Ideal nutrition for healthy and strong hair
A woman’s hair is her best attribute, something which makes her feel pretty and feminine. Beautiful hair helps a woman feel confident with herself at all times. So, it’s no wonder why most women spend so much time and money caring for their hair, trying to keep it shiny, healthy and strong.
This holiday season made up of gatherings and parties, has left our hair weak and brittle. The everyday washing, blow-drying, curling, straightening has damaged the ends leaving them stressed. In addition to applying heat to our hair, a diet full of sweets and pastries has reflected on our most beautiful possession.
Balanced diet, regular physical activity and good health are beneficial for hair growth. In addition, sleep is also important, because sleep improves circulation, strengthens the hair follicle and prevents hair loss.
The importance of iron for growth and hair recovery
Gradual and long-term hair loss is mainly associated with iron deficiency. Likewise, significant hair loss can occur after child birth, due to malnutrition or as a result of rigorous diets.
Iron enters the composition of hemoglobin, a substance that is essential for the transmission of oxygen to the tissue. Due to the lack of iron in the body, all the tissues and thus the hair are poorly supplied with oxygen. This extremely important mineral gives strength to the hair and accelerates hair growth. The best source of iron is found in meat, liver, grains, leafy green vegetables, yolk, natural apple juices, cherries, blueberries, plums and grapes.
Hair loss – how and why?
Alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness, is a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Often it results in a few bald spots on the scalp, each about the size of a coin. This is a relatively common disease, which can occur at any age, from early youth to adulthood. The first signs, in addition to hair loss, are the appearance of dandruff, itching and breakable hair. For people who suffer from this condition, it is recommended to eat a diet rich in zinc which nurtures the root and follicle of hair. We recommend a daily intake of fish, peas, sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, yeast, milk, eggs, beans, raw sunflower seeds and wine.
Caution – Spicy and fatty foods promote seborrheic dermatitis!
Seborrheic dermatitis is an excessive secretion of the oily substance (sebum), which can be caused by deficiency, as well as excess of vitamin A. This excessive secretion of sebum causes hair loss, and often acne. The hair becomes oily, heavy, un-neat and shine-less, and the more often it is washed, the faster it gets oilier again.
The cause of the disease itself is unknown, but it is suspected that the factors include a genetic predisposition and a hormonal imbalance. A digestive system disorder and diet rich in fats, coffee and strong spices is thought to have an effect as well. If hair loss occurs from the top of the head, it is an indication that there is an excess of animal protein in the diet. Hair loss from the back of the head indicates an excessive use of strong medication or drugs.
Healthy hair and hair growth is obtained by combining vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Hair will be shiny if supplied with a complex of vitamin B, minerals and amino acids. Any deficiency caused by poor nutrition affects its quality and luster. Beer yeast is certainly one of the most famous natural ingredients that can alleviate the problem of hair loss. Due to the abundance of B vitamins, it is an excellent ally in the fight against daily stress. Since it contains a lot of zinc that works antioxidant, beer yeast also has an anti-aging property, because it stops the aging processes of cells caused by free radicals. At the same time, it accelerates hair growth.
Vitamin B6, which is found in bananas, chicken, most fish and shellfish, corn, peanut butter, peas, beans, avocado…plays an extremely important role in the production of keratin.
Healthy hair can be achieved by diet rich in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). In combination with copper, it is extremely effective in preserving the natural color of hair, as it stimulates its pigments.
Foods rich in vitamin B5 are chicken and turkey meat, peas, beans, mushrooms, citrus, full-grain cereals…
Millet is an elixir for shine-less hair
The hair becomes brittle, prone to breakage and has no shine when it lacks vitamin F (an essential fatty acid) and iodine. In this case, healthy hair requires healthy plant oils and wheat sprouts included in the daily menu.
To work on the very structure of the hair and restore its elasticity and glow, you can use the millet. Due to its beneficial effect on hair regeneration, millet is considered to be an elixir for hair. It is easy to digest, and its pH is neutral, thus it is recommended for problems with an acidic bloodstream and skin inflammation. You can prepare millet in the following way: Cook three cups of water with one cup of millet until it boils. Bring the temperature down and cook for another five minutes. Finally, add sea salt to taste.
To every meal made up of cooked cereals, yogurt or fresh salad, you can add a spoonful of ground flaxseed. This will add more nutrients to your meal, but also “nourish” your hair from within to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Fish – two to three times a week
New research shows that fish oil positively affects hair quality. Therefore, increase the intake of fatty fish such as sardines, tuna and salmon. In winter, eat fish at least two to three times a week. The fish has always been a synonym for healthy food, because it contains omega 3 fatty acids that stimulate blood flow, promote hydration and prevent drying of hair. If you follow our advice above, you can expect results after three months.
Teas which guarantee hair volume and lushness
Since ancient times, it is known that different herbal teas can be of great benefit for scalp regeneration. To make the follicle and root strong, it is advisable to use teaspoons of sage, rosemary, basil, hay, lemon grass, parsley, lavender…
If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your hair, start as often as possible to drink nettle leaf tea. You can also use a nettle tincture. In a little water, dilute 30 to 40 drops of tincture and drink twenty minutes before all three meals. The treatment usually lasts two months, which depends on the intensity of hair loss. Preventive treatment is recommended in the spring and autumn when the hair is intensely falling.