How many times have you come across cosmetic, body and hair products that claim to be the holy grail of skin care, hair care etc.? Visual advertisements showcasing larger than life models with perfect hair or skin. Renditions of human beings that are so perfect - selling us a dream that we all aspire to but secretly know is unattainable. Nevertheless we try! That’s the beauty of hope.
As tenacious and as hopeful as we are in attaining a perfect appearance, we have to come to grips with the fundamentals that will put us on the right path to beauty. Beauty needs to be more than “product deep.” It should come from deep within your body and reflect on the outside. As the popular adage goes: “you are what you eat”, this article will enlighten you on what needs to go into your body so that you achieve your own unique beauty inside and out, perfected.
An excellent diet combined with exercise and lowered stress levels will keep you in good health. It is something that you should strive to achieve on a daily basis. Eating foods in the wrong amounts can make you ill. For example, type II diabetes has become more prevalent due to lifestyle choices including a high fat diet, little to no exercise and low fiber/high carbohydrate foods. A high sodium diet over a prolonged period of time can result in high blood pressure and so on. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals show up in a myriad of maladies including anemia, joint pain, osteoporosis, scurvy, hair loss, dry skin and more.
So, here are 10 foods you should incorporate into your diet to support healthy hair growth:
- Fish like salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids which are essential fatty acids needed for the functioning of the body. The body does not synthesize these naturally and we therefore have to obtain them from dietary sources or supplementation. Omega 3s are anti-inflammatory and reduce the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, arthritis and cancer. Omega 3s support hair growth will help your hair retain sheen and healthy scalp. Other foods high in Omega 3s are sardines, flax seeds, cod liver oil, peanut butter etc.
- Eggs are high in both iron and biotin which is are key nutrients needed to support hair growth. If you’re deficient in biotin, you are likely to experience hair loss. Biotin is made in our small intestines and is readily available in our bodies. Eggs boost your biotin levels and keep your hair healthy and help it grow.
- Greens like kale and Spinach are high in vitamin A, beta carotene and folate which are great for your scalp and hair. Folate helps with the creation of red blood cells and iron helps the red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. You get the most benefits from greens when they are not over cooked. Iron in Spinach for example, turns into iron oxide when cooked. This form of iron is harder for our bodies to absorb. If you eat raw vegetables or juice a lot, find organic and trusted suppliers of these wonderful vegetables. You don’t want to have a case of amoeba or bacteria that lands you in the hospital!
- Red meat is rich in iron and zinc. Add it to your weekly diet and include foods high in vitamin C like greens and oranges to boost iron absorption. Zinc helps strengthen the hair and deficiency can lead to poor hair quality and subsequently to hair loss.
- Yoghurt is high in B vitamins and protein which is a building block for keratin. Vitamin B5 also called pantothenic acid, helps blood flow to your scalp and subsequently nourish your follicles for more growth. yoghurt also provides beneficial bacteria that aids in digestion and food absorption.
- Fruits like oranges, lemons, water melons, pomegranate are very high in vitamin C and the potent anti-oxidant beta carotene. Incorporate lots of them in your diet.
- Pumpkins are very high in beta carotene. When consumed, your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A which is excellent for production of sebum (oil) that your hair needs to stay moisturized. If your diet is high in vitamin A, make it a habit to periodically finger comb it often to work the sebum produced in your scalp down your hair strands.
- Enjoy your chai tea often especially if both contain cinnamon. Cinnamon is great for blood circulation and with increased circulation to your scalp, your follicles receive nourishment needed to grow your hair and keep it healthy.
- For vegetarians, lentils and other beans are a great source of protein and iron. Keratin which makes up your hair, is primarily made up of protein. So foods high in protein will build up your hair. Iron from plant sources is not well absorbed so combine consumption of plants high in protein, with foods high in vitamin C.
- Red, yellow, and greenbell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is necessary for hair health for many reasons. Vitamin C helps the body use iron effectively to carry oxygen to hair follicles. It's also used to form collagen which keepps hair healthy. A deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to dry, splitting hair that breaks easily.
Products alone cannot give you the hair or skin that you aspire. A combination of lifestyle changes will transform you inside out inclduing: foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, exercising and effectively managing stress, understanding if there is an underlying condition like anemia that is sabotaging all your efforts, taking your multi-vitamins and getting enough sleep and hydration. You can then manage, nourish and maintain your hair and scalp with Naturaz products or your favorite products and enjoy the benefits of beauty inside and out.
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