How is hair impacted by food?

Oftentimes, our body tells us how we are treating it by what we can see on the outside. These physical indicators can especially be impacted by what we eat. Of course, having treats now and again is good for our mental health, and we should always look for a well-rounded, balanced diet. However, when it comes to a healthy hair diet, there are a few things we can do to encourage hair health and growth.

In this article, we will explore how diet and nutrition can play an important role in your hair health, with some tips on vitamins to look out for and how you may be able to reduce hair loss. 

At Crown Clinic, we offer advice on hair loss and provide permanent hair loss treatments to our patients. Learn more about our patients via our case studies, and be sure to get in touch with us if you’re looking for a hair loss solution.

Best foods for hair growth 

If you’re looking to improve your diet for hair growth, then look no further. There are certain foods that promote the growth of healthy hair, which is especially important for females who have longer hairstyles. 

Foods that are rich in protein are good for hair growth because hair is made from proteins that have been broken down in your body. Proteins make your hair strong and healthy, and a diet with too little protein can lead to your hair becoming weaker. Foods that are high in protein and can help with hair growth include lean meats and poultry such as eggs, chicken and fish.

Your diet should also include lots of vegetables and fruits, to promote hair growth. Vegetables have lots of vitamins in them that are important for your hair to keep growing and maintaining its strength. This includes foods such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberries and oranges. 

The vitamins and minerals in these natural foods are great for your body. When it comes to mealtime we’d recommend looking to include a protein source and a source of vitamins, such as vegetables.

The best diet for hair growth

According to a study carried out for the National Library of Medicine, it has been found that the Mediterranean diet (which is rich in proteins, raw vegetables and fresh herbs) promotes hair health and growth in patients with alopecia. If you’re looking for a specific diet to encourage hair growth, this may be it.

When it comes to foods for hair to include in your diet, BBC Good Food offers some great recipe ideas for different foods with all the right vitamins. Overall, a healthy, balanced diet can help maintain its thickness and length.

Vegetarian and vegan diets

With vegetarian and vegan diets, it’s important to consider that you may be lacking certain vitamins that can help encourage your hair to grow. This can easily be addressed by finding the right alternatives in your diet. 

Diets without meat or fish may lack protein or omega-3; however, these can be supplemented by including more protein-rich nuts in your diet, such as almonds and walnuts. There are also a lot of protein rich meat substitute products. This ensures you are getting the right nutrients in your diet for your hair growth over time. 

Vitamins for hair growth

We recently covered how certain vitamins can help encourage hair growth as well as the best vitamins for hair loss. Generally, B vitamins (especially biotin) are great for hair growth. Often, a deficiency in vitamins A, D, E and C, folic acid and niacin can cause issues with hair. 

It’s important to look for ways to include these vitamins as part of a balanced diet, as they can also be important for your overall health. However, if you want to up your intake of certain vitamins, you can also look into taking supplements. 

This could be particularly important for vitamin D, as it can be difficult to get all of the vitamin D you need from food. Many people commonly take this supplement on a regular basis. However, these supplements should be taken alongside a healthy, balanced diet, not in place of it.

Let Crown Clinic help

Regardless of the foods and vitamins you consume, hair loss can occur as a result of our genetics and ageing. Although it’s great to consider healthier choices for your hair, hair loss may be unavoidable. Diets cannot bring back the hair you have already lost, but don’t fret too much as Crown Clinic is here to help should more advanced cases of hair loss happen.

At Crown Clinic, we offer a range of treatment options for hair loss, including FUE and FUT hair transplants. As well as our treatments for the hair on your scalp, we can also offer eyebrow and eyelash transplants if you have experienced hair loss on these parts of your body. Get in touch with our team today to arrange a consultation.