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Our hair is primarily comprised of protein. One of proteins key functions in our body is to strengthen, build, and restore keratin. Keratin is the material that makes up the outer layer of the skin, as well as being the core component in the structure of our hair and nails. Keratin allows our hair and nails to grow strong and healthy. You can maintain a healthy level of protein in your body internally through diet, supplements, and externally from hair treatments.
Consuming protein and a range of B Vitamins can stimulate hair growth. It is recommended that women should consume at least 5 oz. of protein a day. You can add foods such as eggs, beans, soy, fish, nuts, and lean meats to your diet to achieve this. Along with exercising on a regular basis and drinking plenty of water, you will start to see a significant improvement in the health of your natural hair. Overall internal health is a vital part in our natural hair growth. If you find it hard to get your daily dose of protein, ask your physician if taking a supplement would be right for you. Someone if generally in good heath averages around 1/2 inches of hair growth a month.