Healthy Hair Series Part 1: Essential Foods & Supplements for Amazing Healthy Hair
Updated: May 28, 2020
Are you overwhelmed with all of these supplements, shakes, and vitamins that claim to give you strong, healthy hair and don’t know which ones to buy? Fear not my friends! I’m here to take the stress away and explain what can actually help you achieve your #hairgoals!
Since I like to take the Holistic Approach to Things in Life...
I’m here to let you in on a secret; healthy hair starts from inside your body! That’s right—the food and drinks you consume have a direct impact on the health of your hair. This is part 1 of 3 for a #HealthyHairSeries I am writing. In this first blog post, I’ll help you understand what affects healthy hair growth and list essential foods & supplements to consume if you are struggling with dry brittle hair or hair loss!
**DISCLAIMER**- PLEASE READ:
*You may be experiencing hair loss or unhealthy hair due to an underlying medical condition or medication you are taking. Please consult with your naturopathic or medical doctor/holistic practitioner to discuss any new supplements or diets you may want to begin!
Just because something is natural, does not mean there's no reactions or side effects with certain medications, supplements, health conditions, etc!
We all have our own unique needs for our own body, so there is no "one size fits all" with diets. This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice and protocols from your own health care provider.
Medical Medium- Naturally Treat your Hair Loss & Unhealthy Hair
The information I am presenting to you is coming from www.medicalmedium.com . Click the link to learn more about Anthony William and all the powerful testimonials—from average people like you—who are transforming their health naturally! No, this is not a sponsored post here!
He has an entire free blog post and a SoundCloud podcast episode on the health of hair, skin, and nails. Luckily for you guys, I already read the whole article and listened to the hour long podcast so YOU don’t have to! You’re welcome! If you want to read or listen for yourself though, click here.
So, let me break it down for you...
This protein abundance hype has gone a little overboard when it comes to hair growth. Am I saying protein is not important in your diet? No way! I'm saying the main focus here for healthy hair is not protein. Yes, let me repeat that—healthy hair is not just built off protein alone!
“A protein-packed hair care product is not going to give your hair the restoration you hope for.”
- Direct quote from Medical Medium's blog post.
So, what is healthy hair based off then? It’s all based off the liver and adrenal glands per Medical Medium! Yes, the health of your liver and adrenals is what’s most important if you want to have healthy hair—not increasing your protein amount.
Liver Health and How it Impacts Healthy Hair
Your liver helps cleanse your blood. If you inherited an overloaded liver with a lot of toxins, you already could have problems with healthy hair, skin, and nails early on in life. Unfiltered and toxic blood will then be sent to parts of your body and the results will be unfavorable; such hair loss or issues like dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis on the scalp.
“Many people’s livers are burdened with toxins, and often people enter the world with toxins already built up in this organ from plastics, petrol oil, DDT, toxic heavy metals and other toxins that are passed onto us from our forefathers."
- Direct quote from Medical Medium's blog post.
A diet high in fat and protein (animal based or plant based) will also overburden your liver. The last thing you want to do is make your liver work harder than it already is from all these toxins!
You don’t have to go vegan, just lower (do not cut it completely out!) your amount of animal and plant protein/fat and increase the missing calories with other fruit & veggies!
Always consult with your doctor before making big diet changes, as it can effect certain medical conditions or medications. There is protein in various legumes, beans, vegetables, and fruit, so don't feel like you are missing out if you don't make your main portion a "protein". Omega 3’s, potassium, and silica (for skin, not for bones) are also an important part for healthy hair.
Adrenal Gland Health and its Impact on Hair
Ever hear of someone losing their hair due to stress? Well that shows the direct impact emotional stress has on our adrenal glands.
This can be from a death, an accident, a betrayal, a broken heart, etc. It can make you hair fall out or feel very dry and brittle. All this adrenaline can affect your hair up to a year later!
It may not happen instantly and could build up over time if you don’t help your body deal with all this stress. Also, the adrenal glands are severely affected after child birth, which is why many moms lose their hair. Anthony says after giving birth, your adrenals undergo so much stress that it's the equivalent of you lifting a car or running out of a burning house! The good news is that there are many things you can do to help support your liver and adrenal glands!
