Most of the time when we think about taking care of our hair, we focus on external hair treatments. While it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of a good hair-care routine and the impact this has on hair health, it’s easy to forget that what we put into our bodies has a significant impact upon our locks too.
Protein is the building block of good hair: natural protein can be found in poultry, fish, lean beef, beans and nuts. Include one or some of these foods in every meal to promote growth, and help keep your hair follicles strong and nourished.
Iron deficiency can contribute to hair loss, so it’s important to keep your diet rich in foods containing natural sources of iron. Foods with the best natural sources of iron include turkey, egg yolks, whole grains, dried fruit, and dried beans (which will need to be soaked and cooked before consumption).
Silica is a mineral that is thought to improve the strength durability of your locks, as well as added thickness. Silica can be found in bananas, oats, raisins, and, strangely enough, beer.
Sebum is a scalp oil that your body produces naturally, with the help of vitamins A and C. Sebum works as a natural conditioner for your hair. Load up on dark green vegetables to add sebum to your diet, especially broccoli, spinach, and Swiss chard.
The mineral zinc helps regulate the production of androgens. People with low levels of androgens can suffer from hair loss, slow hair growth, and dandruff. Eat oysters, crab, clams, liver, lean beef, and wheat germ, for healthy doses of zinc.
If you keep up a good diet strong in the above foods, within six months to a year (depending on how quickly your hair grows), there’ll be no mistaking the benefits it’s had on your stronger, glossier mane.
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