Have you ever been frustrated with your hair? Not just because it won’t do what you want it to, but because it looks unhealthy. Be it dandruff, dry brittle hair, or hair loss, everyone has experienced some type of hair health issue at some point. Well the good news is that there are some things you could be doing to help your hair stay healthy, beyond what type of shampoo/conditioner you use. Maybe even help keep your hair longer!
Hair loss is a normal part of life, the majority of men will experience some hair loss in their life, and many women too. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it, and it doesn’t even have to involve you spending on arm and a leg on some fancy new product that might not even work. And it largely comes down to diet. Yes, what you eat is the biggest contributor to your hair health.
So what should you be eating? Lets take a look:
1. Protein– Protein is one of the building blocks of life, is promotes cell growth and repair—and it boosts your hair strength, too! When you don’t get enough protein, hair growth “rests.” If no hair is growing, and older hair falls out naturally, that adds up to hair loss. To get protein from meat, pick lean protein options like chicken or turkey, which have less saturated fat than sources like beef. You can also get it from other sources, like Greek Yoghurt, but lean meats will be the best source.
2. Biotin– This B vitamin is essential for hair growth, if you don’t get enough your hair will become brittle and stop growing. Eggs are high in biotin. and also protein. Other sources of biotin include carrots, and almonds, and swiss chard.
3. Vitamin C– By working as an antioxidant, vitamin C fights oxidative stress. Studies have found that oxidative stress plays a major role in the ageing process. You’ve probably heard of “free radicals”, free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can directly damage cellular structural membranes, lipids, proteins and DNA. Production of free radicals increases as you age, and the amount of anti-oxidative enzymes that defend the body decrease, leading to the damage of cellular structures and the ageing of hair. that contributes to hair greying and hair loss. To fight free radical damage and protect the hair from aging, fill up on vitamin C foods like oranges, kale, kiwi, strawberries, and grapefruit.
4. Vitamin A– This vitamin is used by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum your scalp becomes dry and itchy. To get add more vitamin a to your diet, try to eat more orange/yellow coloured vegetables, which are high in beta-carotene, such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
5. Zinc and selenium Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. A lot of cereals are fortified with zinc now. Other good sources are wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with beef and eggs.
6. Iron– Iron is an important mineral for hair, especially for women, who are more prone to deficiency than men. Too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels get low, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the hair follicles, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish are high in iron. As are some vegetable such as lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
7. Cinnamon– This one is a little different than the others, because it’s not a vitamin or mineral. But cinnamon is great for circulation, making sure that the blood gets the oxeygen where it needs to be, and as we mentioned above, oxegenated blood is crucial to healthy hair. So sprinkle some cinnamon on your oatmeal, toast, or wherever you like!
I always also suggest women test their thyroid and other hormones. Thyroid is a key factor in hair loss. The thyroid’s release of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones into the bloodstream manage and regulate a wide range of body functions, including overall metabolism. An overactive thyroid gland stimulates the production of excess of hormones, which increases the metabolic rate, leading to an increase in heart rate, nervousness, and perspiration. The high metabolic surge forces hair follicles out from the cation and anlagen phases and into the dormant phase. Dihydrotestosterone also results from the high metabolism and causes the follicles to shrink.
We must remember that whole foods have medicinal properties because of the vitamins derived from them. Always chose nonGMO foods. The word “organic” does not really impress me because formaldehyde is “organic” but not organic to the body! People think because it says organic that it must be good for you. It’s a term that is so often used loosely. I see lots of ‘organic’ cyanide in natural food products that labeled “organic.” So, please, be careful.
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Dr. Jenny P. Wilkins, NMD, CRA
Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses. She authors books for healthcare practitioners and consumers and educates the healthcare community and individuals using her extensive research and findings about the endocannabinoid system.
She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio, Conference Advisory Board Medical Chair of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition (FMCCE) and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3-Biodynamics and M3-Innovations.