Can food that looks this colourful actually be good for you? 

These beautiful meals were served to me for breakfast while on holiday in Bali recently. Both plates of food were 100% organic, and 100% nourishing so a perfect start to the day for hair growth and physical health.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you’ve experienced excessive hair shedding. Due to overnight fasting, energy levels are down first thing.  As hair is non-essential tissue it needs optimal energy levels to develop, so a healthy energy boost at the start of the day is key.

Ideally, energy boosts every 4 hours in the form of nutritious healthy food items can be converted into the correct type of energy to offer optimal support throughout the day too.

However, if you are eating to improve hair and scalp health all meals should contain foods that are hair healthy foods – aim to eat a rainbow (colourful foods really do offer an excellent variety of essential nutrients)  Just remember to check that the colours of your food are organic don’t be enchanted by artificial food colouring!

Here’s a guide of what dietary intake for healthy hair looks like:

A considered balance of:

• High-quality protein should make up 10 – 15% of daily calorie intake (45g). Hair is formed from the unique proteins keratin and elastin – sufficient daily dietary intake is essential, and can be obtained from the organic and unrefined variants of lean red & organ meats, free-range poultry, wild-caught fish, legumes, seeds, nuts, grain products, soy products, and rice and beans combined.

• Healthy fats should make up 25 -30% of daily calorie intake. Healthy fats are a catalyst for absorbing and carrying certain vitamins and minerals so prevent vitamin deficiency. 

Good fats can be sourced from foods fortified or enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, salmon, tuna, mackerel, leafy green veg. (Omega 6 fatty acids in eggs).

• Complex carbohydrates should make up 50 – 70 % of daily calories. Substantial intake of complex carbs ie. polysaccharides such as brown rice and wholegrain toast provide energy and therefore optimise the hair growth cycle.  Complex carbs can be eaten as Legumes, chickpeas, quinoa, juicy fruits, colourful and root vegetables. If you eat bread choose fibrous wholemeal.
In contrast a diet rich in simple sugar carbs eg. monosaccharides is believed to indirectly impact on scalp concerns and hair loss by influencing the function of the sebaceous glands and disrupting hormone balance.

Eating to optimise hair growth will not only improve the health and condition of your hair it will also ensure you are eating a healthy diet suited to support your physical health and wellbeing.

Click here for a link to a sample Meal Plan for Healthy Hair

Eat to thrive!

Food in the photos

Photo on left

Dragon fruit smoothie (Sugar-free)
Rice flour pancakes  Lak Lak
Coconut flesh
Papaya drizzled with fresh lime juice
Molasses

Watermelon juice (SF)

Photo on right

Scrambled tofu and Sliced avocado on wholemeal toast
Tomatoes
Salad in edible case

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