You Are What You Eat.
Crave amazing hair? Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that you need to make sure you get in your diet
It is no secret that most of us crave shiny, sleek and soft hair. However, what many of us may not realise is that beautiful hair can come from a variety of sources. Including your diet.
So, with this in mind, we have put together some of the vitamins and minerals that you are likely to need in your diet to help your hair to look and feel beautiful.
If you are someone who likes to exercise then you are going to find that you are lacking in zinc. Zinc makes its way out of your body via sweat and unfortunately is something that is incredibly valuable for encouraging your hair to grow. In order to gain back your zinc you are going to need to eat foods that are known to contain high levels. This includes lamb, turkey, chocolate (wahoo) and pumpkin seeds too.
For those women who are at a child-bearing age and who tend to not eat much red meat, a lack of iron could be a problem. Iron is important to carry oxygen to the hair, promoting its growth, which means that a lack of iron is going to mean that your hair might not grow as well as it can. You can try out iron supplements if you are concerned about your iron levels, however, it is important that you discuss this with a doctor before going ahead. A great alternative is to try and eat more iron-rich foods such as spinach, white beans, liver (red meat) and lentils too.
The biggest source of vitamin D out there is the sun, great news for those areas that have plenty of sun, but for the rest of the world, this may be a problem. Vitamin D is important for the follicles within the hair as it helps the hair cycle and produce new hair as and when it is needed. If you want to give your vitamin D a boost then you need to aim to eat more mushroom, cheese, egg yolks, beef liver, salmon (fatty fish) and grains.
Chances are that you have not heard of B-Complex Vitamins, but you may want to focus on them more when you know how much of an impact they have when it comes to restoring shine, hair growth and thickness to your hair. There are a variety of foods that are rich in biotin, niacin and cobalamin (just some of these all important vitamins) which includes whole-grains, bananas, broccoli, citrus fruit, eggs, avocados and legumes too.
As well as these all important vitamins and minerals, it is vital that you make sure that you drink as much water as you can on a daily basis. Staying hydrated is key to a healthy body, as well as healthy hair, so it is always something that you need to have plenty of in your diet.
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