Healthy hair begins with you with what you eat how you live and how you think. Good hair products can help with the condition of your hair externally but internally it's all about you.
Most text book will quote the average hair grows half an inch per month but for those of us of African descent blessed with tight, frizzy curls, those pages are not referring to us!.You see for a number of reasons our hair grows on average 9 cms a year but not many of us will see that gain in length. The condition of the hair on our heads today is a result of many factors in our lives over a period of time, diet being one of the most influential. So if you want to get to the root of you hair and effect its internal condition start focussing on you, your diet and your lifestyle today and know that it will take around 6 months to see any real lasting results.
However before you dash to buy Biotin, B vitamins, flaxseed oil or any other supplement, take a closer look at what's available in your kitchen.
Water is essential because it is required for the functioning of every cell in the body and if your body lacks adequate amounts of water, your hair and skin are the first to suffer. The rule of thumb is 8 glasses per day to ensure your hair is hydrated from the inside out.
Fish such as Salmon or mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12 and iron. A deficiency in omega-3 can result in a dry, flaky scalp and dull looking hair.
Leafy Dark Greens
Vitamins A and C found in vegetables such as spinach are required to produce sebum. Sebum helps to lubricate and condition the hair, thus preventing breakage.
Beans or Lentils
Hair is made from protein provided by these food stuffs and found also in meats such as chicken. Pulses also contain iron, biotin and zinc,. Deficiencies in any of these three minerals can results in brittle hair. Zinc is also a powerful antioxidant possessing great hair boosting qualities
In general nuts are great for hair and not just because of their protein. Brazil nuts contain selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp, while walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. Nuts such as cashews, pecans, and almonds are also rich in zinc.
Eggs are considered one of best forms of protein. They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp and therefore essential to well-conditioned hair.
So start boosting your hair health today and watch your locks transform.
Thursday, 03 March 2011
Healthy Hair FoodsWritten by Sonia Evelyn
Many people complain about the state of their hair then rush to buy a product in the hope that all the problems will be solved by a bottle in 15 minutes. WRONG.