April 07, 2008

Food For Your Hair

by Rob Maraby

Nutrition For Your Hair.

For proper hair growth your hair needs a balanced percentage of amino acids and B-vitamins. It has been found that certain minerals including magnesium, sulfur, silica and zinc are also very important toward maintaining healthy hair. Beta-carotene is also important to hair growth. Beta-carotene is found in green and yellow vegetables and fruits.

Protein is the most important ingredient for promoting hair growth since hair is basically 98 Percent Protein. Thus a diet that is too low in protein may cause thinning in hair or retardation in the growth cycle. Nutritionists advise healthy hair seekers to eat well-balanced diets that incorporate healthy proteins along with foods high in vitamin B, C, E, A and K.

For healthy and strong hair your body requires two essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, that are not produced naturally by the human body. Vegetables and fruits are also essential for beautiful long hair. Consuming foods rich in copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and other natural food elements is also helpful. Raw nuts, seed and grains are the safest foods to select for maintaining and growing healthy hair. They furnish hormones, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, many of which are not contained in cooked and processed foods.

Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. Water helps cleanse your body of chemical wastes, pollutants, toxins and other impurities. When you keep yourself well hydrated and clear of toxins, your live is free to help process all the proper nutrients that your body needs. Essential Nutrition Common Food Source Protein Meats, fish, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. Vitamin B Green vegetables, beans, sunflower seeds, raw wheat germ, brewers yeast, liver, nuts and peas. Vitamin c Brussel sprouts, red peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges, lemons, limes, melons and berries Vitamin A Carrot, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli and apricots. Vitamin E Avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Vitamin K Seafood, dairy foods, figs, brewer yeast, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, oatmeal, rye, soybeans, liver, wheat and yogurt. Magnesium Dairy products, meat, fish, fruits, nuts, brewer's yeast, whole grains and green-leafy vegetables. Iron Eggs, fish, liver, oysters, meat, poultry, whole grains, green leafy vegetables and molasses. Potassium Bananas, dairy, fish, meat, poultry, molasses, oranges and Tortula yeast. Omega-3 Cold-water fish, dark-green vegetables, hemp oil and pumpkin seed oil. Omega-6 Safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn, pumpkin seeds, kidney beans, soybeans, and evening primrose oil.
Which Food Do I Avoid? In order to have long beautiful hair and in order to enhance the growth of your hair it is very important not only to eat good healthy food but also to avoid food that is harmful for your body. Eating dead foods can lead to lifeless hair. Thus avoid the following foods.
Sugar, ice-cream and too much chocolate. Soft drinks Fatty and oily foods Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

Remember you are what you eat! your hair is no different- so follow these simple nutritional guidelines for long beautiful hair.

Rob Maraby is the author of 25 fitness and health books and many other.stop hair loss articles. Read more at http://www.mindnmuscle.com/