Nutrition

What Women Want: Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails with Whey Protein

Okay ladies, while we don’t want to be vain, our appearance is something that we may find ourselves thinking about often. Cue “You’re so Vain” by Carly Simon here.

K but really. It is normal to find ourselves wanting clearer skin, thicker hair, stronger nails or whatever it may be. While we sometimes go to excessive lengths to achieve these desires, there is an easier and cheaper way to do this: and that my friends is whey protein.

Why I Jumped on the Whey Train, and You Should Too!

As an athlete I know the importance of incorporating protein into my diet to help me repair my muscles and to recover quicker after a workout. Protein will also help me to get stronger, and build a leaner, more toned body. BUT there are so many additional benefits associated with whey as well.

Whey protein helps to promote healthy hair, skin, nails and a healthy body! I mean you can even find people bathing in whey protein to reap the benefits of whey protein on their skin… but I mean don’t actually find them… cause that would be weird.

Did you know that your hair and nails are made of protein? Think back to grade school science… maybe you remember hearing it then. Because a large composition of our bodies are made of protein, if your diet doesn’t include enough protein in it you really aren’t doing yourself any favors! And in extreme cases this can lead to brittle nails and hair loss.

Benefits of Whey Protein

By making sure you get enough whey protein into your diet you can reap the ample benefits associated with it. We talked about the effects of whey protein, especially whey protein isolate, plays on your overall health and wellness here, but now we are going to talk more about the aesthetic benefits… cause let’s be honest, we want those too!

Benefits for Hair

Thicker Hair

Vo-vo-vo-voluminous. We all want our hair to have some body— I mean why do you think hair commercials show us images of women with thick, beautiful, shiny hair? Because it is enviable! I mean from time to time you too might just find yourself facing some hair envy right? Or is it just me?

That is why so many of us can be found teasing our hair and spraying it with bottle upon bottle of hairspray, or adding in some clip-ins to get that extra length and volume… but what if there was an easier way? HELLO WHEY PROTEIN!!! Regularly consuming whey protein will help you to get thick, healthy, and shiny hair.

Clean Scalp

Secrets out! You may not have to load up your scalp with dandruff shampoo to help you get a clean and clear scalp. Using whey protein powder in place of shampoo or after your shampoo will help keep your scalp clean and oil free, and it will improve the overall texture of your hair.

Stops Hair Loss

Without getting too scientific on you now, a deficiency in protein can lead to premature hair loss. Consuming whey protein, especially whey protein concentrate, can help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Say sayonara to bald patches and receding hair lines and say hey to thick, beautiful hair.

Note: There are other causes of hair loss other than a deficiency of protein, so this isn’t going to be a miracle cure-all treatment as there could be other deficiencies causing this hair loss.

Benefits for Skin

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Younger Skin

Look at all of the anti-aging products on the market, along with botox, and other natural remedies to help promote younger skin. Youthful skin is something that the vast majority of people want to achieve! I mean, aging simply can’t be avoided… but there are things we can do to help slow down this process (and cheaper things than botox treatments and “miracle” $500 dollar creams).

Remember when I said that you can find people soaking in a whey-protein bath? Yeah that’s real. Adding a few cups of whey protein into your bath and soaking in it can help to rejuvenate and restore the pH value of your skin.

Healthy Skin

Collagen is the main structural protein found in our bodies which provides elasticity to the skin. Consuming more protein will help to strengthen and rejuvenate your skin. Adding this extra protein into your diet will increase the amount of collagen in your body to keep your skin firm and healthy. The amino acids found in whey protein will also help to maintain the firmness and elasticity in your skin.

Benefits for Nails

Stronger Nails

Nothing is better than not having to worry about your nails breaking all the time! Nails can be super reflective of your nutrition and if you’re not getting enough protein your nails may get discolored and even appear bumpy.Whey protein can help with that! Getting more protein into your diet can help you get stronger, thicker nails.

Benefits For your Body

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Weight Loss

Whey protein is low in carbs and high in protein which helps to speed up metabolism. Consuming more protein will actually help rid you of that excess fat and will help to preserve your lean muscle. But steer clear of those products that are loaded with extra sugars and calories. Make sure you find good quality products that will help you achieve your desired results.

Osteoporosis

Whey protein contains lactoferrin which is believed to benefit your bone health. Whey protein helps in strengthening our bones and will help to slow down the degeneration of muscles to keep them stronger longer.

Aging

Glutathione is an antioxidant found in whey protein that works to delay the signs of aging. Whey protein will also help to slow down the degeneration of muscles to keep them stronger longer. When we age, our production of glutathione decreases so making sure to get whey protein into our diets will help to boost glutathione production.

With all of the additional benefits that are also associated with whey, it is no wonder why so many people are turning to whey protein to meet their dietary needs.  But remember do not consume more whey protein than your recommended serving size. There are so many benefits of whey protein, but like all other things, you must consult with a physician for medical approval. Consuming more than your recommended daily serving of protein in extreme cases can exacerbate existing disease. Make sure that you are following serving size recommendations and make sure to consume in moderation.

Now You Can Have Your ‘Whey’ and Eat it Too!

Protein is essential to building muscle mass, and will assist in building a more fit, toned body. Consuming whey protein after you work out is a great way to help you recover faster and to maximize the results of your exercise.

Whey protein will also promote a healthy body inside and out. Because who doesn’t want to have both inner and outer beauty? Healthy body, healthy mind, beautiful skin, and hair?! Yes please! Having a healthy body inside and out will help to motivate and push us to reach our fit goals… and when whey protein will help us to do both… it is no wonder why so many people are turning to whey protein to meet their dietary needs!

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.


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