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BEAUTY BASICS

Put your 'do' on a diet

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT

You are what you eat, and that goes for your hair too.  It’s not just what you put on your locks that counts, but also what you put into your body.  But don’t despair, better-looking hair can start with your next meal. It takes a few months for vitamin deficiencies to be noticeable, but it’s never too late to eat a wholesome diet.

Here is a
"Healthy Hair Menu":
Protein: Hair is nearly all protein…it’s the building blocks of healthy tresses.  Excellent sources are chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, eggs, legumes and nuts. Omega 3 Fatty Acids: They support scalp health.  Found in salmon, trout, herring and in plant sources including avocado, seeds and walnuts.Iron: Too little in your diet can cause baldness.  Good sources are red meat, chicken or fish.  Vegetarians can find iron in spinach, kale, broccoli and lentils.Vitamin C: Aids in the absorption of iron.  Found in oranges, strawberries, papaya, sweet potatoes and broccoli.Vitamin B: Without it, hair can become brittle.  Good sources include fresh dairy products, meats and dark leafy vegetables.Vitamin E: Provides a protective barrier against the elements.  Found in green leafy vegetables, broccoli and certain vegetable oils.Zinc: Low zinc can lead to hair loss and dry scalp.  Zinc can be found in eggs, beef, seafood, spinach and cashews. Hair typically grows at a rate of 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch a month, so you might not see results for six months or longer.  But don't get discouraged.  The benefits of healthy eating will reach from your head to your toes.  So eat right, in the pursuit of hair happiness!

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