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Discover The Right Diet For Your Hair Problem

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Discover The Right Diet For Your Hair Problem

What we eat is what our body is made of – this is not a secret anymore. We are what we eat and our body lets us know this very often. Most people try to eat healthier in order to prevent cholesterol or high blood pressure, but there is one more advantage of healthy eating: shiny, healthy hair!

The benefit of having strong and long tresses is overshadowed by the benefit of being fit and generally healthy. This is understandable, but if you want to grow long hair, you need to first look at your diet and then adjust your hair care routine.

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But how can your diet influence your hair? Well, it’s pretty easy: it’s all from the by-products which remain after the food had been processed by your body. That residual product can influence your body’s pH, among others. This is how your diet can turn your body alkaline or acid. If your diet promotes acidity, your body is going to lack the required resources to grow healthy hair, as acidosis is a good environment for bacteria and microbes, which force your body to struggle in order to defeat them. Luckily, you can always stop this process and alkalize your body by eating more vegetables and conduct a detox with vegetable juice. This is one of the methods that will help your hair regrowth – here are more ways to eat your way to beautiful, healthy hair.

Citrus for strong hair

Vitamin C is known to boost immunity, but it can also boost your hair growth. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, pears, nectarines and spinach. It promotes collagen production. This is the substance that makes your skin elastic by supporting the tissues. It also plays an important role in hair care, promoting a stronger, healthier hair strand. This is why vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins in hair care industry. You will find a lot of products advertised as containing vitamin C. However, nothing beats the real vitamin intake from fresh fruits, so feast on citrus fruits and spinach!

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If you want long hair and bouncy tresses eat proteins

Sporting a short, curly hairstyle is cute and easy to maintain, but if you want to grow long hair, you need to boost your protein intake. In fact, you need to eat more biotin, also known as the vitamin B7, which is found in avocado, eggs and almonds. These are all great sources for proteins and healthy fat, so you will be multitasking with this beauty diet. The entire B vitamin family is important for your body, as they are involved in the process of producing red cells and support brain development. But vitamin B7 is the most important one for your hair. A deficiency in biotin is linked to hair loss and alopecia, so you need to make sure your body has enough biotin. The most effective way to do this is to eat it, by feasting on almonds and avocados.

If you want bouncy stresses eat more proteins, but this time from other types of foods. Hair is made of keratin, which is a protein, so if you want healthier hair, you need to boost your protein intake, but this time, aim for more proteins as a whole. Almonds and avocado may increase the biotin, but you also need fish, Greek Yogurt and lean meat to enhance your hair’s texture. Lack of protein leads to dull, brittle hair; you will also notice your nails going brittle, because they are made from the same substance as your hair. Skipping on proteins can also make your hair color look faded.

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Stop hair loss by eating anti-inflammatory foods

Hair serves a purpose of drawing attention on our health status, just like a peacock’s tail showcases his great genes to females. However, stress promotes hair loss, so you need to reduce the amount of it in order to stop losing your hair. Stress is also linked to inflammation, as high levels of cortisol in your body leads to inflammation. Foods like chocolate, cranberries, vanilla and chamomile tea are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, which reduce the stress and the anxiety, keeping your hair in place. Moreover, they will help you improve your mood and your overall health. Vanilla is effective as a scent to reduce the stress levels. So snack on chocolate and use vanilla essential oils.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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