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Want Healthy hair? Avoid these foods

What do you people do to keep your hair healthy? Apart from investing a good amount on chemical treatments, you surely must be thinking of how badly you treated your hair, right? Healthy, strong and lustrous hair is desirable for both men and women and it’s definitely not about burning a hole in your pocket.

Just like skin, healthy hair is also an indicator of a well-nourished body. The food choices you make can either damage or do wonders for your hair. Stress and pollution wreak havoc on our tresses, however, what we don’t realize is that certain foods are also contributing to the problem of hair fall and hair thinning.

Well there’s a surprising thing that it’s the food that you avoid (yes, avoid) can help your hair grow. It’s fair to say that a poor diet can make hair condition worse, or can speed up hair loss. Avoid the below mentioned food for good, shiny and healthy hair, well, because hair care is not a child’s play.

1-  Fish:

High levels of mercury can lead to sudden hair loss. The most common source of mercury exposure is fish as the concentration of methyl-mercury in fish has increased over the past few decades due to climate change and overfishing. Sea-water fish like swordfish, mackerel, shark and some varieties of tuna are rich in mercury. Although fish is linked with providing healthy hair but high level of mercury in fish can lead to sudden hair loss. So, its the mercury content in fish that makes it harmful for hair.

2- Sugar:

Yes, the sneaky menace is just as bad for your hair as it is for your overall health. Studies have shown that insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes and obesity and can also make you lose hair or even lead to balding in both men and women. And the number one factor behind insulin resistance is a diet high in sugar, starches and refined carbohydrates.


3- High-Glycemic Index Foods:

High glycemic index foods are the ones that cause an insulin spike. Foods like refined flour, bread and sugar are all high GI foods. These foods can create hormonal imbalances and cause a spike in insulin and androgens which bind to hair follicles and lead to hair fall.

Hair is mainly made of the protein, called keratin. Keratin is a protein which gives structure to your hair.

 4- Diet Soda:

Diet sodas contain an artificial sweetener called aspartame, which researchers have found can damage the hair follicles. If you are experiencing hair loss lately then it’s best you avoid diet sodas completely.


  1. Raw Eggs Whites:

Eggs are great for hair but they should not be consumed raw. Raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency, the vitamin that assists in the production of keratin. It is the avidin that is present in raw egg whites that combines with biotin and hinders its intestinal absorption.

Hair loss can be an over whelming affair and sometimes, even the most expensive promising products fail to prove good. One’s diet is linked to the health of your hair, so take care of what you eat, not only for fat loss but also for glowing skin and naturally shiny hair.

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