DOCTORLONGHAIRS RECOMMENDS… A well balanced diet is difficult these days for many people, so make sure many of these foods are included in your daily diet to ensure vital nutrients for optimal hair condition.
Almonds contain the protein, vitamins, and oils needed for healthy bodies and for longer, stronger hair – lots of fiber, too.
Choose Certified Organic. Why are cucumbers are better for hair than some vegetables? Because they’re a great source of strengthening silica and other nutrients: cool to the body, great for shiny hair, and healthy skin and nails. Add it to your juicing combo!
Eggs contain iron, and the good fatty acids for long hair’s nutrition. Good source of protein, if not over or under-cooked! Choose Certified Free Range and Flax-Fed Organic.
Choose Certified Organic. Green peppers contain a lot of silica, chlorophyll, nutrients for good circulation, and of course, lots of Vitamin C. Best eaten before meals to prevent the breezies!
Choose Certified Organic. Hard to choose whether it is better on the outside of your body, as a part of our #19 Honey-Bee-Long Deep Treatment, or on the inside, where it has good nutrients for healthy hair, skin, and scalp. Don’t eat it or drink it when your your nose is runny or stuffy!
A good source of nutrients, also causing a heat to cleanse the body.
Lots of Vitamin C, as well as lots of others, like chlorophyll, for oxygen in the blood – circulating and feeding hair roots.
Just don’t get stung! It has been known to contain all nutrients needed to sustain life – and even some unheard of! Eat and store as directed.
Open Sesame! Choose Certified Organic. Eaten with/in other oils and on foods, provides essential nutrients and moisture to hair and body. Black sesame oil is different, and acts as more of a digestive tonic – a cleansing effect – and also is rumored to help deal with gray hairs and dryness in skin.
Choose Certified Organic. A simply great source of Vitamin A, for sloughing, smoothing, and cell-replacing skin and body, as well as fiber for cleansing and much more! Did you know that it takes 2 non-organic carrots to equal the nutrition of 1 organic carrot?
Choose Certified Organic. When eaten, provides Vitamin A, essential fats, and more for shiny hair. Preferrably made from raw milk and/or organic whole milk.
Choose Certified Organic. Brussels, cabbage, onions, etc. (anything that smells the house up when you cook it) all contain good sulphur and lots of minerals, and are great for your skin and hair.
Other excellent foods to keep on hand (choose Certified Organic and made with whole/raw milk where it applies).
- Flax Seeds
- Linseed oil
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish oils
- Horsetail herb tea
- Raspberries, green – dried in teas
- Grassfed Liver (so-o-o sorry!)
- Olive oil
- Castor oil
The word antioxidant has become extremely popular nowadays, largely because of commercial advertising. Nearly every company making tea, yoghurts, etc, considers it necessary to label their products as “contains antioxidants” – although not many people know what it actually means.
Antioxidant is a collective name for elements capable of fighting free radicals. Free radicals in their turn represent special molecules capable of destroying other molecules and even body cells. They normally are supposed to fight viruses and bacteria, take part in the production of hormones, and are involved in various other vital processes. However, the quantity of free radicals in the body increases as years go by and the body becomes unable to control them; the radicals begin to wreck the body from within. Many dangerous diseases (including cancer, arthritis, heart and ulcer ailments, etc.) and even the process of aging develop due to the appearance of free radicals, medics say.
Antioxidants can protect people against those problems. Vitamins A, C, E and such elements as zinc, selenium, glutathione, and some others are categorized as antioxidants. They can be separately found in a great number of foodstuffs, although it is very hard to find them all in one place and in large quantities. Scientists use this guideline in their work to make the list of world’s most useful beverages:
1. Pomegranate Juice
In addition to the elements mentioned above, it contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and natrium. It is highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system. This juice is not recommended to those suffering from ulcers or acidity.
2. Red Wine
This beverage is known for its abilities to prevent the development of cancer diseases. Many dietitians recommend taking about 30 grams of red wine every day with food.
3. Grapefruit Juice
Contains many group B vitamins, which are very good for hair and nails, as well as absorbic acid, which fights microbes. In addition, grapefruit juice helps maintain good memory, fights breast cancer, and maintains skin resilience.
