Just like any cell in the body, our hair is affected by the foods you choose to eat. Depending on the food you eat, your hair can become lustrously beautiful or extremely brittle and dry. A good way to know whether you’re feeding your body properly is look at the condition of your hair and skin.
Both our hair and skin are made of the same protein, called Keratin. So eating the right amounts of protein daily directly affects the health of skin and hair growth. Of course there are other factors that can affect skin and hair growth, like smoking because it can reduce oxygen absorption in the lungs hence, reducing overall oxygenation to whole body and slowing growth.
Though food is important for growth, there are certain foods that are not really good for hair growth.
Fish With High Levels Of Mercury
Fish are very good sources of protein and omega fatty acids which are really good for healthy skin and hair growth. But some fish that contain high levels of mercury can lead to hair loss. While true mercury poisoning is rare, some individuals who consume a lot of fish, especially raw fish from sushi and sashimi can get significant amounts of mercury that can lead to hair thinning and eventually hair loss.
Too Much Sugar
Eating too much sweets can be bad for your hair. When we eat sugar rich foods our blood sugar spikes, our body responds by secreting insulin to decrease blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, the sugar surge also raises the levels of androgen, a male hormone that can make the hair follicles weak in both women and men.
Too Little Protein
Since our hair is practically made of protein, people who don’t get much protein experience thin, dry and brittle hair. Vegetarians should know that protein doesn’t only come from meat, there are a lot of vegetables that are excellent sources of proteins too like: soya beans, lentil and spinach.