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We all want the bouncy swinging hair we see in the advertisements but most of us are dealing with brittle, over treated, feel like processed hair that refuses to swing, bounce or stay in line! Most seek the solution inexpensive hair care packs, shampoos, conditioners etc. but often fail to pay attention to what they are eating. Nutrition is often the most neglected part of the hair and skincare but if you ask the specialists, it is one of the most important contributing factors to healthy hair growth in men, women and children. “Eat” is often the best long term solution for good hair.
In this article, Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon at The Esthetic Clinics talks about how nutrition benefits the hair.
The reason is simple, health reflects inside out. The happy your organs are, the healthier your skin and hair are! Why you ask. Let’s take a look. Simply put, the hair is made up of cells and cells need food to grow. Hair cells are one of the fastest-growing cells of the human body (about 0.5 inches in a month) and they need a complex cocktail of nutrients and uninterrupted oxygen supply to grow. At a time, we have about 120,000 hair on the scalp itself. This means a lot of nutrition.
Unfortunately for hair cells, they are not a high priority for the body and are considered expendable and therefore when a nutritional imbalance occurs the hair is the first to ‘fall’. The main reason is iron deficiency. But it does not mean that hogging will solve the problem. The aspects of nutritional deficiency are affected by many factors such as:
Fast food and punishing work and workout schedules are also not helpful in hair growth. The diet imbalance affects the hair in two ways: one it makes the hair dry and rough and the other is hair fall. The good news is that this is a reversible problem that goes away with a correct and balanced diet. We know from various studies conducted that lack of nutrition can cause chronic telogen effluvium, accelerated androgenetic alopecia, female pattern hair loss, even alopecia areata.
Nutritional benefits for healthy hair are not limited to less hair fall, it also translates into longer and thicker hair and faster hair growth. Plus, you won’t need to spend excessively on products. Here is a list of some basic diet inclusions that fulfil the nutritional requirement of hair:
The effects of good nutrition are slow to appear and therefore maintain a balanced diet. You can also apply some foods like argan oil, beer, olive oil, avocado packs to the hair to infuse some instant zest to the lacklustre locks. When planning your diet don’t go to extremes, a carefully worked out mix of complex carbohydrates, iron, vitamins, minerals, protein etc. will benefit the hair. A good food day for the hair should include:
Don’t restrict on good nutrition, eat a varied diet with good meals.
Article Source - https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/national-nutrition-week-2021-importance-of-nutrition-for-hair-heath-hear-it-from-the-expert/807366
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.