Healthy Ways to Support Your Hair and Avoid Thinning Hair for Women #wellbeingwednesday
I am increasingly seeing women in my practice seeking help for thinning hair. It might be the hormonal changes that occurs post-partum, but this definitely is not always the case. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip I am sharing with you some ways to support your hair no matter where you are in your life cycle.
Silica is one of the best trace minerals you can take to support your hair, skin and nails. Silica supports collagen synthesis, and collagen produces thick hair, healthy nails and supple skin. Foods rich in silica are green leafy vegetables, celery, cucumbers, oatmeal, millet and barley. Silica is also found in the herb horsetail. This herb is not derived from a horse’s tail (!) but is given this common name as it promotes beautiful thick hair!
Protein is essential for hair growth. It is so important you are having some with each meal! Think meat, chicken, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. If you are not the best protein eater I would recommend a clean protein supplement.
Boost up your Omega 3’s. A diet rich in these essential fatty acids are so important for producing a head full of healthy hair. Hard to get from plant sources, you might want to consider a fish oil supplement. You can take capsules daily, or 1 tsp of the liquid down the hatch and you are done!
Massage the scalp. I recommend using castor oil and have my patients add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to it. This treatment invigorates the scalp by bringing blood flow and circulation to the area being massaged. You can wear a cap and go to bed washing it out in the morning.
Get your blood work tested. Think thyroid hormones, female hormones, and iron panel to start. Our goal is to find the root cause. We want to rule out any deficiencies before we move on.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful. For more support find a Naturopath near you.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com