If you are like most people, you probably believe that gray hair is a natural and inescapable part of the aging process. If you suffer from prematurely graying hair, you probably blame ‘bad genetics’.
Of course, those factors do play a role. However, according to Joseph Maynard, author of Reversing the Gray, you can slow down and even reverse the graying process by using some simple, natural hacks.
So, if you thought that the only way to get rid of your gray hair was to dye it you may want to put down that bottle of hair dye for now. Not only do hair dyes have a high toxicity, but research indicates that it may increase the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the lymphatic system (1).
Fortunately, says Maynard, there are healthier ways to stop or reverse graying hair. As with many health issues… the first thing to do is take a look at your diet.
We’ve all know that a well-balanced diet isn’t just important to keep excess fat off. It is also critical for optimal health and performance. Our hair is no different. If you want strong, full, healthy and colorful hair, a mixture of protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and iron are essential.
Start with protein
Protein is your body’s building block… not just for muscle, but for your hair as well. Good hair nutrition begins with getting enough quality protein.
Hair follicles can have low energy levels just like we do. Therefore, it’s very important that you eat a high protein mean at the start of each day. You may want to consider the following food choices for breakfast and the other daily meals in order to give you hair the healthiest opportunity to grow and thrive.
Eggs and egg whites are another great protein option, especially for vegetarians or those who cannot eat red meat or bacon due to dietary restrictions.
Salmon is another great protein choice, and works great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll find it’s also full of B vitamins, including B12, and other vitamins and minerals.
Also, red meat – in moderation – is a good source of quality protein, states Maynard. If you don’t have high cholesterol, try eating red meat twice per week. It has the protein your hair needs, but also is full of B vitamins, iron and zinc, which are all important for healthy hair.
Are you a bacon lover? Then this will sound like music to your ears. Bacon is another great choice as it’s also full of B vitamins, zinc and protein. So… if you were looking for and excuse to eat more bacon for breakfast. However, since it’s also high calorie, bacon is probably not the best choice if you’re also trying to lose weight.
The right carbs
Besides protein you also need complex carbohydrates to help assemble those proteins for hair growth. Other important vitamins and minerals include B complex, which is associated with energy production and building good hair and skin issues, folic acid, B12, and zinc, says Maynard. He goes into much more detail on how your diet can reverse gray hair in his book.
Just be sure to keep in mind that you should also have complex carbohydrates, which feed you energy over a longer period of time than refined carbohydrates, with your protein source at meals.
Brown short-grain rice is an ideal form. It’s also a good source of B vitamins and some fiber. Whole grain choices complement your protein consumption by helping organize the proteins for the hair to utilize for optimal growth and health.
The above are great for maintaining healthy color of your hair. But what if your hair is turning gray prematurely? According to Maynard, this doesn’t just boil down to ‘bad genetics’ and you CAN reverse it… without resorting to dye. In his book he gives you a simple, step-by-step program that can give you fuller, healthier and more colorful hair in a matter of months. Click here to see what people are saying about it.