Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best as well as adding to the look, quality, and sheen of your head of hair.
If you are suffering from hair loss and considering a treatment or possibly a surgical treatment your first point should be a consultation to assess your potential options.
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Variety is the spice of life and your hair as it turns out, with a varied food diet in the right proportions, can achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and healthy strong hair growth.
The 5 Food Groups
vegetables and beans
grains and cereals
lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes (beans) tofu, nuts, seeds
milk, cheese, yoghurt or alternatives
Get The Best Foods For The Best Hair Growth
Sweet potatoes are a great food for hair growth due to their high dosage of beta-carotene, which helps to keep hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Avocados are high in vitamin B and E, and fatty acids, helping to prevent hair loss and preserving healthy hair growth, stopping breakage, and maintaining a healthy scalp for your hair to grow in
Nuts are a rich source of biotin and vitamins that can help to promote healthy hair growth, such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans.
Cauliflower is rich with biotin and vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine. Cauliflower can be used as a good replacement for potatoes or rice in a diet.
Cheese is filled with enough essential nutrients to be classified as a superfood, including protein and B vitamins.
Chicken breast as most know is a great provider of protein, but it also contains niacin, or vitamin B3 as well as vitamin B5 that are important to help healthy hair growth.
Beef liver might not be everyone´s first choice but it a has many nutritional benefits to your diet. With the highest levels of B vitamins per serving. It also contains vitamin A to help support your healthy head of hair.
Bananas and Raisins contain the mineral silica, which improves the thickness of the hair.
Citrus Fruits, oranges and lemons, are well known to benefit us with vitamin C, this will help your body absorb iron.
Mushrooms are good for your health with close to 40 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin B3 in a cup dosage as well as a source of biotin.
Yellow bell peppers are full of vitamin C with almost five and a half times more compared to oranges. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles.
Lentils being rich in zinc and biotin that both help to maintain your healthy hair as well as being a good source of protein. Protein helps with the strengthening of the actual hair strands.
Mackerel is an oily fish, high in omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for healthy hair.
Carrots contain vitamin A, and this will aid in maintaining and improving the quality, lustre, and sheen of your hair by maintaining the natural oils in the hair and keeping your scalp in the best condition.
Spinach famous for giving strength and is a superfood full of iron and biotin nutrients, to help your hair to grow faster and stronger.
With many hair loss conditions, it is important to help maintain the quality of your hair with a balanced healthy diet. The lack of enough proteins, iron and other dietary supplements in the human body can cause hair loss. The inadequacy of such nutrients makes our hair weak and deteriorate in quality unnecessarily and could lead to actual hair loss in severe cases.
Anagen is the growth phase of hair and it lasts about two to three years. Telogen is the resting phase of hair growth and it lasts only three to four months.
During the growth phase, your hair can grow around 2 cms per month. At the end of the resting phase the hair strands in this pattern fall out and new hair enters the growth phase with the average person shedding from 50 to 100 hairs each day.
Not all hair grows at the same time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at any given time 90% of your hair is in a hair growth phase and 10% is in a resting phase.
Some people have interruptions in their normal phases of hair growth that result in either temporary or permanent hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems, disease, medication, medical treatments, heredity, infection, and nutritional deficiency.
Telogen effluvium is when some stress causes the hair follicle to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic. If there is some “shock to the system”, as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the “shock”. It normally only lasts for a period of a few months. Hair loss after weight loss is usually associated with a condition called Telogen Effluvium.
On average there are 100,000 – 150,000 follicles on the scalp. If there are fewer than 90,000 hairs on the scalp, the hair density is considered thin.
There are three major types of ethnic hair: Asian, African and Caucasian. People of Asian descent will have a low density of hair, which remains straight along the length. The individual hairs are coarse and will give an appearance of thick hair. Ethnic African hair has the characteristic of irregular curling along the length, which gives high coverage and the appearance of high density, yet it is of fine diameter. Caucasian hair is between these two extremes and shows great variation. People with blonde hair have the highest number of follicles and those with red hair have the fewest, although they will have coarser individual hairs.