How to take care of hair with food: the correct diet for a shining look
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT: FIND OUT TOGETHER HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OUR HAIR WITH A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET!
In the last post Jessica and Juliane, our B-IT Girls and owners of Culture & Trend blog, gave us great tips to take care of our hair during the change of the season (if you haven’t read it yet, click here).
However, hair care is not just a matter of products and treatments to be used but it also depends on our food habits too.
It is known, indeed, that a messy diet full of fried foods, cured meats, sweets and alcohol has bad effects in our whole body and, in particular, on our hair: they quickly become weak and thin.
Now, what can we do to have healthy and strong hair?
It is important to start from a balanced diet in which, both during lunch and dinner, there are all of the nutrients that our body cannot synthesize its own and need to obtain from outside, such as essential amino acids contained in proteins, vitamins A, B, C, important for the growth and the proper stimulation of follicles, and, finally, in the trace elements that strengthen hair.
We have to remind that it doesn’t exist a specific diet focused to the care of hair: indeed, its beauty depends from a more general health of the whole body. Nevertheless, in very delicate times, we can focus on some foods that support strength, elasticity and the good condition of our hair.
Some examples? In general we have to know that:
– Meat, oily fish, cheese, eggs and legumes are rich in iron and proteins and, for these reasons, we should eat them regularly during the week;
– Shellfish, seafood and whole grains are rich in zinc, and they support the excellent state of hair;
– Fruits, vegetables and egg yolks contain all the vitamins necessary to have bodyfied hair and the right pace of growth.
Instead, if we need to solve some problems that, unfortunately, risk to damage the charm of our hair, we can incorporate into our diet some foods rich in benefits.
Here there are a list of foods in support to the most frequent problems of hair care:
1) Dull hair: for brighter hair we need of iron and vitamin E, and we can find them in almonds, fresh fruit and pumpkin seeds; other friends are foods rich in Omega 3 such as linseed seeds, salmon, sardines and mackerel. To increase diet effects, we can also use specific products with a glossy action like as the BluOrange Luce Reflex line.
2) Dandruff: dandruff is a peeling of the scalp and it can be more or less intense. We can fight it with antioxidant foods such as dark chocolate, eggs, tuna, whole grains and green tea, and through specific treatments.
3) Weak hair: weak hair, with tendency to break easily, can depend from bad habits (such as tying or braiding hair every day) and from a lack of keratin. In this case we can eat brewer’s yeast (it contains high levels of vitamin B), eggs, almonds and peanuts, bran and avocado, and use of keratin treatments.
4) Hair loss: it can be a chronic (and in these cases we recommend you to consult an expert) or just a seasonal weakness. In the last case we can fight it eating white meat (rich in iron), salmon, nuts, vegetable with dark green leaves (important for vitamins A and C), legumes (at least three times a week), oysters (they are aphrodisiac but rich in zinc too) and, finally, carrots. In addition, it would be better match the diet with energizing shampoo and masks that act to the scalp regeneration.
5) Greasy hair: sebum, normally present on hair, is a natural greasy substance that supports the optimum hair lubrication, acting as a protective film against external agents and pollution. When it is in excess, however, it is a sign of an hormonal imbalance that, today, affects 1 woman on 4: we can fight it eating balancing wheat germ oil (thanks to the zinc), proteins (contained in meat, fish and eggs), Minerals and Beta-Carotene (we can find them in potatoes, carrots, asparagus and cabbage).
6) Dry hair: they are opposite of greasy hair. The head of hair appears dehydrated, flat and dull because of the reduction in the secretory activity of sebaceous glands or environmental stresses (such as pollution, poor diet and frequent washings). Friendly foods are antioxidants fruits and vegetables in season, foods rich in essential fatty acids and omega-3 as salmon, cod, mackerel, sardines and dried fruit. In addition we can use highly soothing and nourishing treatments or bodyfing products: thanks to hyaluronic acid they can deeply nourish hair.
In general, it is always important to maintain the whole metabolism perfectly hydrated, drinking 3 liters of water every day: in this way the scalp will be perfectly nourished!
And what about you? How do you take care of your hair? Comment and let us know your opinion!