Hair growth is a pretty common subject for many. The rate at which your hair grows of falls out can say a lot about your health and the impact of what you eat. Every food contains some nutrients that is good or bad for ones general health. We are definitely what we eat and getting the right dose of nutrients from food is a great way to prevent hair loss.
How Does Diet Affect Hair Growth
Hair is continuously growing and being replaced, and the follicles are constantly creating new hairs from nutrients in the body. Therefore, your diet needs to consist of nutrients that will help to grow and regrow your hair. There are thousands of people suffering from hair loss, baldness, and improper hair growth. The only solution to combat this problem is a proper diet with high proteins and nutrients. This blogpost is aimed at giving you information about food that promote hair growth and why you need to take them.
Before talking about what food is good for hair growth, it is important to understand what hair is made of. A good understanding of hair’s composition helps us to know which food to choose in the quest to grow hair. Hair is made up of 91% protein called keratin and keratin is made up of amino acids and fatty acids. Therefore, it is normal to eat foods that are rich in these nutrients.
Here are the foods you can eat to promote hair growth
Eggs, Almonds and Milk
These are biotin rich foods that helps to boost keratin to promote strong hair and nails. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. As a result, including these biotin-rich foods such as whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour, milk and yeast can help to regrow your hair.
Salmon fish, Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Walnuts and Cod Liver oil.
These foods are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which nourishes hair follicles, encourages hair growth, improves blood circulation, moisturizes scalp and prevents dandruff. The twist here is our body cannot produce this Omega 3 fatty acids, so we need to get it through diet only. Lack of Omega 3 fatty acids lead to malfunctioning of hair follicles and hair follicles stop producing new hair, resulting in baldness.
Oats, Whole Grain Cereals, Avocados
These foods are rich in minerals such as iron, copper and zinc. Minerals are very important for hair growth. Iron for example is a vital important mineral for hair and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient-rich blood supply. Therefore, when iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. This is why it is important to eat food that contains minerals.
Carrots, Pumpkins and Sweet Potatoes
Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum, we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Therefore it is important to incorporate vitamin A based foods in a diet for a healthy sebum. Include animal products and orange/yellow colored vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.