Losing hair is a frustrating fact of life, but what you might not have known is that the cycle of hair growth means that hair loss coincides with September and October. So if you wondered why your hair seems a tad thinner than it did in Spring, this could well be why!
Shona Wilkinson, who is the Head Nutritionist at Nutricentre, has some recommendations on the kind of nutrients we need to combat this seasonal shedding, and the foods that are full of them.
- Selenium: “Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium," says Shona, "Other foods rich in selenium are whole grains (barley, wheat, rye, buckwheat and brown rice), fish, seafood and lean meats, sunflower seeds and nuts such as pecans and almonds. However, sometimes soil in certain areas can be low in selenium, so organic Brazil nuts or a good quality supplement can be a great way to improve the condition of your hair."
- Zinc: "Oysters, pumpkin seeds, ginger root, pecans, Brazil nuts, oats, almonds, turnips and garlic are all great sources of Zinc," says Shona, "and a great way too keeping your hair in tip-top condition."
- Iron: “Essential sources of iron are pumpkin and squash seeds, liver, almonds, prunes, beet greens, Swiss chard, dates, lentils and broccoli. These foods really do help to keep your hair healthy!”
- Amino acids: “Lysine can be found to brewer’s yeast, chicken, dairy, fish lamb and parmesan. Methionine – beans, beef, dairy products, eggs, fish, garlic, liver, onions and sardines. Cysteine – beans, beef, brewer’s yeast, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs fish, garlic and liver. Arginine – almonds, beans, cashews, chocolate, dairy products, garlic and peanuts.”
- Biotin: “Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, as it plays a role in the production of keratin," says Shona, "You can increase your biotin intake by eating legumes, such as soybeans. If you have the ‘midday munchies’ the perfect biotin fuelled snacks are nuts and seeds; such as walnuts, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds. Kick start your day with porridge made with whole oats and sprinkled with nuts and seeds to boost your biotin intake, to get that gorgeous and glossy hair growing."
Tips from Nature’s Plus.
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