Sisters, let us first ask you when you eat your daily meals, do you include a lot of protein? If you do not eat a lot, you still need an ample amount for your hair to grow, very healthy. In one of our previous articles, we discussed why it is very harmful for you to regularly eat greasy and fast foods. Many of you lack protein in your diet and we will give you reasons why you need it, if you ever want to grow long hair.
If you desire to prevent hair loss, you should increase your intake of protein. Some of you black women do not eat a lot of fish. You can get all the benefits just by taking fish and flaxseed oil supplements on a daily basis. However, it is also good to buy fresh fish like salmon and bake it. Also, you will be able to get a lot of protein by eating certain fruits and vegetables, besides whey protein.
Specifically fruits, according to fitday.com, avocado, figs and peaches are very high in protein. Avocado is a rich source of other nutrients besides protein. It provides zinc, folic acid and fiber. Peaches provide provides 2 grams of protein and dried figs can be several times higher than in mere fresh figs, according to fitday.com.
Specifically vegetables, according to fitday.com, soybeans, lentils, beans, peas and artichokes are very high in protein. Eating soybeans will give you 29 grams of protein per cup. Lentils will give you 18 grams of protein per cup. Black beans, kidney beans and garbanzos are also members from the legumes family, which will give you 13 grams of protein per cup. Specifically, blackeye peas will give you the highest protein level of 11 grams per cup and artichokes will give you about 6 grams of protein per cup.
There are protein in your hair cells is called keratin, which promotes healthy hair strands. Healthy hair largely requires a sufficient intake of protein, because it is mostly made up of it, so this is why you need to regularly eat it to continue growing long healthy hair. If you want to prevent hair breakage eat a lot of protein. According to wisegeek.com, the amount of protein each person needs daily varies on an individual basis by weight, height, and other factors. Persons with weak immune systems or illnesses, such as anemia, may require more. An average person requires between 1.4 to 2.5 ounces (40 and 70 grams) of protein daily.