Did you know that an afternoon snack can actually be good for your hair?
I am not talking about simple carbohydrates (think cakes and pastries) – which raise and drop your blood sugar levels quickly – but complex carbohydrates, such as whole meal bread, fruits and vegetables that release fuel more slowly and give sustained energy.
(Sounds boring, but in actuality these types of snacks can be delicious, as you will see below). While simple carbohydrates are fine in moderation, complex carbs provide more nutritional benefits and are an all-round better choice for your general health and wellbeing.
Here’s the simple science: Your hair cells are the 2nd fastest growing cells in your body (second only to intestinal cells) and so need a huge amount of energy for healthy proliferation. Energy to your hair follicles diminishes four hours after eating a meal so it’s important to give them a boost in between lunch and dinner to sustain maximum growth. Here are some of DHD’s suggestions to help keep your hair cells functioning at their best capacity – and your taste buds happy!
- An apple with peanut butter
- A piece of toasted whole meal pita bread with hummus
- Chopped vegetables with dip
- Fruit salad
- Home made granola bar
- Home made smoothie
- Dried apricots
- Fresh fruits and/or vegetables
Please note: I suggest you stay away from cheese when it comes to snacks as it takes over 3 hours to digest.