Eating a healthy, balanced diet is vital for strong, healthy hair. Christmas dinner isn’t traditionally known as the healthiest meal of the year, however a typical Christmas meal actually contains many good sources of the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair.
Turkey or nut roast
Turkey is a great source of protein, which is needed for strong hair. A lack of protein in your diet can lead to brittle hair and a loss of natural hair colour. Vegetarians eating nut roast on Christmas day will also be getting a good source of protein.
Meat is also a good source of zinc. Without zinc hair shafts can become brittle, fragile and prone to breaking.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A by the body.
Vitamin A is needed to make sebum, promoting a healthy scalp and giving you glossy, healthy-looking hair.
Broccoli, brussel sprouts and dark green vegetables
Broccoli is an excellent source of iron and vitamin C.
Iron is needed by the body to transport oxygen effectively; if there isn’t enough iron, the body shuts down non-essential processes to conserve oxygen, one of which is hair growth.
Other dark green vegetables like cabbage and kale are also very nutritious, containing iron, vitamin A and C and zinc.
Roast potatoes with the skin on are a good source of silica, which is needed to help the body absorb vitamins and minerals.
Dried fruit and nuts
Dried fruit and nuts, either from festive nibbles, mince pies or in your Christmas pudding, are rich in nutrients and provide an excellent source of iron, sulphur, biotin and vitamin E, which encourages good blood circulation to the scalp.
Also look out for walnuts, cashews and almonds, which are a source of zinc. Brazil nuts are also one of the best natural sources of selenium, a mineral which is essential for a healthy scalp.
Diet for healthy hair
Deficiencies in your diet can have an impact on the health of your hair, skin and nails. If you are eating a balanced diet you should be getting enough nutrients to ensure a healthy head of hair. However if you fear your diet isn’t as balanced as it could be, then a dietary supplement such as Hair Vitalics may help ensure you are getting the nutrients required for maintaining the health of your hair.
Although supplements can help improve the quality of hair, they are not effective in treating hair loss conditions unless they are caused by a particular vitamin or mineral deficiency. For this reason, if you are suffering from other types of shedding such as alopecia, or genetic hair loss, it’s important to use supplements as part of a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme, prescribed by a specialist for your specific condition and stage.
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