We always say that healthy hair leads to longer hair. We also think that a big part of any successful regimen is the nutrition. That’s what got me thinking: “Can the blood group diet help in the quest for longer hair?”
I came across this diet when my sister – also a naturalista – visited a naturopathic doctor whose practice is built on the blood-group diet. My sister has long been afflicted by auto-immune disease where basically, her body attacks its own cells thinking that they are harmful.
This resulted in her hair falling out in clumps. There were days when it seemed her hair was being fried right there on her scalp, it smelt burnt and was brittle. Nothing seemed to help. Interestingly, when she started treatment with this naturopathic physician and maintained healthy hair care practices, her hair grew back and now we are trying to see who will get to waist length first. ( I must say she looks to be in the lead with about an inch to go).
What is the Blood-group Diet?
The blood-group diet is popularized by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. The concept is that everyone should maintain a diet based on their blood type in order to be in optimum health. In this nutrition system, some foods are beneficial and act as medicine to replenish cells and fight threats to the immune system, while other foods act as a poison.
The foods that act as poison are the foods that cause allergies and lead to chronic diseases or illnesses that linger and cause other health related issues.
The diet also takes ethnicity into account. It’s all broken down in Dr. D’Adamo’s book, but this is a post exploring the possibility of it aiding in longer hair so I won’t go into details about what each blood group should or should not eat.
Could It Be Possible?
My curiosity as it relates to the possibility of this blood group diet being beneficial to hair care is fueled by the fact that there are many who suffer from some type of illness or deficiency that makes hair growth painstakingly challenging. Those suffering from alopecia owing to auto-immune issues, chronic illnesses, anemia as well as those of us who simply suffer from slow growth could benefit greatly if this theory holds any plausibility to it.
How many times have you heard the saying “you are what you eat”? How many times have you read articles that talk about how diet affects your hair? If you take a moment to look into it, you will notice that many of the top hair icons in the black community have credited nutrition with much of the success they’ve had. Even us here at BHI have talked about superfoods and how they may assist you in your healthy hair journey. With that being said I guess this wouldn’t be too far-fetched.
If the speed of hair growth is dependent on factors such as hormones, genetics and blood flow or the amount of oxygen and nutrient rich blood, I think this theory could hold some water. When you think of it, once you find out what foods act as poison and eliminate those from your diet while eating the ones beneficial to your blood group, the greater the uptake of minerals and nutrients to your blood. It would also mean your body could focus on healing itself if there are underlying factors causing hair loss, and attaining proper balance.