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Foods that promote healthy hair and skin

Spice Up Your OJ!

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 Studies show that vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed to protect our bodies from cancer, stroke, and immune system deficiencies. Vitamin C… not only helps to build our immune system, it’s also essential for healthy hair and scalp. My new obsession is juicing. I’ve practically juiced any and everything that looks like it can be juiced. I tried this yummy juice combo last week and I’m excited to share it with you. I’ll explain how you can spice up your OJ while boosting your antioxidant intake. Enjoy:)

 

             1. Oranges: Vitamin C assists in repairing body tissues.Vitamin C  helps to protect hair follicle cells and aids in the prevention of wrinkles.

             2. Ginger: Aids in digestion.Rich in antioxidants.

             3. Sweet Potato:  Packed with vitamin C and vitamin A …rich in antioxidant nutrients that are essential for hair growth.

             4. Carrots: Packed with vitamin A and vitamin K. Vitamin A helps in slowing down the aging process and aids in fighting off viral infections. Vitamin K prevents bones from weakening and fracture.

For more information go to www.webmd.com

 

 Orange Spice

 2 large carrots

2 oranges (peeled)

1 sweet potato

1″ inch piece of ginger

(makes 1 glass of juice)

 

Get healthy hair from the inside out!

Thanks for reading…happy juicing:)

 

 

Healthy Hair Smoothie

I love smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat and receive your daily dose of raw fruits and vegetables. I drink smoothies daily to get the extra vitamins I need for healthy hair, skin and body. Most hair issues are the result of  stress, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies. I made this delicious strawberry/blueberry smoothie the other day and I want to break down how the nutrients in my smoothie help to promote healthy hair.

  • Strawberries: Strawberries are high in vitamin C and manganese which helps to eliminate free radicals. Vitamin C also helps to protect hair follicle cells.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries and strawberries are both high in antioxidants! Antioxidants can help prevent hair loss and aid in a healthy scalp. BONUS: A diet high in antioxidants helps to regulate blood sugar. Wild blueberries also help prevent cancer.
  • Almond Milk: Great source of Vitamin D and Omega 3 which is great for your hair. According to www.livestrong.com studies have shown a connection between vitamin D and hair growth. 
  • Organic Hemp Protein Powder: I love this stuff…it’s packed with protein and omega 3 which is essential for healthy hair! This protein powder is gluten-free and soy free too. You can buy it at Trader Joes.

 

* Add a little Organic Blue Agave for sweetness*

For more information on the nutrients found in strawberries and blueberries go to www.whfoods.com

 

Healthy Hair Breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day… well it can definitely be an important meal for your hair! My clients want to know how to achieve maximum hair growth- fast! I usually recommend hair supplements because it’s easier than requesting that they change their eating habits. The truth is… the nutrients found in certain foods actually encourage hair growth, healthy skin and scalp more than any hair supplement. Above is a picture of my usual breakfast and I want to break down why my spinach, mushroom, and avocado scramble with green ice tea is the ultimate hair breakfast!

  • Green Tea: Filled with powerful antioxidants and protein. Great for the hair and skin! Green tea is also known for its anti-aging properties. BONUS: Not only is green tea a beauty gem, it prevents the growth of cancer cells and aids in weight loss. 
  • Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein which is awesome for the hair. BONUS: Eggs can also be used directly on the hair as a reconstructive hair treatment.
  • Spinach: Good source of vitamins A & C  which is great in helping produce your body’s natural hair conditioner -sebum!
  • Avocado: Good source of fiber, vitamin K and B6 .Vitamin B6 is needed to help break down proteins. This is great because a good hair diet is full of protein.
  • Crimini Mushrooms: Studies show that crimini mushrooms are a good source of B-12 which is amazing for your hair and body. BONUS: Crimini mushrooms are also good for the immune system.
  • Chicken Sausage Links: Not a meat-eater?? Okay, you can skip the chicken links but poultry is a high quality protein and it provides iron… excellent for healthy hair.

For more information about the nutrients found in the foods I’ve listed above go to www.webmd.com

Save Your Pumpkin Seeds!

Pumpkin seeds

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Halloween is around the corner and many of you will be out shopping for that perfect pumpkin to carve and use for your Halloween decor or to make pumpkin pie. Don’t throw out your pumpkin seeds! Why??? Those pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients! Back in the day, pumpkins and their seeds were highly regarded among the Native American Indians because of their dietary and medicinal properties. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, iron, and B-complex…which all help to promote healthy hair and scalp. Pumpkin seeds have many health benefits that you can read about at www.whfood.com. They can be cleaned and roasted in the oven or bought year round from most stores. You can munch on them as a snack or add them to yogurt and baked goods. Pumpkins and their seeds are a win-win…so enjoy this naturally healthy  hair food!