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I WANT MY (GREAT!) HAIR BACK!

Feel like your strands are aging faster than you are? Get to the root of the problem and restore your shine, volume, and brilliant color. 

You exercise and eat right to ensure that you age beautifully, but what about your hair? You may take a full, shiny mane for granted, notes New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD, “until you notice new grays or strands that are duller, thinner, or more fragile than usual.” The good news: You can reclaim lustrous hair with the right tools and techniques-and some simple lifestyle choices.

THE HEALTHY-HAIR DIET

Regularly fill your plate with these nutrients to help grow-and hang on to-strong, healthy strands.

PROTEIN

Best sources – Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, low-fat yogurt

The hair connection – Not only is hair made of protein, but the nutrient is also a building block of the cells required to produce a healthy follicle, Dr. Fusco says. Aim for 40 to 50 grams per day.

IRON 

Best sources- Fortified cereals, soy, meats, beans

The hair connection – “Iron allows blood cells to carry energizing oxygen to the scalp and follicles,” Dr. Fusco says. Plus, the nutrient is essential for cell growth.

B VITAMINS

Best sources – Fortified cereals, eggs, lean protein, leafy greens

The hair connection – This group of multitaskers – which includes thiamine, niacin, and biotin- helps metabolize fats and protein and turn food into usable energy for cells in hair follicles.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Best sources – Salmon, sardines, and walnuts (for omega-3s); nuts, avocados, and olive oil (for other healthy fats)

The hair connection – Omega-3s, in particular, reduce inflammation n the body- which may interfere with normal hair growth. All unsaturated fats help moisturize your scalp and hair from the inside out.

 

Source: Health. June, 2012.

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