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Another reason to load up on protein at every meal: It helps create your hair. A lack of protein causes your hair to stop growing, fall out, and even change color, according to the Institute of Medicine. (Here are more sneaky signs you’re not getting enough protein.) Women should be getting at least 46 grams of protein per day. Neva Cochran, a registered dietitian in Dallas, Texas recommends that your protein intake come from a variety of food sources, not just meat. Adding half a cup of pinto beans to your next dinner gets you an extra 11 grams of protein. Try these 11 natural remedies for hair loss, too.
You’re not getting enough ironiStock/supermimicry
For vegetarians, or people trying to limit their meat intake, becoming iron deficient is a real concern, and a diet lacking in iron may lead to hair loss (and these symptoms of iron deficiency). Women between the ages of 19 and 50 should get 18 mg of iron per day, and women 51 and older should get 8 mg per day. But don’t run to the drugstore for supplements so quickly: Cochran does not recommend taking an iron supplement without having a proven iron deficiency and consulting with a doctor. Instead, add iron-rich foods to your diet. These foods include clams, soybeans, squash, lentils, spinach, and these 11 high-iron foods for vegetarians.