Thursday, January 20, 2011

On the menu for a Healthy hair: A balanced diet

Lather, rinse, repeat" may be the standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious and healthy hair possible, you'll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

Healthy hair= A balanced diet
You maybe wondering what food you need to eat and why.

Salmon
Omega 3 fatty acids, high source of protein (vitamin b-12 and iron)

Benefit to hair
Healthy scalp, silky shiny hair and stronger hair
NB: For vegetarians; include 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax-seed for some plant-based omega-3 fats

 Dark green Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard (iron, calcium, vitamin A and C)

Benefit to hair
Help our body produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by our hair follicles and is the body's natural hair conditioner.

Beans
Legumes, kidney beans and lentils (rich in protein, iron, zinc and biotin).

Benefit to hair
Hair growth and reduce the brittleness of your hair

Nuts
Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair?
Brazilian nuts (selenium), walnut (alpha-linolenic acid and omega -3 fatty acid), cashew, pecans and almonds (are all rich sources of zinc)

Benefit to hair
Hair conditioner, zinc helps prevent hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Poultry
Chicken and turkey (high in protein, iron). Our body easily reap the benefits from poultry.

Benefit to hair
Strong radiant hair

Eggs
 Biotin and vitamin B-12

Benefit to hair
Whether scrambled, fried or just crack and apply straight to the hair eggs are one of the best protein source you can find for hair.


Whole Grains
Whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain  breakfast cereals. Zinc, iron and B vitamins.
NB: A whole grain snack can pump up your energy when you feel drained especially during the time between lunch and dinner.

Oysters
An aphrodisiac for your hair. Why? The key to their hair-boosting abilities are zinc and powerful antioxidant.
NB: If you don't like oysters, don't despair. You can get zinc from whole grains and nuts as well as beef and lamb.


Low-fat Dairy Products
Skim milk, yogurt (calcium, whey and casein(high quality protein sources)

Benefit to hair
Hair growth, strong hair.

Carrots
Vitamin A

Benefit to hair
healthy scalp which leads to shiny, well-conditioned hair.
NB. You can incorporate carrot very easily into your diet as a snack or as a topping for you salad. It provides you great vision.

My daily meal plans (Vary somewhat everyday)

Breakfast
Bran cereal (with skim milk or soy milk) or oatmeal or granola with yogurt, fruits, tea and water. If I have the time, I'll have fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.

Lunch
Tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread with dark green lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.  I sometimes make a toss salad with tomatoes, green and/or red peppers, mixed beans, cucumber, dark green lettuce and soy milk and a fruit.

Snack
Unsalted almonds, carrots, cucumber sticks. This was hard because I like sweets but once I decide to do it it was possible.

Dinner
Steamed salmon or stew fish/chicken or tofu, mashed (sweet) potatoes (no butter), veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, pak choi and zucchini), yogurt with whole grain usually granola.

Thank you for reading.
Syn

4 comments:

  1. Just start little by little. Start by snacking on unsalted nuts and drink plenty of water. Then, add breakfast (most important meal, not a cliche), then another until it becomes a part of your meal plan.

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  2. Hi Synethia

    Love your blog and your Youtube I got good info from you.
    While you're living in Japan whereabouts do you get your Jamaican foods from like the Bammy and Grace stuff...the States? What work do you do?

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  3. Thank you MsGoldingtoyou. I usually get my Jamaican products from the US and some Grace products here in Japan.

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