My hair seems dull and is falling out more when I brush it or shower.
Q. Hi Terry, “My hair seems dull and is falling out more when I brush it or shower. I’ve tried several shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments, but nothing has helped. Is there something nutritional I should be doing differently?” — Carla K., Dover, DE
A. Dear Carla, I believe diet is very important when it comes to overall health. I recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan or healthy fats webinar for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I encourage you to discuss any recommendations with your primary healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight. To keep hair healthy we use shampoo, conditioner, and other external treatments, but to really address the issue we need to look inward to nourish and sustain healthy hair growth.
Biotin and B vitamins (especially riboflavin, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid) are must-haves for healthy hair and skin. They play an important role in amino acid synthesis – which are the building blocks of hair. The two most critical sulphurated (sulfur-containing) amino acids for new hair growth are L-methionine and L-cysteine. They are essential for the formation of keratin and to help promote new hair growth.
Another ingredient I would consider is millet seed oil, which provides valuable natural compounds like miliacin. Miliacin has been found to increase cell metabolism, stimulate cell proliferation, and tissue regeneration – exactly what you want for restoring healthy hair.
Other supportive ingredients include sunflower seed oil, silica, vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc.
I would take all of these ingredients twice per day. Please be patient when it comes to new hair growth, as it takes time. Stick with these ingredients for a minimum of three months and I think you will be happy with the results.
For additional support you may want to consider adding iodine. Iodine is crucial for the thyroid gland, which can contribute to hair quality and quantity issues. I prefer a blend of potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine from kelp. I would take 12.5 mg per day.
Terry . . . Naturally