How does eating a green diet and joining the whole swathe of green bores (myself included) equal amazing hair? Is this just a made up benefit designed to appeal to our vanity? I got to the bottom of this issue so that my green efforts would not be in vain and I could concentrate on doing things that actually worked for the health of my hair.
Nobel Prize Science
The saying goes that no disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment, which is widely attributed to Dr Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner in the 1930's who clearly new his stuff. So it has taken nearly 100 years for this hypothesis to become a major movement to eat green. Why so?
A green diet aims to intensely immerse the body with alkaline ingredients to create a slightly alkaline pH balance which sounds great, but the truth is slightly more complicated and probably the reason why scientists are dismissing these efforts as bunkum and why the green craze didn't start when Dr Warburg first made his hypothesis.
Energy Saving Digestion
The real issue with trying to alkalise the system is the fact that the body has a variety of pH levels throughout which it monitors closely in order to keep relatively stable - you simply cannot change these. The more realistic view is that by eating a green diet we are majorly supporting the digestive tract whereby the small intestine, the pancreas, gall bladder, spleen and the liver especially, do not have to work so hard to assimilate food. 'Alkalinity' at this stage encourages a souped up absorption of nutrients and with this swifter process, there is less toxic fall out to deal with. Any substances that take longer to digest are slowing the metabolism down and with that, not only are less nutrients consumed, but harmful, pathogenic bacteria then feed off this slow transit material or 'waste'. This is important for our hair concerned purposes, as this 'bad' bacteria allows the growth of a derivative of testosterone, DHT, the very thing that stops the hair follicles in their tracks.
The energy the body needs for extra effort digestion is huge and a major benefit of a green diet is the amount of vitality it creates, not just from the now 'spare' digestive energy but from the concentrated dose of nutrients it gives the body AND THE HAIR. The truth of it is, your hair, especially if it's not doing so great, won't normally get this goodness. Seriously.
Vote For Greens
So a green or 'alkaline' diet gets my vote and I therefore encourage you to get on this particular wagon and try a little green veg juicing when you can. Juicing or blending with a Nutribullet are ideal as you can often get a good buzz directly from your own concoction but if this is too much effort, order up a wheatgrass shot to start your day, every day, or at least most days, best taken on an empty stomach. A few companies will do weekly deliveries and these guys have laid out 50 fabulous reasons why it is a good idea here: