“We are what we eat”, so the saying goes, and, of course, it is perfectly true.

Our bodies’ only get the nutrients they need to grow and function properly from what we put into our mouths … we don’t breath nutrients in!

When we don’t eat the right foods our hair can be one of the first parts of the body to suffer (if the level of nutrients is low the body will prioritise where the available nutrients go, and the organs and systems important for maintaining life obviously take priority over the hair), so it is enormously important that we have a good, well balanced diet, one rich in protein, fruit, vegetables, minerals, vitamins, water and fruit juices. And low in fats, carbohydrates and synthetic substances.

Dieting, particularly crash dieting can be disastrous on the hair. To suddenly stop eating food can cause hair loss by the hand full; this type of dieting should never be undertaken unless it is required for medical reasons. A well prepared and sensible diet, accompanied by exercise is, however, a good way to lose weight and will not cause hair loss.

Anaemia, or simply just low ‘normal’ iron levels, is another common cause of hair loss. In some cases leading to a marked thinning of the hair. Women are more susceptible to this problem than men because of the loss of iron in the blood during their menstrual periods. It is, therefore, very important that this iron is replaced either by way of iron tablets or iron rich foods such as almonds, asparagus, bran, celery, egg yolk, kidney, lettuce, liver, oatmeal, soy beans and whole wheat, or by taking iron supplements.

Here is a general guide to some foods which are good or bad for your hair and scalp.


  Fruit every day (perhaps instead of that chocolate bar).
Wholemeal bread.
  Vegetables, raw or lightly cooked (don’t boil all the nutrients away).
  Mineral Water or pure fruit juices.
  Pasta and Rice.
  Green salads
  … and always eat breakfast.


  Junk Food.
  White bread.
  Fried foods.
  Processed foods, such as sausages, pies, tinned meats and tinned fruit.
  Fat on meat.
  Fizzy drinks.
  Too much alcohol.
  Too much tea or coffee.
  Too much salt.
  Full fat cheese (which can cause dandruff in some people).


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