Saturday, October 8, 2011

Foods For a Healthier Head of Hair

We hear about diets and new health findings every day and know basically what foods are good and bad for our bodies, but do we ever stop to think about our hair before taking that first bite?  It makes sense that since hair is basically an extension of the body that the foods we ingest would have an affect on our lovely locks, but what is good for our hair and what isn’t? We did some digging and found 5 great dietary tips to lead you down the right path to a healthier head of hair!

1. Sugar Free Please – Too much sugar like the ones found in refined carbohydrates and alcohol can rob your   
    hair of Vitamin B.  Vitamin B is essential for hair growth and overall scalp health.
2. Go Green! – Green leafy vegetables spinach and broccoli are great mineral sources which rich in silica, 
    calcium and iron and are very important in preventing hair loss.
3. Got Milk? – Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cottage cheese feed your hair important proteins like 
    casein and whey to keep it strong.  Low-fat varieties work just as well so you feed your hair and not worry  
    about your waistline!
4. Catch of the Day – Oily varieties of fish like salmon and mackerel contain Omega 3 fatty acids that can 
    slow hair loss.  Additionally, fish contain high amounts of iron and vitamin B12 which ensures both healthy 
    hair AND skin.  Talk about a bang for your buck!
5. Go With the Grain – Whole grain foods contain zinc, B vitamins and iron.  Zinc regulates hormones that 
    can have direct affect on hair growth and thickness.  Luckily, there are plentiful whole grain options out 
    there from breads to pastas to crackers, so no excuses!

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