Try this resveratrol boosting smoothie for healthy hair

In a previous post, Nutrafol mentioned the importance of taking resveratrol supplements, but there are also other ways to increase your intake. And those are….

…eating well

Supplements are a great resveratrol source but it does not mean that you need to limit yourself to only that. Ingesting resveratrol through your diet is a great way to complement those supplements.

Although you can take it as a supplement, it is also possible to make some dietary changes in order to increase the amount of resveratrol ingested through food. And the best part? The foods that contain this little miracle substance happen to be pretty yummy too.

Foods where resveratrol can be found

  • Peanut butter – although it does not contain much of it, peanut butter does have a small amount of resveratrol.
  • Dark chocolate – natural, dark chocolate has a small amount of the substance as well. The higher the cacao percentage, the better it is.
  • Blueberries – natures own little antioxidants, and a significant one. Not only are these little blue berries a good source of antioxidants, they are also a good source of resveratrol.
  • Red grapes – now, it is not the meat itself that carries the substance, it is the skin of red grapes. The substance carries over into wine as well, so none of it is lost.
  • Nuts – Walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios are all nuts that are a good source of resveratrol.

So now that you know which nutrients are going to help you increase your resveratrol level, how about blending them all together? So without further ado, this is how you do it.

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Make a smoothie with all the nutrients containing resveratrol and your hair will thank you.

The Ultimate Resveratrol Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with all your favorite resveratrol foods. It is the quickest way to massively boost your levels of resveratrol in a healthy way. Although you might think it is easier to eat a dark chocolate and blueberry cookie, or drink a bottle of red wine to boost your levels, this could be harming your hair in other ways. Let’s stick with the smoothie to be on the safe side. So this is what you need for your smoothie:

  • One scoop of hemp protein
  • 1 large handful of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful of frozen or fresh red seedless grapes
  • 2 chunk of high cocoa content chocolate (70% or more)
  • 1 large handful of mixed nuts including cashew nuts
  • Almond milk (if available, if not use bottled water) to desired consistency
  • Bonus points if you have a splash of pumpkin seed oil

Drink the smoothie once a week for a month to top up your resveratrol levels and then have it whenever you feel like it. The pumpkin seed oil is added as an extra bonus because it has been shown to improve hair count.

Photo: Easy Healthy Smoothie via Flickr.

Beautiful Hair Through Scalp Treatment: What You Can Do At Home

Scalp Treatment

A healthy scalp can help encourage healthy, thick, shiny hair, so here are some things you can do as an at-home scalp treatment. Poor circulation, dandruff, infection – all of these factors affect how your scalp is doing.

Healthy From The Inside Out

The Nutrafol motto! Hair loss can be the result of many things. It could come from stress, hormonal imbalance, genes, aging, over styling, illness, poor nutritional habits or thyroid conditions. Most of the times hair loss is caused by a combination of several factors. That’s why it’s becoming outdated to only take vitamins as a scalp treatment. If hair loss is caused by more than a vitamin deficiency, wouldn’t it be reasonable that you also need more ingredients to address those causes?

Nutrafol’s Tips For Stimulating Scalp Treatment

Some natural supplements contain a mixture of several ingredients made to help you achieve a healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Here are some things you can do at home to additionally stimulate your hair follicles and scalp.

Massage

A massage anywhere on the body will improve circulation and drain the lymphatic system. On the head, it improves circulation so that the blood flow to the surface of the skin increases, and that means nourishment! It can also fight emotional exhaustion, aiding as a stress-reliever – with stress being one of the biggest causes of hair loss.

A great scalp treatment is to massage your head with oil. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which your scalp needs. You can also use almond, palm, avocado or jojoba oil, and for an extra boost, add a few drops of essential oil like peppermint or rosemary.

Drink Tea

There are three teas in particularly beneficial for activating your hair follicles and improving hair health. The first is green tea, since it’s full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, the rogue cells responsible for aging.

The second one is Rooibos tea, containing minerals like zinc, calcium, copper and potassium. This tea can help encourage stronger hair growth. The copper in this tea could also help prevent premature graying of hair.

The third is nettles tea, since the leaves block hormones responsible for thinning hair. To make nettles tea, pour boiling water over leaves and let steep. You can also find nettles tea in health food stores, and even apply it with olive oil directly to your scalp.

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Saw Palmetto is one ingredient for improved hair health.

Use Herbs

Some herbs like rosemary, horsetail, saw palmetto, aloe vera, peppermint, nettles, burdock, lavender, gingko biloba and ginseng, can help stimulate a healthy scalp. Use these in combination with an oil to massage the scalp – a great way to get an extra boost is by combining stimulating herbs.

Cleanse

As a scalp treatment, we always recommend using natural ingredients like lemon, tea tree oil, or even vinegar to cleanse the head. Many shampoos can be too harsh and contain sulfates and other chemicals. Remember that a dry scalp can block the hair follicle as much as a too-oily one.

Juice

Fire up your day while stimulating your scalp with a juice, especially if it is made of beetroot, a proven scalp stimulator. Beetroot is chock full of nutrients, such as protein, carotenoids, vitamins B & C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and can even be used with other veggies, like cucumber.

Eat Follicle-Stimulating Foods

Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for hair growth, and you’ll find which foods contain it on our list here.

Now you know what to put IN your body to help achieve a healthier scalp and hair follicles. Don’t forget the outside, though! Exercise, brush your hair daily – and never forget to breathe deeply. Our breath tends to become shallow when we are stressed. Taking a few moments of deep breathing can really help calm you down.