Like all other tissues in the body, the scalp and hair require a balanced diet to ensure their continued health. Malnourishment can cause hair to become brittle and dull, and can even lead to hair loss. It is therefore imperative that people eat a wide range of nutritious, healthy foods, if they wish to have their hair live up to its full potential! So which foods are particularly good for boosting the health of your hair?
Poultry and eggs
In addition to being rich in protein – the family of nutrients from which hair cells and shafts are made – meat from chickens, ducks, turkeys and other fowl is also full of bioavailable iron – another crucial nutrient. Eggs are not only a good conditioner for damaged hair but they are wonderful for the hair when eaten too!
Oily fish, such as salmon, is a true superfood with regard to the hair. As well as being crammed with protein, vitamins and minerals, oily fish is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital in preventing the scalp from drying out. Dietary fats are important for the creation of sebum, a natural oil that protects the hair and prevents the scalp from flaking. Oysters, like most shellfish, are known for being particularly rich in zinc, an essential hair-health dietary mineral.
Iron, zinc, biotin and protein – all vitally important nutrients for a healthy head of hair – can be found in large quantities in beans and other legumes. They also make a great alternative to meat for any vegetarians who are concerned about a receding hair line or bald patches!
Dark green vegetables
Another vegetarian alternative to meat is dark green vegetables. Rich in Vitamins A and C, both critical ingredients in sebum, and in Iron and Zinc, brassicas like cabbage and kale and salad vegetables like spinach are all very nutritious and useful for hair growth.
Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which in addition to being great for your eyesight, is also invaluable for growing glossy, healthy-looking hair.
Cereal grains like wheat and barley are full of vitamins and iron. However, it’s always best to eat the wholegrain, rather than opt for more processed foodstuffs, as these are better for your health and your hair.
When a balanced diet isn’t enough
Naturally, a balanced diet including these foodstuffs and others will form the firm foundation for a healthy head of hair. However, in many cases, eating well will not be enough. In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to ensure that we get all the nutrients we need in the right quantities – and even if we do, some people are genetically predisposed to certain hair loss conditions.
With this in mind, The Belgravia Centre have created Hair Vitalics dietary supplements, which are specifically designed to provide important nutrients necessary to boost the growth of your hair. In the many years that The Belgravia Centre have been successfully treating patients, we have found that additional dietary supplements, as part of a healthy diet and one of our bespoke treatment plans, can successfully aid the combat of hair loss and thinning. However, most of the time a hair growth supplement will not individually combat the problem of hair loss alone. For that, medically proven treatments are required.
To try one of our personalised treatment programmes for yourself, simply contact us online or call 0800 077 6666 to book an appointment, or fill in our online diagnostic form for a home use treatment course to be sent to you in the post.