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By Jo Lewin - Nutritional therapist
Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients.
Eat the correct balance of the following vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong...
Dippy eggs with Marmite soldiers
As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.
Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Zinc and selenium
Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.
The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.
Make your own hair mask for a deep, nourishing treatment every two weeks. Whisk an egg yolk and mix with half a mashed avocado and a spoonful of honey. Massage onto damp, clean hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Recipe suggestions...Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnut with minted courgettes
An overall balanced diet is necessary for a healthy scalp and healthy hair. Try out some of the following tasty recipes to support your locks.
Legumes like kidney beans and lentils are sources of protein, iron, biotin and zinc:
Jerk chicken curry with beans
Pepper lime salmon with black-eyed beans
Nuts are rich in zinc and selenium:
Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnuts with minted courgettes
Fig & walnut slice
Beef is a brilliant source of protein and iron:
Chilli beef shepherd's pie
Thai beef stir-fry
Don't forget orange vegetables and dark leafy greens!
Pumpkin & parsnip cassoulet
Stir-fried curly kale with chilli & garlic
Orange, carrot & mint soup
Sweet potato & chicken curry
Boost your omega-3 with these fishy favourites:
Warm mackerel & beetroot salad
Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad
Sardines with chickpeas, lemon & parsley
The hair cycle...
Each hair is attached to the scalp via a follicle. There are between 100,000 and 350,000 hair follicles on the human scalp. Each follicle grows its hair for an average of 1000 days (three years) and then rests for a period of around 100 days (three months) before being shed and a new hair begins to grow. This pattern of active growth followed by the resting period varies significantly from person to person and is influenced by age, diet and our state of health.
What is hair made of?
Hair is primarily made of a protein called keratin that also makes nails and forms the outer protective layer of skin. Each hair consists of three layers:
1. The cuticle - the outer layer, thin and colourless. It acts as the protective layer.
2. The cortex which contains melanin, which is responsible for hair colour.
3. The medulla, the innermost layer which reflects light.
Through thick and thin...Brush
The length of hair that you are able to grow is controlled by the duration of the growing phase, which varies between individuals. We all lose some hair naturally each day when we brush, comb or wash it and as long as new hairs are being produced at the same rate as those falling out, there will be no difference in hair volume. However if the rate of shedding exceeds production the net result is hair loss or thinning.
A variety of factors can alter the normal hair growth cycle and cause temporary or permanent hair loss including medication, chemotherapy, exposure to chemicals, hormonal factors, thyroid disease, stress or nutritional factors.
We shed hair every day as part of our body's natural process. Hair loss can happen at any time of life for any number of reasons. When hair loss becomes a concern, it is important to determine the cause before seeking out the appropriate treatment.
Potential non-dietary factors for hair loss include:
Age influences hair strength. As we grow older, there is a tendency for our hair fibres to become finer and shorter and we may experience hair loss or greying. It is normal for women to experience changes to their hair post pregnancy and as they enter the menopause.
Genetic hair loss is the most common hair loss problem affecting men and women. The onset is usually during the mid to late 20s and is often unavoidable. Women experiencing baldness may want to consult a trained medical professional.
Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can take its toll on your hair, causing it to become brittle and lacking lustre. Crash diets are often short in essential vitamins and minerals and over long periods of time this type of dieting will reflect in your hair.
Hormonal imbalances including thyroid dysfunction can produce significant changes to hair growth and quality. Thyroid function can only be assessed by blood test. If you are experiencing considerable hair loss, please consult your GP.
A note on alopecia areata (AA)...
This condition can result in total loss of hair from the head and sometimes loss of body hair also, although most sufferers develop a few isolated patches of hair loss, which may correct themselves without any treatment. Since the cause is unknown, treatment is hard. Talk to your GP if you are concerned about hair loss.
All of you have gone through ups and downs in your life. During the tough times when everything goes wrong, you certainly have experienced a persistent low mood when you have thought that you were admitting defeat, you felt sadness throughout the days and lost interest in every sphere. This is basically recognized as depression, a mental health disorder and it is a very common phase which everybody has to encounter in their life. But the problem with the most of the people is about acknowledging depression. While overcoming depression necessitates a step forward to become open to it, most of the people have the tendency to remain silent towards their depression as they consider it personal or ignore it as just a mere state of mind.
Regarding the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment:
Now the question can be asked whether homeopathic remedies are effective enough to cure depression. Most of the doctors claim that the clinical depression can successfully be treated with homeopathic remedies though it depends entirely on the fact that how early the patient comes to consult a doctor. Apart from this, the most useful part of homeopathic treatment is that it is totally free from any kind of side effects and if anybody is required to take the homeopathic medication for a long time, it would not lead to damage to your body. There was a common concept among many people to consider Homoeopathic treatment as nothing but a ‘placebo effect'. Nowadays this concept has received effective contradictions while proclaiming a stand for homeopathic treatment as a 200 years old prevalent medical system.
The top 14 Homeopathic Remedies For Depression:
- Ignatia Amara is one of those homeopathic medicines which most of the doctors prefer to treat depression.
- There are such other medicines like Aurum Metallicum which is prescribed in case of the suicidal tendency of the patient.
- Apart from these in the third category, medicines such as Natrum Mur and Carcinocin which are often commissioned to fight acute depression.
- Sometimes symptoms of depression are found suddenly appeared in somebody which may leave the patient in the state of excessive obsession. This situation calls for the use of the medicines like Arsenic Album and Argentum Nitricum.
- Nowadays you would find teenagers becoming depressed while coping with the excessive pressure of education and social life generally owing to genetic factors and hormonal changes. Homoeopathic remedies for teenagers are not at all different from that of the adults. The same medicines like Ignatia Amara can be used to treat the depression of a teenager.
- Beside Ignatia, Kali phosphori cum is one of the leading medicine used with a teenager suffering from depression for a prolonged period.
- In certain conditions symptoms like forgetfulness, mental dullness becomes prevalent in a patient. This generally happens after a sudden shock or sudden loss. Patients suffering from this type of depression are treated with medicines like Causticum.
- Cimicifuga is one of the useful medicines recommended as a remedy if a person with full of life suddenly gets doomed.
- Phosphoric acid is one of the effective remedies for treating cases experiencing worse sleep due to depression.
- Medicines like Staphysagria are used to treat a depressed person who is very sensitive and emotional.
- In winter there are many who undergo seasonal affective depression. This can be treated effectively with homeopathic medicines like Ignatia.
- Pulsatilla Nigerians are one of those medicines which are used to treat women with depression during menstrual period or puberty.
- It is very common among women to confront a state of depression during menopause. There are various medicines like Sepia and Lachesis which are likely to work effectively for depression during the period of menopause.
- Betrayal from loved ones, sudden demise when the conditions drive somebody to a lonely life, it is more likely to become depressed on his/her part, homeopathic medicines like Staphysagria are most useful in this condition.
From the above discussion, it can be concluded that homeopathic medicines are so safe because they are entirely made from naturally occurring substances. The medicines mentioned above are just to exemplify the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for depression and this is why before you opt for homeopathic remedies, you are advised to consult a specialist in this field.