Healthy Hair? Yes Please!
Hair can take many shapes and styles. It can be long or short, curly or straight, coarse or fine. One thing that every person has in common when it comes to hair is this simple truth: hair is unnecessary. Yep. It’s unnecessary for survival, so when the body is burdened by heavy toxins, poor food, inadequate nutrients due to bad food choices or broken digestion, or any other stressor it may release the hair shafts quicker without replacing them. This leaves you with thinning hair or sometimes brittle strands.
This topic could take up a whole book, but rather than get into the science of hair loss, let’s just go over ways to protect the hair you have and perhaps regrow some if possible.
First things first. You’ve got to get your nutrients in order to grow hair. Like I mentioned earlier, hair is a nice extra, but if the body is under a great deal of stress, hair is not something worth spending energy on. Nutritional deficiencies are a large part of hair loss. As people age, their digestive function declines and nutritional status diminishes. A large part of the cause is low stomach acid. For more info on this subject, please see my previous post on Why Your Digestion is Broken. Once nutritional deficiencies are fixed don’t expect your hair to regrow immediately. It is a process and takes time. There are other things we can look into to help your hair be healthy.
Another thing to think about when contemplating hair health is your fatty acid balance. When your fatty acids are unbalanced it causes stress on the body. Low fatty acid levels take precedence and force the body to choose vital body functions over superficial things like hair. Consume lots of healthy fats from foods like grass-fed and finished beef, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, organic nuts and seeds, cold-water fish and the fruit and oils from plants like coconut, avocado, and olives.
Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals are absolutely crucial for healthy hair. When these micronutrients are depleted the last thing the body wants to do is grow hair. It’s more important for survival to put those precious nutrients into maintaining cardiovascular health. Be sure to get your vitamins and minerals from your diet first, then if necessary, you can add in a quality multivitamin and mineral complex.
Toxins are huge stressors on the body and can contribute to poor hair health. When the body is busy dealing with a toxic mess (either an active one or continuing the cleanup) the stress on the body takes precedence and leaves hair health to be dealt with later. Detoxing doesn’t have to be difficult. It comes down to eating clean food, exercising to sweat, consuming enough clean water and fibrous foods to make the elimination systems work properly and adding in a simple but powerful practice like using saunas or taking detox baths.
Have you noticed a common theme? Stress. Hair is a superficial component that the body can do without if necessary. If the amount of stress is too much for a person, their hair health will suffer. Remember, it is all bio-individual. Some people will have a full head of hair well into their golden years while some will lose it much earlier. Some have thick, healthy hair and others have dry, thinning, brittle hair. There are some other reasons why the health of your hair can suffer, but those involve hormones. The focus here today is what you can do about your hair’s health with what you eat and how you live. Perhaps in the future, we will address hormone health.
You have the power to keep your hair healthy, but you must be diligent daily to take care of your diet, drink plenty of clean and pure water, attend to your digestion (make sure it’s working), use clean and safe shampoos and conditioners while detoxing regularly and managing stress.
It won’t happen overnight, but with focus and determination to reduce the stressors on your body you may very well be able to keep the hair you have healthy for years to come.