While the effects of your diet on your hair may not be immediate, they are long lasting. A healthy head of hair begins with a healthy, balanced diet, so give your hair the nutrients it needs to growth strong and beautiful.
Don’t Eat This if you Want Healthy Hair
Your diet can positively and negatively affect the everyday functions of your body such as your metabolism, skin rejuvenation, physical energy, and mental capacity; but it's not often we think about the lasting effects of our diet on our hair. Did you know that your hair can show signs of malnutrition and dehydration?
Your hair's health is largely determined by your own, so the next time you pick up a midday snack, think about the ingredients you are putting in your body and how your body reflects their effects.
Keep your body and your hair looking and feeling fantastic by eating a diet filled with a balance of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals while eating the following in moderation.
1. Low-Protein Foods
Proteins are the building blocks of the body, including our hair, which is made of a protein called keratin. A lack of protein can cause hair thinning and loss because it is not being nourished with this essential building block. You can find a healthy amount of protein in foods like beans, quinoa, spinach and lentils.
Ah, public enemy number one. Sugar is hidden in most snacks, drinks, and processed foods, and, when consumed in moderation is healthy for the soul; but, our bodies can only productively use so much sugar at a time. Insulin allows your body to proactively use sugar (glucose) to build energy and stabilize your blood sugar level; however, too much glucose causes your blood sugar to rise, an overload of insulin, and a rise in androgen, a male hormone that can shrink the hair follicle which can lead to hair thinning or hair loss.
3. Fish with Mercury
Fish are friends, not food. Just kidding! Fish are heart healthy and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins which promote a healthy scalp to support hair growth; however, some fish may have damaging affects on your hair. For example, wild-caught tuna and swordfish may contain high levels of mercury which can disrupt protein development, and your hair health relies on a steady source of protein.
If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, swap the tuna for farm-raised, salmon that will give you the protein and omega-3 fatty acids you need, without all the mercury.
4. Highly-Processed Foods
We all know that processed foods contain little nutritional value but did you know that if your diet is lacking adequate nutrition over a long period of time hair loss will be a result?
Why? In scientific terms, the human body considers hair a "non-essential tissue" and it's high energy needs are never given priority, making diet very important. So, if the body has to ration nutrients, the vital organs will get the energy first not your hair. Hair is formed from a protein called keratin, which is fueled by a balanced diet of natural, whole foods.
Healthy hair begins with a healthy, balanced diet and continues with regular trims, and the right products for your hair type.....so you can Always Be Fantastic!
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