Eat Your Way To "Younger Looking" Hair: 5 Foods That Make Your Hair Grey!

Eat Your Way To "Younger Looking" Hair: 5 Foods That Make Your Hair Grey!
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For many of us, getting older is a welcomed phase in our lives. We view smile and laugh lines as indicators of long-term happiness. A little pudge around the waist means good eating and bounty. We even welcome gray hairs as a sign of wisdom and embrace the idea of being matriarchs and patriarchs of our families. 

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those of us who will fight off the effects of aging at any cost. Most folks fall somewhere in the middle and lean towards more cosmetic ways to improve our appearance. Things like exercising a bit more, moisturizing, and hair dye. You see, factors like age, genetics, smoking, and vitamin deficiencies all play a part in when gray hairs start to spring up and how much gray hair you get. You realize that, like it or not, we will all see a gray hair or two if we live long enough.

What you probably didn't realize is that nutrition might be the a root of the problem! Some of the foods that you might be eating are speeding up the aging process and giving you silver streaks prematurely. The good news is that you can do something about it! If you are ready to stop the grays from rearing their ugly heads and, perhaps, even turn back the clock a few years, banish these five foods from your diet. Your body and your coif will thank you!

Refined Sugar And Sodium

Refined sugar decreases the functioning of vitamin E which is essential for healthy hair growth. It hinders protein absorption which forms skeletal structure of hair, nails, and teeth. Salt is responsible for maintaining fluid balance, so excess amounts of sodium actually promotes early graying. Combining the two is a recipe for disaster--both on top of your head (among other places) and on the scale beneath your feet. Check out Livestrong's list of foods with high refined sugar and sudium content.

Foods to avoid: white sugar (granulated and powdered), baked goods, jellies, jams, processed syrups, soda (pop), fruit punch, fruit drinks, breakfast cereals, and condiments like ketchup, salad dressing, mayonnaise, barbecue sauces, and pasta sauces; frozen meals, canned goods, applesauce, fruit cups, fruit leather, candy, chips, snack crackers, and canned soups

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a chemical additive that acts as a flavor enhancer. It is found in processed foods and is highly toxic. It has an adverse effect on normal metabolism which includes graying of the hair. Sadly, MSG is everywhere. Visit this for a pretty exhaustive list of MSG-containing products. Here are a few of the foods you will need to avoid:

Fast Food - KFC®, Taco Bell®, McDonald's®, Burger King®, Chick-Fil-A®

Brands - Doritos®, Campbell's® soups, Boar's Head® cold cuts, Kraft® products

Products - beet juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry milk and whey powder, parmesan cheese

Ingredients - monopotassium glutamate, gelatin, hydrolyzed vegetable/plant protein, yeast extract, soy protein isolate, "natural flavors," carageenan, malted barley

Animal-Sourced Protein

Excessive consumption of meat or fish can cause the onset of premature graying. Certain animal proteins are indigestible and are converted into uric acid, a metabolic waste product. High amounts of uric acid in the bloodstream means more gray hair production. You may also develop inflammatory conditions like gout.

Foods to avoid: organ and glandular meats like liver, kidney and sweetbreads; seafood like anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel and tuna

Artificial Colors And Sweeteners

Chemicals halt healthy tissue growth and interrupt normal metabolic function causing early graying. This deadly combination is found commonly in desserts, candy, ice cream, and breakfast cereal. Notice a trend here? When you cut processed and highly-refined foods, you will enjoy better health. Check out "Eat This, Not That"for a list of 17 foods that contain artificial dyes and sweeteners.

Foods to avoid: cereal, gelatin, fruit leather, candy, powdered drink mix, fruit punch, fruit drinks, ice cream and other frozen desserts, farm-raised salmon, yogurt, salad dressing, instant oatmeal, pickles, packaged popcorn, maple syrup, protein bars, jerky

Bleached White Flour

The process of refining wheat to make white flour strips away nearly all of its nutrients. Metallic iron is added to the flour in a attempt to enrich it, but it cannot be digested when consumed. Eating high quantities of products made with white flour can mean taking in lower amounts of good iron. The result is premature graying of the hair. Check out this article that compares white flour to whole wheat flour to learn more.

Foods to avoid: white bread, white pasta, pie crust, pizza dough, crackers, baking mixes, pretzels, breakfast cereals, baked goods, bagels, biscuits

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