Thursday, February 6, 2014

Food for Shinier Hair

hair and yogurt collage

Want shinier hair? Eat yogurt! 

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doing a study on probiotic yogurt and digestive health, found that the animals they were studying developed very shiny hair. The probiotic causes changes in the immune system and hormones that affect hair and skin. The scientists feel there would be a similar effect in people.

A healthy diet will help your body make healthy hair.

The Good Hair Diet

Protein   Soy protein encourages hair growth. Eat soybeans.

Zinc    Zinc helps to reduce dandruff and is needed to repair our cells. Eat peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, chick peas and peas. Finish with it off with a little dark chocolate!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids    Omega 3 conditions the scalp. Eat soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids   Omega 6 adds strength and shine to the hair. It also helps to fight dandruff. Eat cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks.

B Vitamins   B Vitamins, especially biotin, reduce hair loss and hair breakage. They improve hair strength and aid in the production of oil by the oil glands which conditions the scalp and hair. Biotin also prevents premature graying! Eat leafy green veggies, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, chick peas, kidney beans, nuts, bananas, berries, wheat germ, yeast breads, egg yolks, cheese, yogurt and halibut. 

Vitamin C   Vitamin C also allows the oil glands to make oil to condition the scalp and hair. Eat citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi fruit, papayas, guavas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower fresh thyme and parsley. 

Vitamin A  Helps to prevent hair loss. Eat apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,  butternut squash, dark leafy greens, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, red pepper powder, dried herbs: parsley, basil, marjoram, dill and oregano and egg yolks.

Silica  Silica is a mineral that helps to slow down hair loss and adds strength and shine to the hair. Eat bananas, strawberries, raisins,  beets, celery, peppers, potatoes, green beans, carrots, cucumbers  asparagus, cabbage, onions, oats, brown rice, bran cereal.

Copper   Copper helps hair retain it's pigment. Eat mushrooms, seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower, nuts: cashews, hazel, brazil, walnuts and dried basil.  Add a little dark chocolate!

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