At a certain age, you may notice your hair is not as strong or luxurious as it was in your younger years. Stress, harsh chemicals and other factors may be contributing to dull, weak hair.  

Just like any other part of our body, our hair requires proper nourishment to thrive. While we often resort to expensive hair products and treatments, the real secret to strong, vibrant hair lies in our diet.

Nutrients Vital to Healthy Hair 

Hair is made up of keratin protein, requiring ample levels of protein in the body.

  • Get your protein from several sources like beans, seeds, grains, tofu, sprouts and fish. Minerals are also vital in keeping the hair healthy. Add sea vegetables (nori, kombu, hijiki, arame and dulse) for their abundant iron content.
  • Silica, which also makes up the hair, is found in onions, garlic, green leafy vegetables, carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in maintaining scalp health and promoting hair growth. These healthy fats can be found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, as well as in walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. Adding these omega-3 rich foods to your diet not only nourishes your hair follicles but also helps in preventing dry, brittle hair.
  • Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs hydration to stay healthy and vibrant. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to keep your hair hydrated from the inside out. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily to maintain optimal hydration levels and promote hair growth.
  • A diet high in processed foods and refined sugars can contribute to inflammation in the body, including the scalp, which may hinder hair growth. Opt for whole, nutrient-dense foods instead, and limit your intake of sugary snacks and beverages.
  • Consider taking collagen supplements that strengthen the hair.
  • Lastly, it’s important to keep your kidneys healthy for improved hair growth. Avoid salty, harmful foods and drinks (coffee, red meat, dairy, sugar and alcohol), and eat more kidney-strengthening foods to your diet
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