How your hair looks plays an important role in your physical appearance and your self-perception so it can be devastating to experience hair loss, or find it losing its body and vitality.
But were you aware that there are vitamins for hair growth? In fact, poor nutrition, including vitamin deficiencies, are a major factor in hair loss and substandard hair condition.
Hair loss can be very distressing for both men and women, from the age of around 40 the speed of replacing old hairs starts to decline. Hair loss can be upsetting, cause a lot of worry and may take you on a steep emotional journey. The cause of hair loss may not be clear because it can take a while to show. Hair loss may not be complete and only result in thinning. But there are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to help achieve thicker hair.
Finding out the ‘root’ cause!
There can be a combination of reasons that have an impact on the quality of your hair.
Here at Vive Wellness, we use an online consultation so that you may discover what vitamins help your hair. The consultation has been designed to find out the contributory factors that impact hair quality, and then make suggestions as to what vitamins are good for your hair.
Poor hair quality can be due to a vitamin deficiency. Some vitamins and nutrients will have a direct effect on the structure of the hair, whereas others have antioxidant properties that help fight extrinsic factors that have a negative impact on hair. The consultation may identify hormone imbalances that may be corrected using vitamins and minerals to help your hair grow thick and strong.
Several underlying conditions can affect hair quality:
- Iron deficiency – When you have low iron stores, your body goes into survival mode. Since hair is not necessary for survival, it is not prioritised by the body. Hair falls out during its natural cycle and is not replaced.
- Stress – you will know if this is the case if your hair has started falling out after a stressful event or stage in your life.
- Under functioning thyroid – your thyroid regulates growth and metabolism. This can be supported with vitamins and minerals to help optimum hair growth.
- Illness- in times of illness, your body puts all of its reserves into healing, fighting infection and recovering. As hair is not essential to health, it is not a priority for your body.
- Other nutritional deficiencies – A combination of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, protein and fatty acids are needed for strong, healthy hair.
Vitamins for stronger hair
B – Vitamins
Biotin and pantothenic acid are both used for strong hair. Biotin benefits your hair by rebuilding hair follicles that may have been damaged from over-shampooing, blow-drying and exposure to the sun. Pantothenic acid supports the adrenal glands, which helps stimulate hair growth.
Oxidative stress can directly damage cellular structural membranes, lipids, proteins and DNA. By working as an antioxidant, vitamin C fights oxidative stress that contributes to hair greying and hair loss.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the hair, support hair thickening and reduce inflammation that can lead to hair loss.
As we age collagen declines. Collagen protein is the building block of hair and supports hair follicle regeneration, and helps maintain thick, lustrous hair.
Zinc helps with stronger hair as it is essential for hair follicle health. Besides inhibiting hair follicle regression, it helps with follicle recovery, which is why zinc is one of the most important minerals for hair growth.
At Vive Wellness we have formulated ‘Super Hair, Skin & Nails’ specifically for maintaining strong, healthy, lustrous hair containing collagen, vitamin C and zinc.
Although this has been specifically designed for good hair, taking the online consultation can highlight other areas of your health that are in need of support and have a direct impact on the quality of your hair.
We are all completely unique and the consultation will find out more about you to provide straightforward, no-nonsense, expert advice to help you be your healthiest self.
Find out what vitamins will benefit your hair
It only takes 5 minutes to learn what vitamins you really need (and which you don’t)
FAQ on vitamins & hair loss
There are a few key vitamins that can help your hair grow stronger. But there may me other underlying reasons for your hair loss. By taking the Vive Wellness consultation, we can help identify any nutritional areas that may be contributing to your hair loss, and then make the vitamin and nutrient recommendations to address your personal needs.
Biotin plays a major role in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin. It helps to build proteins necessary for youthful hair, like keratin. Biotin, which is a B vitamin can also help to protect the skin from acne, fungal infections, rashes, and severe dryness and cracking. When tissue or muscle is broken down, B vitamins including biotin work to build-back the strength of muscle and tissue that leads to growth.
Yeast infections or overgrowth, such as Candida, can cause hair loss. Many people with alopecia will also have a Candida overgrowth. Candida Albicans is a natural yeast fungus found in absolutely everyone. It’s a natural part of our microbiome. However, imbalance happens when our good bacteria is compromised. When this happens, Candida moves in right where the good bacteria were. Taking the Vive Wellness consultation can help discover if this is the case.
When you are under stress or experiencing anxiety, your body will produce stress hormones. This change in your body can affect how tissue grows and you may experience hair loss or loss of condition in your hair. The Vive Wellness consultation helps establish whether your nervous system would benefit from nutritional support.
Besides following a diet rich in wholefoods, and making sure that you avoid processed foods, we would suggest supplementing with fish oils, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, biotin and collagen. But we strongly suggest taking the online consultation to ensure a supplement regime that best suits your personal needs.
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