YOUR AMAZING BODY
How much do you know about your amazing body? You are more remarkable than you ever imagined!
And some of these amazing answers will help you live longer and age more slowly.
A QUIZ IN 15 DAILY PARTS
YOUR AMAZING BODY NO. 4
How many hairs do we have on our body compared to a chimpanzee?
a. Almost the same amount
b. Half as many
c. One-tenth of the number
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A: We have the same amount of hairs on our body as a chimpanzee. But most are so fine that they are invisible.
Hair colour helps determine how dense the hair on your head is. The average human head has 100,000 hair follicles, each one able to produce 20 individual hairs during a person’s lifetime.
Blondes ‘head’ the table, averaging 146,000 follicles. People with black hair have about 110,000 follicles, brown haired people have an average 100,000 follicles, with redheads averaging 86,000 follicles.
Hair is termed a ‘non-essential’ tissue, i.e. your body will preferentially divert nutrients to other tissues if they are depleted, so hair is usually one of the first things to suffer when there is even a slight imbalance or deficiency in the body.
Healthier follicles produce healthier hair – and your diet is a big determinant of that health. Foods that particularly help are those that contain essential fatty acids, vitamin C to help create collagen, vitamin E, beta carotene, biotin and the minerals zinc and selenium. Examples include salmon, nuts, mangos, carrots, sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach, broccoli, lentils and blueberries.
A supplement that contains the same nutrients as well as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories would equally help – but it doesn’t have to be a specialised hair supplement.
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