I've been paleo for three months now and I have noticed some new growth. I have always had very fine hair that would easily break and I wonder if there are some specific foods I can eat to grow thicker,longer hair?
I'll go with "animal products" including liver, ground beef, egg yolks, and the like. Oh and rub coconut oil into the scalp.
Note that I'm completely making this up. But it's what I do and I still have hair.
Fermented veggies may help with this too, see #6—http://bodyecology.com/articles/look_younger_and_better_with_probiotics.php Since going Primal my split ends are disappearing. They used to look horrible. Shinier hair, strong nails, clear skin. Who needs Sephora?
Also regular massaging of the scalp to boost circulation and hair growth. This is what made a huge difference for me. I massage my head with coconut oil and leave the oil in overnight when i can, wonderful for your hair!
My hair and nails grow strong and fast on fatty beef. If I rotate in too many other meats, I notice a difference but eating beef/beef fat frequently restores the growth.
I'm an older woman with very fine hair, but I get lots of compliments on how thick and shiny my hair is and I respond, "I eat lots of good fatty beef!"
This is not a food, but using polysorbate-80 instead of shampoo works for me. Lightly wet your scalp while in the shower, then rub a few drops of it in your scalp for about 3 minutes, then rinse. Get the kind of polysorbate-80 that also has biotin.
It helps remove the DHT form of testosterone, which is the cause of male pattern baldness, not sure this applies to you.
Other causes of hair loss, are of course lack of nutrients and stress.
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Makes sure you have enough iron as well. Floravital is a good iron supplement. I always thought my iron stores were normal until I went to a naturopath. Make sure they look at your ferritin, not hemoglobin. Ferritin less than 70 ugl can cause hair loss in women.
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