It’s very important for us to understand that the health of our hair is based off of what we eat and how well we take care of ourselves. Even though our hair is lifeless, the follicles are the food factories. The follicles use vitamins and nutrients from the foods that we eat to produce healthy, strong strands of hair.
If we are negligent with the foods that we eat, the amount of rest that we get, or how well we are able to maintain stress; it will first show up in our skin and then our hair. The hair is the last thing on our body’s mind to nurture. It’s not a top priority. So, we have to be more cautious with the way we nourish our temples.
Proteins are at the top of the list when it comes to nourishing the hair. Proteins give our hair the strength it needs to handle all of the wear and tear that it endures on a daily basis. Next in line would be carbohydrates, vitamins B12, B6, essential fatty acids, vitamin C and the list can go on and on.
A great way to get a nice source of vitamins and minerals into your diet would be to drink a nice glass of water at the start of your day. This will help to get our organs moving and purify the body. Follow that with some fresh fruits and veggies when you start to feel hungry. Eat foods rich in beta-carotene like blueberries, sweet potatoes, or carrots. Fish and eggs are rich in zinc. Zinc helps the body maintain a healthy scalp. Vitamin E helps to stimulate the scalp while vitamins A and C help to produce sebum. These particular vitamins can be found in foods such as spinach and broccoli. You can get your proteins from raw veggies, chia seeds or Greek yogurt. Smoothies are also a nice way to get the vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis.
Although healthy eating is important as it relates to the overall health of your hair, don’t forget that genetics, your stress level, hormone imbalances and your daily lifestyle can also affect the health of your hair.
Healthy Hair Writer: Tnisha J.