4. Blackberry Juice
Blackberry is known for its ability to enhance eyesight and fight diarrhea. This berry also fights diabetes, prevents the development of gum diseases, and preserves the youth of the entire body.
5. Cherry Juice
Contains Vitamin A (necessary for teeth and eyes), iron, and Vitamin C (fights infections). It also cuts the risk of developing many types of cancer.
6. Acai Juice
This fruit contains special herbal pigments that moisturize skin and prevent its aging. The fruit also has many fatty acids required for the normal work of the brain and the nervous system.
7. Cranberry Juice
Produces antipyretic action and helps during common cold. The juice also relieves the body of toxins, produces a strong diuretic action, and does not wash potassium out.
8. Orange Juice
Increases the body’s resistance to flu, removes fatigue, activates brain functions, and strengthens blood vessels.
The sort does not matter, although it should not be bottled tea available in grocery stores. This is an invigorating beverage that fights heart diseases and various infections.
10. Apple Juice
Can be used during atherosclerosis, liver, urinary bladder, and kidney diseases.
Important Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin A, Beta Carotene – Promotes growth and repair of body tissues. Essential for healthy hair and skin.
- Beet greens
Vitamin C – Promotes healthy cell development.
- Citrus fruits (organic is always best to eat) – oranges, lemons, grapefruit
- Brussel sprouts
Vitamin E – Helps protect cells from free radical injury and is key for normal growth and development.
- Vegetable oils
- Raw seeds and nuts
- FERMENTED soybeans
- Raw seeds
- Cruciferous veggies
- Onions, etc.
- Green peppers
- Olive oil
Iron – Healthy hair requires good blood circulation to deliver nutrients to the hair. Iron is necessary for red blood cell formation and function.
- Leafy green vegetables
- Whole grains
Oils – Essential fatty acids and polyunsaturates – Improves texture by preventing dryness and brittleness.
- Flax Seeds
- Linseed oil
- Castor oil (NOT too much!)
- Sesame oil
Proteins – Proteins are the basic material out of which hair is constructed. A ready supply of protein is needed to insure strong and healthy hair.
- Sunflower seeds
- Royal Bee Jelly
Silica – Silica, also in forms like Silicea, is important because everything is made of it – especially our hair, skin, nails…rocks, trees, etc. Silica is a ‘base carbon mineral’ – often from quartz crystals (and NOTHING like ‘silicones’). Next to oxygen, silicon is the most prevalent element on earth. Within the human body, this naturally occurring mineral is found in the form of silica. All connective tissue cells in the body including hair, nails, and skin contain silica. Silica plays an active role in giving tissues hold, firmness, and strength.
- Oatmeal (excellent source! eat LOTS of oatmeal!!)
- Sweet green, red, yellow, and orange peppers
- Silica colloidal gel or Naka Caplets (we can supply)
Biotin – Needed for normal hair production and growth.
- Most vegetables
- Liver and kidneys
- Cheddar cheese
- Canned salmon
- Fish oils
Vitamin B-2 – Aids in growth and reproduction, promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails, and helps burn carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
- Dairy products (grass-fed if possible)
- Butter (includes Vitamin A, essential fats, and more for shiny hair when eaten – GRASSFED IF POSSIBLE)
- Oatmeal (silica source! eat LOTS of oatmeal!!)
- Sunflower seeds
Water Consumption – Healthy Drinking Protocol
Follow these simple guidelines to ensure optimal hydration throughout the day. These guidelines are considered minimums, so increase the amount of water consumed if you are active.
