I was not blessed with thick, luscious locks. I have always had fine, straight hair and spent much of my life wishing I could have beautiful, full wavy/curly hair. After having 2 children, I found that my hair became even thinner! Horrifying! I started doing some research on natural supplements and/or foods to help boost my hair, and came up with some great options.
Biotin is naturally manufactured in our intestines by good bacteria (make sure you are taking a daily probiotic) and can also be found in certain foods. Consuming foods high in biotin like swiss chard, carrots, almonds/nuts, whole eggs, goat and cow’s milk, halibut, strawberries, raspberries, and vegetables such as onions and cucumbers. There are also lots of biotin supplements available on the market.
Selenium is essential for healthy thyroid function. It’s required in the transport of thyroid hormones into our cells and has been shown to lower thyroid antibodies, which can cause thinning hair.
Foods high in selenium include crimini mushrooms, cod, shrimp, tuna, halibut, salmon, turkey, scallops, chicken, brazil nuts, eggs, shiitake mushrooms and lamb.
An iron deficiency is a very common cause of hair loss. Low iron can be easily diagnosed with a blood test and often has other symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and general poor health. It can lead to a condition called anemia, possible hair loss or hair shedding.
Incorporating iron-rich foods such as lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, and whole grains into your diet can help. You can also incorporate 500-1000 mg of lysine daily as it improves the absorption of iron levels.
Proper nutrients can really help to support the body and give you stronger, healthier hair. In my case, pregnancy and breastfeeding left my body lacking in essential nutrients and had my hormones all over the map, so my already naturally thin hair took a hit!
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