When it comes to healthy skin, we all know that eating a healthy balanced diet contributes to keeping skin healthy and is the secret to achieving its natural glow. Just like skin, our hair also needs the proper nutrients to help nourish each strand. Its easy for us to forget about the importance of our diet and how it directly affects the look and feel of our hair.
We have rounded up some of the most important proteins, vitamins, and minerals that your hair needs in order to remain strong and lustrous.
Why Protein is good
Hair is predominantly made up of keratin which is a type of protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Your hair is 95% keratin so if you’re looking for long healthy hair, eating a diet modest in protein is essential for strength. The right amount required is all dependant on your size. As a guide, Nutritionals recommend consuming 68 grams of protein for a person that weighs 150 (lbs) pounds. Depending on your dietary choices, restrictions, or values, you can obtain protein in many items including animal, dairy, beans, tofu, and more.
The benefits of Omega 3,6,9
You can find Omegas in a variety of foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and salmon. They are an important fat that the body is unable to naturally create itself therefore we must consume these through our diet. Omega 3 is what helps to provide your scalp with oils for hydration and gives your hair that healthy shine.
Biotin – It’s not all hype
You may have come across many beauty supplement ads for biotin, and there’s a good reason for this. It has been proven to stimulate hair growth and also add shine. To get the most out of biotin it is suggested that 5,000 to 10,000 micrograms per day is optimal for the best result. Although this b vitamin can be found in rich foods such as liver, egg yolk, whole grains, and yeast. While supplements can be taken as part of a healthy, balanced diet, we would recommend speaking with your health adviser first before starting a new supplement regime.
Iron for the hair growth cycle
If you have ever noticed you are losing more hair than normal, you may want to check in on your iron levels A diet with too little iron can be a contributor to major hair loss. We need a good level of iron to maintain a nutrient-rich blood supply. This supply is what feeds your hair follicle and roots which helps to support a healthy hair growth cycle. Fortunately, Iron can be found in many foods grounds from red meat, fish to lentils, and spinach.
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