Tips to achieve healthy and shiny hair

Healthy, shiny hair is appealing and is very much a reflection of inner health and adequate nutrient intake.

There are many problems which affect the hair and scalp, most commonly dry brittle or thinning hair and dry flaky scalp. It is quite normal to loose some hair daily and the longer and darker the hair the more noticeable this is.

If hair loss is excessive, it might be wise to have thyroid levels checked by a GP. Irish people are the most prone in Europe to underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism ) because our water is fluoridated. In February, 2015 British scientists reported that fluoridated water is associated with elevated levels of hypothyroidism.

In the 1950s, fluoride was prescribed in Europe and South America for overactive thyroid. According to clinical research, the dose of fluoride capable of reducing thyroid function was just 5mg per day, well within the range of what Irish people consume daily.

Other symptoms of low thyroid activity include extreme tiredness and weight-gain. The nutrients involved in promoting healthy hair are very much the same as those that benefit the skin and nails too.

It is important to eat a varied diet which contains the B group of vitamins, Biotin, Zinc, Silica and vitamin C. B vitamins are destroyed by sprays like pesticides, so buy organic vegetables where possible.

During cooking Bs leach into the cooking water as they are water soluble, so try to use the water for gravy or soup for most benefit. Adequate protein intake is essential also for thick healthy hair.

For dry skin or hair, supplementing with a good quality Omega oil can make all the difference. Biotin is part of the Bvitamin family and is also known as Vitamin B7. It is contained in many hair supplements nowadays as a deficiency has been shown to cause ‘seborrheic dermatitis’.

Biotin and Silica are the most common supplements taken to promote hair growth and thickness, and both are fairly inexpensive. Shampoos without harsh chemicals are a must and will not strip the hair of natural oils.

Earth Science have a whole range of shampoos and conditioners to suit all hair types. For psoriasis or itchy or irritated scalp, Neem Shampoo will help calm the scalp.

For anyone interested, nutritionist Sarah Brearton will visit Au Naturel this Friday, October 6, from 10.30am to 1pm to answer queries and talk about Cleanmarine Menomin for menopausal symptoms. All enquiries are welcome.

For further information contact Susan in Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone, on (090 ) 6487993.

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