Food & Drink for Healthy Hair

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Hair follicle cells are some of the fastest reproducing cells in our body and they are in constant activity. It is critical to follow a good diet plan or healthy eating strategy to keep them working at an optimal level. Hair is mostly made up of keratin, a protein that our body makes from the food we eat. Without the proper amount of protein, our hair is one of the first things to take a hit. If you are already experiencing hair loss, this can compound your issue.

Many people follow trendy fad diets because it’s the latest weight loss strategy, when in fact, research shows these extreme diets over long periods of time can have devastating effects on the body.  It is always best to try and eat from all four food groups. This is not to say you should start eating and drinking those foods if you are dairy or gluten-intolerant. A food allergy or intolerance requires a specific diet. However, it is critical to find options that will best suit your body and allow you to get sufficient protein.

If you are not sure what is best for your body and would like to know more, Hope Hair Recovery offers a hair analysis test of forensic quality to establish any food/drink intolerances, bacteria, parasites, and heavy metals within your body that could be contributing to your hair loss. Many of my clients often experience more energy, weight loss, fewer aches and pains, and an elevated mood. To help you detox, you will be given a list of supplements with exact dosages that you can source from your local health food store at your convenience. You will also be supplied with a list of foods that you can and cannot eat — your own chart of foods that will give your body its optimal nutrition.

When to Eat for Healthy Hair

To get all of the benefits from your diet, it is best to eat small meals or snacks every two or three hours. Remember, hair follicles (where your hair grows from), contain cells that are constantly metabolizing or creating new energy for the hair, so eating more meals more frequently keeps you from going hungry and also allows those cells to have a constant source of energy. Permission to snack!

Stay Hydrated & Keep Your Hair Healthy

Staying well hydrated with water is also very important in hair growth. Happy hair grows in a moist environment and if you are dehydrated, this is not optimal for your hair or your skin.

My Top 5 Favourite Foods that Promote Hair Growth

Eggs - high in biotin and great source of protein

Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables - contains folate, iron, Vitamins A & C

Salmon, Herring and Mackerel - fresh is best, contains Omega 3, 6 and antioxidants

Sweet Potatoes - high in beta carotene which converts to Vitamin A

Avocados - high in Vitamin E and EFAs


Jennifer McCowan

Owner at Hope Hair Recovery Inc.

National Hair Loss Affiliate

Hope Hair Recovery Inc.


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