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You May Not Know These 15 Foods Actually Can Keep Your Hair Healthy

You May Not Know These 15 Foods Actually Can Keep Your Hair Healthy

We all have that friend—the one with gorgeous hair that never seems to fall out of place. Hair envy is on the rise among friend groups everywhere—and for good reason! Few things set the tone for an awesome day or night like a good hair day. So what can you do to get that dream hair you covet every time you get together with your friends? Start with your diet!

Yes, ladies and gents, your diet affects hair growth more than you’d know. Why? Because proper nutrition is key to achieving optimal performance in every bodily function. More specifically, your hair requires certain nutrients to avoid breakage and grow strong and long. Fortunately, researchers have done the leg work to track down these nutrients and the common foods they can be found within. Check out the list below to align your nutritional habits with your goal of catching up with that friend’s level of hair awesomeness.

1. Spinach

This powered-packed plant offers up vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and omega fatty acids. Your hair LOVES these nutrients. That being said, you may not love raw spinach. If this is the case, no worries! You can use spinach in a variety of incredible dishes to make it a bit more appealing to your pallet. Check out Food Network’s guide to spinach dishes for recipes and advice.

2. Oats

Breakfast lovers rejoice! Oats are one of the best foods you can add to your diet to support hair growth. Why? They have almost every nutrient necessary to spark growth and maintain strength. Some of these include zinc, copper, B vitamins, and protein. The best news here is that oats are tasty, fast, and easy to prepare. Simply adding a little Stevia and cinnamon can make your morning with a sweet yet healthy treat. You can also add oats to smoothies and peanut butter spreads.

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3. Salmon

High levels of omega three fatty acids put salmon on the super food list when it comes to achieving a mane to be envied by all. This is because omegas support both scalp and hair shaft health to promote growth and decrease breakage. The hydrating capabilities of the omega fatty acids found in salmon also keep frizz to a minimum. Health.com lists 20 grilled and baked salmon recipes for first-time chefs and culinary enthusiasts alike.

4. Eggs

Nutrients found in eggs can boost hair health in two ways – consumption and application. Whether you choose to eat or apply eggs on your mission to achieving the perfect hair, you’re spot on. Protein is the biggest reason for including eggs in your hair health regime as this nutrient provides the strength your hair needs to continue growing without breaking. Egg and olive oil hair masks are great for those of you who prefer to go the application route. All Women’s Talk provides an awesome recipe with detailed instructions.

5. Green Peas

Beta-carotene, vitamin C, and protein make peas a great food for your haircare plan. Like spinach, peas may or may not be your favorite side dish. Check out recipes for tastier peas options on AllRecipes.com.

6. Beef

A common hair loss theory is that those who seem to struggle the most are deficient in iron and protein. Red meat is perfect for providing these and other hair-happy nutrients. It’s been noted that beef keeps blood supply flowing to the scalp, combating hair loss and promoting growth.

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7. Wheat Germ

As a great source of fiber, copper, and zinc, wheat germ arrives on our list of hair health super foods. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably wondering what wheat germ is and how you’re supposed to prepare it. That’s why I’ve found an awesome list of recipes and info to help you get started!

8. Carrots

High amounts of vitamin A make carrots a fabulous friend for your hair. This vitamin produces a healthy, oily chemical on the scalp called sebum that keeps your scalp hydrated and protects it from the elements. For maximum effect, carrots should be consumed at least once a week. You can eat them raw as a snack with celery and a dipping sauce, or cook them up as a side dish to accompany proteins and grains at dinner.

9. Sunflower Seeds

This is one of the best foods to add to your diet for hair health. Nutrients like magnesium, protein, zinc, vitamin E, selenium, iron, potassium, copper, biotin, B vitamins, and calcium are the reason why. The best news here is that sunflower seeds serve as a tasty and healthy snack for any occasion. Whether you’re at the office, on the go, or checking out a local sporting event, sunflower seeds are a quick and easy snack to bring along.

10. Nuts

A wide variety of nuts contain essential oils and vital nutrients that help keep your skin, hair, brain, and heart in good shape. Some of these include almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews. Like sunflower seeds, these are great snacks. You can also add them to dinner dishes, oatmeal, and salads to support overall health on a regular basis.

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11. Sweet Potatoes

The beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes aids in the healthy growth of cells. Antioxidants and vitamin A also contribute to the hair health benefits of including sweet potatoes in your diet. This is because they combat the occurrence of hair shaft brittleness and even provide the added bonus of encouraging glowing, youthful skin. Sweet potatoes can be prepared in countless ways. Check out this list for ideas!

12. Beans

Keratin is a type of protein that is responsible for giving your hair its structure. This particular protein can be found in beans and lentils and promotes steady growth by strengthening the overall structure of hair strands. Implementing beans as a side in dinner dishes or adding them to your favorite stews and soups are both great ways to make sure you’re keeping up on your keratin consumption.

13. Avocado

Avocado offers unique moisturizing benefits for hair strands and the scalp. Like eggs, you can both ingest and apply avocado for haircare benefits. Vitamin E, vitamin C, and B6 are ingested when you eat this super food. Application helps to keep your hair and scalp moist to promote growth. Avocados make a tasty addition to any dish. You can add them on top of protein dishes, or mix them into pastas for a delicious, creamy texture. Additional ideas include, sandwiches, salads, and more!

14. Aloe Vera Juice

By supporting scalp health, aloe vera juice helps you bring a little thickness back to thinning hair. This is because it helps keep the scalp ultra hydrated, which also minimizes dandruff.

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15. Kale

The hair health benefits of kale are similar to those of spinach. If you’re looking to switch up your leafy green intake, kale is you answer. Calcium and vitamin C and K levels contribute to the growth of stronger hair. High water content also keeps your hair hydrated which helps to prevent breakage. Not sure where and how you can implement kale in your diet? Check out ideas for tasty and healthy kale recipes on Health.com.

Information Sources:

6 Nutrients You Should Know for Healthy Hair

12 Super Foods for Preventing Hair Loss

Foods for Healthy Hair

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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