Ayurveda relies upon more than just shampoo and conditioner to keep the hair healthy, full, and beautiful.
Unlike most hair care experts, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine take a holistic approach.
To start with, for example, they consider a healthy head of hair to be the result of a healthy diet. Although this is the most logical approach to thinking about our hair, most western hair care professionals rarely, if ever, would consider dietary solutions for hair problems.
Use Natural Foods, Spices, and Herbs for Healthy Hairs
According to Ayurveda, there are some foods that are better for your hair than others. To prevent premature graying, for example, you should stick to a healthy diet rich in nutrients. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend:
- Fresh coconut: You can usually find immature coconuts, which are much easier to open than “adult” coconuts, for only $2 – $4 at a health food store. The coconut water inside is also very refreshing, and great for sufferers of too much heat in the body.
- Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables are rich in nutrients that help your whole body, including your hair.
- Healthy fats: Healthy fats, such as those from nuts and seeds, are especially important for those suffering from a dry scalp.
- Turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, and cumin: Known for enhancing the digestion, cooking with these spices creates tasty dishes that will help purify body tissues.
What You Eat and How You Eat Impacts Your Hair Health
In addition to eating the right foods, you should also consider the way in which you’re eating these foods.
Eating on the go or gulping down food and drink interferes with the process of digestion and can lead not only to weight gain, but also to other problems in the body – even problems in the scalp and hair.
Besides eating in a calm, serene manner, check into how much sleep you’re getting and how often you’re cleansing the body. The right amount of sleep, at the right time, is important in all aspects of Ayurvedic medicine.
Most Ayurvedic practitioners will recommend getting to bed by or before 10 pm to ensure the best quality of sleep. Meanwhile, make sure you’re regularly flushing toxins out of the body with a balanced herbal supplement.