Hair Health - Nutrition

Lets talk about those luscious locks and nutrition. Can you tell the difference in your hair when you're giving your body good nutrients verses eating more processed refined foods? I sure can! I'm older then I've ever been (hehe) and I've been able to grow my hair longer and fuller then I ever have. Here are some things I've found helpful when it comes to nutrition and my hair.

#1- Healthy Fats: our body needs fat for a lot of things such as energy, hormone production and essential fatty acids (we don't make naturally, but is vital for hair growth). It's important that we get our fats from a variety of nature, for example organic meats, egg yolks, dairy, nuts, avocado and oils. If we are getting a lot of our fats from processed foods alone (like cheap fast food or food from a box), our bodies will generate higher levels of inflammation causing us to be more susceptible to injury, conic pain, hormone inefficiencies or worse BAD HAIR.

Some of my favorite fats to eat for healthy hair are avocado AND avocado oil (when ya can't find fresh produce, opt for oils) walnuts and pecans, nut butters, whole eggs, coconut oil, seeds (chia and flax), salmon, beef, and pork.

#2- Hydration: If you're dehydrated, your body can actually take the energy from your hair roots and use it where we are lacking. Hydration can help boost hair production by treating scalp challenges, what's at the scalp? roots and what happens at the root? HAIR GROWTH. So drink up!

#3-Nutrient deficiencies: Hair growth requires a variety of vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Zinc, vitamin A, D and E, just to name only a few. If you are not eating the proper nutrient dense foods, your body will not care about hair growth. It will use what it needs for primary function first, before it gives what's left for hair growth. What does this mean? this means if you're short on calories with nutrient dense foods, your body does not care about your hair growth, it cares about survival first. So, be sure you're getting sufficient calories and be sure the majority of those calories are coming from nutrient dense foods, like vegetables, fruits, fats, good meats, and wholesome carbs.

Amanda Hanquist

Certified Nutrition Coach

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