Diet and Nutrition For a Long Healthy Hair Journey September 18th, 2012 @ 5:57 am
If you want long, healthy and strong hair, you should know that eating the right types of food is essential to grow long hair. Of course don’t forget that genetics also do determine the rate that your hair grows at each month. Your healthy hair journey will be a success only if you nourish your body from the inside out with a healthy and well balanced diet.
If your hair tends to grow at a slower rate, you can speed up the process as well as stimulate additional hair growth through proper diet and nutrition. A healthy diet is not only good for your body, but your hair will also benefit just by eating the right kinds of foods on a regular basis.
Foods to Eat for Longer Hair
Vitamins: Make sure that your daily diet is well balanced and is rich in vitamin B12 ( this is the vitamin that encourages hair to grow). The vitamins A, B, C, E as well as K need to be present in your diet because without them your hair will lack shine and body and will instead look dull and break more easily, thus preventing you from achieving the length you want and growing hair longer.
Foods such as apricots, cabbage, peaches, milk, carrots, sweet potatoes and fish are rich in vitamin A while vitamin B can be found in green leafy vegetables and nuts. Vitamin C is mainly found in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and strawberries. vitamin E can be found in nuts, wheat germ oil, green leafy vegetables, dried beans, soybeans and raw seeds. Vitamin E also protects your skin from free radicals and premature aging so its a bonus for you!
Proteins: Well balanced protein intake is great if you want to grow hair longer and have it strong and full, -after all, hair is made of protein! This is why a high protein diet will help your to grow healthy black hair. Dairy products such as poultry, milk, yogurt and eggs along with foods such as fish, nuts, cheese, sprouts, beans and lentils are all great sources of protein and help to grow long hair faster if included as part of the foods you eat regularly.
Dietary Supplements: You can eat all the right foods and try as best as you can to get all your daily nutrient requirements,- however how much broccoli are you willing to eat every day to get your daily recommended Calcium amount and how many cups of milk are you going to drink each day to get your daily Calcium requirement! This is where a multivitamin /supplement comes in handy. ..
A multivitamin supplement can help your hair grow long faster as it makes getting your daily recommended vitamin and mineral requirements much more acheivable. What vitamins should you take to improve hair growth? If you want your hair to grow longer in a shorter amount of time, vitamins such as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) prenatal vitamins, folic acid, Omega 3 or biotin are all supplements you can take to accelerate hair growth.
Essential Oils: Keep in mind that your body needs adequate hydration in order to stay healthy and flourish, your hair is no different. Curly hair tends to be dry by nature, hence why its very important to take very good care of it by making sure that your hair is hydrated and moisturized at all times doing so will help to prevent breakage, retain length and minimize shedding.
Essential oils such as lavender, jojoba, sesame oil, basil, tea tree oil, castor oil, lemon oil, almond and coconut oil applied topically and massaged for 10 minutes onto your scalp can really help to stimulate hair growth by stimulating blood circulation and promoting long healthy hair.
Do you have dandruff? High quality hair care products that have no parabens and chemical ingredients can really go far in helping you to prevent dandruff flakes and hair breakage. Coconut oil works great for getting rid of dandruff! Occasionally you can also apply henna to your hair or massage your scalp and ends with some Vitamin E to retain moisture balance and also to deep condition your hair. Keep in mind that drinking lots of water is also very important since it helps you to stay well hydrated from the inside out.
Minerals: To make your hair grow longer, its important to include foods that contain calcium, zinc and iron as part of your regular diet, supplements are also an option, but before taking them, make sure to consult with a doctor especially more so if you have health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or are taking other medication.
All the best in your healthy hair journey!