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The monsoon season has a divided fan base, there is a section in love and there is a section that will grumble and complain the moment it starts pattering. Whether you are in the former group or the latter, there are certain aspects of this season that you cannot deny are troublesome such as aggravated hair fall problems. No matter what your hair type is, you are bound to notice more strands on your towel or hairbrush this time of the year than in any other season.
The best way to nourish your hair aside from weekly oiling and cleansing is to nourish it from within. Here are 8 foods that will reduce hair fall and promote healthy hair growth this season.
Eggs are considered a superfood by all for a reason. They are a potent source of biotin and protein, two nutrients essential for promoting hair growth. Like all body parts, hair also contains protein referred to as Keratin. Biotin which is naturally found in eggs is instrumental in keratin production. Consuming an egg daily for breakfast or any other meal will tick off your hair-healthy nutrient requirements such as selenium and zinc.
Sweet potato ideally contains beta-carotene, an essential compound that when converted to Vitamin provides healthy hair. A 114-gram sweet potato will meet 160% of your vitamin A requirement. Vitamin A promotes sebum production, important for hair growth. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to increased hair fall.
Fenugreek seeds/Methi Dana
Methi dana or fenugreek seeds as they are commonly known contain a high amount of Vitamin E and folic acid, which is essential for strengthening hair roots and hydrating the hair scalp. Aside from these two fenugreek seeds are also full of minerals and vitamins. You can either soak fenugreek seeds overnight in a glass of water or consume it first thing the next morning or you can make a powder from the seeds, mix it into your water and drink it up.
Soybeans are loved by almost all Indians as they are a good source of protein. Soybeans can be consumed by both vegans and vegetarians aside from non-vegetarians. Studies have found that soybean contains spermidine which is a compound that supports hair growth. An experiment conducted with a group of 100 people who were on a spermidine-based diet either in the form of a nutritional supplement or consumed soybean itself initiated an active phase of hair growth referred to as the anagen phase.
Your hair needs protein, zinc, biotin and iron to ensure that it grows well all-year round. Beans contain a versatile plant-based protein which is nutritious and can be consumed by all and will optimise your hair growth phase. For example, consuming 100 grams of black beans will give women up to 14% of the zinc requirement and men 10%.
Nutmeg is hailed as a superfood for hair growth. If you weren’t already aware of nutmeg, it is a kind of spice full of folic acid, vitamin B6, copper and magnesium. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so nutmeg is also a great addition to your diet for healthy-looking skin. You can add nutmeg to desserts or you can add it in powder form to milk and consume it daily before going to sleep.
Yogurt not only solves hair fall issues but also supports a healthy gut. Sometimes digestive issues can also become a cause of increased hair fall and poor skin health during the monsoon season. So try to incorporate yogurt into your diet somehow.
Jamun, referred to as black plum, is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C. It is very important for collagen formation which is essential to support skin elasticity and optimise hair growth as you grow older. Collagen starts to decline as people hit their 30s, so including foods or supplements that support collagen formation will be beneficial for your skin and hair health.
The humidity during the monsoon season makes hair sticky, frizzy and dry. Alongside a healthy hair care regime, maintain a nutritious diet comprising the foods mentioned above to support overall hair growth and shine.