Earlier this week I was having a conversation with a client, we were discussing how amazing she looks! Within the last six months this client made a few drastic shifts in her life. First off, she started going to the gym five days a week for about 30-45 minutes a day, next she tried a 30-day vegan challenge, and then she started taking vitamin supplements. After her 30-day vegan challenge she decided to continue her vegan diet. Since she made these few adjustments to her life she has lost a significant amount of weight, her skin looks amazing, her minor health problems have cleared up, and her hair is full and luxurious.
This is not a blog post where I am going to tell you, “GO VEGAN!”, but I want to dive into all these life choices a person can make and discuss how and why all those choices have improved her hair and skin.
Let me start with physical activity, one would probably not assume that working out can improve your hair and skin, but it can impact it. When we are exerting our body, we are increasing our heart rate and taking bigger, deeper breaths, bringing in more oxygen into our body and into our blood. This is beneficial because our hair and skin needs oxygen and healthy blood to stay beautiful. Why is that? Hair begins to grow from the root in the hair follicle, blood feeds your scalp at the root, this creates more cells, so your hair can grow. Having healthy blood full of oxygen feeds your scalp and creates beautiful hair.
Now let’s investigate diet, in my opinion diet is the key component to achieve healthy hair and skin. Now you don’t have to run off and become a vegan, although as a vegetarian myself I would promote alternatives to meat, but that’s another topic. Your body needs nutrition, I don’t think anyone would argue me. If you eat fast food all day, every day your hair and skin will reflect what you eat, and your skin and hair will look greasy just like the fried food being ingested. That sounds dramatic but it’s not, I have clients who in there 30’s experience severe acne, oily skin and hair, and are eating at McDonalds daily. If you eat a well-balanced diet your body will reflect that.
Going back to blood, since our hair and skin feed off our blood you need to insure you’re eating the foods that promote healthy blood. Eating fruits and vegetables daily will insure you are getting the iron, vitamins, potassium, etc. that your blood needs to be healthy. A lot of beauty products have ingredients derived from coconuts, cucumbers, almonds, oranges, apples, and so many other fruits and veggies. If you are ingesting these foods, it is going to help create beautiful hair and skin. Creating healthy hair starts before it even grows out of your scalp.
Our hair is also composed of over twenty unique types of protein, be sure you’re eating enough protein as well. If you are a vegan or vegetarian you make sure you’re getting enough protein daily, protein can be found in broccoli, beans, soy products, nuts, and grains like quinoa. If you eat meat be sure to get a variety of different proteins, some of the best protein for meat eaters would be fish because of the omega fatty acids, these fatty acids help improve skin and hair and are not found in other meats like beef or pork.
Sometimes we don’t eat all the nutrients we need for our body. That’s why I recommend taking a daily multi-vitamin. This will ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep producing healthy hair and skin. Do not buy the hard tablets, these do not break down in the body, a lot of people pass them before they digest, therefore I suggest buying the soft capsules or the gummies. There are so many brands of vitamins it can be overwhelming and hard to decide which one to get, so please consult with your medical professional first. They will be able to find a brand that best suits your body. There are other supplements that can help improve hair and skin like Biotin, prenatal pills, iron tablets, etc. however I would consult your doctor before buying every supplement that help with hair and skin, especially if you have any medical conditions.
These three easy, simple acts, physical activity, eating healthy, and taking vitamins will be more beneficial to your hair, scalp, and skin than the most expensive products on the market. Taking care of our body with exercise and proper diet will produce beautiful results throughout your entire body.
Take care of yourself and your body. Until next week.
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