Diet and exercises are known to affect individual’s hair. Low protein diet, extreme shifts in diet, and extreme calorie restrictions leads to nutritional deficiencies which could results in hair loss that may continue for two to three months. Therefore, a balanced diet is essential in order to maintain hair health. This is more important for those who given birth recently or menstruating. A well balanced diet should include vitamins A, B, and C, copper, zinc, iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, magnesium, and selenium.
Omega-3 fatty acids reach cell membranes and hair shaft adding elasticity to hair and nourishing and promoting healthy hair growth. Zinc promotes scalp health, boost tissue growth and repair. Eleven mg a day of zinc is adequate and more than that may harm hair growth and could results in hair fall. Hair is made of protein and therefore, a protein rich diet is a must to maintain your hair health. Iron helps to deliver blood which delivers oxygen to your hair. Iron rich foods such as dark greens, whole grains and shell fish can give you enough iron your body need. Vitamin A and C helps to produce sebum that hair releases to keep it conditioned.