You are what you eat
Here at Rhona McCallum Hair we are here to help you get the very best from your hair and scalp. Our in-salon and at-home products have been carefully chosen to give you the very best ingredients and nutrients to maintain your hair and scalp in tip-top condition.
But we are also aware that the age old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is very relevant as well. So, if you are curious about the best food stuffs for you to eat to help even further, here’s a list of some of the most recognised foods that have proven benefits.
Oysters: rich in Zinc, which is a mineral that helps support the hair growth cycle. A lack of zinc in the diet can potentially promote telogen effluvium which is a common but temporary form of hair loss caused by a lack of nutrients in the diet.
Sweet peppers are a source of vitamin C, which has been suggested might help hair growth. As much as we all know oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, one sweet yellow pepper contains nearly 5.5 times more than a medium sized orange. Vitamin C is proven to promote collagen production and is also an effective antioxidant, this can strengthen hair.
Nuts and seeds are easy to eat, can be added to cereals and are packed full of nutrients that can aid healthy hair growth. Nuts and seeds contain Vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids. Seeds (especially) are low in calories and high in a variety of hair-healthy B vitamins.
Fish: Fatty (oily) fish like herring, mackerel and salmon contain nutrients that can help promote hair growth as they are a good source of omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which have been linked to hair growth and increased hair density.
Berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc are loaded with vitamins that can aid and promote hair growth. Antioxidants help protect hair follicles against free radicals (airborne and natural pollutants).
Everyone knows that eggs are a source of protein, but they also contain biotin, both these nutrients can help promote hair growth. Protein is vital for hair growth because hair is primarily made up of different types of proteins. A lack of protein has been proven as a cause of temporary hair-loss.
Spinach isn’t just for Popeye muscles, it’s a vegetable that’s packed full of nutrients, including folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all known to help with hair growth, plus vitamin A helps the skin glands produce sebum, crucial to maintaining a healthy scalp.
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A, this is known to help improve hair condition, and produce sebum, both good for overall hair and scalp health.
And last but most definitely not least, avocados, a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E, which has been suggested may improve hair growth. Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps combat oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals.
Fact: studies show that people with hair loss experienced 34.5% more hair growth after taking a vitamin E supplement for eight months.
So, alongside your fabulous home care regime and in-salon treatments recommended by the team here at Rhona McCallum Hair, eating healthily can help your hair and scalp be in tip-top condition all the time.
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Additionally, if you are keen to know more about food stuffs that are good for your body, this is what you should be eating:
Fruits, eggs, lean meats and chicken, nuts and seeds, vegetables, seafood, grains and low carb breads, milk, yoghurt, fats and oils and yes…
DARK CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU TOO!