A lot of patients reach out to me to help find the root cause of their hair loss. Some of you may know about my personal struggle with thinning hair and how I overcame it through nutrition.
Taking supplements helps, but I encourage patients to get their nutrients through food first if they can, and ideally, it's better to know which specific nutrients they may be deficient in.
Nutrient deficiency testing can be done through a functional and integrative medicine doctor. Most often it's zinc, selenium, magnesium, B12, ferritin, or omega-3 fats. Correcting these deficiencies will definitely help improve hair quality including luster, shine, color, and growth.
When it comes to nutrition, I always encourage eating organic (when possible), non-GMO, preservative-free, chemical-free, and without high-fructose syrup, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring. Your diet is the first thing you can control.
These are the top five foods I recommend for patients to help improve their hair.