‘New year, new you’ is a frequent January refrain and at the start of every new year there’s always an influx of new health food trends. The good news is that many of these new trendy foods could also be beneficial for keeping your scalp and hair healthy.
Kelp is the new kale
The 2014 food trend for green veg saw kale‘s popularity soar and, according to the Independent, this year kelp is the new kale.
Kelp is a type of seaweed grown in nutrient-rich waters, which provides a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. It also boasts minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium.
In addition to being good for hair growth and keeping your hair (and skin) looking young by helping to prevent breakage and split ends, sea kelp is also thought to boost metabolism and help improve thyroid function (although kelp is also believed to prevent the absorption of some thyroid medications).
Fashionable fermented foods such as Kombucha tea and sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) are set to take off this year.
Fermented foods aid digestion and also tend to be high in B-vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, fermented bean-based foods such as tempeh, are also a good source of protein and potassium which are beneficial for hair health.
You may well have seen Acai bowls on Instagram. These highly photogenic breakfast-bowls contain a very thick smoothie made from the Brazilian Acai berry which has long been labelled a superfood thanks to its antioxidant properties. Acai bowls are also normally topped with other hair-nourishing superfoods, such as seeds, nuts and goji berries. Nuts and dried fruit are great sources of iron and biotin, both of which promote healthy hair, and also include vitamin E, which encourages good blood circulation to the scalp.
Another antioxidant-packed trendy superfood is Matcha green tea, which is said to have 130 times more antioxidants than normal green tea. If you’re not feeling so virtuous, it can be added to ice cream!
The ‘tiger nut’ may be set to replace wasabi peas as the bar snack of choice, but it is not actually a nut. The tiger nut is actually part of the Sedge plant, grown in South America, Africa and the Middle East. It is said to be full of healthy fats and protein, both of which are essential for healthy head of hair.
Following the miso trend, the latest soup fad is bone broth, the result of boiling animal bones. Although it may not sound that appetising, bone broth is packed with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, collagen and the hair protein keratin, all highly beneficial for skin and hair health.
Although maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help keep your hair in optimum condition, this will not prevent shedding from medical or hereditary hair loss conditions. If you think you may be suffering from a genetic hair loss condition such as Male Pattern Baldness, or are developing signs of patchy hair loss, which is associated with Alopecia Areata, it’s important to see a hair specialist. They will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective hair loss treatment plan for you to help prevent further hair fall and promote regrowth.
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