By Jonna of NaturallyGLAM
It would be nice if the solution to the health and growth of our hair was bottled up in some miracle-working product that you could find at your local BBS. But its not about what we put on our tresses that counts – its about the overall way we take care of ourselves. Here are five areas that you need to focus on that will improve the health of your hair and encourage growth. And the rest of your body will benefit as well.
Improve Your Diet
The foundation of all new hair growth is the nutrients that we eat. For maximum hair growth and health, step out of the bathroom and into the kitchen. Now, let’s be real – if you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have super thick hair no matter what you eat. But a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference. Eat more beans – they are a great source of biotin, which is known to combat hair loss and promote the growth of healthy hair. Incorporate leafy, green vegetables into your diet. They are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, which work together to produce sebum. By keeping hair conditioned, sebum prevents hair from breaking off so that it can grow longer. Nuts are a natural source of zinc, a mineral that promotes scalp health, which in turn can help hair grow longer faster.
While some avoid exercise because it might mess up their hair style – this mentality does nothing for hair growth. Regular cardiovascular and aerobic exercise promotes hair growth. Our bodies produce cortisone, which causes hair follicles to stop growing. Exercise can reduce the amount of cortisone present in the body, resulting in hair that grows faster and fuller. Exercise also increases the level of seretonin in the body, which also decreases the presence of cortisone. Regular exercise also improves blood circulation, which is vital for scalp health.
If you want to see more hair growth, it is important that you up your daily water intake. Water is essential for proper hair growth. When deprived of adequate water to sustain cell health and reproduction, the body becomes dehydrated, which directly impacts hair growth. Water makes up approximately one fourth of the weight of a strand of hair and when hair has the proper amount of water, it will respond by being supple, and shiny. Drink 64-80 ounces of water a day to get gleaming healthy tresses.
Get Some Sleep
Before you change your shampoo, consider changing your sleep habits. While you sleep, body tissues and musles are repaired and restored. Growth hormones are also secreted during sleep. Sleep is a growing, building and restorative process. Erratic sleep patterns, whether it’s too much or too little sleep, can increase hair loss and cause the hair to become dry, brittle and dull. Lack of sleep also wears on the body’s immune system, which can result in hair loss, hair breakage, and unhealthy hair.
Physical and emotional stress can lead to hair loss because it can interfere with the normal growth cycle of the hair and trigger balding. All four of the factors mentioned above – diet, exercise, water, sleep – can have a positive effect on how well our bodies handle stress. For regular day-to-day stressors, 30 minutes of relaxation per day is a great antidote to hair loss. Find an activity that you really enjoy, and indulge in the activity uninterrupted for at least 30 minutes. For bigger stressors, you may need to seek help in dealing with your worries. By relieving stress, hair loss can be stopped and healthy hair growth can be restored.