If your thyroid, autoimmune and hormonal testing comes back normal, thinning hair might be a sign of protein, zinc or selenium deficiency.
Since zinc promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair, not having enough in your system can definitely damage your strands’ ability to grow. Similarly, selenium functions as antioxidant, enhancing your immune system and supporting the body’s ability to continue functioning properly, including hair growth.
What to eat: Foods high in zinc include anything of animal origin, like seafood, poultry, red meat and shellfish. Eggs and milk contain zinc, but in smaller amounts, and nuts, seeds and legumes are good sources for vegetarians. Brazil nuts and tuna are high in selenium, and of course are high in protein.
Hair that’s going grey prematurely is probably attached to a body that’s deficient in vitamin B12. Since healthy, strong hair relies on a constant supply of blood and oxygen, it’s crucial to maintain optimal levels of B vitamins since they’re essential to the formation of hemoglobin, which brings around the body. If your B vitamins are low, it’s likely that the blood and oxygen supply to your hair is suffering.
What to eat: Foods rich in B12 include shellfish and crustaceans, liver, meat like beef and lamb, fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna, and dairy like yogurt and milk. Vegetarians are extra susceptible since the most common sources of the vitamin are in animal products, so they may want to take a daily supplement to make sure their levels are healthy.
Missing shine and feeling dull?
In salon and at home treatments are great for adding shine and lusture to your hair but if you want to make lasting change its time to load up on protein- and iron-rich foods.
Since hair is made primarily of protein, it makes sense that including it in your diet will help maintain healthy growth and shine. Without enough protein and iron coming into your body, it’s hard to replace hair that falls out naturally, 80-100 stands a day is actually considered normal by the way! Just make sure the protein you’re eating isn’t high in fat: high-fat diets can increase testosterone, which has been linked to hair loss.
What to eat: Iron-rich foods include spinach, oyster and nuts. Stick to lean proteins like fish, soy, eggs, green leafy veggies and almonds.
Dry hair ?
The most common causes of dry, brittle hair are external: heat styling, chemical dyes, chlorine. If your hair is dry and brittle to the touch, it may be because your scalp isn’t getting or producing enough natural oils to moisturise your locks as they grow out.
Focus on Omega-3s, which help blood circulation and cell growth, and help hair follicles absorb nutrients better so they’re moisturised and strong as the strands grow.
What to eat: Try incorporating foods like salmon, walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseed into your diet.
Dandruff is a condition that causes a scaly, dry, itchy, flaky scalp, and it’s most common in people who are low in zinc and essential fatty acids. Remember: zinc promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair, so having enough will guarantee the skin on your scalp is in good shape.
What to eat: Quinoa, beans, nuts, lentils and oranges are high in zinc, while flax, almonds, leafy greens, whole grains and eggs are great sources or essential fatty acids.
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