While many of us strive to maintain our hairstyle of choice, there are so many different styles, lengths and variations of hair to be seen. Some of us prefer our hair as long as possible or cut into a short, chin length bob. Some like curly hair and many of us straighten our hair. Out of all the different styles and types, there is one universal desire: We all want our hair to be strong. There is nothing more upsetting than to see hair in poor health from breakage, when being brushed or combed or for any reason.
We may not have control over whether our hair grows curly, wavy or straight, but we can control how we nourish our bodies. Providing your body with fresh, natural foods and proper vitamins and minerals will have a great impact on the health of our hair and help keep it healthy and strong.
If you take a look at the products in the shampoo and hair care aisle, you will notice so many of the labels seem to have photos of fruits and healthy foods splashing into water. It seems that advertisers are trying to tell us something about the connection between what we eat and the health of our hair. Let’s take a look at what kinds of nourishing foods strengthen our hair and what nutrients are beneficial to a healthy scalp and strong locks.
In order to understand hair and what it’s made of and how it grows, you need to turn to science to understand the basics. If you get down to the basics, hair is just stacked cells of keratin, which is a protein. As new cells are added, the hair is pushed from the scalp and it grows longer. In order for hair to grow effectively and in a healthy manner, the body needs to provide several things. Some of these important requirements include: Fatty acids, zinc, iron, copper and several vitamins. These vitamins include A, some B vitamins and C. We also need to ensure our bodies are well hydrated. A dehydrated body will not provide healthy and shiny hair.
Taking a nutritious look at how your diet can benefit your hair is as easy as researching the foods that are rich in the nutrients that are known to benefit the hair. Some foods to make a part of your diet that provide Vitamin A include: Broccoli, carrots, cabbage, spinach and apricots. You should add many leafy vegetables to your diet! Taking a look at foods that provide Vitamin B-complex, look for foods like leafy greens, a variety of seeds and many whole germ cereals. For biotin, incorporate nuts, whole grains, brown rice and yeast. You can see how easy this is to stay on track with your nutrition at the same time. Add many vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes, pineapple and citrus fruits to acquire Vitamin C and for Vitamin E, look for almonds, sesame oil and wheat germ.
If you like mushrooms, you’re in luck. They are a rich source of copper and are a big part of the rich and dark color in our hair. Also, brown rice and certain leafy vegetables add zinc, another important nutrient that can keep the hair that we have grown on our head and not fall victim to hair loss.
Almost as important as any natural food you eat every day, making sure that you take in an adequate amount of water is vital to the health of your hair. This is not talking about water that you might get from soups, beer, sodas or any other types of liquids that you shouldn’t drink anyway, but fresh, plain water. Sipping water throughout the day can help you increase your intake, but starting off the day with a tall glass of water is sure to get your morning off to a great start and help you reach your intake goal every day.
When you follow your nutritional guidelines and nourish your body with these fresh and healthy foods, your body will reward you in many ways, one of which is by growing strong and healthy hair.
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