Spotting a strand of gray hair in the bathroom mirror is something that happens to most everybody eventually. But if you're still pretty young, this appearance of a gray streak can be confusing or even alarming. Learning more about the foods and habits that can make you go prematurely gray can shed some light on the situation.
First, remember that graying hair is largely out of your control. Although your daily habits and routines may affect your hair's color to some extent, the graying process is largely written in your genes. "If your parents or grandparents grayed at an early age, you probably will too," said David Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in U.S. News & World Reports. "There's not much you can do to stop genetics." As someone who comes from a long line of prematurely grey relatives, I know this is all too true. Frequent hair dye is just a part of life now.
Still, finding that first gray streak in your late teens or early twenties is not a fun event for most people. If you want to tweak your health habits in an attempt to make the gray go away, that's totally understandable. At the very least, evaluating your habits and making healthier choices is always a good thing, whatever the reason.