Don’t be fooled though… this isn’t just for your #healthgoals but also for your #hairgoals. What you eat plays a massive role in your hair's health and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Keep reading as we breakdown all the macro and micronutrients you need to be aware of for a luscious, vibrant and healthy head of hair!
Macronutrients, more commonly referred to as ‘macros’, are the three main energy sources needed by the body in order to survive and grow. Familiar with the terms carbs, protein, and fat? These three big guys are your macros. So what role do they each play in your hair’s health?
In general, carbs are your body's preferred source of energy used to create new cells and grow. The body, quite literally, uses the ‘energy’ provided from carbohydrates to perform major bodily functions such as cognitive health, the central nervous system, and energy for working muscles.
When relating this back to hair, carbs provide the energy needed to replenish hair follicles and grow long, healthy hair. If you’re in the market for hair growth, carb up baby!
Healthy sources of carbohydrates your hair will love include; wholegrain bread, pasta, cereals, brown/wild rice, legumes, vegetables, and fruit.
Your hair is predominately made up of its own special protein called Keratin. So, naturally, the hair will thrive off extra protein consumed through the diet, aiding in balancing hair’s moisture and keeping the strength of your locks intact.
Hair loving protein sources can include; legumes, nuts, fish, eggs, soy and lean meat varieties such as turkey, chicken, and beef.
Fat’s main role in your hair's health is to retain moisture, lustre, and shine. Omega3s, a key micronutrient of fat, are vital to ensuring your hair is elastic and supple all year round. The fatty acid chains in Omega3s are readily absorbed by the body and prevent dry/flakey scalps (adios dandruff!)
Nourishing fat sources, also high in Omega3’s, include; salmon, mackerel, eggs, chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
Micronutrients are all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to live. The only difference between micronutrients and macronutrients is that micronutrient are found within macronutrients.
For example, a protein (macro) source like salmon has many micronutrients including magnesium, potassium, selenium, B vitamins and Omega3’s.
Now, if we were going to write every single micronutrient there is, this blog post would never end and we’d probably run out of word limits. So to make it easy for all you hair-loving gal pals, we’ve cut through the clutter and come up with a few key micronutrients that you need to be aware of for hair health.
Iron + zinc:
Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle. Zinc jumps on and works as iron’s ‘partner’, helping to create the hair structure for this oxygen/ nutrients to go to. This promotes hair growth and keeps your #hairgame looking fly!
Iron is found in foods such as red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, dark green veggies and nuts.
Many wholegrain cereals are fortified with zinc, so you’re easily able to get a good dose in with breakfast. Other great sources fo Zinc include oysters, red meat, and poultry.
You may associate Vitamin D with the sun but not so commonly with hair health. If this is the case, listen up. This micronutrient has a lot to do in maintaining and promoting a great set of locks.
Vitamin D plays a role in the creation of new hair follicles. Hair follicles are the tiny pores from which new hairs grow. New follicles may help hair maintain thickness and prevent existing hair from falling out prematurely.
Vitamin D can be found in foods such as fatty fish (eg. tuna, mackerel, and salmon), cheese, egg yolks, as well as Vitamin D fortified foods; including orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
Vitamin E really is the ‘pocket-rocket’ of the micronutrient world. Bursting with antioxidants, this vitamin diminishes the number of free radicals and oxidative stress that cause the hair follicle cells to break down. This breakdown contributes to hair loss, so ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin E can aid in maintaining hair growth.
Plentiful sources of Vitamin E can be consumed through foods such as almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and green leafy vegetables; like spinach and broccoli.
So what do you think? Feel more confident in the ‘food department’? Fuelling your body with nutrient-dense, nourishing foods plays a major role in your hair’s health. If you’re feeling stuck on what to cook with this shake-up of information you’re in luck!
Click HERE to read a new series on the BB Blog “The Healthy-haired Chef”, where we provide delicious, healthy recipes that your hair will love just as much as your body!
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