hair health nutritionWhen it comes to your internal health, the appearance and strength of your hair rely mostly on genetics and hormones. Topical treatments like low-level laser therapy boost follicle health from the outside – but what about altering the internal environment in an effort to strengthen strands and boost shine?

Unlike your genes, which you can’t alter, you can change your diet to incorporate additional nutrients that promote hair health. Eat the following foods to create shinier, stronger and longer locks:

Spinach

Spinach leaves are loaded with iron, the nutrient responsible for helping hemoglobin carry oxygen throughout the body. This includes oxygen delivery to your scalp and hair follicles to keep hair growth cycles regular. Iron deficiency, or anemia, is often associated with premature or sudden hair loss. Ensure your body absorbs enough iron to prevent physical side effects like thinning or shedding while enhancing your hair health.

Tangerines

Like most citrus fruits, tangerines are packed with vitamin C to help your body to absorb enough iron. Tangerines also contain high levels of vitamin B12, which is not naturally generated by the body. Instead, your body depends on outside sources (i.e. food) filled with B12 to create red blood cells, support nerve function and maintain everyday operations. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 3.2% of adults over age 50 have severely low B12 levels. As many as 20% may suffer a marginal deficiency. Because it aids in cell reproduction, B12 is vital for hair health and growth.

Salmon

Like B12, the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids on its own. These nutrients actively fight inflammation, which on the scalp, often causes unexpected hair loss. Omega-3s also add shine and help increase overall volume. While you can opt for a supplement, omega-3s are found in various fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines.

Eggs

You’ve probably heard of biotin supplements for hair health, but you can boost your biotin intake simply by switching up your breakfast routine. Eggs are chock-full of this B vitamin to fortify delicate strands and brittle fingernails. Lack of biotin can lead to hair loss, so consume other biotin-rich foods like almonds and avocados to complement your new breakfast staple.

If changing up your diet isn’t enough to fight your hereditary hair loss, call us at 844-280-4680 to discuss Capillus’ effective and convenient laser caps for hair regrowth. Capillus laser caps are clinically proven to boost hair count by an average 51 percent. When coupled with better physical health and nutrition, low-level laser therapy helps patients achieve numerous hair goals, including growth, shine and strength.