If you’re constantly stressed, don’t expect your hair to ignore it. When we are under stress, our hair follicles are deprived of the oxygen, minerals, and vitamins. Our body burns more energy and vitamins and nutrients are used by the parts of the body that are critical like the heart, lungs, and brain.
Hair health is a hot topic during winter season: hats, cold temperatures outside, dry heat inside.
Each season causes some damage to our hair: in winter it’s the hats, outside cold, and dry heat inside. During spring, there are usually not enough vitamins in our food, and our hair suffers as well. During the summer, there is sun damage. Fall is probably the best season for our hair, but if fall brings you some stress then the hair is affected the most.
What can we do to make our hair look nice and shiny, not just in the winter, but throughout the year?
3 very basic things:
- Feed your hair just right,
- Use natural, good quality hair products, plus a good brush and,
- Find ways to reduce your stress.
Let’s start with hair nutrition:
The main complaints about hair that I hear very often are:
1. Hair Loss
2. Thinning, dull hair
3. Itchy, flaky scalp
If you are generally healthy, these concerns can be addressed mostly by adding some hair-friendly foods into your daily diet. If you also add some supplements, the results will speak for themselves!
1. Hair loss
Eat: Iron is essential for healthy hair growth. One cup of white beans is about 8 mg of iron. Proteins are the building blocks for hair. About 115 grams of chicken has 35 grams of protein, which is about 75% of the daily recommended intake for women.
eggs are a great source of protein and are packed with a B vitamin called biotin, which helps hair grow. Vegetarians’ options are quinoa (8 grams of protein per cooked cup), chickpeas (15 grams of protein per cooked cup), or lentils (18 grams of protein per cooked cup).
Supplement: Vitamin C, Biotene, Multivitamins
2. Thinning, dull hair
Eat: Healthy fat deficiency causes your hair to lose its natural shine. About 100 g of wild alaskan salmon twice a week is a good start.
Add: Not a fish fan? Ground flaxseeds are also an excellent source of fatty acids.
Snack: Make a habit to grab some walnuts for your snack – the only type of nut that provides omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are also a good source of biotin, needed for scalp and hair health.
Supplement: Omega 3, Silica
3. Itchy, flaky scalp
Eat: 30 grams of pumpkin seeds (about a ½ cup) supplies 19% of your daily requirement of zinc, a mineral which helps to prevent scalp dryness.
Add: Snack on kelp that is high in iodine, the most important thyroid nutrient that is responsible for hair dryness.
Supplement: Omega 3, Zinc
Check: Don’t forget to check your humidifier; if the air is too dry, your scalp will be the first to feel it.
And finally my favourite Hair Spa Cocktail!
It has iron, folate, vitamin C, and beta carotene – a blast of nutrients to stimulate growth, promote hydration, increase circulation, and maintain color and shine of your hair.
3/4 cup (180 mL) unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk (I sometimes use kefir or yogurt)
1 cup baby greens or baby spinach
1 cup chopped kale
2 Tbsp (30 mL) hemp hearts
1/2 in (1.25 cm) piece fresh ginger
1 ripe pear, cored and quartered (or 1 banana and ½ cup strawberries)
Blend all together, enjoy delicious drink and watch your hair thanking you.
Healthy looking skin and hair? Proper digestion? Natural detoxifier?
The answer is WATER. Our body is more than two-thirds water, and we need to keep it hydrated.
There are many reasons to drink more water like toxin elimination, healthy blood and bones, lubricated joints, proper digestion, alertness, healthy skin and much more.
But what if you don’t like plain taste of water?
Do you find it difficult to fit those 6 or 8 glasses of water into your busy scheduler?
Watch the video below and get some ideas how to drink more water and how enhance the taste of water.
Skin, Nails, and Hair are the mirrors of our health.
We may generally be healthy, but still not happy how our hair or nails look.
There are a lot of reasons for that.
One of the main reasons is stress.
It is enough to be stressed for only one day and for the following week your hair will show that. It will look dull and lifeless, and nails may get brittle. You may want to consider some calming herbs like Passion Flower or Valerian to help you fight the stress. These supplements are in a liquid from. If you prefer capsules, you can take Genestra’s Herbal Calm
Another reason may be dehydration. Yes, as simple as is. Our skin and hair may look and feel dry simply because we don’t drink enough water.
If you have trouble fitting enough water into your busy day you can download my free guide on how to drink 7-8 glasses a day (on the right side bar).
Poor diet is another reason. Hair needs vitamins and minerals that should be coming from the diet. If we eat enough fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good protein – our hair and nails are happy and look good. You may want to consider a good multivitamin formula to supplement your diet. I personally like Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin and Every Man’s One Daily Multivitamin.
There are quite a few good products in the health stores to support healthy hair, nails and skin. The ones that I have tried and highly recommend are:
Do you have anything to add? Any good experience with any natural products? I will be happy to hear from you. Please leave your comments by clicking on the Comment field above.