Eating Raw While In College (And After!)

Eating Raw While In College (And After!)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

8 Tips for Naturally Healthy Hair, skin, and overall wellbeing

1. Drink Water

You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink. The human body needs water to complete all of it’s functions, including growing healthy hair. If you do not drink enough water, then your urine becomes over-concentrated with waste, which is why it is a darker yellow urine color. You may also notice a stronger odor since the concentration is higher. Drink enough water so that your urine is clear. If you are drinking enough water, but you still have a dark yellow urine color, then it may be food based. Beets (a detox food) cause a dark yellow urine color. Asparagus also turns urine into a dark yellow and creates a strong odor. Some multi-vitamins are also known to cause dark yellow or neon yellow urine.

2. Make Time for Beauty Sleep

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and hair. 
Important hormone production is regulated during sleep; in children, human growth hormone (HGH) is released during deep sleep. Insufficient sleep can affect hormonal balance in adults as well. Tissue repair also occurs during sleep. Getting enough deep sleep will help your hair repair itself.

3. Breathe Deeply

Take deep breaths from your abdomen, similar to how babies naturally breathe. Breathing detoxifies and releases toxins. Your body is designed to release 70% of toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. Your hair needs oxygen!

4. Eat Clean

There is no hair goal which you can achieve without first cleaning up your diet. Changing your diet is one of the biggest challenges when faced with improving ones health. A diet full of processed foods and dairy have been known to cause dandruff, psoriasis, alopecia and dozens of other scalp diseases. In a nutshell, eating clean is the practice of eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. It also means staying away from the junk that typically makes up the Standard American Diet (S.A.D). Strong & healthy hair can only be a product of a healthy body.

5. Drink Your Greens

Drinking green juice fills your body with living enzymes, vitamins, oxygen, and phytonutrients. Because of this, green juice feeds your cells the necessary nutrients, allowing your cells to uncover the body’s innate healing power, thereby boosting your body’s ability to nourish your hair. Since your body doesn’t have to break down the vegetables in order to absorb the nutrition, it allows the body to focus on repair, healing, detoxification, and renewal. And as long as you use organic produce, the nutrition you introduce to your body via green juice has very few, if any, of the chemicals and toxins we usually put into our bodies.

6. Moisturize

Hair that is full of moisture has less breakage, can be easily styled and is softer. Coconut oil can be used as a hair moisturizer that reduces protein loss.
Coconut Oil helps in healthy growth of hair providing it with a shiny complexion. A regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry.
Vitamin-E: Almost every aptly educated person knows the importance of vitamin-E for skin and hair. It keeps scalp and skin healthy and hair rejuvenated.
Moisture Retaining Capacity: Coconut Oil has high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not broken down easily nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape thus keeping hair moistened and soft. This prevents breakage of hair.
Anti-Dandruff: The various fatty acids present in Coconut Oil serve as very good anti dandruff agents and are way better than any anti dandruff shampoo.
More about Coconut Oil: Benefits of Coconut Oil

7. Use Natural Shampoos and Conditioners

Organic shampoo and conditioner can help to revive your hair and scalp from years of harsh treatment caused by the use of traditional store-bought products. Of course, these traditional products are the easiest ones to buy, and they are cheaper, but when it comes to what is good for you and your health, do you really want to settle for the cheapest, most convenient thing?
When shopping for organic shampoo and conditioner products, you should be careful to read the labels of products before buying them. The following list contains ingredients that dry out your scalp, irritate oil glands, and/or corrode hair follicles:
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
  • Mureth Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
  • Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)

8. Do Whats Right for your Hair Type

Go with the Flow
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Find the hairstyle that works best for your look. Sometimes we may become frustrated or discouraged when we try to emulate a hairstyle that may have looked great on someone else, but just doesn’t work on us. Be honest with yourself when choosing your hairstyle. Be bold, be confident and be sexy… but most of all, be you!

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