- 30 Minutes Before Each Meal: 1 – 1.5 Glasses
- Between Meals: 2 Glasses
- 2 Hours After Dinner: 1 – 2 Glasses
- With a Large Meal: 1 Glass
Other Nutrients and Immune Factors
List of good foods and how they help the body
|Apples||Protects your heart||prevents constipation||Blocks diarrhea||Improves lung capacity||Cushions joints|
|Apricots||Combats cancer||Controls blood pressure||Saves your eyesight||Shields against Alzheimer’s||Slows aging process|
|Artichokes||Aids digestion||Lowers cholesterol||Protects your heart||Stabilizes blood sugar||Guards against liver disease|
|Avocados||Battles diabetes||Lowers cholesterol||Helps stops strokes||Controls blood pressure||Smoothes skin|
|Bananas||Protects your heart||Quiets a cough||Strengthens bones||Controls blood pressure||Blocks diarrhea|
|Beans||Prevents constipation||Helps hemorrhoids||Lowers cholesterol||Combats cancer||Stabilizes blood sugar|
|Beets||Controls blood pressure||Combats cancer||Strengthens bones||Protects your heart||Aids weight loss|
|Blueberries||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Stabilizes blood sugar||Boosts memory||Prevents constipation|
|Broccoli||Strengthens bones||Saves eyesight||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Controls blood pressure|
|Cabbage||Combats cancer||Prevents constipation||Promotes weight loss||Protects your heart||Helps hemorrhoids|
|Cantaloupe||Saves eyesight||Controls blood pressure||Lowers cholesterol||Combats cancer||Supports immune system|
|Carrots||Saves eyesight||Protects your heart||Prevents constipation||Combats cancer||Promotes weight loss|
|Cauliflower||Protects against Prostate Cancer||Combats Breast Cancer||Strengthens bones||Banishes bruises||Guards against heart disease|
|Cherries||Protects your heart||Combats Cancer||Ends insomnia||Slows aging process||Shields against Alzheimer’s|
|Chestnuts||Promotes weight loss||Protects your heart||Lowers cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Controls blood pressure|
|Chili peppers||Aids digestion||Soothes sore throat||Clears sinuses||Combats Cancer||Boosts immune system|
|Figs||Promotes weight loss||Helps stops strokes||Lowers cholesterol||Combats Cancer||Controls blood pressure|
|Fish||Protects your heart||Boosts memory||Protects your heart||Combats Cancer||Supports immune system|
|Flax||Aids digestion||Battles diabetes||Protects your heart||Improves mental health||Boosts immune system|
|Garlic||Lowers cholesterol||Controls blood pressure||Combats cancer||kills bacteria||Fights fungus|
|Grapefruit||Protects against heart attacks||Promotes Weight loss||Helps stops strokes||Combats Prostate Cancer||Lowers cholesterol|
|Grapes||saves eyesight||Conquers kidney stones||Combats cancer||Enhances blood flow||Protects your heart|
|Green tea||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Helps stops strokes||Promotes Weight loss||Kills bacteria|
|Honey||Heals wounds||Aids digestion||Guards against ulcers||Increases energy||Fights allergies|
|Lemons||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Controls blood pressure||Smoothes skin||Stops scurvy|
|Limes||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Controls blood pressure||Smoothes skin||Stops scurvy|
|Mangoes||Combats cancer||Boosts memory||Regulates thyroid||aids digestion||Shields against Alzheimer’s|
|Mushrooms||Controls blood pressure||Lowers cholesterol||Kills bacteria||Combats cancer||Strengthens bones|
|Oats||Lowers cholesterol||Combats cancer||Battles diabetes||prevents constipation||Smoothes skin|
|Olive oil||Protects your heart||Promotes Weight loss||Combats cancer||Battles diabetes||Smoothes skin|
|Onions||Reduce risk of heart attack||Combats cancer||Kills bacteria||Lowers cholesterol||Fights fungus|
|Oranges||Supports immune systems||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||Straightens respiration|
|Peaches||prevents constipation||Combats cancer||Helps stops strokes||aids digestion||Helps hemorrhoids|
|Peanuts||Protects against heart disease||Promotes Weight loss||Combats Prostate Cancer||Lowers cholesterol||Aggravates Diverticulitis|
|Pineapple||Strengthens bones||Relieves colds||Aids digestion||Dissolves warts||Blocks diarrhea|
|Prunes||Slows aging process||prevents constipation||boosts memory||Lowers cholesterol||Protects against heart disease|
|Rice||Protects your heart||Battles diabetes||Conquers kidney stones||Combats cancer||Helps stops strokes|
|Strawberries||Combats cancer||Protects your heart||boosts memory||Calms stress|
|Sweet potatoes||Saves your eyesight||Lifts mood||Combats cancer||Strengthens bones|
|Tomatoes||Protects prostate||Combats cancer||Lowers cholesterol||Protects your heart|
|Walnuts||Lowers cholesterol||Combats cancer||boosts memory||Lifts mood||Protects against heart disease|
|Water||Promotes Weight loss||Combats cancer||Conquers kidney stones||Smoothes skin|
|Watermelon||Protects prostate||Promotes Weight loss||Lowers cholesterol||Helps stops strokes||Controls blood pressure|
|Wheat germ||Combats Colon Cancer||prevents constipation||Lowers cholesterol||Helps stops strokes||improves digestion|
|Wheat bran||Combats Colon Cancer||prevents constipation|
DANGERS FOUND IN OUR FOOD!
