The Thick, Full, Healthy Hair Diet
A healthy diet has been credited with everything from a longer life span to more youthful looking skin, but what about the hair benefits? Turns out that eating the right foods can actually help combat thinning, brittle hair. By simply revamping your weekly grocery list and loading up on fresh foods, those tresses will strengthen in no time! Essential Fatty Acids
“Keeping the hair as healthy as possible can help prevent hair loss,” says Jennifer Cassetta, a clinical nutritionist. “When it becomes brittle, it breaks more readily, leading to hair loss.” Cassetta notes that a diet high in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3s, will help keep the hair healthy and prevent breakage.
Foods containing these essential acids include wild salmon, sardines, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and omega-3-fortified eggs. Biotin
This B vitamin addresses many issues in the body by promoting the health of cells, boosting metabolism, increasing energy and of course, stimulating hair growth. According to Best Vitamin for Hair Growth, consistent and long-term use of biotin will result in healthier roots and follicles, as well as stronger and fuller hair.*
Foods high in biotin include brown rice, green peas, lentils, oats, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. Iron
Iron is a crucial component of healthy hair, and according to Dr. Ryan Welter, a board certified hair restoration surgeon, even slightly low iron levels can impact hair growth or slow it down. If you’re not getting enough iron in your diet, iron supplements might be the answer to your thinning hair problem. But before you head off to the supplement shop, Dr. Welter recommends you resist the temptation to self-diagnose. “It”s always best to have your doctor do routine blood tests first to see if your iron levels or body stores are low first,” says Welter.
Foods that are rich in iron include spinach, beef or chicken liver, lentils, and beans.