Have you heard the expression “You are what you eat”? Although a healthy diet does not always guarantee healthy skin, scalp and hair, it is mainly true that what you eat will affect your skin, scalp and hair. The body can produce 11 of the 20 amino acids that make up hair, but your daily diet must include the remaining 9 essential amino acids that the hair and scalp need. For your own benefit, as well as for the benefit of your clients, you should have a basic understanding of how to maintain healthy skin, scalp and hair by making the right nutritional choices. To keep the body healthy, people must ensure that what they eat helps regulate hydration (keeping a healthy level of water in the body), oil production and overall function of the cells. Skin disorders, fatigue, stress, depression, and some diseases can be caused by an unhealthful diet or improper hydration. This is why crash dieting and anorexia can cause hair loss, lack luster hair, and unhealthy scalp conditions. Proteins in meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products are good sources of these amino acids, as are food combinations such as peanut butter and bread, rice and beans, and beans and corn. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

List the classes of nutrients essential for good health.
List the food groups and dietary guidelines recommended by the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA).
List and describe the vitamins that can help the skin.
List and describe the vitamins that can help the hair.
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