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Nutrition and your hair

 What is the best kept secret to healthy hair?  Is it the latest craze in hair shampoo or hair product?  Or could it simply be your very talented hairdresser?  As both of those ring true, you may be surprised to learn that one of the other best kept secrets to healthy, shiny and bouncy hair is a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Research shows that a healthy diet with the right mix of protein, iron and other important nutrients will improve and maintain the health of your hair.

Protein is Important for Healthy Hair

Your hair is part of you and your health and so providing your body (and therefore your hair) with all the recommended and vital vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed for good health.
Protein is one of the most important vitamins for your hair.  A strand of your hair is mostly composed of protein.  Protein is very important for the growing phase.  If you don’t get enough protein, your hair will suffer.  It might be dull and lifeless and might not be growing.  

Iron and Other Nutrients

Protein is not the only nutrient that plays a part in the maintenance of healthy hair.  You also need iron, selenium, copper, magnesium, vitamin E to keep your hair in top shape.
Not getting enough iron in your diet can cause hair loss.
Good sources of iron are meat such as pork, beef and chicken.  Good vegetarian sources include pumpkin seeds, lentils, tofu, beans, green leafy vegetables.

Weight Loss and Hair Health

Major weight loss from a very restrictive diet can cause hair loss.  This is because it is hard to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need from a very limiting diet.  Rapid weight loss can also stress the body which is turn will contribute to hair loss. 

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