7 ENEMIES OF HEALTHY HAIR
Is your hair is falling like crazy? Or not growing back? What not to do is as important as what to do. When I was trying to re-grow my lost hair, I was focusing on what oils/masks to put on my hair or what to eat to make it strong and healthy.
But over time, I realized that there are ‘certain things’ that need to be eliminated or cut down if I want my hair back. Avoiding these hair enemies really helped me. And I want to reveal them to you so you can benefit as well.
So, here are your hair’s offenders and why staying away from them will help your hair a great deal.
1. Excess Tea and Coffee
Tea makes the body acidic. And if tissues are too acidic, then minerals needed for healthy hair, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, are taken from the hair follicles to neutralize this acidity.
Limit your tea or coffee to 1-2 cups a day. Also, drink it after you have eaten something and not on an empty stomach.
Overall, moderation is the key with anything in life.
2. Processed Foods
Biscuits, cookies, cakes, chocolates, donuts, and pizzas are good as occasional treats.
But if you binge on them, your body is not going to like it. It will not shout at you, but silently revolt by giving you dull hair and skin, bad joints and slow performing brain.
3. Late nights
Sleep is really important for healthy hair and glowing skin. When we sleep, certain hormones are secreted all night – these do the repair and restoration work of all the cells of our body (including hair cells).
If you’re watching something on your phone/laptop, your brain sends the signal to your body that it is daytime. And in turn, your body starts secreting daytime hormones as opposed to repair hormones of night time.
Try and switch off all your gadgets at least half an hour (preferably an hour) before you sleep.
4. Yo-Yo diets
Sudden weight loss is stressful for the body. Fasting and depriving yourself of foods can cause deficiency of vitamins and nutrients in the body, and thus it cannot function effectively. You will have side effects like loose skin, hair loss, weakness, lack of concentration, irritability, just to name a few.
Keep an eye on portion size. Eat healthily, exercise regularly and eliminate junk from your diet. And you will get to the right weight automatically.
Try and eat fresh, local produce which is good for your local farmers as well as the environment. Avoiding carbs, eating too much meat or surviving just on raw food is not sustainable in long run. Build a diet regime that gives you energy and makes you feel fresh throughout the day.
All I can say is quit smoking; it’s bad for your whole body.
6. Sitting all day
Sitting all day in front of a computer or TV is doing no good to our hair and skin.
When we exercise we sweat, and toxins are flushed through pores of our skin, giving us a fresh and radiant skin. Likewise, when we sweat from our scalp, it helps in opening the clogged pores, and this gives the room for new growth to come up easily. Exercise also increases blood circulation throughout your body, including the scalp. This allows more nutrients to reach the follicles to promote healthy hair growth.
Sadly, exercise doesn’t come in a form of pill and no one to do it for you. So, just get up and get moving. As a general goal, aim for 30 minutes of physical activity 3 to 4 days a week.
Fear is a big enemy of hair. It is such a weak emotion that you better say bye to it.
When you are constantly worried that you will lose all your hair, your hair follicles hear that and they will get weaker and weaker. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. And that’s not what you want, right?
Let go of your fear and let go of the strong desire to grow your hair. That doesn’t mean you stop caring for your hair. You still do. But you let go of the obsession and be in state of love and care, and not fear.
I know it’s not easy. I have been through that phase. But you can give it a try, at least for a few days.
Lastly, I would say enjoy your life, don’t stress about your hair. When you stop stressing about them that is when they start to grow. Trust me on this.
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