Eat your way to healthy hair
Posted on 10 March 2015
At Vie Active we want to look and feel healthy on the inside and the outside. And while a plethora of hair products can help give you glowing, silky locks we have been reading ‘Eat Pretty’ by Jolene Hart former Beauty Editor and Nutritionist and believe she’s on to something.
She believes we should eat ourselves pretty.
‘Our body needs certain nutrients to build healthy hair and you can make it a point to include those in your diet with the goal of supporting gorgeous locks’ says Jolene. This is supported by academic research that nutrition is a key factor in hair health. When the body does not get the nutrients it needs it uses the nutrients it has to attend to our vital organs first. Our hair follicles aren’t a first priority, which is why we need to make sure our diet is healthy to get benefits for our hair.
Also, whilst it can take only a few days for the effects of a poor diet to show up on your skin it can weeks for the same results to be seen with your hair – and even longer for the follicle to repair itself.
So we did some research to find out how we could eat our way to gorgeous locks – sounds delicious, right?
The Key Ingredients to Healthy Hair
Protein and Biotin
To start, the foundation of hair is a protein – Keratin. So we need to make sure we get adequate amounts in our diet to make sure our locks are strong.
Along with Protein B Vitamins, in particular Biotin is very important for hair health. Biotin is responsible for the metabolism of marconutrients in the body. If we do not get enough biotin this process can slow down which leads to a undernourished hair follicle leading to brittle and dull hair.
If you eat a sufficient amount of protein you shouldn’t have a deficiency in biotin.
Note – Many shampoos or conditioners contain biotin however there is very little research indicating that biotin can be absorbed through the hair or scalp. So for now, it’s probably easier to eat your fill on Biotin.
Sources: eggs, rice protein, soy.
Silica is a key component in hair thickness and can help build healthier, thicker hair follicles.
Sources: Oats, Banana
By incorporating healthy fats into your diet your body can create natural oils, which hydrate the skin and scalp – ensuring you have a healthy scalp. They are also important in reducing inflammation and increasing immunity of your hair follicles.
If your scalp isn’t hydrated your hair follicles die and you can stop producing hair in that area (we do have stem cells responsible for regrowing the hair – but the older we get the more these die off and the more we need to rely on a healthy scalp).
Sources: Avocado, nuts, walnuts, flaxseed oil, hemp seeds
Vitamin A is a key component in root lubricating – ensuring that the roots of your hair are lubricated and acts as a natural conditioner.
Sources: dark leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, mangoes, cantaloupe, and peaches.
Manganese helps production of the hair pigment to help with naturally longer lasting and shiny colour.
Sources: Cinnamon, hemp seeds
Now two healthy recipes for healthy hair...
Luscious Locks Green Smoothie
A pinch of Cinnamon
1/2 cup of Coconut water (We love Zico)
1 cup of Spinach
1/2 a Banana
1 Scoop of Vegan Protein (We use Sun Warrior or Nuzest)
Blend all ingredients and enjoy luscious locks.
Silky Locks Peach Crumble
3 Peaches cored and sliced
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of Almond Meal
A pinch of cinnamon
1 Tbspn of coconut oil
1 Tbspn of raw honey
1/2 cup of crumbled walnuts
Slice peaches and line bottom of a pie dish, squeeze with lemon juice and let to sit while you make the crumble.
Combine oats, almond meal. cinnamon, coconut oil, honey and walnuts in a bowl until evenly combined.
Place mixture on top of the peaches and bake in the oven at 180C/375F for 45 minutes or until golden.