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5 Nutrients for Healthy Hair Growth

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By Fran of Heyfranhey.com

The products we use, how we apply them and our particular climates (and even stress levels) are all important factors in the results we get when styling our natural hair. We all have different hair types and needs, so figuring out the right combination of ingredients and techniques is key. However, one universal and fundamental contributor, that is often overlooked, is our nutrition. The overly processed foods we tend to gravitate towards are extremely low in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Being “natural” is a concept that should start from the inside out. A cleaner diet will help you grow stronger and healthier cells that will drastically improve how you look and feel.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to go on some sort of crash diet. Nor does it require you to fast or detox. Depriving yourself of much needed proteins, nutrients and minerals will only push you to binge or burn out and will not be very useful to your skin and hair health. You can simply begin by integrating healthier options into your current eating plan. I’m an advocate of gradual transitions into healthier lifestyles. It’s less daunting and less pressure. Once you see and feel the improvements, for yourself, you’ll be more naturally inclined to make more and more changes. Here are a few things to add to your grocery list next time you’re out shopping:

1. Omega‑3 Fatty Acids

Omega‑3 Fatty Acids are essential nutrients that our body needs but is unable to produce on its own. This is why it is important for us to include it in our daily food intake, so we can supplement our systems with the health it provides. What do these nutrients have to do with hair? They are needed to promote a healthy scalp. A deficiency can affect how much natural oil (sebum) your hair and scalp produce, resulting in dryness and often contributing to breakage and hair loss. You can get your daily dose of Omega‑3 Fatty Acids through flax seeds, walnuts, cabbage, beans, broccoli, squash, fish oil, olive oil and salmon; just to name a few.

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I'm a natural hair, nutrition and fitness blogger from New York City. Battling a kidney related illness that doctors couldn't seem to fix, I became obsessed with alternative medicine. After months of researching and finally curing myself, it became quite evident that healthy resources in our urban communities were lacking. I began my health & wellness tumblr in Dec of 2010 as somewhat of a journal, hoping to shed some light on my journey to health as well as our disconnection with healthy living. It's been my goal to create a safe haven where our wellness concerns could be shared and hopefully cured, as naturally as possible.

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Ironically just got this food link as I was checking out this sit: http://youtu.be/3MvAM97VDE8

aleisha
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aleisha

I’ve been considering incorporating fish oil in my daily vitamins. I think I will now

Cheryl
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Everything was good until I got to the 1/2 your body weight in water. I eat a healthy Paleo diet and this much water just seems like overkill. May I ask? What are your sources for this recommendation?

Meryl Neemann
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Aisa @ 4 Us Naturals
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I think the math is a little off. Half of 180 is 90 oz of water not 60. Whew. Its still a lot of water! I need to amp up on b vitamins (without carbs) to prolong gray hair as long as possible.

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Thank you Frannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn… Love this post. #AlwaysLearning

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T.L

Correction: There are not 20 different types of proteins, but 20 different amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. If we only had 20 types of proteins in our body we wouldn’t be as complex of a species as we are!

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Barbara

1/2 body weight??? Just a note, drinking too much water can lead to water poisoning which leads to death. Don’t forget the old adage, “too much of a good thing” is not necessarily good.

marie jones
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Hi Fran — Enjoyed your article and agree clean water and good (real) food are necessary for healthy, manageble hair. I have been using a shower water filter and am happy that my hair is much softer, shinier and retains the natural oils. Chlorine in tap water is really hard on your hair. It’s a strong disinfectant! I bought my shower filter at http://www.Best-ShowerFilter.com . It was not expensive AND I installed it myself. Easy to do.
Thanks for your info, too,
Marie

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LiberianGirl

Great read!

J Johnson
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J Johnson

Great info.….thanks so much.

Moshe Yannone
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Moshe Yannone

Great article, I loosing some hair so I will definitely try it. Thanks

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Wow, it’s weird how trolls fixate on one things. According to the Mayo clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283), you should drink AT LEAST 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. 8 x 8 is 64. 64 oz is a half a gallon. But that is the MINIMUM that someone should drink per day. Drinking a gallon of water throughout the day is extremely good for you. Also Fran never suggested that someone chug a large amount of water in one sitting, which is what can lead to toxicity (but you probably have to drink 5 gallons at once to experience this). Fran, I… Read more »

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I was thinking the same think. I have heard the minimum of 8 glasses of water per day before, so i didn’t even bat an eye lid. Of course if you are in hotter places, you will need more for sure. But, for me, at work, i drink easily 12 glasses, 8 of those being water, the rest is herbal / english tea.

I didn’t read the water thing as in ones seating, so i am trying to figure out why some comments are up in arms with corrections and objections.

Thank you for this fran, will save for another day

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It’s hard at first until you get the hang of it, but eating raw vegan at the right balance provides the best of everything for your entire body, specifically hair — micro-nutrients. Even though there are those who will say otherwise, we *really* don’t need to consume meat or animal products at all. The very animals we’re eating don’t [by nature] eat themselves right… so? just sayin… I guess we’ve been taught the opposite so long, anything else sounds bizarre & foreign. I’d be all in, but I keep choosing shortcut, easy to eat stuff — need to focus

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