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Eat your way to beautiful hair

written by Vidya Sury June 15, 2011

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Diet plays an important role in helping you grow beautiful hair and keep it healthy. 
In case you didn’t know, the hair that grows from the head is dead – figures why it doesn’t hurt when you cut it. The living part of hair or the hair follicle that’s inside your scalp is alive and mirrors your general health. 
So if your diet is not healthy and balanced, your body tends to use whatever little nutrients it gets towards more important things like muscles, bones and tissue building. Hair comes low in its list of priorities and as a result, ends up looking lifeless and thin and eventually, starts falling off. 
One of the biggest causes for thinning hair in healthy people is iron deficiency anemia. This is even more typical of women with heavy periods, vegetarians and people who do not eat red meat. So, if you are on a crash diet or taking in fewer calories for some reason, you hair will directly feel the effects by getting thinner or falling in bunches. This could even lead to bald patches, ugh!
What to do? Take action now. Here are some tips on how to eat for healthy hair: 
  • Since hair is composed of protein, consume adequate protein such as tofu, lean meat, chicken, etc. 
  • Make sure you get enough iron through iron rich foods like red meat, shrimp, turkey, beans, and lentils, particularly if you experience heavy periods.
  • Think twice before you crash-diet. Don’t do it.
  • If you’re experiencing heavy hair fall, maybe you should see your doctor who may advise thyroid tests and tests for other hormonal imbalances that contribute to hair loss. 

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Vidya Sury

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