Food and Nutrients
Eating healthy and doing regular exercise is very important to maintain a healthy body and mind. Today, many people don’t receive enough of the right nutrients and minerals that the body needs. Too often people eat the wrong food which is mostly convenient, heavily processes and lacking nutrients. We all know eating fresh fruit and vegetables is good for us. However, what most of us don’t know is when fruit and veg are cooked they lose a lot of their nutritional content, especially when they are over cooked! I eat at a lot of raw vegetables and fruit as well as a meal which is cooked. This makes sure that I’m getting my daily intake of all the nutrients my body needs. It amazes me that labeling for food clearly shows the consumer how much salt, sugar and carbohydrates are within our food, but neglects to inform us of how much nutrients are present. People tend to be more concerned with how many calories a food has rather than what kind nutrients it contains.
How to cook vegetables?
Obviously, if you don’t overcook fruit and vegetables they will retain most of their nutritional value. If I cook vegetable they certainly have to be cooked al dente, which means to be firm and have crunch in the middle. The best way to cook vegetables is to steam them; this process makes sure the vegetables retain most of the nutritional content. Boiling vegetables releases a lot of the nutrients from the vegetable within the boiling water. Steaming vegetables is a more delicate way of cooking and retains the nutrients within vegetable.
Be inspired by nutrients.
Personally, in the past I didn’t eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, this was until I saw a documentary called ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’. The documentary follows a man called Joe Cross who was seriously over weight, taking pills for blood pressure, skin problems and insulin for his diabetes. He embarked on a journey across America armed with a juicer and did a detox for 90 days consuming nothing but fruit and vegetable juice. By the end of the 90 days he was off all his medication, including insulin and he returned to a normal body weight. After watching this documentary I was very skeptical, ‘what is this guy selling’? I thought all this was too good to be true, so I decided to buy a juicer and do the detox for 7 days! The first two days of the detox I didn’t feel too good, but this is normal while your body adjusts to not having solids. After the 7 days of consuming nothing but juice I felt the best I have ever felt in my life. This led me to eating more fresh vegetable and fruit. If I go a couple of days without fruit and vegetable, I feel awful. This is how I must have felt prior to my daily intake of the good stuff; it’s just that I didn’t know anything else!
What does my diet have to do with my hair?
In the salon we see clients with all different hair types and hair conditions. Believe it or not, eating the right amount of protein and consuming the right amount of nutrients can have massive benefits to your hairs health. For example, not eating enough protein can lead to hair loss. If one of our clients has trouble with brittle hair we will first ask about their diet. However, some of us are born with certain hair types such as thin hair and may need an extra boost from shampoos, conditioners and other products we use.
Which food for my hair?
Here’s some great foods you can consume to improve the condition of your hair. Once you know which vitamins benefit the condition of your hair, you can easily find different foods with the same nutrients. So effectively there’s a world of nutrients out there in all kinds of unprocessed foods.
- Spinach = Brittle Hair Greens are a firm favourite of mine and spinach i eat every day. I really don’t see the point of cooking spinach; it has such a delicate flavour. I normally put it in salads and in my home made Thai fish cake wraps as a filler. Spinach is crammed full vitamin A, iron, folate, beta carotene, and vitamin C. All this nutrition helps keep the scalp in great condition and keeps the hair moisturised, which prevents breakage.
- Scallops = Full Bodied Hair I love scallops, especially when they are super fresh and put on the BBQ with nothing but a bit of seasoning! They not only taste great, but they are high in a mineral called Zinc. This mineral helps your body’s cells to produce hair and prevent or reduce hair loss. Oysters are also another food which is extremely high in Zinc.
- Eggs = Promote Growth I love duck eggs especially, but chicken eggs are also are a great way to indulge your body and hair in vitamin B which helps hair growth. Biotin is also present within Eggs, this helps strengthen hair 4. Salmon = Shine for Hair Omega 3 is a fatty acid which helps protect your body against disease as well as giving hair a growth boost and extra shine.