We have all tried different products and supplements to improve the health of our hair, however, we often over look one of the key drivers of hair health, our diet!  Any hair healthy diet should include the following: Biotin, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.  These nutrients and vitamins are important as they all play a crucial role in the production of hair in the body.  Being deficient in one or more of these nutrients or vitamins can lead not only to breakage and less volume, but potentially even hair loss.

It is important to understand that your diet will not prevent normal every day loss (remember we shed 50 to 100 hairs a day) or stop progressive hair loss due to genetics, but your diet can still play a significant role in the overall health of your hair.  The good thing is that these key nutrients and vitamins can be found in lots of great foods including the list below:

BIOTIN

Oily fish – salmon, tuna

Cheeses

Yogurt

Avocado

Eggs

Nuts

Seeds

Meats – liver

Mushrooms

COPPER

Clams

Oysters

Meats – liver

Dark leafy greens

Coffee – decaf

Nuts

Beans

Avocado

Mushrooms

Bananas

Cocoa powder – unsweetened

IRON

Meats – red meat, pork, poultry

Beans

Dark green leafy vegetables – spinach

Dried fruit – apricots

Iron-fortified breads and pastas

ZINC

Seafood – oysters

Meats – beef, lamb

Spinach

Mushrooms

Beans

Seed – pumpkin and squash

Nuts – cashews

Cocoa powder – unsweetened

VITAMIN A

Sweet potato

Carrots

Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach)

Squash

Melon

Dried apricots

VITAMIN C

Citrus — Fruits in general

VITAMIN E

Almonds – nuts in general

Seeds

Dark leafy greens

Olives

Bell Peppers

Papaya

If you start to see a decrease in the overall health of your hair it is important to make sure you are receiving the recommended daily values of these key vitamins and nutrients.  However, if your hair loss progresses it is important to see a hair loss specialist that can determine the cause and provide you with the necessary treatment plan.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team