Juicing for Hair Growth & Health: Benefits & Limitations
Hair is in a funky predicament when it comes to your diet. It has to wait in line behind your vital organs to get whatever nutrients are left over from the foods you eat. Therefore, you may be eating vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) but that doesn’t mean that there’s an optimal amount left over for your hair to be as healthy as possible. Juicing fruits and vegetables can help you increase the micronutrients in your diet to improve your hair’s health.
Healthy hair is less likely to break and suffer from damage than unhealthy hair. Still, that doesn’t mean that juicing will necessarily make your hair grow faster. What it can do is make it less likely to break thus helping you to retain the hair you grow. Breakage rate (not growth rate) is usually the culprit when your hair doesn’t seem to be growing.
Below are some tips to help you get the best results when you start juicing for improved hair growth and health:
Tip #1- Juicing for Hair Growth & Health: Juice Often!
Common Mistake = Occasional Juicing
Juice at least once a day to ensure that you’re giving your hair the nutrients it needs to grow strong, long and healthy. Invest in a quality juicer that can be used daily and cleaned easily.
If you don’t want to whip out the juicer each day, make a large batch and store in the refrigerator to drink the next day.
Also, whenever possible juice with the skin on and use the leftover pulp in other dishes such as soups, stews and casseroles.
Tip #2- Juicing for Hair Growth & Health: Juice for Color (Variety)
Common Mistake = Juicing the same fruits/vegetables over and over.
Choose fruits and vegetables of all colors to ensure you get a variety of micronutrients. At each grocery store visit buy at least one fruit or vegetable that’s:
-Green & Leafy Greens: kale, baby spinach, wheat grass, green apples, pears, honeydew melons, kiwi
-White: bananas, ginger root, cabbage
-Purple or blue: purple carrots, blueberries, purple cabbage, purple lettuces
-Red: apples, cranberries, pomegranate, red peppers, beets, strawberries
-Orange: carrots, oranges, canteloupe
-Yellow: grapefruit, lemon, yellow peppers, pineapples
Foods of similar color tend to have similar nutritional profiles no matter if they’re fruits or vegetables. For example, orange foods tend to be high in beta carotene while leafy greens tend to be rich in iron and B-complex vitamins. Purple and blue foods are rich in plant compounds like anthocyanins while white foods like bananas contain potassium and vitamin A- used by the scalp to produce natural protective oils for the hair.
Tip #3- Juicing for Hair Growth & Health: Don’t Skip Meals
Common Mistakes = 1. Drinking juice on an empty stomach, 2. Replacing meals with juice or 3. Fasting and drinking only juice.
Use juicing as a supplement to a balanced, healthy diet-NOT as a substitute for one. Avoid fasting and be sure to eat at least 1200 calories per day (for women) or at least 1600 per day (for men). Juice fasting may be a popular weight loss method but it can be dangerous and may cause you to gain back more weight than you started with after you stop fasting. Also, it can lead to worsening hair and skin problems due to a lack of adequate protein, fat and carbohydrates that aren’t found in fruit and vegetable juice.
Tip #4- Juicing for Hair Growth & Health: Maximize Absorption
Common Mistakes = 1. Juicing in lieu of a daily multivitamin and 2. Drinking caffeine before/after juicing.
Just because you drank it doesn’t mean your body can actually make use of it. Help your body absorb the micronutrients in your fresh fruit and vegetable juice by eating a small meal or snack with the beverage. Many nutrients are complimentary in that when one is present it helps you absorb another. For instance, iron and vitamin C are better absorbed when eaten together. At the same time, caffeine blocks the uptake of iron so avoid caffeine within two hours of juicing. Lastly, remember to take a multivitamin in pill form each day to fill in the gaps of what wasn’t in your food or juice for the day.