The timeless wisdom offered by the simple adage, “You are what you eat,” is as true today as the day it was first written.
What we take into our body—through our diet, our skin, and from the air we breathe—literally becomes us. So it’s vital that the nutrients we provide our body from the foods we choose—proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and healthy fats—are of the highest quality. These become the building blocks for every cell in our body, including our hair follicles. It’s no wonder why strong, shiny, thick hair has long been considered a hallmark of vibrant health.
The key to getting (and keeping!) luscious locks? Fresh, whole foods (supplemented as necessary with herbs and non-food based ingredients) that provide a full spectrum of hair-healthy nutrients. The hair follicle is one of the busiest structures in our body. Its many cells are constantly and rapidly dividing, requiring a continuous supply of nutrients to nourish and repair them, and create healthy new hair growth.
So what natural ingredients are most renowned for growing strong, healthy hair?
Silica plays an important role in strengthening connective tissue throughout the body, including hair, skin and nails. It improves resilience and elasticity of skin and helps strengthen nails and hair, earning it the nickname of “the beauty mineral.” Dietary sources of silica include nuts (especially almonds) and seeds, many fruits and vegetables including apples, oranges, cherries, carrots, cucumber, onions and cabbage, along with oats and unrefined grains. Herbal extracts of horsetail and bamboo are rich natural sources of silica.