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Food as Hair Care

Not What You Might Think

You might think this article is about home remedies that include items like mayonnaise or eggs as leave-in conditioners or spreading honey lilac (insert all-natural ingredient here) for hair volume. However, the aspect of food in the hair industry we’re going to review is how the food you consume could affect your hair health.

Getting down to the “roots” of the matter, your hair is, as I consider it, your biggest accessory. The growth rate, overall health, and visual brilliance are affected by several health-related topics and food represents a large interest as a contributing factor. By all means, don’t stop eating those cheeseburgers or hitting that late-night munchie sesh at the fridge just yet because as we all know when we talk about food – individual results may vary.

Studies suggest deficiencies in vitamins B12, D, biotin, riboflavin, iron, and other nutrients are associated with hair loss. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in these vitamins and minerals may help promote hair growth, especially if you’re not getting proper values of nutrition.

Just a few of the foods that can directly contribute to hair health are: eggs, leafy greens, fatty fish, berries, avocadoes, nuts, oysters, and naturally raised meats. This isn’t just the “coursed dinner” list my husband took me to the other evening, it’s a set-list for some foods you can start incorporating into your diet to promote healthy factors for your hair.

Fortunately correcting a deficiency in any of the nutrients that relate to hair health may help treat hair loss and promote the rate and quality of hair growth. Although you can’t change some factors, like age and genetics, one factor you likely have more control over is your diet. And remember life’s too short to not eat great food and have amazing looking hair.

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