Sunday, June 2, 2013

Is your Diet making your Hair starving?

If we don't eat well  the hair will suffer first....

Our eating habits directly influence the health of our hair. A deficiency of vitamin F (essential fatty acids), for example, causes a disruption in the keratin process of the scalp by stimulating the appearance of dandruff. Calcium deficiency causes hair to turn brittle, and lack of vitamin H, part B complex, alters the hair growth cycle by increasing the duration of the natural fall of our strands. These are just some examples of how the hair depends on sufficient amounts of nutrients to keep moisture and cohesion between its cells, giving them a healthy look. a

"What is true of the body also applies to the hair strands. As the capillary structures are sensitive to changes in food and diets low in essential elements, proper nutrition is essential to the recovery of hair problems," states hair transplant surgeon Adriano Almeida, director of the Brazilian Society of Hair.According to Texas Collaborative, about 91% of the hair is protein made up of amino acid chains. Furthermore, the hair is chemically composed of the following:

45.2% carbon

27.9% oxygen

6.6% hydrogen

15.1% nitrogen

5.2% sulphur

Any factor that reduces the levels of these nutrients in the body will result in changes in the strands. The hair can undergo various changes in terms of structure, color, consistency or appearance, in addition to possible fall-out, culminating in the destruction of the hair follicle.

But where to get these essential nutrients needed for healthy hair?

Strong, shiny and silky hair depends on vitamins and minerals found in many foods. Your diet should be rich in protein (meat, fish, eggs, yogurt), vegetables and fruits, oleaginous seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews), legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and whole grains (oats, flax, rye).

More important than ingesting large amounts of a particular food, such as zinc and copper, is to seek a synergy of all the vitamins and minerals. Your diet should be as varied as possible, by rotating between different foods, so as to ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of all nutrients.

Fruits and vegetables are must-haves for everyone, but sometimes, just relying on these ingredients is still not enough to obtain the required daily amount of vitamins for our body. In this case, your doctor may prescribe a pill or capsule that has in its formula a variety of vitamins.

Vitamins also work to strengthen hair, especially when hair has already started to fall out. But they are recommended only if there is specific nutritional deficiency. In women, the most common deficiency is iron. In humans, zinc and copper are the most common deficiencies.

Oral supplements rich in amino acids, zinc, omega 3, cysteine and biotin, help to recover the vitality of the hair. They were developed to compensate for the lack of nutrients. They arose to fight the molecules that degenerate the healthy cells of the body, replenishing possible deficiencies that cause wrinkles, weak nails, sagging, hair loss, and other aesthetic problems.

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