In an age where there are so many hair care products available right off the shelf, you need to remember that the key to healthy hair is a healthy body that receives a balanced diet. The vital nutrients that strengthen your body must reach the roots of your hair.
Here’s a fact:
You don’t necessarily need to consume any artificially prepared foods or dietary supplements for that. Organic food is safe for your body and provides you with all the required nutrients in a natural manner.
True organic food is prepared naturally, and is the result of a farming method avoiding pesticides, fertilizers, growth regulators, etc. Also, genetically modified products are certainly not considered to be organic food. Organic eggs, meat and poultry are produced naturally from animals without injecting growth hormones or antibiotics.
So, let’s consider what’s needed to maintain healthy hair:
Citrus fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body to absorb iron, so you need to get them in your diet. You can have them as juice, but try to use healthier alternatives than refined sugar. Limes and oranges are rich in Vitamin C.
Another advantage of Vitamin C is that it plays a vital role in collagen production in the body. Collagen makes capillaries connecting to hair shafts stronger, so your hair receives regular nutrient supply and grows quickly as a result.
The chief ingredient of eggs is protein and if your hair is to be healthy, you need a good amount of protein in your diet. Eggs are considered to be among the richest natural protein sources.
Carrot juice is great for growing hair quickly. That’s because carrots contain vitamin A which is needed for cell growth, and the hair has the fastest growing tissues in a human body. Vitamin A also enables the scalp to produce the sebum oil to keep the hair roots and the scalp healthy for facilitating natural hair growth.
Spinach contains iron, and iron is an essential mineral of hair cells. Iron deficiency could lead to hair loss. Iron plays a major role in transporting nutrients and oxygen to the roots and follicles of hair, without which hair growth stops and the hair strands get weak.
Nuts and seeds
Almonds and walnuts have a high content of Omega-3 fatty acids. These provide nourishment to the hair and make it thick. But these fatty acids cannot be produced by the body and must be derived from other natural sources.
That’s why you need almonds and walnuts in your diet. Flaxseeds can give you the essential fats your hair needs. Flaxseeds also make an overall healthy snack.
Avocado is great for blood circulation since it contains vitamin E which promotes hair growth by enabling the hair follicles to work more efficiently. Vitamin E also helps balance the levels of oil and PH. The balance should not increase, because otherwise they could impede hair growth by clogging the hair follicles.
Along with vitamin E, avocado also contains monounsaturated fats which are important to maintain a healthy heart. And avocado can be made into a great smoothie as well.
Whole grains contain biotin, which helps in cell proliferation. Biotin also helps produce amino acids that are important for hair growth. Apart from biotin, whole grains also contain zinc, iron and B vitamins which are great for healthy body and hair.
How to Ensure You Get Organic Food
For plant or meat to be labeled “Organic”, regulations demand at least 95% of the ingredients originate from plants or animals that are produced organically. In the United States you must look out for the seal of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), while in the UK it is the Soil Association logo you must look for.
Remember, a product which says “Made with Organic” only indicates that 70% of its ingredients are organic. Some products are labeled “100% Organic”, which means that they are fully made with organic ingredients. Products containing organic ingredients below 70% cannot be certified with any of the aforementioned labels.
It is no secret that organic food is more expensive than conventionally produced plant or animal food. That’s because it takes much more labor and effort to bring out the produce without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or any kind of drugs. But you can get cheaper organic food in markets that sell directly from the farmers.
Also, seasonal organic produce such as herbs and salad leaves are usually more expensive than other organic produce such as milk, flour, bread and butter.
Surprisingly, some organic products are cheaper than non-organic ones. You just need to shop around to find them. Do some price comparison as there are organic brands that run special offers, which reduce the final price of their products.
But, don’t let those concerns discourage you though. It’s time to get started on the path to healthy hair by switching to an organic diet.
Author Bio: Will Hartfield runs Hair Loss Revolution where he teaches how to use dietary and lifestyle changes to cause natural hair regrowth. When he’s not researching or writing about hair loss, you’ll find him playing tennis or walking his dogs.