The Importance of Protein For Your Hair

Posted By Lovella Sitoy in Rapunzel on Dec 28, 2015

While there are other factors that can come into play when it comes to hair thinning and hair loss, nutrient deficiencies are one of the foremost reasons for weak locks. One is protein deficiency.

Your hair is essentially made up of protein; specifically keratins. For you to produce enough keratin fibers for hair and nail building, you need an ample supply of protein in your diet.

Knowing your vitamins is crucial

Whether it be through your everyday diet or proper supplementation, it is quite important to get sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals each day. These nutrients are also responsible for maintaining good appearance - shiny hair, glowing skin, and stronger nails. 

What you eat is always what you get - both in terms of how your skin, hair, and nails look, as well as your health in general. 

Protein is one of the most important nutrients that your hair needs

Apart from folate and iron, your follicles need protein to generate keratins needed for hair growth. Keratin fibers constitute your hair strands. These are flexible and fibrous proteins that give shape and strength to your hair. So just imagine if you’re not eating enough of protein-rich foods in your regular meal...

If you don’t get sufficient proteins daily, your hair becomes weak and your follicles will stop producing healthy strands of hair!

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when your body doesn’t receive sufficient protein, it allocates the protein it does receive. One way that your body allocates protein is by stopping hair growth. Soon, if you still don’t get enough protein, you’ll experience hair shedding. Increasing your protein intake will stop hair loss. 

Good protein sources vs bad sources

It is also important to get your protein from the right sources. For example instead of fast food burgers, you can make your own turkey or sliced salmon sandwich. Other healthy protein sources include lean meats, chicken, fatty fish, beans, nuts and seeds, greek yogurt, and some leafy greens that contain protein such as spinach, collards, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and green peas.

You can be as creative as you want in preparing your own protein-packed meal or drinks! Smoothies are also a great way to increase your protein intake every day! There are tons of natural protein shake and smoothie recipes available.

Mix and match some protein-rich ingredients that you like. Besides, your whole body will largely benefit from the various nutrients that you can get from drinking smoothies and other healthy protein foods.

Protein intake recommendations

How much protein you need varies as you get older. Men and women have a unique level of protein needs. Generally teenage boys need about 52 grams of dietary protein everyday; while girls need about 46 grams per day. Male adults need 56 grams of protein to meet their daily protein needs; while the ladies need 46 grams to ensure they get enough protein in their diet.

Although, measuring your intake isn’t as necessary as simply taking ample servings of protein-rich meal regularly. Just make sure you eat foods with protein every single day and you’re good.

Topical protein hair treatments

Depending on the type of product that you use, protein hair and scalp treatments are also a good way to help boost your follicles to produce stronger hair. Also there are so many protein or natural keratin hair mask recipes available using all-natural ingredients. You can pamper your hair and scalp with a natural protein hair treatment at least once a week to boost hair growth.

A diet that is rich in protein is indeed crucial if you want to prevent hair loss and maintain healthy hair growth. If you think you’re not getting enough of this nutrient through your diet, make sure to take the right supplementation.
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