Everyone wants healthy hair, and we spend a lot of money on hair products to make our hair look good. Experts have said the secret to thick strong shiny hair isn’t expensive shampoo, conditioners or fancy hair treatments; it’s all in our diet.
Our hair is made up of nutrients that come from the food we eat, so if we don’t eat healthy balanced meals, we won’t give our hair the nutrition it needs to grow. If you want all the various hair products you use on your hair to work, you have to eat healthy. The change has to start from the inside. So what nutrients are important for healthy hair? Let’s break them down:
It is important we eat enough protein to keep our hair thick and healthy. This is because our hair is made up of proteins. If we don’t consume enough protein, our hair is likely to become dry and weak and can also lead to hair loss. Include chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, eggs, legumes and nuts in your diet.
Iron also helps to keep our hair strong and too little iron can cause hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient-rich blood supply. Include animal products like red meat, chicken and fish in your diet. You should also include green vegetables.
3. Vitamin C
This aids the absorption of iron; helps prevent the hair from breaking by strengthening the hair shaft. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. Include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons etc in your diet.
4. Zinc & Selenium
Lack of Zinc can lead to hair loss, flaky scalp; your hair becomes dull, dry and brittle. Zinc help in the formation of keratin, the main component in our hair. A lot of women don’t get enough zinc in their diets, so it’s advised you take red meat, eggs, fortified cereals and whole grains.
5. Omega-3 fatty acids
Fats are a necessity for a healthy scalp. Without enough in your diet, your scalp can become dry and inflamed, leading to hair loss. Eat a lot of fatty fish to have healthy hair.
6. Vitamin E
We need vitamin E to protect our hair from sun damage. The sun can also damage our hair, same way it damages our skin, so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to protect your hair.
Biotin is a vitamin of the B complex, found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include egg yolk, whole grains, liver and yeast in your diet.