Good for Hair

Good for Hair

Strong and glorious hair are every girl's dream come true but they take work. You need the right kind of products, an effective hair care routine, a balanced diet which gives you enough vitamins, minerals and nutrition, and dedication. If there's a shortcoming in any of these, you'll see tell-tale signs dry and brittle hair, hair fall, a flaky scalp, to name a few.

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes or chronic illnesses like cancer, autoimmune disorders and severe caloric restriction in your diet (especially for those who practice crash dieting every once in a while) predispose one to hair fall. Hormonal imbalance caused by conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Thyroidism may also result in hair loss. In recent times, chemical hair treatments as well as frequent styling have also been attributed to poor hair health. Now, add stress, trauma, smoking and alcoholism to this mix and you get extremely poor quality hair.

Hair Care Tips You Should Keep in Mind

1. Water comes first Drinking a lot of water through the day ensures good blood flow in the body and is part of proper nutrition. This removes toxins from the body and strengthens hair follicles, reducing hair fall.

2. Protein in Your Diet Your hair contains Keratin, a protein synthesized in the body. Lean meat, soy, nuts and dairy are also excellent sources of protein. Ensure that your protein intake is as per nutritional recommendations - 1g of protein for every kg of ideal body weight in healthy adults. So if you weigh 60kgs, then you should eat about 60 grams of protein every day.

3. Iron & Vitamins - Iron and B vitamins improve blood flow in the body which contributes to better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles. Leafy greens like Beet Greens, Cauliflower leaves, Colocasia leaves, Garden Cress and Garden Cress seeds are good sources of Iron.

4. Zinc, Magnesium and Selenium - These minerals are essential for the growth and repair of hair. Zinc deficiency has been associated with hair loss and thinning whereas Selenium plays a role in preventing cell damage. Oysters, Crab, Cashews, Sesame seeds and Chickpeas are sources of Zinc. Brazil nuts and fish such as Tuna, Halibut and Sardines add Selenium to the diet.

5. Polyunsaturated fats such as Omega 6 These fats also stimulate hair growth and can found in several plant-based oils like Corn, Cottonseed, Safflower, Soyabean, Sunflower and nuts such as Peanuts, Pecans, Brazil nuts.

6. Besides good food and proper nutrition, exercise, proper sleep and regular oiling play a major role in maintaining hair health.

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