“Adrenaline from emotional events and life stressors can have a major impact on the health of your hair.”
- Direct quote from Medical Medium's blog post.
Foods and Supplements to Consume for Healthy Hair
*Make sure you talk with your doctor about any new foods or supplements you want to try before starting them to ensure no negative side effects will occur for your own body!
Don’t fear fruit! It is not bad sugar. Too many people fear eating fruit, which is hindering their healing!
Berries- Cherries are best. Also wild blueberries, strawberries, etc. help support the liver.
Bananas- Provide potassium & helps flush toxins out of your digestive tract that the liver expels.
Figs- Fresh or dried. If buying dried, check the ingredients list. Make sure the only ingredient is “dried figs” and no preservatives are added. (Try to get organic if possible. Trader Joe’s sells them!)
Dates- They are packed with amazing nutrients that help support your adrenal glands.
Sprouted Lentils- See, all protein isn’t bad here people!
Hemp Seeds- provide the healthy omega 3’s, 6’s, 9’s and protein. Whole foods and Amazon sell hulled hemp seeds, or you can opt for a ground hemp seed meal like I do to put in your smoothies!
Walnuts- Again to get in those amazing omega 3’s!
Silica for skin is found in these foods: Asparagus, artichokes, horsetail (herb),nettle leaf, and stems from kale. The liver delivers this type of silica to the hair, skin, and nails to make them healthy.
Celery / Cucumber Apple Juices- these help support your liver, which in turn will help with hair growth and keep you hydrated for plump skin! Celery juice can effect certain medications, so please be cautious.
Foods Not to Eat
Cut down on your protein and fat intake. Instead of every meal being heavily protein based, try swapping those calories for more carbs (Put down the bread, people; I’m talking about fruit, veggies, and potatoes for complex carbs!).
Animal dairy- It’s loaded with fat, sugar, and a bunch of extra hormones that is doing your body no favors!
Gluten- It's mainly GMO in the U.S.A, and pesticides lurk on this heavily sprayed crop! If you don't live in the U.S.A, your body may not have problems with it if it is grown locally.
Supplements, Herbs, and Teas for Healthy Hair
*Remember, everyone's body is different and needs different things. Never start supplements without being under the care of a doctor or herbalist / health practitioner. They also can help you find the right dosage for your body.
Milk thistle, horsetail (herb) supports liver.
Liquid Zinc Sulfate (supplement)- Helps support adrenal glands and pancreas (pg.98 in his book)
Barley Juice extract powder- Helps eliminate heavy metals and supports liver.
Hawaiian Spirulina powder- Also supports the liver & detoxification.
Ashwagandha (herb in powder or pill form)- Amazing for stress response and adrenal support.
Nettle leaf tea (or tincture), lemon balm tea (or tincture), peppermint tea all help support the liver.
Organic Olivia's Mane Magic (Tincture): This is amazing for naturally restoring hair. Click here for a direct link to learn more about this product!
Want to know which brands are trustworthy so you can purchase some of these supplements or teas? Check out his "supplements he recommends page" by clicking here. He does not create or directly sell any supplements. These are just brands with trusted ingredients that have potencies that can help you heal.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 of this #HealthyHairSeries
So, what did you think of Part 1 of this series? I wasn’t lying guys, this is a blog series that’s jam packed with tons of free information! I hope you took a step back and evaluated your own diet. Are you eating fruits and veggies every day? Are your main portions meat, protein, and fat based? Try incorporating some of the foods I mentioned into your diet and see how it helps!
Next up in this series is a blog post on putting some of these foods into recipes for you to enjoy them! I will also briefly mention foods that are good for the skin as well. I always get questions on what to eat, recipes, how to use certain fruits or veggies in meals, etc. so you will get a peek into the life of Kaydee’s diet in my Part 2 blog post!
CLICK HERE to read Part 2: 5 Easy Recipes to Grow Beautiful Healthy Hair.
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