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What can you do to help your hair grow stronger, more voluminous, longer, and faster and overall be healthier? You can EAT! One of my personal favorite past times is eating and that is one of the reasons I attribute to my hair being so thick, voluminous and strong. Obviously, it isn’t just eating any food – but food that is healthy and beneficial for your entire body.
Protein and iron are two of the best things to eat for hair growth and health. A lack of either of these in your diet can lead to hair loss and other health problems. Eating protein rich and iron rich foods not only help your hair. People with a lot of protein and iron in their diet are generally more in shape, have healthier, cleaner and more radiant skin and are less likely to be depressed.
Anemia, or too little iron in your system, is a major cause of hair loss (especially in women). Foods with a lot of iron include animal products like chicken and fish, red meat, lentils, leafy green vegetables like kale or broccoli and spinach.
Protein is crucial for overall health, not just healthy hair. A lack of protein in ones diet can lead to dry hair – which makes it weak and brittle (AKA more likely to break off into split ends or fall out). Chicken, fish, dairy, and turkey are the most protein rich foods you can eat to maintain a full head of healthy locks.
Vitamin A, E and Vitamin C are also crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and with that healthy hair. Blueberries, kiwi, sweet potatoes, strawberries and papaya are extremely rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps iron absorb into the cells which makes your hair stronger. With a lack of vitamin c, less iron will be absorbed and the hair will be more likely to thin or fall out. Nuts and grains have a lot of Vitamin E! Just like our skin, our hair is damaged by the sun – so with foods with a lot of nutrition like nuts we balance out what you’re losing from the damaging effects. Vitamin A acts as a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp and through eating vegetables like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes we are constantly replenishing our scalp health – which is the root to where our hair grows. Without healthy roots – we won’t have health hair so Vitamin A plays a vital role in the growth and health of hair.
We are constantly losing hair. Without the constant replenishment of all these key vitamins, proteins and iron we will lose even more hair then we normally do. It is very important to eat healthy in order to remain a full head of healthy hair. It’s not like without these things our hair is doomed – but with them, we won’t have to worry that the next time we brush hair will be the last.
Contributing Writer: Hayden Cohen