Oct. 12, 2018; by Briana McDonald, Silver Bulletin e-News (UtopiaSilver.com) Thinning hair is something no one wants to deal with and it can send most of us into a panic. Having people in my circle of family and friends who are dealing with this issue I was curious; is there anything a person can do to stop or reduce hair loss? Better yet, can we naturally regrow hair? After doing a little research I found there are natural ways to combat hair loss, but since each person is different from the next you may need to try several methods to find one that works.
Getting to The Root
Before we can tackle this problem we have to get to the source of the issue. This means correcting common vitamin deficiencies and avoiding toxic insults that can destroy your hair. Now there are other factors at play; aging, hormonal fluctuations, medications, illness, stress, etc. I highly recommend getting a Hair and Mineral Analysis done which will show exactly what’s going on in your body and help address key nutritional deficiencies. It will also highlight any toxic amounts of metals that you may have not known you were dealing with.
Healthy Head of Hair = Healthy Brain
Imagine that your hair is an extension of all the thoughts that go on in that beautiful brain of yours. Have you experienced a serious illness or surgery recently? An injury? Are your stress levels too high? Menopausal? Mental health, in my opinion, plays a huge role in this process. If you have no way to cope with the stress that life can bring in a healthy way, you could see the side effect of that in the form of your hair falling out. Consider making some changes in your daily routine to unwind and de-stress like breathing exercises, meditation, affirmations, stretching, prayer, or picking up a hobby that brings you joy. If you say you don’t have time, make time. Make it as important as anything else in your world. Now, if none of these things apply to you, the next thing to consider is a nutritional deficiency.
Natural Ways to Combat Hair Loss
Consuming a diet full of nutrients is critical to supporting hair growth. Take a look at your diet and ask yourself: “How much of what I’m eating comes in a box or a package? How many servings of vegetables and fruits do I consume in a day? How much water do I drink?” There are many foods that help promote hair growth, let’s take a look.
1. Bone broth – one of my all time favorites. Bone broth is high in protein, collagen, and amino acids. It is really the perfect food to help regrow hair! You can make your own or buy some reputable organic brands at your local grocery store.
2. Caffeine – yes ladies and gents, although it’s not technically a food it has been shown to help with hair growth. Research shows that caffeine stimulates hair shafts and helps them grow faster by damping down the effects of DHT, a substance that slows hair growth. (2) But remember to have caffeine in small amounts; don’t go overboard as too much can cause dehydration, hormone imbalances, and even produce DHT. A little goes a long way here.
3. Pumpkin Seeds – pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which is crucial to healthy hair. Studies show that a zinc deficiency is linked with hypothyroidism and hair loss. (3)
4. Organic Foods – you want to buy organic since these foods are free of chemicals. Chemicals act as hormone disrupters which can really interfere with hair growth.
5. Essential Fatty Acids – oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil have been known to benefit skin and hair. Omega 3s promote thicker hair and reduce inflammation. A 2015 study showed that a supplement of omega 3’s decreased hair loss and increased hair thickness and density in a group of healthy women. (4)
6. Iron- women are prone to iron deficiency because of menstruation, be careful to supplement iron only if you are truly low in it because too much iron in the body is toxic and can trigger hair loss. Women with serum levels below 30 mg show higher risk for hair loss. (5)
Copper and Hair Growth
A copper imbalance has reached large proportions in the United States affecting 80 percent of all men, women and children, and hair loss is but one symptom. As human beings, we need copper in small amounts.
“Copper activates more than 30 enzymes and is important for collagen and melanin production, healthy connective tissue and maintenance of natural hair color. Copper dysregulation causes deterioration of protein structures in hair by inhibiting lysyl oxidase, a collagen-synthesizing enzyme. It is necessary for the cross-linking of elastic and collagen in connective tissue. This enzyme is required for healthy scalp, hair follicle function and hair structure. The synthesis of mature elasticity and collagen is controlled at least in part by the bioavailability of copper, which is thrown off by both too little or too much copper.”
You can see the main theme is a healthy mind and a healthy body to help combat hair loss which comes from proper nutrition.
Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.
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