November 12, 2010

Healthy Hair Habits Can Lead to A Healthy Lifestyle

Taking better care of my hair has sparked a renewed interest in my skin, nails and overall health.  I take 2 teaspoons of Cod Liver Oil (WholeFoods) per day with my meals.  It is one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources of four nutrients that are essential to human health: DHA, EPA, vitamin A, and vitamin D. These four nutrients are needed for:
  • Healthy skin
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Healthy joints
  • A healthy cardiovascular system
  • A healthy nervous system and prevention of depression and other mood disorders
  • A healthy digestive tract
  • Hair health – helps create smoother hair shaft
DHA is a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes.
It is vital to preventing depression. If you suffer from intermittent or chronic depression, you want to get DHA through your diet every day.

EPA is a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. Its anti-inflammatory properties make EPA especially helpful to people who suffer with arthritis. EPA is also closely linked with your emotional health, with many studies showing that it plays a strong role in preventing depression.

Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, and strong mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract. Many skin and digestive disorders cannot fully heal without adequate vitamin A intake.

Vitamin D is needed to reduce risk of virtually every type of cancer.  

Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth. It enhances the strength and efficiency of your immune system, and decreases your risk of developing autoimmune conditions. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels, playing an important role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Finally, vitamin D is one of several nutrients that are necessary for preventing high blood pressure.

Has your natural hair led to you to do things different in other areas of your life?

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