Hair from Within
all know that healthy hair is essentially 'dead' at its length
but hair is of course attached to a living reproducing structure
- the root. The root is situated just below the surface of the
scalp - living cells within the root produce hair and, if not
properly nourished their ability to make hair is badly affected.
Hair strands are also attached to tiny muscles - making hair
stand on end for example when we are cold or scared.
one nutrient is responsible for the health of the hair - a variety
of nutrients are needed to interact with each other to maintain
growth and health.
A ~ needed to enable cells to divide and replicate normally.
A lack of it can lead to dry hair and skin, too much can cause
inflammation of the follicle, so rather than introducing a supplement
try to eat a good portion of orange fruit or leafy vegetables
and vitamin A is also present in whole milk, margarine and eggs.
B ~ lack of vitamin B can lead to oily hair conditions. The
B vitamins are found from different sources and all are necessary
for healthy hair.
~ found in meat, poultry, milk, eggs, breakfast cereal and brown
~ meat, bread and potatoes all provide niacin.
Acid ~ helps keep the hair follicle in good condition, egg yolks,
peanuts and wheatgerm are a good source.
~ a severe lack of this vitamin can lead to dramatic hair loss,
an excellent supply can be found in nuts and pulses.
C ~ Lack of vitamin C can cause excessively dry skin and hair
~ plenty of fruit and vegetables will ensure you get a good
~ minerals and trace elements are also important to hairs health.
Copper is needed for hairs structure and can be found in milk,
bread and green vegetables. A lack of zinc can lead to hair
loss ~ oysters are the richest source of zinc but its more practically
found in peas, pulses, haricot beans, butter and kidney.
Fatty Acids ~ obviously we all need to cut down on saturated
fats in our diets, cakes, biscuits etc., but its important to
include polyunsaturated fats in our diet too. Vegetable oil
and Evening Primrose oil are know to improve dry skin and hair
problems especially itchy, flaky scalps.
a healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your body, but
necessary for the health and beauty of your hair!