TOP FOODS FOR HEAVENLY HAIR By Organic Burst Nutritionist Claire Marlow
“Gorgeous hair is the best revenge” according to Ivana Trump. But whether you want to look amazing for a particular event, show an ex what they’re missing, or simply to deal with some hair ailments that have been bugging you for a while, we have a plan for getting gorgeous, shiny locks without going down the over-dyed, styled to a frazzle route! Our nutritionist Claire shares her diet tips to help improve distressed tresses, along with some quick and simple natural lifestyle changes you can make today.
Eating well is the root to great hair health; after all, it’s the second fastest growing tissue in the human body (after bone marrow). Our hair grows about 1cm per month, which is just amazing! It’s no wonder that nutrient deficiencies are responsible for most common hair issues. Let’s go through them one by one:
Dry hair, and often dandruff, are signs that the skin of the scalp isn’t functioning as well as it should be. The perfect way to improve this condition is by hydrating the skin cells on the scalp and hair follicles with essential fats and Vitamin A, which is involved in the production of our natural oils.
- Omega Oils: readily available in raw Hemp & Flax other sources of essential fats include: walnuts, avocados, olive oil. Eat at least portion of these healthy fat foods per day.
- Vitamin A is converted in the body from sources of beta carotene, a green and orange pigment found in green veggies, sweet potato, carrots, squash – just go with the colours!
- Poor digestion, imbalanced gut bacteria and food intolerances are often responsible for dry and fragile hair, because they can prevent you from absorbing nutrients optimally. If this is ringing some bells for you, it's worth getting your symptoms checked and trying Chlorella which benefits your balance of gut flora.
Slow Growing Hair
Slow growth, fading colour and hair loss are often down to a lack of zinc, iron and lysine (an amino acid). Here’s what to eat to pack these hair boosters into your diet:
- Great source of zinc, pumpkin seeds.
- Brilliant places to get your iron are: dark leafy greens and Sprouts
- Spirulinas a bit of a wonder for hair as it contains iron, zinc, B Vitamins and lysine.
Another reason for thinning hair and slow growth is a hormonal imbalance, if this is affecting you, it’s definitely worth speaking to your doctor about checking your thryroid hormone levels.
For hair that’s on the oily side, watch out for an insufficiency of B Vitamins. These, as well as Vitamin C are used up in times of stress, so try to chillax and deal with your stresses if possible, as well as choosing your foods wisely. The B Vitamin heroes are:
- The very best veggie and vegan sources are: Watercress, mushrooms, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, brown rice.
If your hair is weak, you can give it some support by making sure you have lots of good sources of protein in your diet – this is what your hair is made of, along with Vitamin C that helps to keep the follicles working their best. You know the drill, but here we go:
- Spirulina and Blue Green Algae contains 60-70% protein, which is actually more absorbable than the protein in meat!
- Nuts, seeds, sprouted beans and seeds are fab vegan sources of protein.
- For your Vitamin C eat plenty of berries, kiwi fruit, broccoli, peppers.
What Else Can You Do For Your Hair?
As well as eating well and saving your hair from the consequences of nutritional deficiencies, there are some lovely practices that can improve hair whilst boosting your wellbeing generally, here are our top tips:
- Scalp massage – go for an Indian head massage, or spend a couple of extra mins when washing your hair.
- Head stands and all inversion postures in yoga are fantastic for promoting the circulation to your scalp.
- Treat your hair once a week with a teaspoon of melted coconut oil, massaged through to the hair ends, keep it in overnight and wash out the following morning – hair heaven.
- Switch to organic shampoos that gently wash and nourish the hair rather than stripping away its natural oils, anything containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is to be avoided.
Have an awesome hair day!