Many people today believe that the vast majority of diseases and health problems that people face today are caused by the SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating. It has been shown in many studies that the food Americans currently are eating and the volume of food they are eating is adding to the health problems of this nation. If unhealthy food is the culprit, then healthy food can be the answer. As people are more educated about the value of a good diet and become mindful about what they are eating every day, good choices can then be made and decision can be made that promote health and wellness rather than illness. Food is consumed for nutrition but it is also consumed for pleasure; if we can learn to use healthy foods to fulfill not only the basic nutritional need but also those pleasure cravings throughout the day, we can enjoy a healthier and happier life. This hold true for all areas of health from weight loss, muscle building, skin improvement, hair growth, and more!
How Diet Affects Your Hair
The food we eat is where our bodies get the vitamins and minerals needed for proper growth, healing, functions, and cell generation. This is especially true of the hair on your head. Without the right amount and types of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, hair will be brittle, dull, thin, and unhealthy looking. If your diet does not get you the nutrients you need you will have problems with your hair. When you make the switch to a raw diet approach you may see some worsening hair loss but this is short lived and is to be expected. Some hair loss will occur because switching from the SAD method of eating to a healthier diet of raw foods, it will be a shock to your system and the unhealthy hair will stop growing and as new healthier hair grows in its place it will fall out. Usually in a week or two of starting a raw diet you will see healthier, stronger, better looking hair begin to fill your scalp.
Red, blue, purple foods to eat:
Strawberries, red apples, purple grapes, cherries, eggplants, prunes, tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, and beets have essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help improve cell health and growth- especially for hair follicles. Improved blood flow and cell growth also stimulates healthier hair growth.
Orange foods to eat:
Tangerines, oranges, peaches, papayas, carrots, peppers, and pumpkin are massive storehouses of vitamin C. This vitamin plays an important role in the process so new hair growing and replacing old worn out hair. Remember the body cannot make vitamin C so it must be gotten from food!
Light green, yellow foods to eat:
Mustard greens, chard, sunflower seeds, limes, lemons, almonds, kiwi, squash, and pepper have many powerful vitamins and minerals that are needed to repair and rebuild tissue in the scalp. A healthy scalp means healthy follicles and that leads to healthy hair, so it’s easy to see that scalp care is important too.
Dark green foods to eat:
Kale, brussels sprouts, spinach, lettuce, green beans, cabbage, asparagus, artichokes, and broccoli are just some great tasting foods that are helpful for detoxing and cleansing along with rejuvenation of the important cells, oils, hormones, and nutrients that keep your scalp and hair healthy and strong.
Just about any fruit or vegetable out there is better eaten raw than cooked so see what you can add to your diet and get started today! It can be hard to find raw foods in some areas so check out farmer’s market and similar community events for local farmers so you can find fresh raw foods to bring to the dinner table. Your body and your hair – as well as your health – will thank you for it!
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