Healthy shiny hair is very 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 lose 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 B’s 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 B vitamin 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. Nature’s Plus Ultra Hair Plus is a sustained release tablet formula containing many wonderful ingredients to help promote hair growth in both men and women. It contains 2000mcg Biotin, 500mg MSM and glucosamine which are collagen components, Folligen complex including Ginkgo Biloba and the amino acid L-Cysteine, B vitamins and zinc. Ultra Hair is priced at €19.95 for one month, it contains 60 tablets, two to be taken together with breakfast or lunch. It is yeast and gluten free, but not vegetarian.
Shampoos without harsh chemicals are a must and won’t 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 further information contact Susan in Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone on 090 6487993.