Do you find your hair oily, dry, fragile, thinning or simply lacking the shine and strength it used to have? One of the reasons could be imbalances in your nutrition.
Nutritional deficiencies show up in your hair, skin and nails. In addition to using high quality beauty products, our experts recommend that you ensure a steady diet of these top 4 foods not only for better hair, but also overall health and wellness.
Your hair is mostly made of protein. Not getting enough protein in your diet can leave your hair weak and fragile. Common problems include shedding and hair breakage. Include fish in your diet 2-3 times a week. If you are vegetarian, replace fish with beans and whole grain rice to get a full range of amino acids, which your body uses to make necessary proteins in your body.
Tip: Eat fish baked, steamed grilled, shallow fan fried or curry. Avoid batter coated deep fried fish.
In addition to proteins, you should ensure that your diet covers each of the 13 vitamins your body requires for shiny, soft and strong hair. Vitamins are involved in metabolic activity, tissue generation and many other core functions that affect your hair health and skin. Lentils are rich in Vitamin B, various Minerals and Iron.
Tip: Combine lentils with whole grain rice to get a full range of amino acids and low fat healthy meal.
Anti-oxidants are the anti-ageing ingredients in our body. Due to various chemical process, our body produces free radicals. Excess free radicals damage tissue and accelerate hair and skin ageing. Anti-oxidants reduce free radicals and aid in keep hair and skin healthy. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant. Eat a handful of almonds (10-12) each day once or twice. Don't overdo as the calories add up quickly.
Tip: Soak the almonds overnight. Peel and discard the skin. Eat almonds as part of your daily breakfast. Or carry to work as a mid day snack.
Vitamin D is shown to aid follicle growth and health. Vitamin D is produced in the body when exposed to sunlight. However, 1 in 7 people in the world are found deficient in Vitamin D. Drink Orange Juice fortified with Vitamin D daily.
Tip: Consume Fortified Orange Juice in the early part of the day. Alternatively, you may drink Vitamin D Fortified Milk if you can tolerate lactose well.
It is simple to make these basic foods part of your daily diet and to add on other fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts to get full spectrum of nutrients. Doing this also provide amazing variety and joy. Avoid packaged or processed foods as they are loaded with preservatives and affect your bio-chemistry negatively. Remember, your hair and skin is a reflection of your internal health.
For those, who find it challenging for eat a complete diet, you may wish to consider supplements to fill any gaps. Also, regularly use B.LAB products as they contain many of the same proteins, vitamins and minerals extracted and concentrated from natural sources, delivering the necessary nutrients directly to hair follicles and fiber.
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