Top 10 Foods that Encourage Hair Growth and 5 that Prevent It

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Now let’s address those foods that can actually keep your hair from growing. You may not think that eating particular foods can inhibit your hair from getting long and strong but it’s true. Check out the 5 foods that interfere with hair growth.


1. Salt

Yes, salt is super delicious on popcorn or those otherwise bland dishes but you need to moderation your intake if you want long, beautiful locks. Excess sodium consumption has been shown to cause the body to shed hair in alarming amounts. Consume no more than 2300mg daily, and even less than that if you are over 50, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure. If you want those long, beautiful curls, use that salt shaker with caution.


2. Sugar

If for no other reason than you want long, beautiful hair, turn away from sweets. Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of protein and, if you’ve read the above, you know how important protein is for your hair. Vitamin E is also important for health hair and eating sugar lowers the levels of vitamin E in your body. Avoid sugar as much as possible.


3. Sodas

You already know that sodas aren’t good for you but did you know that just one contains a huge amount of processed sugar, HFCS, (more sugar), artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and absolutely no nutrients for your body whatsoever; except for completely drying out your hair! Even if you drink water most of the time, but enjoy that can of pop during your lunch break, the ingredients in that one can will dehydrate your hair and make them brittle, which means your hair will break off and not grow very long. Cut out all sodas and watch your hair grow long and lush.


4. Alcohol

If you really want a head full of long, luscious, shiny hair then you should consider reducing your alcohol intake right about… Too much alcohol consumption reduces the vitamins, minerals, and folic acids that your hair needs to grow its shiny best (See more how alcohol affects the body). No one is saying you shouldn’t have a night out on the town every now and then, but the 3 martini lunches or the bottle of wine you polish off at night after dinner needs to stop if you want that beautiful mane.


5. White Flour

Although many people avoid carbs, they do it more for their waistline than their hair, but you should know that starchy foods, such as white flour, are quickly broken down by your body into sugars which causes your hair to thin as well as not allowing it to absorb vitamins that are important to your hair. So if you are having a little love affair going on with bread, pasta, cake, bagels and the like, it’s time to cut down, or cut out entirely, your consumption of white flour. There are many health reasons to do so but if you can’t break the habit for your health, perhaps you will for your hair.


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One Comment

  1. Hannah Thomas

    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?