What does that mean to you? Well when it comes to our health...if its 'essential', then its a MUST-HAVE. With all the information on health, its difficult to tell the difference and sometimes we just get so bogged down with all the stuff we 'need' that the ESSENTIALS can become lost.
Well, to keep things simple - here are 2 things that are ESSENTIAL for our health:
OMEGA 3s and the 9 ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS.
Yes, our health in general is affected without sufficient amounts...but also our HAIR GROWTH! Yes, we may not even know it, but we could be deficient in these areas.
We lose about 100 hairs a day...and a new one is supposed to take its place. But there isn't a new hair because our follicles lack the nutrients to grow, then hair loss occurs and over the next few months, it starts to become noticeable.
Nutrition plays such a key role in hair growth. And here's why:
Our bodies do not produce Omega 3's or the 9 Essential Amino Acids on its own.
Yes, they MUST be consumed in our diet. They are essential for hair growth.
What do they do? Well hair consists mostly of protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They store and transport the nutrients into each cell, including the cells responsible for maintaining the health of our hair. They even heal and repair the tissues in our cells.
Omega 3s are crucial for hair health. Not only do they feed and nourish our follicles, the properties they contain reduce inflammation, increase circulation, prevents dryness and increases hair sheen and strength.
A lack of these (ESSENTIAL amino acids and Omega 3's) will threaten the function of your follicles.
There are multiple sources of amino acids (such as cheese, soy, turkey, almonds, beans, to name a few) and of Omega 3s (such as salmon and eggs)...but one food is outstanding in BOTH.
They are a complete protein, comprising 20%. They are the richest plant source of Omega 3s (at 5g per serving) and containing 18 amino acids, including all 9 of the essential ones. Not to mention that they are rich in copper, zinc and iron...also essential for hair health.
You can add chia seeds to milk (dairy or non), or on top of yogurt, or even use it as an egg-substitute (at 1 tbsp chia seeds to 3 tbsp of water).
Enjoy your chia...your hair will love it!