We are, quite literally, a direct reflection of what we eat. Our skin, hair, and nails can all give us signs of a nutrient deficiency simply by the way our hair, skin, or nails look. If you don’t know me personally I’m a full time hair stylist and I love to help my clients achieve their healthiest hair. Yes, quality product and care with hair is important, but nutrition is even more so. You want your hair to grow faster, stronger, and healthier? That’s nutrition.
Your hair is made up of the second fastest growing cells in your body, (Second to the cells in your GI tract) and your scalp has 100,000+ hairs growing at any given time. This takes energy from your body to keep this process supported properly. Energy=food, quality food like a variety of veggies, fruits, meats, and complex carbs! Yes dear that means your low carb diet is killing your hair LITERALLY. Even though your hair is made up of the second fastest growing cells, it’s NOT considered a vital organ compared to the rest of your body. Because of this your body sends nutrients to your hair……LAST! Due to this reason nutrient deficiencies are usually shown through hair loss and/or can look and feel dry, brittle, or oily.
Most people have been lead to believe that a healthy diet only consists of veggies, fruits, and protein sources. What most do not know is that your hair thrives off these and more. It NEEDS complex carbohydrates like oats, barley, whole wheat toast, rice, potatoes, etc. It doesn’t need one or the other, it needs a well balanced diet to thrive and (again) literally shine. Your hair also needs to be supported by healthy fats, but not to be confused with over processed fats. Too much fast food, deep fried foods, trans fats, etc. can lead to an over oily scalp and hair. Another macro-nutrient our body needs to produce strong hair is protein, which is the very building block of what our hair is made out of- keratin. Keratin is made out of amino acids and amino acids come from protein sources like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and nuts. Making sure your supporting your body with enough protein is essential to overall health and the health of your hair.
If you want healthy growing hair take a look at your diet. Is it balanced? Start adding more nutrient dense foods like colorful veggies and fruits, along with a variety of meats and complex carbohydrates. Remember your hair gets nutrients last, so if your not eating enough nutrient dense foods there will be nothing left for your hair to take from. One salad a day ain’t gonna do it sister.
So many people tell me “I take biotin” and that’s great it will support your hair growth, but it’s only one small piece of the bigger picture. My suggestion is to try this:
Include 1-2 cups of veggies with every meal, include veggies in snacks too! Add some complex carbohydrates into your meals and if you’ve been eating low carb for so long that this scares you, start small. ANY progress IS progress. Been cooking with no fats? Start adding a little in, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, etc are all great sources of fat and will help your hair grow! Lastly, a variety of meats including different amino acid profiles that will aid in the strength of your hair! In my experience many people struggle getting enough meat or protein in their diet, if this is you find a quality supplement, my favorite is EarthFed Muscle which has simple whole ingredients! (You can find it online and on Instagram)
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