Updated: Aug 27
Many people view healthy-looking hair as a sign of health and beauty. Like any other part of your body, hair needs various nutrients to be healthy and grow long, luscious locks. Many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss. While factors such as age, genetics & hormones also affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake daily is critical.
Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body, next to your bone marrow, which is the only thing that grows faster.
Like a well-rounded education is essential when getting a college degree, a well-rounded diet is an important factor in hair health. Hair is mainly made up of protein; a diet low in protein may lead to hair loss.
The average person needs to eat 45 grams of protein daily. You can find protein sources in lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, low-fat dairy products, and eggs.
Zinc deficiency can also cause hair to come out in clumps. Incorporate nuts like Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and almonds into your diet to combat shedding and hair loss. Eat and drink an abundance of vegetables, fruits, leafy green salads, and drink plenty of clean filtered water. A multivitamin or zinc supplement can enhance your diet when necessary.
Omega 3’s are essential to healthcare and your hair care. Your hair and scalp are one, and without omega-3's, your scalp may flake. Omega threes are found in Coldwater fish such as salmon, sardines, and herring. Other good sources include flaxseed, yogurt, cottage cheese, salad, and some cereals.
Diets deficient in vitamin A may lead to several problems, including hair loss. Too much vitamin A can also be dangerous, so be careful. You can find vitamin A in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, and kale. Vitamin A, which beta carotene produces, helps keep skin glands oily with a substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and keeps hair healthy.
The most common B vitamin, biotin, is used as an alternative hair loss treatment. If you are deficient in biotin, you can have hair loss. Other B vitamins help to create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and your hair follicles. These processes are vital for hair growth. You can find your B vitamins in leafy greens, whole grains, meat, fish, seafood, and almonds. If you are on a vegetarian diet, you will want to consider a B vitamin supplement.
Vitamins and protein play an essential role in the health of your hair. Be sure that you are getting sufficient amounts if you are having any hair problems.
You can always call us at HAIRitage, and we can talk with you about your hair and health & wellness.