Wednesday, December 4, 2013

GUEST POST BY PAUL SMITH: Food For Healthy Hair And Nails

Healthy Hair

Perfect hair gives confidence, while dull, uncarefully coiffed or poorly dyed hair can ruin the mood. Hair and nails are important indicators of the state of our health. The direct interdependence between the structure of hair and nails and blood levels of certain trace elements , proteins , amino acids, hormones has been proved by scientists long time ago. The main trace element of hair is sulfur contained in amino acids (methionine, cystine, cysteine). The concentration of vitamins A, B5, B6, biotin and  trace elements selenium (Se), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) influences on the function of the hair follicles.
Our body is complex and unique. Most of the nutrients necessary for normal life, are synthesized in our organism, but some components must constantly come from the food we eat. That is why a correct, complete and balanced diet is very important for the health of our hair, nails and skin, as well as for the whole organism. What do we need to eat to provide our hair and nails with healthy components? When the body loses some nutrients, hair and nails suffer first of all. The body tends to retain the vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, kidney), giving them necessary elements supplies.
Diets for our hair
Greasy hair. The imbalance of skin lipid metabolism is the reason of greasy hair. This can be explained by the lack of vitamin B, which can be found in cereals, nuts, dairy products, eggs, wheat germ, beans and herbs. Yeast is also rich in vitamins B.
Dry and brittle hair. Typically, the hair is dry and brittle because of the lack of essential fatty acids. To make your hair shiny and healthy, include food containing these acids to your dietary intake: fish rich in fat (tuna, sardines, salmon, herring), cereals, nuts, olives, vegetable oil. And do not forget that your hair needs a lot of water, so it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day
Hair loss. Very often lack of iron in the body causes hair loss. That is why, the diet must contain liver, red meat, eggs, legumes and cereals. Since hair consists mainly of protein particular attention should be given to products that contain it: meat, chicken, fish. This food strengthens the hair follicles and prevents hair loss. Vitamin E is also useful, it can be found in vegetable oil, eggs, spinach and broccoli. Sometimes hair loss is a consequence of the bad function of thyroid gland, it is advised to eat food rich in iodine, such as seafood, seaweed and sea kale. Try to eat more seafood, natural vegetable oil and whole-meal bread. It also will contribute to the formation of keratin, which is very important for hair. To prevent hair loss it is also important to eat food rich in silicon (strawberries, wheat). Avoid eating fried, spicy and salty food. Fast-food is particularly harmful for our hair and nails. Furthermore, reduce eating soda drinks, since the acidity of the blood washes minerals out of hair and leads to different problems.
Dull hair. Lack of zinc causes dull hair. Zinc can be found in oysters and other seafood, meat, cereals, legumes, sunflower seeds. Eat cottage cheese and sea kale. To produce the pigment that gives hair color and prevents early gray hair, we should eat food containing tyrosine and copper. They can be found in avocados, bananas, dairy products, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and Brazil nuts. Fruits, vegetables and green tea are rich in antioxidants and will help our hair to keep color. Copper prevents dandruff.

Healthy nails and food

Looking at the state of our nails we can also see the state of our health. Why nails are broken, exfoliate? What if white spots on them? How to take care of nails, keep them healthy and beautiful? It is very useful to eat jelly once a week - gelatin perfectly strengthens nails. Be sure to include fish, nuts, carrots with vegetable oil, pumpkin and other products rich in vitamin A in your diet. Often nails are broken due to a lack of silicon or zinc. Take multivitamins and food supplements containing these elements.
So, to enjoy the natural shine, strength of hair and strong nails, we need to eat healthy food. The diet should be well-balanced: the consumption of protein, fats and carbohydrates should be approximately in proportions 1:1:4.
The diet must contain cereals, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, and daily products containing protein: meat, fish, poultry, cheese and seafood. Be sure to use unrefined vegetable oils. Such products as bran, sprouted grains, nuts, soy, dried fruits can improve the state of our skin, hair and nails.

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