If you have dry hair, you might have an arsenal of conditioners, masks, and other treatments in your bathroom. In the winter, dry hair is more likely to occur, and your scalp could also become itchy and flaky. If you are interested in helping to heal the problem from the inside out, there are certain foods you can eat to help moisturize your scalp and hair. There are also foods that you should avoid if you want to minimize your dry hair issues.
Here is a list of foods you should avoid eating too often if you want to avoid dry and damaged hair:
- Fish with high levels of mercury. Certain fish like swordfish, mackerel, and sushi contain higher levels of mercury. High levels of mercury could lead to dry hair and eventually hair loss. Certain varieties of tuna are also high in mercury. If you love fish and still want to eat it, try salmon, shrimp, and canned light tuna instead.
- Sugar is bad for your skin, and too much of it can be bad for your hair as well. When you eat a lot of sugar, your body pumps out insulin. When your blood sugar rises, your androgen levels also rise, which can cause dry hair. It could even cause your hair to start falling out.
- High glycemic foods. High glycemic foods are similar to foods high in sugar and are things like white bread, pasta, and some desserts. Eating these foods triggers a similar response in the body which can lead to dry and thinning hair.
- Vitamin A. Typically, some vitamin A is good for your hair, but super high doses can lead to hair dryness and hair loss. You are safe if you are only taking a multivitamin, but if you also take a dosage of vitamin A, you could be at risk. Check all of your supplements and medications to make sure you aren’t taking too much. Consult with your doctor if you are unsure on how much is safe to take or if your hair has been very dry and falling out.
- Lastly, if you aren’t eating enough of certain foods, you could experience dry hair and hair loss. If you don’t eat enough foods with protein, iron, and zinc, you could experience dry, damaged hair and even hair loss. Meat contains a lot of protein, but don’t worry if you are vegetarian or vegan. Beans, tofu, quinoa, spinach, and other plant-based foods have plenty of protein. If you need more iron or zinc, eat foods like red meat, beans, and seafood. If you are still lacking any of these nutrients and believe it is causing your dry hair, try taking supplements as directed by your doctor.
Do you experience dry and dull hair in the winter or year-round? Do you think your diet is lacking and that is causing your dry hair issues?
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