The weather is in transition mode right now. The cold winter season is officially over, giving way to the long summer days. Although nature is at its best at this time of year, it also brings with it several skin and hair related issues. The change of seasons often makes our hair dry and undernourished, leading to excessive hair loss. During this time of year, you may notice more wisps in your brush after combing or clogging the shower drain. That’s why experts suggest taking special care of your hair when changing seasons. Although you can find several tips on the Internet on what to apply to achieve strong and nourished hair, we believe that it all starts with a healthy diet. That’s right. A balanced diet, containing all essential nutrients, helps support overall health and nourish us (and our hair) from within. It seems that the famous nutritionist Lovneet Batra also has the same opinion.
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Lovneet Batra recently took to her Instagram to talk at length about how to take care of our hair. And she started off by saying, “A healthy diet and proper care can keep your mane above the rest.” Alongside this, she also listed essential nutrients (and their food sources) that can help boost healthy, nourished hair. We’ll take a look.
Here are 8 essential nutrients to add to your hair care regimen:
1. Vitamin A:
It helps our hair to stay hydrated. Vitamin A also helps in hair growth. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potato, pumpkin, etc.
2. B vitamins:
B vitamins help transport oxygen and nutrients to your scalp, promoting hair growth. Some of the most common food ingredients rich in B vitamins are whole grains, bananas, legumes, etc.
(Also read: Foods Containing Vitamin B12: Foods You Should Eat To Avoid Vitamin B12 Deficiency)
3. Vitamin C:
It is necessary for the production of collagen and helps prevent hair aging. The best example of a food rich in vitamin C is citrus fruits.
4. Vitamin E:
Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress and stimulate hair growth. Foods like almonds, spinach, pumpkin, etc. are rich in vitamin E.
(Also read: 22 vitamins and minerals you didn’t know your body needed)
Did you know that iron deficiency is a major cause of hair loss? That’s why nutritionist Lovneet Batra suggests filling up on iron-rich foods like beans, peas, and legumes for good hair health.
Including zinc-rich foods in your diet can help reduce dandruff and stimulate hair growth. Some of the most popular zinc-rich foods are legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Include a good amount of protein in your diet for healthy hair growth. Some of the best and most readily available protein-rich foods are legumes, dairy products, and eggs.
(Also read: 7 diet tips to grow hair naturally – expert reveals)
Biotin has been associated with the production of keratin and improving the condition of dandruff. Some of the most common biotin-rich foods are egg yolks, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
Besides, Lovneet Batra also advises to get into the root cause of the problem. According to her, “When it comes to hair care, it’s not just about nutritional deficiency or nutrient intake, but understanding the root of the issues (hormone changes, genes, stress, medical condition)” . Finally, she suggests a good diagnosis of the hair-related problem and its treatment as soon as possible to enjoy strong and healthy hair.
Now that you have followed the advice of experts, we suggest that you follow these tips and keep your hair healthy.
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