And what better way to enjoy all of the above than over an abundance of delicious food with family and friends?
Many people aren’t aware that hair requires the same overall nutrition that the body does—a well balanced diet complete with protein, fruits, vegetables and grains. While Thanksgiving dinner can get a bad rap as a calorie-dense feast, the professional stylists at Hair Club point out that many of the foods served up for Thanksgiving actually offer loads of nutrients that promote hair growth and health.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of food on your holiday table so this Thanksgiving, pile your plate with some of these foods to promote healthy hair and potentially prevent hair loss:
It’s the star of the Thanksgiving spread and for good reason. Turkey is a great source of lean protein. Since your hair is mostly protein, it’s easy to see why consuming protein is absolutely essential for healthy hair.
Not only is protein necessary for all cell growth (hair cells included), but without enough protein to produce keratin, hair grows slower and weaker. Turkey also contains zinc, which keeps the oil glands around the hair follicles functioning properly. Low zinc levels are often associated with dandruff and hair loss.
Your first inclination might be to pass on this underrated veggie, but brussels sprouts are actually a good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. B vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to different cells, including those responsible for hair growth.
A lack of B vitamins may result in shedding, slowed growth, and breakage. Vitamin C is responsible for creating collagen, which hair follicles require to stay healthy. Dry and brittle hair prone to breakage can be due to, among other factors, a lack of vitamin C.
Nothing smells quite like Thanksgiving like pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole. Orange veggies like sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots are major sources of beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts to vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential for cell growth, and hair cells are no exception. For a healthy scalp and shiny hair—don’t pass up on orange-colored dishes—but because these favorites can be high in sugar, don’t overdo it.
Like brussels sprouts, spinach might not be your number one side dish pick on Thanksgiving but its high iron count makes it one not to skip.
An iron deficiency can actually contribute to hair loss.
If spinach isn’t on your table, other dark green veggies like broccoli and kale are just as healthy. In addition to being rich in iron, vitamins A and C and calcium, dark green, leafy vegetables help produce sebum, a natural oil that helps condition your hair.
You probably don’t need a reason to indulge in a glass of red wine around the holidays, but if red wine isn’t your go-to drink, you may want to try a glass. Red wine is rich in bioflavonoids that help keratin grow and protect against keratin degradation. Additionally, resveratrol in red wine is said to inhibit hair loss and promote hair growth.
No need to go overboard—one glass will provide you with the nutrients you need.
If a balanced diet isn’t solving your hair loss problems—take action. Visit hairclub.com or call 888-847-4344 to learn more about our proven solutions and how we can restore your hair and confidence in time for the holidays ahead.
About Hair Club:
Founded in 1976 by Sy Sperling, Hair Club is the leader in hair restoration and the largest company in the industry offering all proven hair loss solutions. Hair Club has granted more than 500,000 men, women, and children an experience that truly changed their lives. Today, Hair Club has 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Aderans Co. Ltd, the world’s leading provider of total hair loss solutions. Aderans brands in the U.S. include Bosley.