There are many suggestions as to what will help to bring about a good head of hair. One wonders why the advice is so divergent! Why can’t there be a simple eat this and do that kind of advice? Many sub-plots contribute to healthy hair follicles.
If we consider that one square inch of our scalp skin contains 65 hairs, 100 sebaceous glands, 650 sweat glands, 78 heat sensors, 13 cold sensors, 1300 nerve endings, 9500 cells, 19 yards of blood vessels and lymph capillaries and 78 yards of nerves, then it does make sense there is a multitude of possibilities for lack of hair and suggestions that flow from that. If you are like myself, you’ll wonder why you have any hair left!
And when there is an imbalance it can come from any of the above components and systems – hence the endless abundance of “all over-the-place” advice and lotions and potions. Often more than one deficiency overlaps with another – so thoroughness is important, too.
So to keep it easy, I’m structuring my suggestions into these categories:
1. Nutritional lack
2. Unhappy thyroid – often overlooked
3. Unhappy adrenals – so many of us are running on fumes,
4. Dire need for detoxification – from some very heavy metals, waxxxines, too many chemicals / toxins in inorganic food, etc – life’s unwanted accumulations!
5. Recouping from toxic meds and therapies – radiation, chemo, scanning dyes and many others…
6. and a few more comments…
1. Nutritional lack – this is the biggest chunk of info and the most fun – we all have to eat, so we might as well eat with our “mane” in mind, too!
Are amino acids lacking in our diet? With some vegans / vegetarians who do not plan out and plot their meals to be full of complementary amino acids, it may be as simple as a lack of basic building blocks – one client ate only chia seeds and powdered beans and peas (in a shake) but the label called the amino acids proteins… just a tad of false advertising… Sometimes our skin needs a little natural anti-inflammatory help (also the case with acne and pimples and psoriasis) and our own brilliant, natural, always-on-the-go, glutathione production at the cellular level can be due to lack of the whole range of essential amino acids or a lack of the trace mineral selenium (more on that later). So this is an-easy-to-handle basic.
Food Sources that Boost Glutathione Naturally:
Glutathione, nature’s masterful antioxidant and detoxifier, A GEM, is not one of those beneficial substances that you just take a large oral dose and get it over with. Glutathione works most stridently when manufactured inside each cell in our miraculous body from all the precursor amino acids of glycine, glutamate, cysteine and cystine and a splash of selenium. (Glycine is swapped out into a complex set of steps by glyphosate residues afeecting the soils microbes and absorbed in our in-organic foods – Mr ‘Mon Sant Oh’ is probably bald!) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718320345
So supplements that increase glutathione must provide these precursors and on a continuous basis, too, for ALL cells to be happy. We’ll leave the suggestion of amino acid supplements with you as an option – not my cup of tea. But we’ll deal with how to get the most Glutathione-making ingredients from our food sources below here.
So, we’ll want to consume foods rich in amino acids and sulphur-containing amino acids in particular.
Start with these: sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, fish (such as Kuterra salmon – available again at Safeway) and fresh unprocessed meats. Then add some asparagus, a leading source of glutathione. Foods like broccoli, avocado and spinach also boost glutathione levels.
(If this leaves you in the cold due to severe diet limitations, allergies or restrictions, then you may want to consider quality whey protein, containing proteins like alpha-lactalbumin, rich in sulphur-containing amino acids. Heating or pasteurisation destroys the delicate disulphide bonds that give whey proteins their bioactivity. Un-denatured whey protein from raw milk is a non-heated product that preserves bio-active amino acids such as cysteine – a somewhat better choice.)
B) anemia – which can have many reasons such as continuous blood loss (even very heavy menstruation), unhappy bone marrow (many reasons), insufficient dietary iron due to, for example, willy-nilly unplanned vegan food choices, or way too many toxic heavy metals pushing out iron such as mercury toxicity from having numerous fillings drilled out by a non-biological dentist or platinum circulating from cisplatin chemo (as well as compromised bone marrow).
