So what’s the “diet of the week”? That seems to be a thing for me these days! Need to eat less bread, need to drink more water, need to hit the gym! It’s a never ending battle with myself! What many of us don’t realize is that healthy hair starts from within. what are you feeding your hair?
Wait, I have to feed my hair?? Don’t leave out the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals! If your diet sucks then there’s a good chance that your hair has seen better days! We all know that a well-balanced diet includes a combo of healthy carbs, proteins, the good fats, minerals and vitamins.
Here are some of the best foods for your hair! Whole-wheat bread and cereals. Seeds, such as sunflower or pumpkin which are rich in protein. Unsalted nuts which are also rich in protein. Fresh fruits all day! The darker the greens the better they are for you. Did you know that tropical fruits like mango, papaya, banana and pineapple are richer in enzymes?! It’s not only what you eat, but when you eat is important. Regular snacking is essential to help sustain energy levels, so fill those work drawers with healthy high protein choices!
Stop Stressin! Excessive stress is a known contributor to hair loss! It can even lead to more serious issues like Alopecia Areata – Sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp. Telogen Effluvium – This is a condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out. Trichotillomania – This is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realizing it. Stress weighs on most of us in some way or another, what do you do to manage your stress levels? I love my evening yoga classes, walks on my own or even a 15 minute meditation session before bed. Adding just 15 minutes of a stress reducing activity to your day can have a huge improvement on your daily stress levels.
Did someone say massage?? Did you know a scalp massage can increase blood flow and improve hair growth? The kneading and rubbing action on the scalp warms and conditions the skin and encourages blood flow. This boosts the circulation which in turn ensures that the cells within the follicles receive extra nutrients. As an added bonus it also releases endorphins which lower your stress levels! Ok, let’s be clear, I am no Doctor but I am pretty sure you would agree that a scalp massage puts you in an instant relaxation mode, am I right? I purposely go to this Brow studio in my area to get my eyebrows done because they include a head massage…Um yes please!!!
H2O-Just keep drinking!!! So I am an avid coffee drinker, like a Venti at Starbucks followed by 1-2 normal sized cups throughout the day. My coffee addiction isn’t something I am ready to battle just yet lol. But, I do make sure that I am drinking water non stop throughout the day. There must be something psychological about a Starbucks plastic straw but if I have one of those tall plastic reusable cups with the straw I can drink water all day! But put it in a glass and I can barley finish it. How strange is that? I guess we all have “our ways” if that’s what I can call it!
Anyways, more importantly than my coffee addiction is that water hydrates the body and helps to regulate the circulatory system, which feeds the hair follicle, which then stimulates hair growth. If you are not consuming apt amount of water to meet your body’s daily H2O requirements, the cells which are responsible for hair growth will not be able to grow and reproduce and as a result, your hair will become extremely dry and withered. This can even effect the natural growth cycle of your hair! So drink up ladies!
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