Want Stronger, Healthier Hair? Try These 5 Tips - By Jass Stupak

Want Stronger, Healthier Hair? Try These 5 Tips - By Jass Stupak

Hair Health - by Jass Stupak

Want Stronger, Healthier Hair? Try These 5 Tips - By Jass Stupak

As a gut health nutritionist, I'll let you in on something that may be surprising to most people. Other than clients coming to see me for digestive issues, hair loss/weak hair is also a very common symptom! Often, an increase in hair loss can be related to gut health, so they're on the right track when they come see a nutritionist. In this blog post, I'll share my best tips when it comes to strengthening hair and keeping it healthy. This is something that I have gone through myself so I know how frustrating it can be when you're in the thick of it. A few years ago, after going almost bleach blonde, my hair lost its strength and shine (as expected). Although I was eating healthy and still caring for my hair with natural products, I still noticed my hair was not the same as it was before!

It took me almost two years to finally notice my hair growing back healthier and longer than ever. If you are currently in the same boat, here's what I would recommend you consider.

5 Tips for Strengthening Hair and Keeping It Healthy

1. Choose Natural Hair Products To Reduce Toxins

Natural hair products are always a great place to start. Shampoos should be helping us to remove toxic ingredients in our household and allow our hair to grow normally. Ditching products that contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, other sulfates and silicons (among many others) means less product buildup on your scalp and hair follicles. Not only is this a plus for your hair, but keeping your toxin load low where you can, will benefit your health in general by supporting your immune system and lymphatic system. For shampoo and conditioner, I've been using Carina Organics and never looked back!

Natural Hair Products

2. Address Your Nutritional Deficiencies

If you have nutritional deficiencies, a hair formula may help, but not completely solve the problem. Each one of us could be lacking in different nutrients, and often our bodies can compensate by taking from our hair, which is not necessary for survival. If hair loss or weak hair has been an issue for a long time now, I would highly recommend going to the doctor's to get your blood tested for iron, vitamin D and TSH levels.

This will help you save time, instead of supplementing with what you may or may not need. Once you are aware of this, you can start to supplement with the nutrients you are actually lacking. In my experience with my clients, it is common for women to be low in iron due to their monthly cycle. In turn, low iron levels can cause brittle, dry and hair fallout. Please note that you should not be taking iron supplements unless you know for sure that you are deficient.

Common Signs of Iron Deficiency

• Increase in hair loss

• Extreme fatigue

• Pale complexion

• Urge to chew on ice

 

3. Up Your Protein Intake

Having a low protein diet can also be a huge trigger for weak hair. If you find that your hair is falling out more often or feels very brittle, you may want to start evaluating the amount of protein you are consuming each day. More times than not, we are eating too little protein. On average, adults should be aiming to have at least 20 grams of protein per meal. This could look like a scoop of protein (I love this chocolate one) in a smoothie. In a meal setting, this can look like a piece of roasted chicken or wild salmon the size of your palm. Yes, that big!

Common Signs of Protein Deficiency

• Fatigue

• Sugar cravings

• Brain fog

• Weak muscles

Up Your Protein Intake

 

4. Consider the Root Cause

Many of us try to go for the quick fixes like new hair products or hair growth supplements (I've certainly done this before too). But the reality is, if your hair is impacted by a nutrient imbalance in the body, the cause could be something that has been resurfacing in our body for so long. For example, candida (yeast) and parasite overgrowth can take nutrients away from us which can cause many deficiencies and health issues. In my practice, I also often see hair weakness as a symptom of hormone imbalances like high testosterone and/or thyroid dysfunction. If your hair is not improving after these tips, you may want to consult a health practitioner to look a little deeper into your health.

 

5. Keep Stress Levels Low

Yes, seeing your hair weaken and fall out can be stressful, but in my practice, hair loss usually follows a stressful period, whether that be mental or physical. I recommend my clients to have a stress-releasing practice in their day-to-day life, so they don't let it build up. Personally, I schedule my daily walks, workouts and make sure to drink a relaxing chamomile tea when winding down.

Keep Stress Levels Low

Stress plays a huge role in our overall health - when your body doesn't feel safe or supported, it may compensate by taking nutrients from the scalp and hair, to give to more vital organs like your muscles and heart. The more you allow your body to relax, the more your hair will thank you!

Keeping Your Hair Strong and Healthy

As you can see, hair health is affected by many different factors, so remember that incorporating a variety of tips is also needed to bring that hair back to healthy and strong. Give it time and consistency, just like my clients and I have done!

Jass

Written by Jass Stupak, CNP

Jass Stupak is a Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, BC. Jass is the owner and founder of Nourish with Jass, her private practice, where she specializes in gut health, skin health and digestion for women.

 

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