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Healthy Hair From The Inside Out

April 27, 2023

Healthy Hair From The Inside Out

Whether you're trying to grow your hair out or just want healthier locks, there's one thing that can help: eating the right foods. According to Deborah Kurzrock, R.D. what we eat has a direct effect on how healthy our hair is. "The B vitamins that affect hair growth are Vitamin B6, folic acid, and Vitamin B12. These vitamins are important for proper formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues, including the hair.," She explains, “people who do not eat enough protein will have dry and brittle hair. Protein is found in many foods, including meat, seafood, dairy foods, soy, beans, seeds and nuts”.

Getting enough vitamins C, B-12 and iron are also important because they help build strong cells. So if you're looking for ways to make your hair look better from the inside out—and not just rely on expensive products or plastic surgery. Here are some tips for great hair.

Eat more fiber

Fiber is the indigestible part of food that helps your body absorb nutrients that are vital for hair growth. It can also make you feel full longer..

Fiber-rich foods include:

  • Whole grains (like brown rice and quinoa)
  • Beans and legumes (such as black beans)
  • Fruits with skins on them (like apples)

Omega-3s are important for hair growth

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that can be found in fish, flaxseed oil and walnuts. They help reduce inflammation that causes hair loss, as well as promote healthy skin and hair. Omega-3 supplements are also available at your local health food store!

Protein is key to strong hair and nails

The protein Keratin is a building block for hair and nails, so it's important to get enough in your diet if you want strong strands.

  • Protein can be found in nuts and legumes. Meat, fish and dairy products are also very high in protein.
  • Protein helps build new cells which give strength to the roots of each strand of hair. This helps prevent breakage at the ends of strands that can lead to thinning or damaged looking locks over time (especially if they're colored). If your diet isn't providing enough protein then consider taking supplements such as Biotin a vitamin needed for healthy skin and hair growth.

Eat foods that contain vitamin D, iron and zinc.

The following foods are great sources of the vitamins and minerals that your hair needs:

  • Vitamin D is an important nutrient for hair growth. To get enough vitamin D, eat mushrooms, drink fortified milk and dairy-free alternatives or talk to your doctor about taking a supplement if you're not getting enough from food.
  • Iron deficiency can cause hair loss in women because it prevents cells from producing energy needed to make new hairs grow correctly. Eat beans and leafy greens like kale to boost your iron intake.
  • Zinc deficiency may also lead to thinning hair by interfering with cell division--the process that produces new cells for healthy skin and scalp tissue growth--in the follicles beneath our scalps (the tiny sacs at the base of each strand). A lack of zinc may also contribute to dandruff symptoms if you have seborrheic dermatitis (a common condition characterized by itching).

If you eat the right foods, then you'll have stronger hair from the inside out. And if you're looking for a way to improve your hair's health without changing your diet or spending a lot of money on supplements, there are lots of other ways that work too! For example, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help keep your body in tip-top shape so it has what it needs to grow beautiful locks. Remember healthy hair is beautiful hair and good health starts on the inside.

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