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Recipe for Growth: Foods that Greatly Boost Hair Growth
by Jane Okoji
Boost Hair Growth With a Healthy Diet
Here’s a fun fact for you. Did you know you could have a million-and-one hair-mazing products and STILL have issues with your hair health and boosting hair growth?
The road to your healthy hair journey isn’t complete if you haven’t gone through at least one or all of these three stages:
- The product junkie stage
- The obsessive length-check stage, and
- The DIY stage
In the DIY and product junkie stages, the Internet is your best friend, and you’re prepared to try out almost ANYTHING on your hair that promises to get you waist length hair overnight, even, you guessed it, food.
Now, don’t come for us. You can decide to stuff your hair with fruit juices, honey, and other foods to improve your hair’s health, which is great.
But the real question is: What are you “stuffing” YOUR body system with?
Most people, especially naturals, believe all they need to do to grow healthy hair is to topically apply products, foods, and everything “nice”.
As for their bodies, they could care less. The oily fries, greasy hamburgers, and steamy pizzas will do. Does this sound like you?
If it does, you have a lot of changes to make — diet-wise. Your hair needs external (from topical application of products, DIY masks, etc.) and internal (from your diet) nourishment to grow strong and healthy.
Are you looking to finally get intentional with your diet and discover what foods make hair grow faster? In this article, we discuss essential foods that boost hair growth and improve your hair’s health. Read on to know more!
Recipe for Growth: Foods that Boost Hair Growth
1. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, like mackerel, herring, and salmon are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamins for hair growth (vitamins D3 and B), and other nutrients that help boost healthy hair growth!
In fact, fatty fish is one of the major foods for hair thickness. So if you’d like to step up your hair game, aim to eat fatty fish around 1-2 times weekly.
We understand that a lot of people are not cut out for this fishy business. If you’re one of them, read on to find a more compatible food for hair growth!
When you think about eggs, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? — Proteins! Eggs are the right foods for hair thickness. They are rich sources of biotin and protein: two major nutrients for hair growth.
Adding proteins to your diet will only promote hair growth because proteins are the main components of your hair follicles. And if you’re biotin deficient, research shows that you can boost your hair growth by consuming more biotin.
Eggs are the best of both worlds — you can source both nutrients (biotin and protein) from them. So if you prefer your eggs either boiled, poached, in some sauce, etc., try your best to enjoy a wholesome egg meal (at most 3 whole eggs per day) as much as you can!
Just take a look at this picture. Would you like to have a bite or go for the whole plate? It’s the whole plate for us!
Avocados do more than just sit pretty on a plate and taste oh so good. They can also help grow and thicken your hair and improve its health.
These yummy fruits are super sources of healthy fats and vitamin E, the perfect formula for hair growth.
If you already haven’t, why not give avocados a try? They’re both great internal and topical ways to give your hair just the boost it needs!
According to research, vitamin D deficiency can lead to hair loss. You can source this vitamin from fish liver oils, animal fats, eggs, fatty fish, and foods fortified with vitamin D.
What’s more, your body also synthesizes (makes) this vitamin when you get exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. We understand you’d want nothing to do with sun damage, so you can stick to your sunscreen and source your vitamin D from your diet and supplements.
Vitamin D doesn’t only help recreate new hair follicles, but also keeps your skin healthy and bones strong. So it’s a win-win for your hair and entire body!
Our Final Thoughts
To get all the necessary nutrients to boost your hair growth and avoid being nutrient deficient, make that healthy switch in your diet today!
Every day, aim to eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water (8 glasses per day) to help transport all the essential nutrients to their target organs and regions around your body!
Now you’re equipped with the essential ingredients to nurse your hair, you can get to nourishing your hair back to good health and length!