Does What You Eat Affect The Hair On Your Head?

Does What You Eat Affect The Hair On Your Head?If you find yourself suffering from hair loss, dry hair, flat limp hair, or a bad case of the greasies, the food you chew can be the reason. Hair quality has been less than “fair” due to our very “crash diet” driven culture and unlimited fast food fixes. If there are foods that deplete our hair of its “growth potential”, there must be foods that increase it as well. Fix your current hair situation with some of the below food remedies right from your own kitchen.

Holy Hair Balls-Those quick fix, drive-thru solutions may have helped your hunger pains, but this habit is to blame for hair loss. The consumption of a high-fat, high-animal and high-salt diet damages the kidneys and creates acidic blood, thereby leading to hair loss, according to Paul Pitchford’s book Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition and Janet Zand’s Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. It’s no wonder that the typical American diet is usually low in vitamins which leads to vitamin deficiency, another cause of hair loss. This diet has gone global and hair loss has made its way overseas.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair! Look out Marica Brady, you may have led us to believe that brushing our hair “one hundred strokes before bedtime” will make it grow, but there is more to it than that. If we had all the time in the world, this may be a fun evening activity, however, just a few strokes will redistribute natural oils and stimulates the scalp, which provides a natural way of conditioning the hair into shiny, faster-growing hair. On the flip-side, I do tell my girls that “onew hundred strokes” so they will let me brush their hair. “Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out.” Great food suggestions include low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt which contain calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources. Pump-up that hair volume some more by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Lactose intolerant, no problem. You can still get enough calcium from foods like tofu, leafy green veggies (spinach is a great choice), lactose-free milk, and juices or soy milk that have added calcium (source, ).

Save Those Flakes For The Slopes-Dandruff is hard to take and you definitely don’t want to leave it, so foods loaded with omega-3 fatty acids are necessary. This protein source is also jammed with vitamin B-12 and iron. “Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.” Popeye the Sailor Man knew what he was doing with all of that spinach and probably had the best sebum in town. Sebum, the body’s natural hair conditioner, comes from the oily substance secreted by hair follicles.

Some other excellent sources of vitamins A and C are found in broccoli and Swiss chard (not the same as “swiss cheese”, but actually a leafy vegetable and one of the cultivated descendants of the sea beet, Beta vulgaris subsp. Maritima).

Have you made dietary changes to improve your hair condition? Is there something that I should know?

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46 Comments Post a comment

  1. On May 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    Panda said,

    Wow This is neat…. Maybe I should slack off on all the Mcdonalds I’ve been having lately!

  2. On May 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    Dee said,

    Wow that’s a huge sandwich!

  3. On May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Storm said,

    Another good reason to keep enjoying adding fresh spinach to my deals!

  4. On May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Dee said,

    I think my son could handle that sandwich! LOL

  5. On May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Mary Evans said,

    Love the articles from, I always learn so much..they are very informative!

  6. On May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Dee said,

    Yes I believe what you eat plays a big role in the condition of your hair, nails, skin, weight and overall health.

  7. On May 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    Lunachique said,

    I’ve never considered dietary changes to improve my hair, but why not? Sounds easy and tasty!

  8. On May 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    Audrey H. said,

    I do believe a balanced diet is important for good health but I haven’t made any changes due to my hair condition. I’ve seen people with excellent diet have not so good hair also.

  9. On May 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    Candice Orpesa said,

    Well I Love my hair…most days and I eat a bowl of casscadian farms cereal every morning which is fillled with flaxseed and nutrients and i Love it Tastes GREAT!

  10. On May 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Storm said,

    I retweeted this!

  11. On May 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Janice said,

    most people don’t think about it, but yes, that makes sense – hair must take its nutrients from somewhere too.


  12. On May 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Amy said,

    WOW very interesting read….I will continue to eat my veggies!!!! Thanks for the news. =)

  13. On May 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    Candice Orpesa said,

    i retweeeeted!!!

