A healthy diet is equal to healthy hair. Every time, we eat foods, we either harm our hair or nourish it. It’s completely our choice whether we eat the food we’re craving for an hour or get the hair we’re craving for a lifetime.If our diet is not a pack of the right nutrients, then the thinning of the hair is inevitable. Although, it’s very hard to picka salad dish over your favorite pizza, yet if you love your hair, you should look for the nutrients and not the taste. Healthy diets may not be tasty, but they are definitely good for your overall health.
How food affects the hair growth?
A well-balanced diet contains all the essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and others. All these are essential for our hair. Obviously, it gets the nutrients from the food we eat. Our body prioritizes the parts to which it should distribute the nutrients. Hair comes very later in this list. After giving the nutrition to the vital body parts to maintain the metabolic functions, the leftover is given to the hair follicles. As such, if the hair follicles do not get enough nutriments, then it will become brittle and dry, just like our nails. If it goes on like this, then very soon we will lose all our hairs.
- Protein: All hair strands are made of proteins. It suggests that protein is the must for its growth. At any given time, approximately 90% of our hairs remain in the growing stage. The maximum duration of this growing stage is 3 years. After that, each hair enters a resting phase before it falls out to make place for a new hair to grow. However, if your regular diet does not contain enough protein, a large number of hairs will go to the resting phase. When such is the case, hair loss will be automatically noticeable.
- Vit. E and iron: Deficiency of Vit. E and iron is directly related to hair loss. According to the spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “The trace minerals selenium, copper, and magnesium are involved in the production of various proteins that form our hair.”Spinach, lean meat, fish are some of the good sources of iron that you can include in your diet.
- Vit. B12: Cells constantly divide to grow new hairs. This process involves the production of DNA. Due to lack of Vit. B12, the hair growth breaks off and the existing hairs start falling out. Eggs, oysters, and dairy products are considered as the storehouse of Vit. B12. So, include it in your food.
What foods are harmful for hair?
- Starchy foods: The foods that can be easily broken down into sugar are harmful for hair. Pastas, pizzas, noodles, white breads etc. contain starch which increases the level of androgens. It shrinks the hair follicles and ultimately leads to hair loss.
- Sugar: I admit that sweet foods are surpassingly tasty, butit raises the blood sugar and androgen level. As a result, the hair follicles get shrunk and lead to the shedding of the hair.
- Hard drinks: If you have ever drunk hard drinks, you might have noticed that your throat and your face are dried out. Your hair also feels the same. Do you know why? It is because the hard drinks are diuretic, it rolls up dehydration.
- Juice cleanses: Wait, haven’t we heard that juice cleanses are healthy? Not really. These sugar-loaded juices fry the hair follicles and the absence of the protein makes your locks thin.
- Salty foods: It’s useless to say that salt contains sodium. Try to keep the level of the sodium below 2300mg/day to enjoy a strong hair. If this level rises, then your hair will prone to breakage and shedding.So, keep the chips and other fries at bay.
- Fish with high Mercury content: Various fish contains low level of mercury. So, you don’t have to worry if you’re a sushi freak like me. But try to avoid swordfish and crab, as these two are mercury magnets and will cause rapid hair loss.
Though the vegans do not eat any animal protein, yet remember to include other protein, zinc, and iron rich foods in your daily diet. Let your hair grow more this year by avoiding these foods.