When we think of gray hair, aging is the first thing that comes to mind.
However, the age at which one starts to go gray depends largely on their genetics and can start very early in life.
By the age of 50, half of the population finds that half of their hair is gray. What causes this loss of color is the declining production of pigment and melanin in the hair bulb. In fact, if you were to inspect a single strand of gray hair, you would see a gradual decline from the original color to completely white.
Gray hair usually begins to make itself noticeable around the temples and works its way to the top and then towards the back of the head.
Loss of color before the age of 35 is called premature graying.
Many people question the cause of premature graying in people under the age of 35. Basically eating foods that drain the hairs follicles of moisture and nutrients leads to premature graying of the hair.
Here is a list of foods that lead to premature graying:
Excessive intake of…..
A diet that leads to low melanin production in the body is due to a lack of a diet rich in the mineral copper.
In order to get the recommended amount of the mineral copper in your diet, eat more almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and seafood like oysters and crabs. These foods are rich in copper.
Don’t want premature gray hair? Avoid these foods:
Foods loaded with artificial flavors and preservatives strain your digestive system - which in turn leads to dry hair and dry scalp. These foods also decrease the antioxidants in your body. Antioxidant rich foods keep the skin young. If there are too little antioxidants in the body, this lessens the neutralizing of free radicals in the body.
Because gray hair is more brittle than colored hair, it requires more moisture. Try a hot oil treatment or use natural moisturizing ingredients on the hair like bananas, avocadoes or olive oil to add moisture to the hair.
Slow Down Premature Graying Process:
Drink plenty of water, fruit and veggie juices
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are excellent antioxidants which detoxify the body. This better protects the pigmented hairs that are left which in turn will delay any more hairs that remain from going gray.
Plain yogurt sprinkled with flax seeds are a great snack too!