Did you know the human body requires fat in order to be able to properly process and absorb vitamins and nutrients? Yes, it's true.
Whether you get your vitamins from supplements or eat carefully to get nutrients from your daily food supply, if you live on only fat free or very low fat meals, your hair will definitely start to suffer.
The lack of fat can also have a negative impact on skin and nails.
Eat Healthy Fat For Lush Hair
Hair utilizes fat stored in the body to thicken and develop luster or shine. Does this mean you should go out and do fat laden meals to get a blinding shine for your tresses?
No, the key according to nutritional experts is to eat a well balanced meal with some healthy fats.
Healthy fats which are also known as unsaturated fats include avocadoes, black and green olives and nut butters such as almond, cashew, peanut butter, sesame and sunflower seed.
Other great shine and hair healthy foods include macadamias, hazelnuts, pecan, almond, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, peanuts, pine nuts and walnuts. Seeds are also great for thick lush tresses, especially sesame, pumpkin, ground flaxseed and sunflower seeds.
Nutritional experts say the best foods of the unsaturated fat family are albacore tuna, salmon and extra virgin olive oil.
Fats which won't help grow lush healthy tresses include saturated and trans fats.
Saturated fats include those found in meat and other animal products. Trans fats are found in foods with labels such as "hydrogenated" or partially hydrogenated".
Lean Protein Helps Hair Grow
Nutritionists and trichologists preach the hair growing gospel of lean protein. Since human hair is almost 100% protein, it needs a constant supply every day to keep it growing.
When protein isn't provided in adequate supply, hair growth will stall and possibly falter. In fact, without the proper supply of protein, hair may start to thin and may even start to shed.
Some of the best lean protein sources for optimal hair growth and health include lean turkey, chicken, fish and eggs. Many beans serve as an excellent sources of hair food.
Eat Well Spaced Meals Throughout The Day
When the human body is not feed on a regular basis throughout the day it will draw from energy reserves. This often means that energy reserves earmarked for hair and skin will be lost for helping with hair growth.
Experts suggest that meals should be spaced every four hours throughout the day.
In addition to regular meals, consider adding one or two hair healthy snacks throughout the day.
The human body requires "healthy" fats in order to be able to properly process and absorb vitamins and nutrients necessary to fuel the growth of lush healthy hair and beautiful skin.
In essence, the human body needs a constant source of energy which well spaced meals and properly times snacks supply.
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- Revised Publication Date: 05/03/10