Staying Healthy From Hair To Toe

Staying Healthy From Hair To Toe

 

By Angela Bekiaris

Get your whole body into gear!

Looking after your hair and body isnt as simple as having your six-week trim and rubbing your favourite lotion on every morning. Looking and feeling healthy on the outside means you have to be healthy on the inside too. So follow some of our health tips to get your body into great shape. from hair to toe!

 

Eat Smart For The Whole Body

It’s quite simple…. when you eat right, you don’t just feel better, but look better, have more energy and provide your body with vital nutrients. The following foods will help keep your hair and body healthy:

  • Besides being rich in protein and Vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair.
  • Walnuts are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage.
  • The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
  • Greek yoghurt is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid – an ingredient you’ll often see on hair care product labels), and vitamin D.
  • Melon and citrus are rich in immune-boosting vitamin C, and some studies indicate that a C-heavy diet (from food, not supplements) helps prevent breast cancer.
  • Rhubarb is rich in vitamin K, which helps activate three proteins involved in bone health and increases bone-mineral density.
  • An Italian study found that women whose diets included a lot of olive oil had a 30 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Red and purple grapes (along with other dark fruits and vegetables) contain flavonoids, which experts say protect against heart disease, as well as cancer and brain-ageing.
  • Sweet Potatoes a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A – they will help protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp and are necessary for all cell growth, including hair. A deficiency can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair and dry skin, which can flake off into dandruff.
  • Eggs are rich in biotin, a B vitamin essential for hair growth and overall scalp health.
  • Lentils are a great vegetarian source of iron-rich protein – protein is necessary for all cell growth, including hair cells.
  • Red, yellow, and green bell peppers are a colourful, delicious source of vitamin C, which is necessary for hair health.
  • Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp.

 Get Your Daily Exercise

Just like a healthy diet, daily exercise is essential for a healthy body inside and out. It controls your weight, strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your mood and overall mental health and may add extra years to your life. Experts suggest you participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week.
Get Enough Zzzzzs

Yes you need those eight hours of shut eye a night – not just to make sure you don’t have bags under your eyes but to keep energy levels up and health in check. Lack of sleep will also lead to loss of interest in yourself – which in turn affects the way you look (bad hair days included!).

Reduce Some Stress

Stress management in your busy, active life plays an important role in keeping your body healthy. While you might not be able to avoid stress you can control it to avoid developing physical health problems, such as high blood pressure, weakened immune system, and mental issues like depression and lack of concentration. Stress also leads to hair loss, so do your best to manage it.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Keeping well-hydrated is essential not only to your body’s health, but to its survival. Plus the more water you drink the better hair and skin you will have. Always keep a bottle of water handy during the day.

Vitamins Improve Your Lifestyle

Taking vitamins is a great way to improve your lifestyle – after all, vitamins are substances our bodies can not make. Experts suggest some reasons why you should include vitamins into your daily lifestyle:

  • Vitamins perform key functions: Vitamin C builds immunity and connective tissue, Vitamin A enhances immunity and helps growth, B-vitamins are essential for energy and Vitamin D strengthens bones.
  • While a balanced diet should provide our complete vitamin quota, nutritionists argue that modern life often leaves us depleted.
  • Intensive agriculture, fast-growth crops and food processing means our food is significantly lower in minerals and vitamins than it used to be.
  • High-speed lifestyles leave many people gulping down pre-made meals and grabbing a coffee – not a recipe for nutritional balance.
  • Drinks like black tea and coffee can reduce mineral absorption while fizzy drinks and sugar contain almost no vitamins.
  • Chronic stress also depletes vitamin supply.   

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