There are so many hair products in the world to help people grow and maintain beautiful hair. And every day, more hair enhancements are made. We focus so much on artificial products that we fail to remember that healthy nutrition is the first requirement for healthy hair growth.
A balanced diet that is rich in essential plant-based nutrients is the key to keeping not only your hair but also your nails and skin in good condition. Since the hair is made up of proteins, you have to eat food rich in protein and other essential nutrients so they can serve as building blocks for the hair and help it grow to be luscious, thick, and beautiful.
The essential nutrients needed for optimal hair growth include Omega-3 fatty acids, lean proteins, iron, B-complex vitamins, and fat-soluble vitamins. Eating meals that consist of 100% whole grain, enough fiber, and healthy fats is one of the surest ways to get these nutrients.
These nutrients will not only enhance hair growth but also help to prevent hair loss. If your hair is falling out, try to change your diet. Get rid of packaged and processed foods, then replace them with whole and natural foods. You’ll definitely see a difference. However, be aware that hair loss could be a sign of an underlying illness, so make sure to consult with your doctor first.
If you’d like to know the specific foods you should stock up on to achieve optimal growth, I have listed them below.
- Nuts like peanuts, walnuts, etc
- peanut butter
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Beans, lentils, and peas
- Plain yogurt (greek)
- Sweet potatoes
Each of the foods mentioned has certain enzymes and nutrients that contribute to optimal hair growth. It’ll do you good to include as many as possible in your diet.