By Alane Archer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
When I was a kid, I would put a big towel on my head and pretend I was Cher! Which for one, tells you a little about my age and two, I was pretty desperate to have that long, shiny, healthy hair just like her! That’s a lot of information, but it’s true! Most of us experience more bad hair days than fabulous but when it’s a great hair day…ahhhh nothing can stop us!
By the time you realize your hair may have a mineral deficiency, changes are probably noticeable and improvement may feel like turning the Titanic around, but there are answers! Vitamin and mineral deficiency testing for nutrients like biotin, silica, calcium, and zinc may be the answer to your question. With the proper protocol adding the vitamins and minerals you lack back into your daily regimen will help your body repair itself, from the inside, out. Before long you should notice your very own “Cher hair” coming to life! (No towel needed!)
Biotin deficiency is rare, but when it happens, you may notice brittle, thinning or splitting hair and nails.
Zinc is a mineral which has antioxidant properties and also supports cellular replication and production of proteins, thereby promoting hair growth. Foods naturally rich in Zinc include seafood, beef and lamb, wheat germ (toasted), spinach and pumpkin seeds
Selenium is essential for a healthy thyroid gland which can lead to healthy hair. Selenium-rich foods are such as eggs, meat, fish, nuts, lobster and crab. Too much selenium, though, may result in the same brittle hair and nails as too little of other others. Selenium needs to be just right, not too high and not too low.
What about protein and amino acids? Hair is made almost entirely of protein. Consuming enough is vital for hair growth. Sometimes we see that mineral deficiency is not the cause, but low protein/amino acids are.
Animal studies show that protein deficiency may decrease hair growth and even lead to hair loss.
Testing for mineral deficiency is a simple and effective way to understand how to reach healthy levels no matter where your results fall, high or low.
At Nutritionally Yours we understand how critical this can be to your daily life and the need to “fix” it! We offer a simple Vitamin and Mineral Blood Test Kit that will give you results to know which vitamins and minerals your body needs and at what levels! The key is getting you back to PEEK PERFORMANCE and bountiful, gorgeous, healthy hair!
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Medical Disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.