Our iron comes from a few vegan sources: dates, raisins, figs, dark leafy greens, dried apricots, cherry juice, parsley and also from eggs and MOST abundant in fish and red meat.
Iron deficiency is not always the reason for a folicle deficiency, nor the sole reason, but if you follow these above food suggestions, you will have an excellent diet boost as a happy extra benefit.
C) Alpha Lipoic Acid – well, not a food but a brilliant substance that we make naturally in all of our body’s cells as a by-product of energy release. ALA increases the levels of intra-cellular glutathione – a bonyus – it is a natural antioxidant with free radical scavenging abilities like no other. It’s by far, the most beneficial supplement for the work-horse, the liver. If the liver is unhappy, then we know the supplement ALA is the best rescue.
It has the ability to regenerate oxidized antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and helps to make them more potent. It is an amazing anti-inflammatory and may help prevent the cellular damage accompanying the complications of many health challenges including unhappy hair follicles. ALA also has a protective effect in the brain. It has been known to save lives! (article XXX – when given intravenously to those within an inch of loosing their lives due to toxification by poison psychedelic mushrooms.)
D) Selenium (trace mineral co-factor for making the enzyme Glutathione peroxidase) is found in Brazil nuts, which is unlike any other nut, in that it is just loaded with selenium and is a complete protein as well! It takes a lot of selenium to reach a toxic level – so one can feel comfortable just having at it! Three per day is internet rubbish…
E) magnesium – go to #40 in my report “78 Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Health”. Magnesium in any old supplement won’t do – not for good hair or general good general health or anything. Magnesium needs a very specific environment to be absorbed in – and the way described in my e-book is the only really efficient one if it is in the supplement form.
Most of us are magnesium deficient and that’s a pity – it is a major wonder mineral. The report can be downloaded from https://pacific-holistic.com/78-foolproof–Ways
F) silica – a few ideas: bananas, spinach, green and red peppers, cucumbers, bean sprouts, wheat, beer, seafood and horsetail tea
G) sulphur – tricky this is! You probably get enough of this mineral in the average diet. See if you need to check for interactions with mercury toxicity. Go to http://livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/ and avoid everything on this list if you still have a mouthful of mercury fillings or had these removed by a non-biological dentist and leaving you with quite a bit of heavy metal toxicity at the cellular level.
H) zinc – don’t exceed 35 mg per day – and I take mine as a zinc lozenge (NOT a “Tums”!)
I) Vitamin A – as a supplement (under 100,000 IU per day)
J) all the B Vitamins – B1 thru 9 and B12, B15, and B17 as well as biotin, inositol and folic acid – it’s quite the list! So here I’m narrowing it down – mother nature spoils us with quite the diversity! This reflects my personal shopping list:
i) B3 – lamb, chicken, salmon, tuna, sea vegetables and a little in shitake and crimini mushrooms
ii) B5 – sunflower seeds, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow corn (non-GMO and organic), leafy greens such as dark lettuce, collards, turnip and sweet potato tops, Swiss chard, tomatoes, organic whole-grain flour, legumes, eggs, all meats, royal jelly, avocado and homemade yogurt
iii) B6 – salmon, chicken, beef, tuna and some in banana (but as heat has a small negative effect on B6, it is not destroyed unless you heat your banana)
iv) biotin – fruits, nuts, brown rice, bulgar wheat (tabbouleh), green peas, lentils – some interesting salads and soups
v) inositol – bananas, liver, brown rice, most nuts and seeds, unrefined molasses, raisins and some vegetables – bell peppers, seeded and peeled tomatoes and potatoes, asparagus, along with green leafy vegetables, are all yummy sources of Inosito – no need for capsulesl.
vi) folic acid is in foliage for starters.
