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  • Apr 15

    We all know that how our hair looks can make or break how we feel about ourselves. But did you know that what we eat also affects the aging of our hair? How can we have younger looking hair?
    This article explains more.

    The Route to Younger-Looking Hair
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7:21am

    Since we regulate our diet for glowing skin and a good figure, why not also nourish the hair through our diet, as well?

    One of the best ways to nourish and prevent the appearance of aging hair is a high-protein, low-fat and low-carbohydrate diet, rich in essential fatty acids, leafy, deep green vegetables and biotin, a B vitamin. Stock your kitchen with non-citrus fruits, fresh leafy vegetables, yogurt with live cultures, tofu, legumes, whole grains, and oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines. Drizzle cold pressed olive, sesame or flaxseed oil over salads; flaxseed oil in particular encourages the growth of healthy hair. Snack on sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, and soy products such as soy nuts or soy milk. Because iron deficiency is often responsible for hair loss in women, consult your physician to assess iron levels. If you’re not getting adequate iron in your nutrition, you may want to consider taking a supplement.

    A diet with nutritional deficiencies can cause sudden hair loss or thinning. Instead, strive to maintain a regular exercise routine and eat well-balanced meals to maintain a full, healthy, vibrant head of hair. If exercising outside, wear a leave-in conditioner to diminish breakage and a hat to shield hair from the sun. UV rays can also damage hair, destroying precious moisture and reducing shine.

    Although gray or damaged hair is often regarded as one of the most noticeable signs of aging, there are alternatives. Make a few simple skincare changes to your daily routine now, and strip the years away to achieve younger, healthier hair!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic |

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