A Recipe For Healthy Hair
By Joanne Elliott
Forget hair revitalizing shampoos, great
nutrition is the most effective way of getting
Shiny, healthy hair is a reflection of a
healthy body, so it's like two for the price of
one. Just like your body, your hair needs a
balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy. So
follow this recipe for healthier hair, and be
amazed at the difference it makes!
Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a
strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple,
so make sure you get plenty of fluids. A key
point is NOT to wait until you're thirsty. If
you're thirsty, it means your body has already
lost more water than it should have, and it's
urging you to fill up the tank. Water not only
hydrates your body, but helps keep your hair
silky and shiny. Ideally, you should drink
between eight and ten glasses of water a day.
Protein is the building block of hair, so a
diet for healthy hair contains an awful lot of
protein! Protein will give the shaft of your
hair more strength, and will reduce the
likelihood of dame through snapping and
splitting. You can get protein from foods like
fish, meat, milk, cheese and cereals.
Iron helps to carry oxygen to the hair.
Without enough iron, hair and its follicles
get starved of oxygen. This means that the
‘goodness’ in the root of your hair is
much less effective along the length of the
strand. You can increase your iron intake by
eating red meat and dark green vegetables,
or by iron supplements.
Zinc builds hair protein which helps to
prevent hair loss. Meat and seafood are the
foods highest in zinc.
Copper is involved in the pigmentation of
hair. You can optimize your natural color
with a diet with plenty of copper. Who needs
hair dye and fake color! Shellfish, liver,
fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat are
all high in copper.
Vitamin A will give you a healthy scalp,
because it’s great for the skin! You can
get vitamin A from foods like vegetables -
in particular, in carrots. (So it’s good
for the waistline too!)
Vitamin B and C are important for good
circulation, hair growth and hair color. If
you ensure that you have enough vitamin B
and C, you’ll have strong, supple strands
of hair that do not split. You can get these
vitamins from eating foods like fruit,
vegetables, cereals, eggs, milk and bread.
So follow this healthy guide… be sure to
add in a hefty dose of daily exercise to keep
that blood pumping… then add proper hair care
on the surface! Go ahead! Try it!
Soon enough you'll be turning down offers to
do shampoo commercials!