But if you truly eat well, have included many of the nutrients mentioned above, then you have an 80% chance of being really fine. One in ten of us is missing an enzyme called folase – a necessary enzyme that is integral to all health, growth and even your hair. If still is not so fine, get a GP’s diagnostic test for folic acid deficiency or come for live blood analysis.
vii) Vitamin C in divided doses helps with absorption – every nutrients’ workhorse type best buddy – that would be Vitamin C NOT made from corn but from a clean citrus source!
2. Unhappy thyroid – please go to Thyroid: over & under – hyper and hypo? – tired and cold? – active and healing? – article XXX for details as you are probably getting quite tired of my thyroid yaddy-yaddy by now.
3. Unhappy adrenals – so many of us are running on fumes. The activity of the sebaceous glands is controlled mainly by our amazing Adrenal Glands.
How can you tell if these hard working little organs are tired (they sit atop the kidneys like little hats)? Live blood analysis certainly can tell you. If you have been sitting and stand up quickly and find yourself a bit dizzy or out of breath, then that’s a possible indicator. Or you can have your GP take your blood pressure in two different ways to give you a rough answer. You may have to humour / practice this with him/her as not all physicicans do this. Be in a normal sitting/lying/resting position – and breathe in calmly and have the blood pressure cuff put on and measure. Then repeat and still be calm and relax but ready and as the cuff is pumped up and just a split second before the release, you get the sign and jump off the exam table while the pressure is released at the exact same time and see the difference in systolic numbers – that’s simple, inexpensive and telling! The systolic numbers – the higher one (not diastolic – the refilling number) should almost be similar – not 20 or 30 numbers apart.
If not, then your hair challenge, baldness or hair what-not, may benefit from an adrenal supplement with glandulars (otherwise a waste of money) and maybe even some ashwaganda! At this point your GP will not be amused. They know only two modes – okay and dead-in-the-water.
I use Thorne’s supplement called “Cortrex®” (multi-faceted nutritional support for healthy adrenal function) by Thorne Research, Adrenal Cortex, 60 Capsules. (I don’t have shares in the company…:-) and respect them greatly.
If you don’t like online shopping, just give me a call and I may know of a store near you.
The pituitary gland governs a series of hormones with many different functions that are also important. The thyroid also plays a role in the general well-being of the skin and helps the hair, skin and nails to stay in good condition. But let’s not forget the adrenals!
4. detoxification from some toxic heavy metals, etc – life’s accumulation or just too many mercury fillings still in our mouths or too many mercury fillings removed by an incorrect (don’t be silly) protocol or mercury fillings that have sat in an owner’s mouth for too many times, while the owner sat in an infrared sauna… and so on…:-(
The natural tendency is for our always alert and smart bodies to get rid of the heavy metals by storing them somewhat out-of-harms way in tissue – in bones, muscles and fat cells. At the earliest opportunity, without overloading the lymphatic and circulatory system, your body tries to allow as much as is possible to exit.
These heavy metals actually tend to leave our bodies in sequences (as we know from post chelation urine tests) and occasionally this can cause temporarily elevated levels in the blood (and hence in hair follicles). This is temporary and if the focus is hair health, then we don’t really care which heavy metals are leaving us, just that we know that they are exiting.
Chelation is very drastic and invasive and helps speed up the process. There are gentle and effective oxygen/ozone saunas (never infrared). There is sweating and exercise – this takes time. … so many options.
In all cases you don’t want to add even one more nasty heavy metal molecule, but only lighten the busy-body’s burden. The mega thousands of sebaceous glands are a place that toxins accumulate into and right adjacent to the area for the growth of a new hair – and that follicle needs to remain open and clean and “fertile territory ”.
For example, a heavy smoker may have many years of heavy metals and toxins on board and this could be the reason for hair challenges. With some proper detoxing, these can be eliminated and eventually the blood supply to the scalp’s skin and hair follicles will be able to remove these aggregious little molecules and leave ever-cleaner and re-life-giving follicles behind.
