Whenever we hear the word diet, we automatically think of constraint or limitation, but consider this…the word DIET meaning qualities, composition and a effect of good health. Well have you ever thought about what goes in your body producing good results in your hair? Healthy hair starts on the inside.
Like your skin, your hair needs nutrition from the inside out. If your diet is deficient in hair friendly foods, or your digestion is not efficient, all of the creams, butters, moisturizers and hair treatments in the world won’t be effective at maintaining the longevity and health of your hair. SO if you want a healthy shining crown, start by taking a hard look at what you eat, how you eat and when you eat.
What to Eat for Healthy Hair
Instead of focusing on specific nutrients or strict quantities of food in your diet, It’s recommended that you stick to wholesome, natural foods as the best and most palatable way to delivering a variety of nutrients to your hair. The key is to eat foods that are whole,natural, organic and fresh!
Here’s your grocery list…
Dark Leafy greens, beets, summer squashes, broccoli, carrots and white daikon radish, and fresh green herbs such as cilantro, mint and basil are excellent choices for getting a rich supply of nutrients to your hair. Be sure to add hair friendly spices such as cumin and tumeric to your vegetable dishes. Spices help transport the nutrients from other foods you eat to the cells and tissues of the body. Vary the vegetables you eat from day to day. Vegetables contain vitamin A and C, folic acid and magnesium, all wonderful for a healthy hair life.
Whole grains and smaller legumes also offer nourishment to your hair without overtaxing your digestive system. Grains contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Vary the grains you eat(Oatmeal, organic corn, polenta, rice are good grains to eat), beans, vegetables, herbs and spices like Rosemary(rosemary promotes hair growth by stimulating blood circulation)on vegetables or chicken, offering a cocktail of nutrients for your hair!
Protein is also a major part of good healthy hair and diet. Proteins like fish, chicken or coconut or flax seed oil if you are vegan are vital to hair, because they are high in Omega 3’s, Iron and Amino Acids. All needed to grow hair and produce natural oils from the scalp.
Include nuts in your daily diet. Soak 8-10 almonds in hot water, blanch and eat with breakfast every morning. Soaked walnuts are also good for hair health and color. Soak nuts before eating them so that they do not tax your digestive system and flow out of you easily, leaving the good nutrients behind.
Next you need to know when to eat
A balanced nutritional diet is definitely key to promoting good healthy hair and longevity. But knowing when to eat is equally vital in order to give your body the ability to convert the foods you eat into a form that your hair can assimilate and use to stay healthy and strong.
Eat the heaviest foods in your diet in the middle of the day, that’s when you body can really go to work digesting everything properly! You want to eat lighter at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast kick-starts your body when you wake up and by dinner you are winding down for the night, so you want to keep things light.
Be sure to always cook your meals in a positive frame of mind. Everything is connected, so you never want to cook angry, stressed out or anxious because the negative energy imparts into the foods you are putting into your body and you don’t want the negative effects to show up in your hair or anywhere else for that matter!
Remember, your meal times are your time to take a minute to yourself, so you never want to multi-task while eating. Do not work, talk on the phone or spend time in cyber space, i.e. be on the computer, while putting food in your mouth. You always want to be in a calm, stress-free zone, while digesting your foods. Do not eat on the go either, as you drive, walk or shop. Be sure to give each meal your undivided attention. You will see a big difference in the benefits of your hair!
Lastly, WATER is the Best thing you can ever digest! I repeat drink WATER! It’s a fact that if you get anywhere from 6-8 glasses of water per day, you will see healthier, skin, nails and hair! DO your best to make sure you are getting the proper amounts of water each day and watch the difference it will make in your life!
Malia Brown is the creator of UrbanSocial and Natura magazine. She is the former college ambassador for ESSENCE, a Journalist, and an on-air personality. Malia is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she reports on beauty, pop-culture, political affairs, and race relations.