POSTED IN Advice ON 31 July, 2018
31 Jul Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair
TO HEALTHY HAIR
We always talk about what products you need to use on your hair to keep it looking and feeling healthy. But did you know that your diet can also play a big part in the condition of your hair?
To help you eat your way to healthy hair, we’ve put a list together of the key nutrients that your hair needs to be healthy.
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair which may lead to hair loss. Biotin rich foods are wholegrains, liver, soy flour and yeast.
Too little iron is a chief cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply, when iron levels fall below a certain point, you may experience anemia; which affects the hair growth cycle. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are great to eat with any iron-rich foods. The best sources of vitamin C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. These foods help in the production of collagen which strengthens the hair shafts.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body can’t make on its own. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts will help to create a healthy supply of Omega-3.
Vitamin A helps to create Sebum, which is an oily substance created by our hair’s glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without Sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Orange/yellow coloured vegetables are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes are the perfect additions to your diet.
Zinc and Selenium
Scalp protection involves other important minerals, particularly Zinc and Selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of Zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.
The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin, so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing Zinc and Selenium as well as vitamin E, so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.
We’ve saved the best until last! The protein, iron and B-vitamins in dark chocolate are fabulous for your hair.
We hope these tips get you well on your way to your dream hair! If you have any further questions about the condition of your hair, we recommend speaking to your FG Stylist.
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