Do you suffer from excessive hair loss? Are you investing time and money into hair extensions and specialty hair products to try to achieve that full and healthy look for your hair?
You may want to look at some common health conditions that affect hair loss.
Both high and low blood sugar levels can cause hair loss and hair breakage. Many practitioners recommend limiting carbohydrates in your diet to help stabilize blood sugar levels. Even healthy fruits and juices may have too much sugar if they are not balanced with high mineral vegetables. Consider using a ketogenic type diet plan to decrease carbohydrate intake and balance blood sugar levels.
Increasing antioxidants in your diet can also help prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Foods high in antioxidants include Goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate (no sugar added), pecans, and elderberries.
Most supplements that are sold for hair health contain B vitamins such as biotin, B5, and B12, Omega 3 fatty acids, and various antioxidants. If the cause of your hair loss is a nutritional deficiency, you should consider adding in foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, salmon, avocados and lots of green leafy vegetables.
Both thyroid and sex hormone imbalances can cause hair loss. Foods that can improve thyroid function include cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, seaweed, and Brazil nuts. Increasing healthy fats in your diet can help balance sex hormones. Add in chia seeds, coconut oil, and avocados to boost hormone function.
Saw palmetto may help decrease hair loss due to its ability to block testosterone conversion into an androgen hormone associated with hair loss.
Ask your practitioner to check your nutrient status, especially iron, ferritin, B vitamins, fat soluble vitamins, zinc and gluten/gliadin sensitivity.
Increased exercise can also help prevent hair loss and even stimulate hair growth! Physical activity, in general, will help balance blood sugar levels. In addition, there are specific yoga exercises that many women find helpful with hair health. Balayam Yoga is a simple technique of rubbing fingernails. This movement stimulates energy movement from your fingertips up to your scalp. Other yoga poses that help stimulate circulation to the scalp include: Uttanasana, Sasangasana is rabbit pose. Ustrasana (camel pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog), Vajrasana (Diamond pose), Matsyana (Fish pose), and Uttanpadasana (Raised feet pose).
Most women notice a marked increase in hair loss during times of stress. Take time to listen to your body and identify your health needs. Actively reduce stress in your day to day activities. Eliminate sources of electromagnetic frequency exposures. Take breaks from all electronics and enjoy a moment outside. Make sleep a priority. You need 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
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