Nutrients for Health and Hair All Year Long
I recently came across an article that mention many wonderful nutrients and vitamins for winter months… but really, in my opinion, you can’t let your guard down when it comes to nutrition regardless of the season.
As hair has a cycle, our foods, climate and activities do too.
When you already have auto immune disease or condition, like alopecia, there’s no going back to how things were in terms of diet and lifestyle.
Your old ways no longer should exist, and new found health and way of living should be your new normal and go-to for optimal health.
Diet and lifestyle are needed to change, so that you see continuous progress, continuous healing and remission from your condition, in this case, alopecia.
After being diagnosed with alopecia, everything changed for me and also my clients. Those who go back to their old ways, see hair loss again and have cycles of it. Avoid the cycles as this causes more emotional heartache and feelings of being stuck. Those who create longterm lifestyle and diet changes do not see those cycles, do not have abnormal hair loss and do not see their condition worsening. Rather, they see continuous hair growth and vibrancy. I project this and many others do too. Its all possible for you as well!
Vitamins that are needed all year round, from food and supplementation are: Vitamin D, B-12, Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C among others. However I am highlighting these ones as these are fundamental to keeping immunity up.
I recommend taking vitamins and also eating foods rich in each, as absorbing both food and supplementing together create bigger impact. Don't think you can get by on supplements alone with bad nutrition. You are only hurting yourself in the long run. You cannot out- exercise, or out -do a bad diet. Diet is the foundation to your health.
If you choose to supplement, ensure the supplements are of high quality.
Vitamin D is found in beef liver, egg yolks, and wild caught salmon. Pure sunshine is my favorite way of obtaining vitamin D. However with travel, life responsibilities and now where I live, plentiful sunshine is not always abundant, therefore, be sure to take Vitamin D3 to ensure your levels are not low. This is a big trigger in Alopecia.
Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, red bell peppers, potatoes, berries, tomatoes, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Vitamin C cleanses your system, detoxifies and boosts immunity. Especially in winter when we are more susceptible to colds and flus, be sure to supplement with a minimum of 500 mg daily and eat your fruits and veggies to have proper nutritional intake.
Foods that contain heme iron are animal proteins like meat, fish, and poultry. Non-heme iron is found in plant sources like beans, lentils, dates, and spinach (leafy greens). My favorite ways to get iron in my diet are paté which is made from liver but delicious as a side condiment, or offal, which are animal proteins such as heart, liver and kidneys. When prepare correctly these prized proteins offer more nutritional value than regular cuts of meat.
Foods that contain zinc include oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, and pumpkin seeds. I love pumpkin seeds and make it a point to eat some everyday, whether in my smoothie, or yogurt bowl, on top of my paleo banana bread or as a topping on my carrot ginger soup, pumpkin seeds are your best bet for increasing your health and hair vitality.
Vitamin B12 is found in many animal-based sources including meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. It’s not, however, generally found in any plant foods except nutritional yeast. If you don’t consume animal proteins, supplementation of B12 is needed.
Surprisingly enough, these same vitamins and supplements also protect you from many diseases that cause death, boost your immune system and increase your health and hair all around.
It's a win win when taking them all year round and ensuring your diet is filled with quality proteins, veggies, seeds and fruits.