EYELASHES by Vickie Kline

eyelashesI am curious about many things… and that’s what prompts me to post about particular subjects. Eyelashes happen to be one of those overlooked (no pun intended) items that we don’t read much about. But lately I’ve noticed my eyelashes specifically reflect the overall health of my body. I’m not referring to my eyes, but my eyelashes. Okay, I know it sounds suspect, but keep reading…

When I am eating right, getting the required amount of sleep, and feeling good, my eyelashes are more full, straight, and look beautiful with the application of a bit of mascara. When I am a bit under the weather, whether that be from eating foods I shouldn’t, or suffering from some allergy-related symptoms, my eyelashes become short, stubby, and generally strange-looking. With the application of a bit of mascara, they clump together and seem to be more coarse and dry.

Wondering what it is about eyelashes that reflect other symptoms, I began doing some research.

On the average woman, eyelashes will measure 7mm on the bottom and 11mm on the upper. Eyelashes function as a barrier to keep dust, dirt, and debris from getting into your eyes; also protecting from sunlight and sweat. Lashes are extremely sensitive to motion or touch and will immediately send a message to the eyelid, making it close for protection. So they do have a physical function other than making our eyes more beautiful.

Eyelashes have a relatively short growth cycle, which is 30 to 45 days. Then they fall out and are replaced by new lashes. Eyelashes growth is predetermined by genetics, but certain nutrients are shown to support growth. Eyelashes that don’t appear as healthy as you’d like could mean a shortage of some vitamins, such as, B-3, C, and E.

Vitamin B-3 is also known as niacin and eliminates dry, brittle eyelashes by improving blood flow to hair follicles. Foods high in B-3 are salmon, tilapia, tuna, sunflower seeds, peanuts, mushrooms, and asparagus.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system and protects eyelashes from infection and diseases that inhibit hair growth. Vitamin C hydrates your lashes, which gives them the soft, full look. It also accelerates healing, decreases inflammation, aids in collagen production, and lowers the risk of breakage. Foods high in Vitamin C are cranberries, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pineapples, oranges, tomatoes, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant (just like Vitamin C), that also improves your immune system and protects hair follicles from damaging free-radicals, which prevent eyelashes from growing. Vitamin E helps transport blood and oxygen to hair follicles and reduces inflammation, encourages growth, and eliminates dry, brittle lashes. Foods high in Vitamin E include almonds, hazelnuts, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, blueberries, peanut butter, and avocados.

If you look in the mirror and don’t like the eyelashes you see, try increasing and improving your intake of Vitamins B-3, C, and E. Or, anything that strengthens your immune system and cuts down on allergy-related symptoms will help you achieve fuller, more beautiful lashes… the natural way.

Strive to be healthy!

Photo courtesy of Little Girl, Big Thoughts

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