All the world is a stage, and just about everyone out there knows that looks matter...especially when it comes to our hair. But so many of us feel self-conscious about our hair. Whether it's due to our hair thinning, receding, graying, breaking or just looking and feeling dry and dull, we all want to improve the quality of our hair.
But, did you know, that the health of your locks is not just about appearance? This problem can be more than skin (or scalp) deep. Unhealthy-looking hair can actually indicate that you are not getting enough nutrients. This is because when your body is lacking certain nutrients, it will prioritize other, more vital, functions over growing hair, leading to thinner, weaker, slower growing strands. So, your hair’s lackluster performance might be due to the fact that it’s literally starving!
But don’t panic! Let’s talk about some key nutritional components and their roles in growing healthier hair (and a healthier you, too!) Also, we’ll find out some of the ways you can get more of what your hair needs every day, so your locks (and confidence) can shine once again.
What are some key nutrients your hair may be missing, and what roles do they play in hair health?
The Protector. Selenium is a mineral that protects hair follicles from free-radicals and environmental damage. You can find selenium in foods like; brazil nuts, mushrooms, and seafood.
The Deflector. Zinc can help curb the body’s natural production of hair-thinning steroids, which would otherwise cause balding and receding hair lines. Foods that are highest in zinc are; oysters, pumpkin seeds, lamb, hemp seeds, and garbanzo beans.
Folic Acid (folate)
The Generator. Folic Acid not only helps to keep your hair growing, but it also helps to create new cells for hair growth as old ones naturally die off. Folate (the organic form of folic acid) is highest in leafy green veggies, beans, peas, asparagus, eggs, and beets.
The Shiner. Vitamin A supports balanced sebum production, which nourishes and moisturizes your scalp and hair shafts, making your hair stronger, shinier, and more resilient. You can get more vitamin A by eating whole eggs, grass-fed butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and liver.
The Youth Preserver. Vitamin C helps reduce oxidative stress and can slow aging, which means avoiding hair loss and slowing pre-mature graying. Vitamin C is not just found in citrus, but also in sauerkraut, rose hips, bell peppers, black currants, fresh thyme, and kale.
The Reinforcer. Also known as Vitamin B7, biotin helps to form keratin, one of the main building blocks for hair. The keratinization of your hair as it grows is what makes each strand stronger and thicker. Foods that are rich in biotin are eggs, milk, bananas, walnuts, salmon, sunflower seeds, and mushrooms.
The Powerhouse. Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifier. It helps reduce inflammation in the hair follicles, protects hair cells from free radical damage, and helps the body eliminate toxins that cause hair loss.
How can I get all the nutrients I need for healthier hair?
It can be tough trying to get all the different types of nutrients your hair needs on a consistent basis. Even with eating a wide variety of healthy foods, you can still have a lot of gaps in your nutritional profile and sadly, our food sources aren't what they used to be due to over-farming, mineral-poor soil and all the toxic chemicals and pesticides that are used making our food not as nutritionally-dense as they should be. That's why supplementation is key and where HAIRtamin comes in. Taking a daily hair supplement, like our HAIRtamin Advanced Formula or HAIRtamin Gummy Stars helps nourish the body by providing key nutrients it needs to grow and maintain healthier hair from the inside out. Both formulas are packed with all of the nutrients listed above, plus so much more, making it easy for you to start growing stronger, longer, thicker-looking, and (most importantly) healthier hair. So, you can get back out there, and rock the world with your super star hair!