Do you have any idea of the relation between your hair and your vitamin intake. You may be surprised to know that your hair can well reflect your vitamin intake, or in other word, your health conditions, for that it is a wide range of nutrients that keep your hair to be shiny, elastic and strong. Generally speaking, it is likely that the stripping off your hair luster means that you are in poor condition or eat a poor diet. Basically, the supplying of sufficient nutrients in diet enables you to solve your hair problems to some extents.
When it comes to hair structure, there are two sections, including hair follicle beneath the scalp and the shaft growing out from the scalp. Attached to the follicle is a sebaceous gland, which produces the oily or waxy substance sebum – a hair care solution which makes the hair shine and stops it from tangling. Just as I have mentioned in the post Get Rid of Split Ends, shaft, from the center to the exterior, can be divided into three layers: the outermost layer called “hair cuticle”, the thinnest; hair beneath a layer of epidermis called “cortex”, the thickest; center within one of the most layer, called “medulla.” No matter which part of the hair, it has a close relationship with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
In general, being lacking in biotin or Vitamin B6 is the cause of most hair problems. Because of its function of promoting the absorption and productivity of other nutrients, Vitamin B6 plays an important role in maintaining hair health. The importance of biotin lies in that it does a lot benefits to hair and skin. Biotin is also called as Vitamin H, an abbreviation of Haar und Haut which means “hair and skin” in German. There are also other vitamins or mineral deficiencies which cause damage to hair. Being faced with numerous deficiencies, how to make sure which one are you suffering from?
I am sure that you can find several posts concerning greasy hair in this blog and I have also mentioned that greasy hair arises because of the excessive sebum. When your hair tends to be oily easily, you are advised to keep a diet with less refined sugars and saturated fats, since that refined sugar and saturated fats will vivify the over-active sebaceous glands. To solve the problem of greasy hair, you can take advantage of oysters, roast beef or dark chocolate. All of them are rich in zinc which can keep sebaceous glands healthy. Besides, the intake of Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids does well in regulating the production of sebum.
In case of dry hair, the intake of Vitamin E will be an effective solution because Vitamin E can stimulate blood flow in scalp, allowing more essential nutrients to nourish the follicle and sebaceous. Vitamin E can be found in nuts and vegetable oils.
When the cuticle is lacking in nourishment, your hair will become brittle. On the condition of brittle hair, it is necessary to absorb sufficient biotin, iron, manganese and vitamin C to keep it moist and flexible. Red meets, eggs, tomatoes, carrots and fruit are the best sources of these vitamins and minerals. If your hair is still brittle, increasing your levels of selenium and copper will be another answer. Fresh and salt-water fish are rich in selenium and copper can be found in mushrooms.
If you suffer from dandruff problem, you can solve it by absorbing enough zinc, omega-3 fatty acids or B-complex vitamins, all found in red meat, dairy food, chicken and leafy green vegetables. Most of case, dandruff comes with oily hair, so the intake of Vitamin A will work too.
A lack of Vitamin D may lead to hair loss. Sunlight, avocados, eggs and salmon are all the richest source of Vitamin D. Absorbing Vitamin C also works well in prevent hair loss, since that it play an important role in the production of collagen which are regarded as the most essential protein for body repair.
Viewed from the content above, you can understand more or less how to tell nutrient deficiencies from the hair conditions. Following these basic rules, you are sure to notice healthy hair and better physical condition.