Our hair strands are made up of a protein called keratin. Lack of protein can lead to hair loss. Our daily protein intake should be 30% of our total calorie count. We are what we eat and hence no amount of hair treatments or products will work until we eat a good nutritious diet.A diet rich in protein is crucial for healthy hair growth.
Nutritional Must Do’s for your Hair:
- EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN:
Eggs, fatty fish, tofu, legumes, sprouts, nuts, paneer, curd, sattu are great sources of protein. Adding these foods to your diet can prevent hair loss over time and make the hair look healthier
- CONSUME ADEQUATE IRON:
Ferritin (stored iron) levels are extremely important for hair growth. Add garden cress seeds/halim, spinach, ragi, pulses, beetroot, coconut, fish in your diet.
- CRUSH ON VITAMIN C:
Iron can only be absorbed effectively if you are ingesting it alongside vitamin C. Drink a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice or amla juice or eat one of your favorite fruit / vegetable to help with iron uptake.
- EAT A VARIED DIET:
Try not to choose the same meals or foods every day. Eating a varied diet will help ensure you are getting a wide-range of essential vitamins and minerals.
Drink approximately 2- 2.5 litres of water a day depending on your activity level and climate. Your scalp, just like your skin, can become dehydrated, making for a poor growing environment