When it comes to the health of your hair, what’s on the inside is just as important as what’s on the outside – which is to say that what you eat, the vitamins and minerals that you consume, are as vital to strong, healthy hair as the products, procedures, and styling tools you use. What’s more – in some cases, hair loss and hair thinning are caused solely by nutritional deficiencies.
To protect and strengthen your mane, nourish it from the inside with these important nutrients:
Protein is a building block of healthy hair, and follicles need it to grow. When our bodies aren’t getting enough protein, they’ll use it where it needs it most, and many times that means cutting off the supply to your hair. This can leave strands dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Protein also helps to repair and construct new tissue.
Found in: Lean meats, soy, green peas and other legumes, eggs, dairy, quinoa, nuts and nut butters, beans, tempeh and tofu
Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Our hair follicles require iron to grow, and iron also helps hair produce important cell proteins that keep it strong and healthy.
Found in: Lean red meat, spinach, kale, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, and iron-enriched cereals
Omega-3s are fatty acids that help hydrate hair strands, leaving it feeling silky and healthy. They also help to promote hair growth.
Found in: Salmon, tuna, omega-3 fortified eggs and yogurt, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, oatmeal, walnuts, kale, spinach
Biotin and B12
Biotin is a B vitamin that helps your body produce amino acids, and encourages the development of new cells. Those amino acids are critical for the growth of strong, healthy hair follicles. Some studies have also found that taking a biotin supplement can help boost hair growth and restore hair color. Vitamin B12 helps to prevent hair loss.
Found in: Eggs, nuts, Swiss chard, carrots, bananas, lentils, cauliflower, and biotin supplements, fish, and chicken
Vitamin C helps the body produce and maintain its collagen, a type of tissue inside hair follicles. It also acts an antioxidant in the body, protecting the hair’s cells from damage and free radicals.
Found in: Citrus, red and green bell peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and pineapple
For more information about reversing, treating, or preventing hair loss, call Kalos Hair Transplant and schedule your consultation today.
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Atlanta, GA 30342