Simple Stuff That Make Your Hair Grow Faster

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All of us want beautiful hair but keeping your hair healthy and beautiful can be quite a challenge.  I mean who doesn’t want thick, shiny, bouncy hair?  You must style your hair, treat it to keep it healthy, protect it from the elements, and eat the right things to keep it healthy. The state of our hair can be an indication of overall health and youthfulness.  The many factors that affect our hair also influence our overall hair’s health.

A lot of how healthy your hair is depends on what goes in to your body, as well as what happens on the outside. These factors have been put into two categories: internal and external factors.

Internal factors refer to those that affect the hair internally like that of genetics and hormones these are factors that we have little to no control over.

External factors are the factors that affect the hair on the outside and that we can manipulate and control.

The factors that we will talk about are:

Exercise

Vitamins and Minerals 

Vitamins B12 and B6 

Folate/Folic Acid and Biotin

Vitamin C

Beta Carotene/Vitamin A

Iron and protein

Proper Nutrition 

Daily exercise improves circulation throughout the body, including your scalp. Increased blood circulation allows for more nutrients and oxygen to reach the follicles. The more these follicles are fed, the more they flourish. Good blood circulation also distributes natural sebum evenly though the scalp, ultimately, leading to good hair growth. So get some exercise in, take at least a 20 minute walk every day I know it will go a long way.

Vitamins and Minerals

Since our body cannot make their own vitamins we have to get it from the food we eat. Most vitamins speed up chemical reaction in the body. Too little or too much of certain vitamins can contribute to hair loss and in turn will harm your body.

The following describe the vitamins and minerals and just where you can get what you need for a healthy body and a healthy hair.

Vitamins B12 and B6

Vitamin B is vital for healthy hair; it helps to create red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body. The cells would literally starve without vitamin B. Biotin is a form of vitamin B.

Best Foods for Vitamin B’s

There are a nice variety of vegetables that provide vitamin B such as: peppers, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, broccoli, carrots, and brussel sprouts. It can also be found in some fruits such as: bananas, apricots, watermelon, and strawberries. They can also be found in some meats such as: lean beef, pork tenderloin, and chicken breast as well as other proteins like tofu, eggs, crab, oysters, trout, tuna, salmon, and shrimp. As well as diary items such as: cottage cheese, cheese, eggs, low fat yogurt, and low fat milk as well as low fat soy milk.

Folate/Folic Acid and Biotin

Folate and Biotin are water-soluble B vitamins that are required for cell growth, cell division and the production of fatty acids. Deficiency in biotin can cause hair loss. If a person is severely deficient in biotin can result in the loss of eyebrows and eye lashes.

Best Foods for Folate and Biotin

Fortified whole grain cereals, lentils, black eyed peas, soy beans, turnip greens, sunflower seeds wheat germ, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans, sunflower seeds, Chinese cabbage, corn, whole grain breads and pastas.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is used to help build collagen. Collagen is a structural fiber that helps, to keep hair follicles, blood vessels, and skin to stay healthy. As an antioxidant (a substance that slows aging), it protects the cells.

How to Get Vitamin C

Grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, Clementine’s, strawberries, mangos, watermelon and black berries, Guava, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapples, white potatoes with skin, snow peas, sugar snap peas, Chinese cabbage, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, mustard greens, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kidney beans, bell peppers, and chili peppers.

Beta Carotene/Vitamin A

Beta Carotene is converted to Vitamin A when it gets in to our bodies. Vitamin A is essential to helping cell growth and that includes the cells of the scalp and hair. Too much vitamin A can be detrimental though so Vitamin A should be received in to the body through food sources rather than through supplements.

Best Foods for Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)

Butternut squash, apricots, cantaloupe, red bell peppers, mustard greens, pumpkin turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, collard greens, Swiss Chard, grapefruit, cherries, mangoes, tomatoes, guava, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and asparagus.

Iron and protein

Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to cells, and protein is essential to all cell growth. Most people who are not vegetarians will get enough protein in their normal diet but may not get enough iron. Those who are vegetarians will need to make sure that they eat vegetables and other foods that are high in iron but are not meat based such as, spinach, fortified whole grain cereals, tofu, soybeans, lentils, Swiss chard, asparagus, lentils, beans, and black eyed peas, asparagus, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

Proper Nutrition

One of the most important conditions for hair health is proper nutrition. We must receive the necessary amount of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and all the other necessary nutrients for normal development of the whole body. Particular foods, eaten at the right time of day can dramatically improve the condition, density and strength of our hair. Our skin, including our scalp will also reap the rewards of an improved diet. Vegetables, salads and fruits should account for about one-third of our total dietary intake for at least five days per week. Different vegetables and fruits do not all have the same nutritional value, so it is important to include a wide variety of each in the daily diet.

Here is a list of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and other foods recommended by various sources for you to have healthy, shiny hair.

Vegetables – Beans, carrots, dark green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and Swiss Chard (similar to a beet) are excellent sources of iron, calcium, and vitamins A & C. These particular vitamins produce sebum, which is the oily substance secreted by the hair follicles that act as the body’s natural hair conditioner. Beans also provide plenty of protein for hair growth and have an ample supply of iron, zinc, and biotin. Legumes such as kidney beans and lentils are important for a hair care diet. Carrots are excellent for a healthy scalp, which is essential for shiny and well-conditioned hair, because it contains Vitamin A.

Fruits & Nuts – Essentially any and all fruits are vital to a diet for healthy hair. You can never go wrong with fruits, because they often times are high in water, fiber, and Vitamin C.. Also, walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acid that helps with conditioning the hair. Additional nuts such as cashews, almonds, and pecans contain a wonderful amount of zinc that helps prevent shedding.

Meat/Fish/Poultry – Eating beef twice a week is highly recommended, not only for its obvious protein factor, it has vitamin B, iron, zinc, and other important minerals for optimal hair health. Believe it or not bacon is another source of meat protein for your hair care diet containing zinc and vitamin B. Lamb is another meat protein to consider. The number one fish that is the best food for healthy hair is salmon, because it includes multiple vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B, B-12, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. These help with the prevention of a dry scalp, which can lead to giving hair that dull look.

If you are a vegetarian an alternative to fish protein would be one to two tablespoons of ground flax seed into your diet. Another seafood high in protein, but never thought of for hair care are oysters. Yes, they have a reputation for being an aphrodisiac, but they also contain zinc, which is a powerful antioxidant. Poultry is another important protein. Without protein and iron in the diet your hair can become weak, brittle, and lose its color. Chicken and turkey are the best sources of high-quality protein. Once again for the vegetarians, egg whites are the next best thing if you can’t or won’t eat animal protein. Eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy are great for anyone to eat and have healthy hair in the process too.

Grains/Dairy Products – Brown short-grain rice, whole-wheat bread, and whole-grain breakfast cereals are excellent complex carbohydrates for B vitamins, fiber, zinc, and iron. Low-fat dairy products like cottage cheese, skim milk, and yogurt contain the vital mineral that is calcium. Whey and casein are sources of high proteins as well.

8 Simple Yet Overlooked Things That Make Your Hair Grow Faster

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