  14. On May 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    Melissa Lawrence said,

    This was a fabulous read! Makes perfect sense to me. Now I will be more conscious of how my diet can affect my hair. Following you on twitter @2boysblue

  15. On May 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    Audrey H. said,


  16. On May 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm
    Shannon said,

    I knew there had to be a reason for my hair being so dull lately….my poor diet. :-( Thanks for the great information!

  17. On May 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    Lisa G said,

    Great article of information! omega-3 fatty acid sure is good for so many things!

  18. On May 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    Cynthia said,

    Wow! I learned so much from this blog post! I love how I always learn something new in every one of your posts! I didn’t know that what you ate could affect how much dandruff you have!

  19. On May 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    Leah Levine said,

    Very interesting

  20. On May 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Stephanie Ragland said,

    That’s good to know, thanks for all the useful information!

  21. On May 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Ashley said,

    Like the saying goes “You are what you eat”. I do think this is true that food can affect your hair styles/textures.

  22. On May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm
    Stephanie Ragland said,



  23. On May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm
    Stephanie Ragland said,



  24. On May 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    Stephanie Ragland said,


  25. On May 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    Debi said,

    Mine’s covered anyway!

  26. On May 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    Tami Lewis said,

    i never thought of these things – thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  27. On May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    mirimosh said,

    interesting to know all this . I really have to start eating better.

  28. On May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    Hannah B. said,

    The way I eat I should have gorgeous hair!

  29. On May 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm
    Karen R. said,

    Keep these coming, I’m really learning a lot.

  30. On May 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    Dee said,

    I tweeted:

  31. On May 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    Karen R. said,


  32. On May 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    Aviva said,

    love it! Thanks for the info!

  33. On May 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    Dina said,

    Whole foods are the way to go. Nothing like fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc. :-)

  34. On May 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    yona said,

    That’s cool. A good point to make is that we can ruin our hair also with over ironing etc no matter what diet we are on.

  35. On May 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm
    Frank RUR said,

    lovely i WILL EAT SOME CORN

  36. On May 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm
    Shannon said,

    tweeted here

  37. On May 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    Dina said,


  38. On May 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Cynthia said,

    I retweeted this! Also, this is another great reason to keep up the healthy diet I’ve been on!

  39. On May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    Kim Buck said,

    The blog mentions that hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, but in the case of my hair…it grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch every year. I have never seen hair grow so slow. And hair so fine as mine should be outlawed! I hate my hair. Now my daughter on the other hand…she has full, thick, and “fast-growing” hair. She has the exact same hair as her Paternal Grandmother. She is so lucky, but she doesn’t see it that way. She thinks her hair is troublesome, but I envy her for having such gorgeous hair. Anyway, I could go on and on forever on this subject, but then I would just be boring some people.
    Thanks for letting me share.
    Kim Buck

  40. On May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    Cynthia said,

    Also, I didn’t know omega 3 fatty acids were so important and play such a vital role in helping us maintain our bodies!

  41. On May 26, 2010 at 12:01 am
    Erika said,

    So true!! thanks for sharing

  42. On May 26, 2010 at 12:01 am
    Danielle Lee said,

    nothing like good healthy fruit & veg!

  43. On May 26, 2010 at 12:01 am
    Erika said,

    I tweeted this.

  44. On June 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Teresa said,

    Good Info! Now wonder my hair is thinning… wrong foods

  45. On July 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    Michelle jadaa said,

    I have definatly noticed that my hair is thinner and flatter if im not eating well.

  46. On September 23, 2010 at 2:32 am
    Charmine said,

    Yes it does. Drinking enough water should be one of the things you should do in order to have healthy and beautiful hair. People nowadays have been fond of eating foods without knowing the risks involved. But now with the help of modern technology, there are hair loss restoration procedure that can help hair loss sufferers. Thank you for your post, hopefully it could help people with hair loss problem.

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