There are many reasons for choosing to follow a vegan diet:
Whatever your motivation, a vegan diet has been proven to be a healthy way to eat if you follow the rules. However, if you are not following certain rules of what to eat daily you may be depriving the body of essential nutrients. Over time as the body becomes more deficient of these nutrients it can begin to have a devastating effect on your hair.
Hair is not seen by the body as essential, so will divert nutrients away from feeding the follicle, sending nutrients to the main organs to protect life. We, on the other hand, know the importance of good hair and when we have problems with our hair it can be detrimental to our mental health and well being.
So let’s get this right to avoid problems in the future. Eat, today and every day, what your hair needs to flourish. Remember our hair is the crown we never take off, so let’s keep it in tip top condition .
Hair is made from a protein called Keratin. The body requires a source of protein to be able to grow and sustain hair.
Protein foods actually break down into 22 naturally occurring amino acids, which are known as the building blocks of protein. Of these, nine are known as essential amino acids, which means we must get them from food, as the body cannot make them itself.
Protein is also a good source of vitamins and minerals such as zinc and B vitamins.
As a vegan, it’s important that all these amino acids are included in your diet to provide optimum nutrition. Good sources of protein are beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, peanuts and soya alternatives to milk
Iron is another key nutrient for great hair. It is well documented an iron deficiency can lead to hair loss. Good sources of iron are lentils, chickpeas, beans, tofu, cashew nuts, seeds, dark green vegetables, dried fruits. Iron can also be found in fortified cereals. By adding Vitamin C rich foods to your diet aids the absorption of iron. Include fruits and vegetables like kale, peppers, brussel sprouts, berries and citrus fruits.
Vitamin B12 cannot be reproduced by plants so must be taken as a supplement or eaten in fortified foods. A vitamin D supplement is also recommended.
Be aware of foods that are high in fat, sugar or heavily processed. These foods can be found in vegan form but should not be relied on as they will not provide the correct nutrition.
If you have nutrients missing from your diet over a prolonged period, this could result in hair thinning or loss.
A journal will help you to see what you are eating and keep you on track for the right nutrients for great hair. Remember to eat the rainbow and you should cover all basis for good hair nutrition.
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