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Great Hair After 40

Being blessed with great hair has tainted my memory of ever having bad hair days, or ever recalling loosing hair.  

For many of us great hair days can be a huge confidence boost. Let's face it, when the hair is in tact it saves us time and makes us look sassy.

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Yes, we have all heard by now that we naturally loose hair as we age, yet this is something I am not ready to embrace.

As with all other chronic conditions that I have acquired over the years, I find that many of our problems can be fixed or at least helped greatly with a proper diet and supplements.

So why not eat your way to great hair?

We are what we eat, and hair reacts to our nutrition the same way as our skin or the rest of our body. Many of us are just not getting enough of what we need to keep our hair looking it's best.

A trip to a hip hair dresser can set us back a couple hundred dollars.  However, even with all the latest gismos available such as hair treatments, our locks will not shine for more than a day if we are missing the essential vitamins they need.

After loosing a great deal of my hair I found out that generic hair loss is much worse for women who are deficient in iron and those who have low levels of the B vitamins.

What's worse is that nine out of ten women between the ages of 16 to 50 are iron deficient.

Surprisingly these figures are much worse nowadays than for our mothers. The reason? So many of us are on some kind of a health kick, and tend not to eat meat or other iron-rich foods like fresh green leafy vegetables.  

We can hardly complain about dull, thinning hair if we‘re just not giving it the food it needs to be healthy, glossy and thick. So - here’s a quick checklist to add to your shopping cart next time you hit the supermarket.

Eat lots of:

  • Fresh vegetables - high colored and green leafy
  • Non-citrus fruits- natural yogurt
  • Cold pressed oils- such as olive oil, flax seed or   sesame
  • Soy protein- in the form of tofu, soy milk or soy yogurts
  • Legumes- peas, beans and lentils
  • Whole grains- especially brown rice, oats and buckwheat
  • Seeds-sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and linseeds
  • Almonds, figs and dates
  • Fresh oily fish- like salmon, tuna, herring, pilchards and sardines

Drink:

  • Lots of: pure still water to aid your digestive system and eliminate toxins - a sluggish digestion leads to limp, dull or oily hair

Cut down on:

  • Dairy (cow’s milk) products
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda drinks)
  • Sugar and salt

If you can alter your diet to include more healthy hair foods -  you will be rewarded not only with great looking hair, but loads of energy and glowing skin.

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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 4, 2008
    • except for the coffee-I am so there.  Although, I keep to only 16 ounces of the said caffeine, the rest is decaf-do I get brownie points for that????



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • Good diet? I’m absolutely with you there! But if your hair is dry and dull looking, I have found that olive oil can work wonders. Yes, I use it in cooking and as a key ingredient in my salad dressings, but right now I am talking about using it as a beauty treatment for my hair. Here’s my recipe. Heat about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of olive oil in your microwave for about 30 seconds. Be careful. You want it to be warm but not too hot to scald your scalp. Pour the heated olive oil over your head, comb it through your hair and massage it into your scalp. Then cover your hair with a shower cap and let it do its magic (for at least a half hour). Then shampoo and condition as usual.
      Not only will your hair shine, but the texture will feel silky smooth.

      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • I will definitely try it, thanks for the tip.



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      Popartdiva wrote Apr 25, 2008
    • I was gifted with bad hair - thin, fine and lots of funky little cowlicks in all the wrong places BUT I have a fabulous hat collection!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 25, 2008
    • You go girl, it’s all about figuring out what works, tooooo bad it happens after the fabulousy40 syndrome...



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 26, 2008
    • Passover is just about over, and with it, my recipe for one of its traditional foods - Charoses - always has gotten shelved for the next 12 months. But based on the hair diet, above, I might just be making this recipe again way before next April.

      Here it is for those who are intereted:
      1 box black raisins
      3/4 box pitted prunes
      1 apple, peeled, sliced and seeded
      1 orange, skin scrubbed, pits removed, but in quarters
      1 cup or more of almonds or walnuts
      1 cup figs (opptional)
      I put all of the above ingredients through my meat grinder twice - first using the coarse blade and second time around using the fine blade. (If you don’t have a meat grinder, a food processor also works well.) It’s yummy, lasts for weeks in the refrig, and who knows? might even thicken your hair!

      Lois W. Stern
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      Jane Woods wrote Apr 29, 2008
    • Crikey, my hair is so fine and in the summer we are in the Outerbanks where the humidity will have me looking like Annie in no time! Maybe that’s why I like hats so much!
      What are your views girls on longer hair over 50? (Be sensitive, I’m 52....)
      Jane

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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 29, 2008
    • This is my biggest issue with women over 50, WHY, WHY do women think that as soon as we turn 50 we need to chop off our hair???

      I’m not saying you need to have hair bellow your waist, but hair to your shoulders or bellow are great.

      Go For It!!!!



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