Healthy hair starts on the inside by eating the right foods for hair growth and exercising. What many of my readers and YouTube viewers may not know about me is that I am a counselor and health educator. I majored in Health Science and am very passionate about proper nutrition and exercise. Now I will say this, as I previously mentioned genetics plays a large role in your growth rate. However by eating properly and exercising you can maximize your natural hair growth.
Your body will not have what it needs to efficiently grow hair if you do not provide it with the proper nutrition. While it is important to eat a balanced diet, there are certain foods that are critical for hair growth. Here are the main dietary components that I know personally helped me reach my hair growth goals.
Hair is primarily composed of keratin which is a protein. It is critical that you get enough protein to get the best growth rate possible. Different sources recommend varied amounts of protein but generally 2-3 servings daily are adequate. Red meat is a source of protein but should be eaten in moderation due to saturated fat content. Lean healthy protein sources include:
I noticed a significant difference in my hair growth when I increased my protein intake. I primarily prefer to eat fish, dairy, nuts, and plant based protein supplements for protein. I was vegetarian for several years and it did not inhibit my hair growth at all as long as I monitored my protein intake.
It is important to eat a variety of foods for hair growth
Most of our body is made up of water. Proper hydration is critical for the body to function properly which includes hair growth and sebum production. Your body gets water from the foods you eat as well as the liquids you drink. Most of your water intake should come from actually drinking water though not sugary beverages like soda and juice.
It is very important that you have healthy fats in your diet. Extremely low fat diets can negatively impact your hair growth as well as your nails and the appearance of your skin. Healthy oils like olive and canola are an important for hair growth. The oils found in fish and nuts can also improve hair growth.I know personally that increasing my intake of foods with Omega 3 fatty acids has improved my hair and skin. I primarily get Omega 3's from eating:
Achieving your natural hair growth goals means eating the right foods