Diet is a very important aspect to healthy hair. The effects of your nutrition on hair growth should not be underestimated. To better explain this, we will put things into perspective.
Your hair is made up of the second fastest-growing cells in your body – intestinal cells being the first. In addition, you have roughly 120,000 hair growing on your scalp at any given time, all of which need to be supported. The tricky part to sustaining hair growth is that hair is not a vital organ or tissue, and this means your body will never prioritize its nutritional needs. Due to its expendable nature, a nutritional imbalance will often show up first in the form of excessive hair loss.
Hair and scalp problems can happen from either a deficiency or an excess of nutrients in your diet and in some cases nutrition alone can be the cause of hair loss. For example, hair loss can occur when there is an iron deficiency present or too much Vitamin A.
Many people believe that eating healthy means lots of fruits and vegetables and they are not incorrect. Sustaining healthy hair growth also means including lots of proteins and complex carbohydrates as well. Your body needs a mix of these things including iron and vitamins to function at its best.
Adding lean protein to your breakfast is a great way to work protein into your diet. Eggs cooked with fresh vegetables is a hearty vitamin packed way to start your day. Oatmeal, wheat toast, or brown rice at lunch are suggestions for getting the complex carbohydrates you need. Eating fresh, unprocessed foods is simply a good idea for overall health and well-being and your hair will show it!