In a world that is becoming more fast-paced and more food-aware than ever before, lifestyle habits are developing that are causing many to put certain necessities on the back burner. These necessities are key to our bodies functioning properly, and when we let go of them, the effects usually appear in our hair (and skin) first. Here are a few of those lifestyle habits that can negatively impact your hair growth:
1. Consistently depriving yourself of sleep
Sleep is a time when our bodies undergo renewal (e.g., protein synthesis), repair and rejuvenation. Given how busy many of our lives are, it is easy to lose hours of sleep from time to time. However, if you are consistently depriving yourself of this necessity (sleep), then your health, your skin, your brain, and many parts of your body down to your hair growth can be impacted. So if you want to reach your potential, then you may want to reconsider the importance of sleep.
2. Low intake of iron, zinc, and key vitamins due to eating poorly
I’m sure many of us know one or more people who eat fast food galore but still have long hair. We also probably know a few individuals who eat horribly but are still slim. In both of these cases, genetics wins on the surface but these people are still not all that healthy. Moreover, not everyone can get away with eating poorly and not having visible repercussions. Some people will put on extra weight, and some will see increased shedding and hair loss. If you are not getting enough nutrients, you may want to change that as well by eating less of the junk and more of the good stuff. Speaking of “good” stuff …
3. Going the raw-food route the wrong way
The general concept behind the raw food diet is that meals are consumed in their most natural and thus, “healthiest” form. Cooking vegetables and legumes tend to kill the nutrients. Processing such foods tends to add chemicals, sugars, sodium, and preservatives. Compared to the average meal, a raw food alternative is higher in fiber, lower in fat, and lower in sugar.
At this point, the raw food diet is looking mighty enticing, right? However, one must beware of certain deficiencies (e.g., vitamin B12) that can occur when avoiding animal products in a raw food diet. Meanwhile, eating raw egg whites can actually be a catalyst for a biotin deficiency. Additionally, (according to the ADA), raw foodists should eat twice as much iron than non-vegetarians to avoid an iron deficiency. All these nutrients — vitamin B12, biotin and iron — are just a few that are essential for optimal hair growth. So if you are going the raw-food route, be sure to research it well enough to go about it the most nutritious way.
4. Not drinking enough water in the day
Water is essential for keeping our bodies functioning properly and for transporting nutrients, removing toxins, for blood circulation, etc. If one is not getting enough water, the impact can be seen in one’s skin, eyes, nails and even one’s hair. Our follicles require nutrients for hair growth, so water is essential. One does not have to drink 8 glasses of water in the day; your water intake can also be gotten from fruits as well as vegetables, and the amount of water you need depends on your weight and other factors.
Ladies, do you have any of these lifestyle habits? Which one are you trying to break?