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As naturals we have many things to worry about when it comes to our hair, and growth. We try dozens of different products  to find the golden one that works just right for us. We obsess over length, and pitch a fit when our stylist cuts off one inch too much! One factor many naturals have not included in the journey to long hair, that could be stopping their hair from growing to its full potential, diet. What we put into our bodies is even more important than what we put on our bodies. Here are seven foods that could be stopping your hair from growing!

1. Alcohol

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Alcohol consumption raises the level of estrogen we have in our body, which can cause hair loss. Alcohol also lowers the levels of zinc in our body which is needed for hair growth, which can stunt hair growth. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to less hair growth, as well as excessive hair loss. Drinking occasionally is fine, however excessive alcohol consumption is bad for your hair, body, and overall health.

2. Carbonated Drinks 

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Caffeine and sugar filled carbonated drinks can be very detrimental when it comes to your hair growth. Soft drinks contain excessively high amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, as well as caffeine that all contribute to drying out hair and skin. Natural hair is already dry due to the time its takes natural oils to travel down the scalp. When you add caffeine and sugar filled drinks to the mix, it is a recipe for disaster. To avoid excessive dryness, and hair loss avoid drinking soft drinks on a regular basis.

3. High Fructose Corn Syrup

hfcsYou probably aren’t consuming high fructose corn syrup on its own, but it is in just about every processed junk food and sugary drink there is. Large consumption of high fructose corn syrup can cause serious health issues and hair loss.

4. Sugar 

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Having large amounts of sugar in your diet can cause the bacteria in your body to be off balanced. Not enough of the good bacteria our bodies need can cause hair to stop growing, as well as thin and fall out.

5. White Rice

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White rice is a food that has high glycemic-index which creates excessive amounts of insulin in the body which can result in hair loss. Opt for less rice or brown rice instead.

6. White Bread

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White bread also falls  under the high glycemic-index . If you can, avoid bread as much as possible. If you absolutely have to have  bread, opt for wheat bread.

7. Salt

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Salt contains a ton of sodium, which can cause hair to shed, as well as a slew of health issues. Try to ingest less salt. The Institute of Medicine recommends 1500 mg of sodium per day. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

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Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, Mac makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, follow her on Instagram @Ashleyvsrenee!

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