Contrary to common belief, your hair doesn’t continuously grow forever. The average cycle of active hair growth is between 2 to 6 years before shedding the strand. Typically, you shed about 50 to 150 strands daily. Other than seeing traces on your brush or pillowcase, you likely don’t notice the reoccurring cycle. Although hair is the second fasted growing tissue in the body, various factors affect the speed, like your diet. There’s a link between food and hair loss caused by nutritional deficiencies. If you’re running out of patience waiting for your hair to grow, here are 5 foods you’ll want to add to your plate.
Your Hair Needs Nutrients
Hair loss doesn’t discriminate based on age or gender. 6.8 million Americans experience thinning hair at some point. While you can’t control the aging process, genetics, or certain medical conditions, you have power over your diet to combat hair loss.
A strand of hair grows about .50 inches monthly, which is about 6 inches annually. If you have an unbalanced diet, you might see a decrease in hair growth. Sometimes, balding or thinning can occur because more stands are shed than replaced. You need a diet that’s rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, zinc, and B vitamins. You’ll also want to consume iron, biotin, protein, and fatty acids, which are the building blocks of your hair to slow growth, breakage, and even hair loss.
5 Foods to Promote Hair Growth
Simple dietary changes can boost the growth cycle of hair. You can promote fuller, healthier hair by including a few key foods in your meal planning, including:
- Fatty Fish: Tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish are great sources of protein, selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin D to encourage healthy hair.
- Eggs: An egg is like nature’s multivitamin because it contains several nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Eggs ensure your hair doesn’t remain in the “resting” phase for too long to prevent thinning and balding.
- Leafy Greens: Iron deficiency is prevalent worldwide and linked to various types of hair loss. You can maintain your luscious locks by eating more salads. Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens provide beta carotene, folate, iron, and vitamins A and C.
- Fruit: Fruits rich in vitamin C and antioxidants help protect the hair follicles from damage while also allowing your body to make collagen to promote growth. Berries are small, but they are loaded with everything you need for healthier hair.
- Beans: The plant-based protein source contains zinc, biotin, and folate to repair damaged hair.
If changes to your diet don’t give you the results you want, it’s time to see a professional for hair restoration. You can enjoy, thick, beautiful hair again using a personalized solution.
About Dr. Steven Bloch
Dr. Bloch is board certified in plastic surgery, specializing in aesthetic procedures, including hair restoration. He has been honored as a “Top Doctors” by Chicago Magazine and Castle Connolly. If you’re ready to overcome your thinning or balding hair, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for hair restoration.