What we put into our bodies affects our whole bodies, no matter how small. What we eat, what we drink, the medicine we take, creams and lotions we apply, and even how much sunlight we expose ourselves to can have a major impact on our bodies. If we are not giving our bodies what they need, we can damage our digestive tract, teeth, skin, nails, and yes, even our hair.
If not getting enough of what we need can damage our hair, then it is important to give our bodies what they need to prevent brittle hair or hair loss. Vitamin D from the sun’s rays is important to our hair health, and – in some instances – we may require additional vitamin D supplements either over the counter or from a doctor.
Proper washing and drying of hair can help to keep it healthy as well… but make sure not to put your hair in a tight bun and cause traction alopecia as a result. And make sure you are following a diet that will give your hair all the nutrients it needs.
So, if some foods are important for hair health… does that mean there are also foods that can cause hair loss?
What Food Causes Hair Loss?
There are a number of foods that can contribute to hair loss. Luckily, they are foods you should keep to a minimum for a healthy diet anyway. One obvious thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid eating fish with high mercury content. That is not always easy to know when consuming fish, but it is not good for your body to have high mercury content in your bloodstream for several reasons.
Excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates should also be avoided. You want to avoid these to help lower your risk of developing diabetes later in life. But it is also important to keep in mind that increased production of insulin impacts your blood vessels, which will worsen your circulation. Poor circulation to your scalp will damage your hair follicles and contribute to hair loss.
Lastly, fried foods and red meat can cause your body to produce excessive amounts of oil. Oily hair will eventually lead to clogged and damaged hair follicles. If not dealt with properly, hair loss as a result of that kind of damage can become permanent.
What Lack Of Food Causes Hair Loss?
Nutrients your body needs to consume in order to have healthy hair include iron, biotin, riboflavin, and vitamins B12 and D. You do get vitamin D from the sun’s rays… but B12 you can get from chicken, fish, yogurt, cheese, and eggs. Much of this overlaps with iron, but you can also get iron in leafy green vegetables like spinach. Beans are good for iron too.
Biotin can be found in eggs, dairy products, and bananas (for example) and riboflavin overlaps with much of this as well. So, eggs – in moderation – can be important, lean meats, dairy products, beans, and green leafy vegetables. If you are lacking much of these foods in your diet, you may not be giving your body the nutrition it needs and accelerating hair loss.
To summarize, nine foods that can help maintain good hair health include:
- Citrus fruit and tomatoes
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Eggs in moderation
- Whole grains
- Beans and lentils
- Lean meats (like chicken) and fish with fatty oils (like salmon)
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