NaturallyLeslie is back and this time she’s talking health and beauty from the inside out!

Being a busy and stressed young professional I sometimes get lazy and eat a bunch of junk. After reading this I am recommitting myself to eating better in addition to upping my gym regimen back to cardio 3-4 times a week and weights 2-3 times a week. I told myself that I would slack a little if I got busy but I know that my brain will function at its best if I eat well (to nourish my cells) and exercise (reduce stress, help me sleep better, maintain weight, yada yada). My strands can only benefit too from proper nutrition and a good workout! It’s simple and we’ve heard it all before but sometimes we (by we I mean me!) all need a little friendly reminder. 🙂 The following excerpt was written as a response to someone who is anemic but much of this applies to us all:

Hair loss can be associated with iron deficiency anaemia, a condition that tends to affect hair follicles very badly. Your hair is sensitive to a lack of vitamins, minerals or essential fatty acids because new hair cells are produced at a rate second only to the speed at which new blood cells are made in the bone marrow. This means your hair follicles require a constant supply of nutrients for optimum health. However, unlike the marrow, hair is a non-essential structure, and your body preferentially diverts precious nutrient stores away from it in times of lack or stress. (I thought that was interesting!!!) Take the following steps:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet containing as many unrefined, organic foods as possible. Wholegrains, fruit, vegetables and seeds are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that provide nourishment for hair roots and contribute to a healthy head of hair
  • Try not to eat erratically or skip meals (especially breakfast), or the supply of nutrients to non-essential tissues such as hair follicles will be reduced. Try to eat a healthy snack, such as fresh or dried fruit, at least every four hours
  • Hair has a high content of the tough, fibrous protein, keratin, which is made from amino acid building blocks obtained from your diet. Aim to eat a source of protein with every meal, such as poultry, fish, eggs, nuts or beans
  • Vegetarians are more prone to thinning hair as some important amino acids (lysine) and micronutrients (vitamin B12, iron) may be lacking from their diet
  • Excerpt taken from: http://www.ivillage.co.uk/health/experts/askdoctor/qas/0,,546547_616663,00.html