Trying to grow your hair? Then you have to avoid these foods

Iron-rich spinach and zinc-filled shellfish are some of the many foods that we eat to keep our hair healthy.

But did you know that there are specific foods that you should totally AVOID when trying to growm your hair?

We didn't know either.

Everything from your sweet tooth to your love for sushi could be undoing all of your best hair-growing efforts. 

Fatty Fish

Wait, what?! Aren’t fatty fish like salmon and tuna rich in omega-3s and at the top every must-eat list? Only to a point.

Some fish contain high levels of mercury, and high levels of mercury can lead to hair loss. Mercury stops protein development and affects your absorption of zinc which is needed in the growing process.


Processed Sugar

It’s bad for your skin, and it’s bad for your hair. There's really no surprise there. 

Sugary foods like your favourite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin levels to rise, which also causes an increase in androgen (a male hormone) in your body.

Androgen is known to irritate and shrink hair follicles. And shrunken, irritated follicles do not produce long, strong hair.


Juice Cleanses

When you’re on a juice cleanse, you’re on an all-sugar, no-protein diet.

So, you’re spiking your insulin and androgen levels (like our last point), and all that sugar is creating a great deal of inflammation in your body—which isn’t good for anything, hair included.


Low Protein Foods

Starches like white bread, pasta, and a lot of cereals, which can be low in protein, will leave your hair limp and unhealthy.

That bounce and shine you want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein, so opt fod foods such as chicken, reed meat or spinach.


Vitamin A

While generally a good nutritional addition, vitamin A in high doses is toxic to hair follicles.

A vitamin A overload will shrink your oil glands to the point that they’re no longer producing the amount of oil necessary to nourish your strands, leading to hair loss.