Eating for Healthy Hair

Are you worried about how much hair you are losing? 

Are you concerned about your postpartum hair loss?

Hormonal-based contraception and hormonal imbalances can be the cause of hair loss.  Genetics, chronic inflammation, and poor lifestyle choices are also possible contributing factors. 

Big message for all you hormonal-based contraception gals:

We all know that hormonal birth control methods contain synthetic hormones, right?

Well the problem with this is that the synthetic form of progesterone found in these methods is “progestin” and this synthetic “hormone” is referred to as androgenic (testosterone is an androgen).

Androgens have been shown to shrink hair follicles resulting in hair loss stemming from these synthetic hormones which, often takes years before it even becomes noticeable.

Hair loss can be frustrating, concerning and embarrassing for woman and some may lose more than others. 

However, there are ways to support healthy hair nutritionally…

Please keep in mind that these tips are general and that it may take time to see improvement. Your hair today tends to be a reflection of your health three to six months ago.

Restore Balance

One of the main focuses should be on restoring hormonal balance so that oestrogen is high when it is supposed to be, and progesterone is high when it is supposed to be resulting in regular ovulation and a healthy monthly cycle.

The big question you should be asking yourself is, am I ovulating?

For women who are not on hormonal-based contraception, this is a super important question and the answer will help to determine your hormone health status.

If you discover you aren’t ovulating at all, check out my “Why Don’t I Ovulate?” blog post and if you need further help with this, please seek assistance from a trusted practitioner.

Real Food

Avoid foods that come from a packet at all costs. Foods that are deep-fried, full of artificial sugars and starches, preservatives, artificial colours and sweeteners do not support healthy hair.

Ensure that what are you consuming is rich in plants, as plant foods are loaded with substances unique to each plant that aids liver detoxification, immune function and lowering inflammation.

The nutrients found in real food are essential for healthy hair.

Check out the "5 Foods Every Woman Should Avoid" blog post.

Good Digestion

What is your digestion like?

Is it sluggish?

Do you suffer from digestive upset?

Effective digestion and a balance of good gut bacteria can help to lower inflammation which, ultimately has an effect on other body systems.

Our hormones thrive on the optimal functioning of the gut.

Eat to Suit You

Are you someone who reacts to gluten?

Is dairy your worst enemy?

If you are sensitive to certain foods, listen to your body and avoid them.

The foods that you react to can cause digestive upset and contribute to inflammation.

Nutritional Supplementation

Hair loves zinc and iron, as they are required for healthy hair follicles.

They are also the two most common nutritional deficiencies in the Western world.

Ask your GP, Nutritionist or Naturopath to test you iron and zinc levels.

If levels are low, then they must be replenished with diet and/or nutritional supplementation.

Dietary sources of zinc include oysters, red meat and seeds.

Dietary sources of iron include red meat, eggs and green vegetables.

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