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Find Out Why Your Hair Needs Vitamins Too!

Added July 19, 2018, Under: How To, Natural remedies, Nutrition

 

In much the same way as we care or should care for our skin, so we need to think about our hair and whether we are giving our crowning glory the TLC it needs and even craves?

Adding these vitamins to your diet improves your hair but it can also help to prevent hair loss too.

How to thicken your hair in a natural way

Fish Oil

This oil rich in fatty acids will help to nourish the hair, support hair thickening and even reduce the inflammation that can lead to hair loss.

You can supplement by taking 1 to 2 capsules or 1 tablespoon of fish oil daily to reduce the inflammation that causes hair problems.  The foods you should include in your diet are mackerel , salmon, tuna, white fish, herring, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, natto and of course egg yolks.

One proviso is that if you are taking blood-thinning medications (including aspirin), check with your doctor forst before taking fish oil as it can increase bleeding.

Zinc

This can help with hair follicle recovery with studies suggesting that some alopecia areata patients have a zinc deficiency.

B-Complex Vitamin (Biotin & B5)

These vitamins are often used as a treatment for hair loss – with biotin helping to rebuild hair damaged by too much washing and shampooing, too much exposure to the sun, too many blow drying and ironing (the hair) sessions while vitamin B5 helps to support the adrenal glands, stimulating hair growth.

You can supplement with a daily tablet while enjoying free range organic eggs and chicken, grass-fed beef, avocado, legumes, nuts and potatoes in your diet to avoid a B-Complex vitamin deficiency and aid hair growth.

 Vitamin C

Ensuring high levels of vitamin C in your diet which works as an antioxidant to fight the oxidative stress that contributes to hair graying and hair loss.  Take 500 to 1000 mg of a vitamin C supplement twice a day as an antioxidant while including oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit and kiwi in your daily diet.

Iron

Safer than using an iron supplement, add iron rich foods to your diet every day instead.  An iron deficiency has been linked to several hair loss conditions.  Such iron rich foods include the well known “Popeye”  spinach as well as Swiss chard, collard greens, egg yolks, grass-fed beef steak, navy beans and black beans.

A word of warning is that excessive iron supplementation can lead to iron overload.

Vitamin D

Hair follicles are said to be highly sensitive to hormones.  Of course vitamin D is that feel good hormone that has so many health benefits including that of playing an important role in calcium homeostasis, immune regulation and cell growth differentiation. In the scientific world, it’s well-known that alopecia areata is commonly found in patients with vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D-resistant rickets or vitamin D receptor mutation.  In addition, research has suggested that insufficient levels of vitamin D have been implicated in a variety of autoimmune diseases, including alopecia areata.

Improve your general hair health by ensuring you are not vitamin D deficient.  Direct sun exposure is the best way to absorb vitamin D by exposing as much skin area as possible between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm in the summer until your skin starts to turn the palest of pink.  The darker your skin, the longer it takes to absorb vitamin D.  If this is not possible, or during the winter months, taking 5000 units of a good quality vitamin D3 supplement will ensure your levels will increase.

For an extra treat for your improved hair health, use our very own Simply Hair Oil, to give it an extra boost and help your hair to recover from any damage.  Apply a small amount to the palm of your hand. Then with your fingers, work the oil evenly throughout damp or dry hair.  When your hair is towel-dried, you can again use our Simply Hair Oil to intensify shine and for a smoother appearance.

 

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