Have you ever met someone with beautiful hair and gorgeous skin and thought to yourself, “I wish I had hair like that?” Many people want strong, thick, and healthy hair, but how fast it grows depends on genetics, age, diet, and general health. While you can’t change your genetics or age, diet and the vitamins you consume is the one area you have control over to ensure you are getting the right nutrients for the growth, strength, and volume of healthy hair and skin.
Here are the best foods and vitamins to consume that will promote hair growth and glowing skin:
High-quality protein like Eggs eggs is a great source of protein, biotin, zinc, and selenium, essential nutrients that support hair growth. To grow new scalp hair, clients need a healthy, protein-rich diet. Hair grows in the bulbs located at the roots of the hair follicles. These cells need amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, and nutrients from your diet to grow hair.
Berries (preferably organic) are loaded with antioxidants that help protect hair follicles from free radicals (toxins, chemicals, and pollutants).
The body uses Vitamin C from berries to produce collagen, strengthening hair and preventing it from breaking or becoming brittle.
Dark Leafy Greens like Spinach contain Vitamins A, C, iron, and folate that promote hair growth. A deficiency in any of these nutrients can lead to hair loss.
Fatty Fish like Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, selenium, vitamin D3, and B vitamins, nutrients that may help promote strong and healthy hair.
Sweet Potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene that the body can convert to Vitamin A, promoting sebum production, which helps keep hair healthy and speeds up the rate of hair growth, encouraging thicker growth hair, and preventing hair follicles from regressing.
Healthy Fats like Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E, which also promotes hair growth, combats oxidative stress by neutralizing those nasty free radicals, and protects areas of the skin like the scalp and the face.
The body cannot produce essential fatty acids from avocadoes. A deficiency of these important fats can lead to hair loss.
Zinc deficiency tends to cause diffuse hair loss and possibly hair loss in plaques. In children, zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and dry, coarse hair. Other signs of zinc deficiency are reductions in taste and smell, white spots on the nails, and flaky, dry skin on the legs.
A deficiency in silica produces thinner, brittle scalp hair, lacking strength. Silica is a unique trace element that improves hair quality and stimulates hair growth. For instance, it works especially well in people with other signs such as brittle nails. Silica supplementation thickens the hair and makes it stronger and more elastic. The hair acquires more volume as it thickens.
Both Vitamins C and D treatments can help reverse scalp and hair loss.