Monday, 25 June 2012

Eat your Way to Healthy Hair

They say ‘you are what you eat’. Dr. Vijaya Venkat of The Health Awareness Centre strongly believes there is a definite connection between the health of our hair and our diet. We asked her more about this and what we should do keep our locks healthy, the natural way.

What’s the connection between our hair and overall health?

Healthy hair is an indication of total health. Experiments on animals have shown that many types of deficient diets cause loos of hair in them. Falling hair is actually the body’s decision to withdraw power and nutrients from the hair and redistribute them to other organs. Very often, hair is one of the first signs of illness or disease. The hair grows back with the return of health.

How does our diet affect hair?

Our hair needs nourishment to grow. Just like the health of a plant depends on the soil, the quality of our hair too depends on the quality of our blood. Hair grows from the roots and not from the tips. Lathering hair externally with products doesn't improve our hair. It only masks what we have. Hair becomes longer, stronger and better when it gets the nutrition that it needs.

What should we include in our diet for healthy hair?

1) Raw vegetable juice: the structure of our hair is built from amino acids, a lot like bricks make a wall. These come from raw vegetable juices. Make a raw vegetable juice out of any watery vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, beetroot, etc. To this add herbs and greens like coriander, mint, dill, spinach, parsley, basil, etc. Add lemon and Ginger as it improves circulation.

2) Since our hair has no blood supply, nutrition reaches our hair through a layer of sebum underneath it. Keeping this clean ensures nutrition reaches the hair faster. All fruits especially fresh berries and sweet fruits help in this process start your day with a fruit smoothie. For an evening pick me up have seasonal berries. They will keep your hair and skin clean and fresh.

3) To enrich the layer of sebum that nourishes your hair and to add lustre to your hair, add nuts to your meals. Almonds, walnuts, cashews and coconut work wonders to make your hair shine.

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- The DIVO Team

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