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Natural Hair Food!

By February 17th, 20215 Comments
NaturallyLeslie is back and this time she’s talking health and beauty from the inside out!

BNatural Hair Food!eing 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

    5 Comments

    • Yoli says:

      This was a great article for me. It's tough to find the time to eat the way you should, and to prepare meals that are healthy. But it's worth it for hair, skin, and general well-being. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Unknown says:

      ..sometimes you scare me! Can you read my thoughts? I was just complaining (again!) about my thinning hair and pondered about when and if my multi (a good one) and my nutrition will literally bear fruit ie more hair.
      Thanks for reminding me that as long I give myself tlc and good food/nutrients my body is completely able to work it out just fine and grow a healthy head of hair! BTW, I am also a breakfast skipper ….

    • CurvyCurlyTrini says:

      It True; YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

      i HAVE TO AGREE WITH ANONYMOUS 2, Since high school i have always, ALWAYS skip breakfast, now that i am in college i am back to my old tricks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Old habits die hard! I started off in middle or high school not eating breakfast and the habit has followed me into adulthood:( I think proper planning is everything and I've got to start making time for me! I agree that it all works in conjunction, diet, exercise, sleep and relaxation (fun)! This article couldn't have come at a better time, as we prepare for a new year:)

    • Anonymous says:

      this article is informative, but i disagree with the point about vegetarians being more prone to thinning hair. there are numerous vegetarian sources for protein (tofu, tempeh, quinoa, seitan, etc…)

      you can be a meat-eater and still miss out on essential hair-fortifying nutrients. its about having a balanced diet no matter how you choose to eat. 😉

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