The Impact of Fitness & Nutrition on Our Hair
Similar to how exercise and nutrition is vital to a healthy and properly functioning body, the same holds true for our beauty regime, more specifically our skin and hair. These, after all, are also parts of our body and every thing is connected through our cells and tissues. How we treat our body therefore has a significant impact on our skin and hair health.
Hair growth begins in the follicle, which is nourished through a complex network of blood vessels. The nutrients we eat therefore help to fortify the hair follicle and the entire scalp that surrounds it. Similarly, exercise, which assist with elimination of toxins and stress, and assist with blood circulation is also vital to optimal hair health. Proper circulation is important as this is how the nutrients transport through our body and to our hair. Without proper nutrients, the hair would not have the necessary building blocks to form properly. The two therefore, nutrition & exercise, are vital to our hair.
The vitamins and minerals that are stated to be most vital to healthy hair are as follows:
- Protein – did you know that the hair is comprised primarily of protein, therefore without it your hair and nails wouldn’t grow?
- Water – essential for moisturization and composes part of the hair
- Iron & Zinc – Iron helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, while zinc is needed for proper growth and maintenance of the body
- Omega-3s – found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep our scalp and hair hydrated.
- Vitamin C – helps in the abortion of iron
- Vitamin E – helps stimulates the circulation
- Biotin – an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.
In addition to our nutrition and exercise habits, we should also thrive to:
- get as much rest as possible, so that our bodies can repair; and
- keep our hormones balanced.
Thank you so much for reading. God Bless.
Sources: http://www.fitsugar.com; http://www.fitnessrxwomen.com; http://www.webmd.com; The Science of Black Hair – Audrey Davis-Sivasothy
- Healthy Kinks Botanicals Inc.