Friday, May 23, 2014

Healthy Up Your Hair

Women spend an insanely huge amount of money on hundreds of products that are on the shelves, all promising to thicken, shine, soften and control their hair. The Huffington Post reported that amount to be around $400+ billions per year. Is all of this necessary? Quite frankly, no it's not. It's rather simple really. Taking an all-natural supplement will promote healthy hair just as well or if you prefer, eating a healthy, nutritional diet daily will do the trick quite nicely. Our bodies require certain vitamins to aid in the growth of strong, flowing locks. Of course, being the creatures of bad habits we sometimes tend to be, can sidetrack us away from doing what is good for us... and we do it often like not scheduling regular trims with our stylists because life tends to get in the way often, washing it every day thinking we need to and stripping it of its' natural oils, using excessive conditioner that can build up and kill the luster or, overheating it with blowers, irons and straighteners, which will definitely halt growth and leave your mane fried, brittle, dull and lifeless.

Just a very mild deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to split ends and not producing the collagen that surrounds our hair, keeping it from producing vibrant, healthy strands. Adding to your diet, once or twice a day, either Brussels Sprouts, papaya, peppers, lemons, oranges or grapefruit, will help. Zinc regulates the hormone that also enhances growth and improves the overall health of your scalp. Clams, oysters, lentils, peanut butter, cheese, nuts and seeds are great options. Folate and iron creates red blood cells that are essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body and a very important nutrient for your hair. Adding foods like spinach, asparagus, broccoli and garbanzo beans are great sources for both. Biotin, Niacin and Cobalamin increases hair growth and improves the overall health of your scalp. They are also extremely helpful in restoring the thickness and shine of every strand. Eating foods enriched with biotin like eggs, salmon and peanuts will aid in fostering hair growth. Avocados, whole grains and legumes are other great sources.

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