Many of us have heard the saying, “You are what you eat”, but many of us don’t take it seriously. I mean, when I was growing up, my parents said this to me all the time and I would say things like “Okay, I guess if I am a bag of chips, I won’t be going to school today.” It was arrogant and ignorant.
I did not take heed to the importance of the quote said by the French doctor Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. My parents quoted him quite often as they urged me to consider some of the unhealthy food choices I was making.
Poor Diet & Hair Growth
Some of my favorite fast food options were McDonalds, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and any Chinese restaurant that used “extra” msg.
I was also addicted to Coca-Cola and caffeine. Now I only drank coffee 3 days a week once I started university, and some Saturday mornings on my way to church. My favorite was french vanilla.
My favorite dessert was any bag of chips followed by a coke. I would drink pop more than juice. I would drink juice more than water. But I rarely ever drank water. The less flavor the food or drink had, the further away I stayed from it.
Any pastry or baked good, covered with sugar or icing was my second favorite dessert.
I loved candy and chocolate bars! The more sugar the better.
Poor Diet Stops Hair Growth
Growing up my hair didn’t grow at all. It usually stayed at “ear level”. My hair has never really grown past my neck and it was always thin, brittle and very dry. It’s so sad because the children at school made fun of me calling me “Kentucky Fried Chicken Hair” because my hair was so “crispy”. I thought they were being cruel, but looking back, I didn’t know how true they were!
I knew I wasn’t the healthiest person, but my terrible eating habits did not affect my life dramatically, so I didn’t change them.
Well, I am sure you know this saying, ” All Good Things Must Come To an End”. In 2013, I got really sick with Candida Overgrowth and I knew something in my life had to change. I decided to go on a detox and try to rid my body of all of the toxins that I have allowed to build up in my body over the years. I ate nothing but organic vegetables (no fruit except green apples) and organic meats, with the occasional brown rice or quinoa. I drank nothing but water, organic peppermint or green tea as well as water with lemon in it and I continued to flush the toxins out of my body. And guess what? After 40 days, I was CURED!! (Read More Here)
I Got Healthy & My Hair Got Healthy
The best part about feeling healthy was that my skin cleared up, my nails were stronger and my hair started growing more as well.
My hair felt more moisturized and it was stronger. When I brushed my hair, it didn’t fall out. When I was in the shower, my hair wasn’t all over the walls or the shower floor. When I ran my fingers through my hair, it stayed in my scalp for me to feel and to enjoy. My hair looked and felt great! I also noticed more growth then I did the previous time I tried to grow my hair. It grew faster!
At this point in my life, I had done a lot of research on my alopecia and my hair loss problem. I knew that diet was an important part of growing my hair, along with the proper hair products and a strong regimen. But I didn’t know how drastic my hair would change for the better, with a well balanced diet.
I was thrilled that my hair has growing, but the best part about this was that it was no longer falling out. My alopecia and hair loss problem was going away for good!