Some conventionally-grown foods are treated with more pesticides than others, and some retain more of those pesticides. Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C., along with some great alternatives that contain the same valuable vitamins and minerals, in case you can’t find these foods organically. (You can still eat vitamin-rich foods while side-stepping harm.)
High-Pesticide Food: Strawberries
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, watermelon
High-Pesticide Food: Bell peppers
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, romaine, lettuce
High-Pesticide Food: Spinach
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy Alternatives: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus
High-Pesticide Food: Cherries
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Oranges, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, blackberries, grapefruit
High-Pesticide Food: Peaches
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit
High-Pesticide Food: Mexican cantaloupe
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C and potassium
Healthy Alternatives: U.S. cantaloupe grown from May to December, watermelon
High-Pesticide Food: Celery
Main Nutrient: Carotenoids
Healthy Alternatives: Carrots, broccoli, radishes, romaine lettuce
High-Pesticide Food: Apples
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Watermelon, nectarines, bananas, tangerines
High-Pesticide Food: Apricots
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A an C and potassium
Healthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, oranges, tangerines
High-Pesticide Food: Green beans
Main Nutrient: Potassium
Healthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, asparagus
Eating organically-grown food is a clear, intelligent, and delicious choice. Finding (and affording) only organic food could be a challenge, but certain foods are worth the extra effort, or worth simply avoiding when organic is not available.
Conventionally grown items on the “Clean 15” list are generally low in pesticides. “More than 90 percent of cabbage, asparagus, sweet peas, eggplant, and sweet potato samples had one or fewer pesticides detected,” the report says. “Of the ‘Clean Fifteen’ vegetables, no single sample had more than 5 different chemicals, and no single fruit sample from the ‘Clean Fifteen’ had more than 5 types of pesticides detected.”
The Clean 15:
- sweet corn
- sweet peas
- domestic cantaloupe
- sweet potatoes
The “dirty dozen” foods listed below are the most commonly and highly contaminated with pesticides and chemicals, even after washing and peeling.
(The research used to compile this list is from extensive independent tests run by the FDA and the USDA from more than 100,000 samples of food. The chemical pesticides detected in these studies are known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous system and brain damage, and developmental problems in children. In other words, panic if it isn’t organic.)
12 Contaminated Foods (aka The Dirty Dozen)
1. Beef, Pork and Poultry
The EPA reports that meat is contaminated with higher levels of pesticides than any plant food. Many chemical pesticides are fat-soluble and accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals. Animal feed that contains animal products compounds the accumulation, which is directly passed to the human consumer.
Antibiotics, drugs, and hormones are standard in animal husbandry, all of which accumulate and are passed on to consumers as well. Ocean fish carry a higher risk for heavy metals than pesticides, though many freshwater fish are exposed to high levels of pesticides from contaminated water.
2. Milk, Cheese, and Butter
For reasons similar to those for meat, the fat in dairy products poses a high risk for contamination by pesticides. Animals concentrate pesticides and chemicals in their milk and meat. Growth hormones and antibiotics are also serious concerns and are invariably found in commercial milk, cheese, and butter.
3. Strawberries, Raspberries, and Cherries
Strawberries are the crop that is most heavily dosed with pesticides in America. On average, 300 pounds of pesticides are applied to every acre of strawberries (compared to an average of 25 pounds per acre for other foods). Thirty-six different pesticides are commonly used on strawberries, and 90% of strawberries tested register pesticide contamination above safe levels.
Raspberries trump strawberries with the application of 39 chemicals: 58% of the raspberries tested registered positive for contamination.
Cherries are almost as dodgy, with 25 pesticides and 91% contamination.
