Observing a Healthy Lifestyle

Observing a Healthy Lifestyle

No matter how much conditioning, moisturising and TLC you give your hair, not observing a healthy lifestyle can seriously short change you from getting your healthiest, shiniest hair. One thing that can never be underestimated is how a healthy lifestyle affects the quality of your skin, health and especially your hair.

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and stress are factors that not only affect your general health, but also prevent you from having healthy hair, and for some individuals, can even lead to hair loss.

Eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and doing regular exercise, go a very long way in producing faster growing, fuller, shinier, healthier hair.

Balanced Diet

If better health and wellbeing, greater immunity and stronger bones, aren’t good enough reasons to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and less sugar; having beautiful healthy hair and skin should be. Having a balanced diet is essential, but pay particular attention to:

  • Iron: A      common cause of thinning hair in women is anaemia and having adequate      dietary iron can help to offset this. Eggs and lots of dark, leafy green      vegetables like spinach are rich in iron.
  • Protein:      Keep your hair shaft strong with protein; be it lean meat, fish or soy      protein.
  • Vitamin      C: All of the beta-carotene nutrients help split ends. Foods such as sweet      potatoes, red peppers, oranges and pumpkin are rich in these      anti-oxidants.

There are many other nutrients that are also important for maintaining your hair’s strength, thickness and sheen. These include, but are not limited to, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and copper. Work each of these into your meals and snacks with foods such as salmon and nuts.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins A, B complex, C and E are all essential to healthy hair. If you cannot get your daily requirement through food, you might want to consider taking a daily supplement pill.

  • Vitamin A contains antioxidants that      work to condition and moisturise the sebum in the scalp; it fights the free radicals such      as pollution that weight down your hair and make it weaker. As a result,      your hair will feel lighter and have better body. It will also strengthen and thicken your hair so      that they grow longer faster and break much less often.
  • Vitamin B complex contains every      sort of vitamin B available in the market, including B6, B12 and biotin.      Together, they work as a powerhouse to reduction in hair loss , slow down the      graying process, give you longer hair due to rapid hair growth, and shine.
  • Vitamin E promotes healthy      circulation, which increases blood      flow to the scalp, promoting a healthy scalp. If the scalp is healthy,      hair will be healthy. You will also notice less split ends.
  • Folic acid like vitamin B complex,      works to prevent grays, make your hair thicker and shinier, and adds      moisture to your hair, so you will have less breakage. It can typically be      found in whole grain breads and cereals so you can eat carbs without the      guilt.

Note that some people with sensitive stomachs may feel nauseous after taking a supplement pill because of the outer coatings used in some pills. Also, some people prone to acne might find that they breakout after using some vitamin pills. In both and any other case of reaction, discontinue use of such supplement, and either find alternatives, or work at getting your daily requirements through your food intake. Remember to drink plenty water and take supplements after a proper meal, to avoid breakouts and other effects.

Drink Plenty Water

Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water is essential in keeping your body hydrated, and replaces the fluids lost by the body. When you drink plenty of water, you will find that your skin will glow more, and your hair will be shiner and healthier looking.

It is recommended that you aim for at least 8 glasses, or 2 litres per day.  Water is the best, but any liquid that does affect overall good health is fine too.

Regular Exercise                                                                  

Exercise increases circulation, including to your hair follicles. Better blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients reach your scalp and hair follicles, which aids growth of thicker, fuller hair (hair growth)?

Exercise at least 2-3 times per week.