Occasionally someone will have an actual skin disease which hampers hair growth. Alternating facials twice daily with ozone oil and the internal goo (re-generates when wrapped in saran and put in the fridge) from a mature aloe vera leaf may support the facial skin and maybe the scalp heals along too (try on a little patch and see)… A dermatologist would be in order as a last resort.
Ver-rrrrry occasionally someone has an allergic contact dermatitis – allergens such as nickel, gold, balsam of Peru, hair dye, etc from perfumes and skin lotions which have on occasion halted and altered hair growth. Or it can be a reaction to thimerosal, a mercury compound used in local antiseptics and many vaccines or cobalt chloride. Neomycin sulfate or bacitracin – a topical antibiotic, common in first-aid creams and ointments, can debilitate the poor hair follicle, too.
5. recouping from toxic meds – radiation, chemo and auto-immune drugsmany others…
If the required toxic medication(s) is finished with, then a precious detox is in order – hair challenges or not! That’s another topic and if you feel inclined, you can call me and I’ll have numerous suggestions depending on your personal situation(s).
If the required toxic chemicals/meds need to be continued, then sometimes less toxic equivalents can be suggested to your medical GP, specialist, etc. for example: cyclophosphamide (Endoxan, Cytoxan) used on MS patients with toxic dosages, can cause hair loss and damage bone marrow. Instead trophosphamide (Ixoten), which is chemically closely related, has the same effectiveness and is more acceptable in the long run. It helps to do your homework and be determinded.
6) a few more suggestions…
A good shampoo that is detoxifying and anti-bacterial and yet gentle – for example – Dr. Bonner’s soap. Less melaleuca is always better…
Ever heard of Tissue Salts – also called Cell Salts – or Schuessler Salts. They are subtle and effective.
There are 12 basic mineral combinations in little sugar pills and and work like homeopathics – in little bottles. They never damage and can only help to re-balance. They work on every human cell. If one or more of the cell salts become deficient in our cells, biochemical imbalances can occur.
Try these two for your hair health:
1. Kali sulph (potassium sulfate) – oxygenates the cells and tissues of the body.
Uses: skin, hair, scalp and nail problems, catarrh, sticky discharges, hotflushes, chills, wandering pain in the limbs and athlete’s foot. Can be used with silica to treat brittle nails and thin hair.
2. Silicea (silica) – cleanser and detoxifier; present in blood, skin, nails, hair, bones, connective tissue and mucus membranes.
(Other uses: pimples, spots, boils, sties, abscesses and any other type of skin condition with pus suppuration; cracked, brittle or split nails, gland disorders, involuntary twitching of eyes or face muscles, stress; badly conditioned, dull looking hair; rheumatic pain.)
Since one of its effects is to promote expulsion of foreign matter from the body, silica shouldn’t be used for long periods by those with any type of implant.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions – and I’d be happy to share them.
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Merrie Bakker – Live Blood Analyst / microscopist – Health Educator – Author – Teacher – Speaker – Editor – Hands-on-Healer – Reflexologist – Dowser – Reiki Master – Nutritional Coach – a life-long student of holistic medicine and preventative health who believes with a passion that cellular disorganization can be prevented or reversed by ortho-molecular medicine, emotional healing work, environmental detoxification (many areas of concern) and nutritional and lifestyle re-balancing (many possibilities). Combined with vigilance, monitoring and team work, clients are encouraged to detox, rebuild, re-nourish, resolve and re-educate.
This analysis is invaluable – very dramatic to see your various cells so large and in detail. I recommend to anyone to take a few hours and get their health details sorted out – whether you are healthy or not – just remove the guess work and save money on buying the wrong supplements.
Merrie is extremely thorough and knowledgeable and if she doesn’t know, she’ll let you know that, too. If you need a specialist, she’ll suggest that, too. This is my idea of health care versus health carelessness… But she’s also clear that you’re in your own driver’s seat.