4. Apples and Pears
With 36 different chemicals detected in FDA testing, half of which are neurotoxins (meaning they cause brain damage), apples are almost as contaminated as strawberries. Ninety-one percent of apples tested positive for pesticide residue. Peeling non-organic apples reduces, but does not eliminate, the danger of ingesting these chemicals.
Pears rank hazardously near apples with 35 pesticides and 94% contamination.
It’s standard practice for more than 30 pesticides to be sprayed on conventionally grown tomatoes. The thin skin does not stop chemicals from infiltrating the whole tomato, so peeling won’t help you here.
Potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, but they also rank among the most contaminated with pesticides and fungicides. Twenty-nine pesticides are commonly used, and 79% of potatoes tested exceed safe levels of multiple pesticides.
7. Spinach and Other Greens
The FDA found spinach to be the vegetable most frequently contaminated with the most potent pesticides used on food. Eighty-three percent of the conventionally grown spinach tested was found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of at least some of the 36 chemical pesticides commonly used to grow it.
Most coffee is grown in countries where there are little-to-no standards regulating the use of chemicals and pesticides on food. The United States produces and exports millions of tons of pesticides, some of which are so dangerous that they are illegal to use on American farmland. Foreign countries import these chemicals to cultivate food, which is sold back to the United States. Coffee is an unfortunate addition to this vicious cycle of malevolent agriculture – purchasing “Fair Trade” coffee provides insurance that the premium price paid for this treasured beverage supports farms and workers with more equanimity and reward.
9. Peaches and Nectarines
Forty-five different pesticides are regularly applied to succulent, delicious peaches and nectarines in conventional orchards. The thin skin does not protect the fruit from the dangers of these poisons. Ninety-seven percent of nectarines and 95% of peaches tested for pesticide residue show contamination from multiple chemicals.
Because grapes are a delicate fruit, they are sprayed multiple times during different stages of growth. The thin skin does not offer much protection from the 35 different pesticides used as a standard in conventional vineyards.
Imported grapes are even more heavily treated than grapes grown in the United States. Several of the most poisonous pesticides banned in the United States are still used on grapes grown abroad. Eighty-six percent of grapes test positive for pesticide contamination; samples from Chile showed the highest concentration of the most poisonous chemicals.
Conventionally grown celery is subjected to at least 29 different chemicals, which cannot be washed off because, of course, celery does not have any protective skin. Ninety-four percent of celery tested was found to have pesticide residues in violation of safe levels.
12. Red and Green Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are one of the most heavily sprayed foods, with standard use of 39 pesticides. Sixty-eight percent of bell peppers tested had high levels of chemical pesticide residues. The thin skin of peppers does not offer much protection from spraying and is often waxed with harmful substances.
Additional foods with high pesticide contamination:
- domestic blueberries
- green beans
- kale, collards, and leafy greens
The following chart ranks the highest (100 score) and lowest (1 score) pesticide loads of popular fruits and veggies.
FRUIT OR VEGGIE
|1 (worst)||Peach||100 (highest pesticide load)|
|3||Sweet Bell Pepper||83|
|10||Grapes – Imported||66|
|21||Grapes – Domestic||44|
|41||Sweet Peas – Frozen||10|
|45||Sweet Corn – Frozen||2|
|47 (best)||Onion||1 (lowest pesticide load)|
The “Fateful Five” are the dominant hosts of GMO. Unless otherwise specified, put your money on the fact that these foods are genetically modified. Certified organic food is considered safe from GMO contamination, and labels that read “GMO-free” are generally trustworthy.
The Fateful Five
Corn and Corn products
Non-organic: corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup, baking powder, corn oil, corn flour, corn meal, corn starch, soda, candy, candy bars, cookies, corn chips, tortillas.
Soy and Soy products
Non-organic: soy sauce, tofu, soy protein isolates, soy milk, soy oil, soy cheese, lecithin and soy lecithin (fillers in meat products and vegetarian meat products).
Canola and Cottonseed Oil
runners-up (growing concern):
- Non-organic potatoes and potato products
- Non-organic tomatoes
- Non-organic milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products
- Non-organic meat, poultry, and eggs
- Non-organic infant formulas, baby food
- Diet and protein shakes and powders
- Dough conditioners (genetically engineered enzymes) in breads and sweets