My mum can determine my iron levels simply by looking at my hair. If my hair looks thin at the top, she suspects that I am anemic – and she is usually right!
Iron is a vital component of a healthy hair diet as it helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles.
Here are my top three iron-rich food groups:
- Meat: beef, lamb, chicken, and animal livers
- Green leafy vegetables: spinach and broccoli
- Whole wheat: bread and rice
Remember you must pair up foods containing iron with vitamin C as vitamin C helps absorb the iron. So cook your meat with tomatoes, add mandarins to your spinach salad, and drink fruit juice with your toast.