids, Salmon also has protein, amino acids and vitamin D which have major health benefits.
Spinach – Iron deficiency is a major cause of hair loss, therefore ensure you are taking in enough iron from healthy food sources such as Spinach.
Sweet Potatoes – These are full of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and Zinc and iron. Adding sweet potatoes to your diet will help nourish your hair.
Avocado – The health benefits of avocado are becoming more and more well known. This fruit is known to promote hair growth, as well as eating it you can also use it topically to moisturize and condition your hair.
Chicken – chicken is full of protein that is essential for hair to grow. Or if you’re vegetarian try a meat substitute that contains plenty of protein.
Adding all of these foods to your diet will mean that you will be gaining the vitamins, minerals and protein needed for amazing healthy hair. Cutting down on foods high in sugar and fat will help too because many processed foods do not have the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair and skin. If you nourish your body with healthy foods you will notice the effects on your overall health as well as your hair.
Your hair has a huge impact in your overall appearance and if maintained well can make you look and feel great. The condition of your hair, the length and volume all contribute to healthy looking hair. Nourish your hair from the inside and out and you will have a great head of hair.
Often our busy lifestyles lead to deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals that can lead to hair loss and dry brittle hair. It is known that anemia or iron deficiency can cause hair loss, as can vitamin D deficiency. You may have to supplement your diet if you are in fact deficient, but you should consult a doctor before adding supplements to your diet as an unnecessary increased amount of vitamins and minerals can also have adverse effects. A blood test can check your level of certain vitamins and minerals and may help diagnose other potential health related issues that may be affecting your hair.
Remember there are also lots of other healthy foods that you can eat for healthy hair, as long as they contain the nutrients that are essential for healthy hair. These include protein, iron and zinc – these help hair follicles to grow, vitamin C aids iron absorption, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and biotin.
Other factors such as drinking alcohol can affect the health of your hair too. Alcohol is dehydrating and this itself can lead to hair that is dry and brittle. Excessive drinking can lead to iron deficiencies which may result in hair loss.
As we become more conscious about how our hair and skin look, we can make better decisions about the food we eat, this will lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.