Seeing hair fall out in the shower is not only a universal sign of ageing; it could also mean that something in your diet just is not adding up. Doctors warn of the benefits of a comprehensive and nutritious diet to ward off disease and improve life expectancy, but it’s not often made apparent that a good diet can also give your hair a fighting chance well into old age.
Your hair follicles are like any other living part of your body. They need blood, oxygen, and a good regimen of nutrients and minerals in order to stay healthy and keep performing their role.
With that said, here is a look at some of the most beneficial foods to keeping your hair strong and vibrant.
Spinach and leafy, iron rich greens should be a staple part of any diet. Iron is a crucial component in haemoglobin, the compound that transports oxygen around your body and allows cells to produce energy.
Iron deficiencies are relatively common, especially for younger and pregnant women, and are a prime suspect when looking at non-genetic causes of hair loss. Along with hair loss, iron deficiencies can have several other effects:
- Brittle nails and skin
- Abnormal Heart Rate
Spinach also contains a helpful dose of vitamin C, which plays an important role in repairing damaged skin tissue (and also hair follicles), and aids in the absorption of iron.
Nuts, Seeds and Whole Grains
Nuts, seeds and whole grains have one special ingredient in common – biotin. Almonds, walnuts and whole grain breads are some of the more nutritious and cost effective options.
While the exact mechanism by which biotin acts is unclear, it is known to help bodily cells process energy and is heavily involved in the development of keratin, a protein found in the hair and nails.
While biotin deficiencies are rare, adding extra biotin to your diet can help maintain existing hair, texture and colour. It also has extra benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, and helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
Salmon and Mackerel
Despite the bodies need for essential omega-3 fatty acids, we do not produce them naturally. Aside from being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon and mackerel are rich in proteins, which the body needs for muscular and cellular growth.
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to the body as they assist in fighting inflammation and preventing pathogens from causing irreversible damage to hair follicles. Beyond that, they are noted for their importance in the production of skin oils that maintain healthy skin. A lack of these fatty acids is often noted as a common cause of non-genetic hair loss.
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