Hair issues can come from a number of different directions, but the first approach always is the same. The hair follicle requires a few necessary things to grow properly. First a high potency B-complex, look for a something that has B-6 over 30mg, this can be done once to twice daily. Now you need Biotin at about 5000mcg (5mg) daily. Next you need to add in essential fats. Omega 3’s, fish oil or flaxseed. On the fish oil I recommend that you work up to a nice high EPA to DHA ratio. So look to an EPA>1000mg and DHA>750mg. Now it is important to make sure that protein is solid in your diet, the hair also needs protein. Healthy proteins are necessary for a lot of tissue health in the body so if you have any digestive issues that may change how you breakdown protein then we may need to look at that. What I want to see is that hair lose stops or dramatically slows, then see the hair start to regrow. Other places to look at for the hair is thyroid and kidney health. You may be passing most medical tests as far as these systems go, but it does not mean they may be feeling some fatigue. So I have my clients track basal body temp and pH of urine. We can work further into these concepts if you need, otherwise we would love to see you attend our Ultimate Nutrition to learn about this further. The class is free and we offer it once a month. Check our website for dates and times.
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Q. I am a 30 year old female who has been suffering from hair loss for the past 5-6 months. I have been to multiple doctors who have told me that it’s nothing more than telogen effluvian. I have lost a significant amount of hair and I question whether the diagnosis is correct. Is there anything that I can take to help?
Q. I am going to have a gastric bypass in may or June & they said I would loose some hair at the beginning & I should check on what I needed to do to help from looseing to much & keep hair growing. What do you recommend? -Cheryl
Hopefully they have talked to you in great detail about food choices that you will need to follow, since this can be a part of this lose. Protein is essential for hair follicle health, so gastric bypass really effects how you digest and break down protein, so you will need to look at a protein powder and use this on a daily basis to maintain protein status. With this protein, the follicle will need biotin, b-vitamins (you will need to do B-12 separately as an under the tongue lozenge, since your B-12 breakdown will be changed) and omega 3’s (preferably fish oil, since digestion of fats is also compromised with gastric bypass so flaxseed breakdown will be difficult). I recommend Biotin Forte from Integrative Therapeutics, since this is Biotin and B vitamins together and it is a high potency. A B-12 of at least 1000mcg daily dissolved under the tongue, not only is this important for the body, but great for metabolism. A fish oil with Vitamin D would also be great and I would recommend a fish oil with an EPA>1200mg and a DHA>900mg. The vitamin D will be helpful to the thyroid and since this system can show hair lose if compromised the D will help here. I am a big believer in strong, health organs of elimination, kidney, liver, gastro-intestinal tract, and when one is compromised the other two will have to take on more work. Another place where hair health is seen is in the kidneys, so if the above options do not do all we need them to do, then we will need to look further. Good Luck.
Q. I have been diagnosed with two small uterine fibroids that are causing much pain, clots, and bleeding. Do you recommend any supplements to help? – Patty
As I am always prone to recommending with most anything, we have to make sure the basics are covered, Vitamins, Minerals, good Fats and possible diet changes. Since the Omega 3’s are so essential to hormone health we need to make sure that you are covering with a nice high EPA to DHA ratio. It is also essential to have specific nutrition products that benefit the uterus. I would recommend Multi-Pollen, and herbs like Red Raspberry Leaves. We can cover this with 2 products, Fem PMS and Multi-Pollen. I would recommend 1 twice daily of each for minimum of 3 months to bring the best health to the uterus. We also may want to consider a two week cleanse and combine it with hormone cleansing at the same time. As for diet changing I would like to have you look at pH and blood type concepts to see how you feel and what we can do to remove any aggravating food factors (Caffeine is one very aggravating factor, soda, coffee, or black tea). If you want to start with supplements then I would cover with the above and realize that if this starts to work then fails we have some diet changes that we need to make. Let us know if we can help you further.
I am thrilled that you are thinking about this before you are in the throes of an intense change. Working now should lessen this intensity. Always start with the basics, solid high potency multi, omega 3’s, and choose great healthy variety in your diet. Not only do the Omega 3’s help with hormone production, but hormone metabolism (which means function), and then hormone elimination. I want you to make sure that the Fish Oil amounts that you are using stay high, so look for a fish oil with an EPA>1000mg and a DHA>750mg. As for the multi we want solid mineral content and high B vitamin content. I would recommend that you use a multi like Clinical Nutrients for Women which would fit what you need. I want to make sure that you are not prone to constipation. This needs to be corrected before we go any further (of course if you are prone to the other direction I need to know this also). As for any separate nutrients that I would recommend, if you live here in Wisconsin, then I would recommend that you make sure that you are taking Vitamin D3 and I would recommend this time of year that you keep your dosing at 4000iu daily. If you follow this and you feel great, solid energy and mood, no aches or pains, not getting sick frequently, and no sleep problems then we are on the right track, but if other things still plague you then we need to address those soon.
Q. I am anemic and am looking for an iron supplement that will not constipate me. What would you suggest? – Melissa
OUR RESPONSE: I am a big fan of a product called Energizing Iron. It utilizes a few different direction to boost the quality of the blood products the body makes. It uses and Heme form of iron that is easy on the body and it is also the age old concept of improve the blood by ingesting liver. Now the last thing I want someone doing in the US is eating animal liver, since our animals are not the healthiest, so we use bovine liver fractions from safer countries. This combination is so comfortable for the digestive system that you will not see upset stomach or constipation. Dosing of this product can be anything from 2 daily to 6 daily depending on how low the blood work is. It is also important in anemia that you have all the basic blood building pieces that are important, B vitamins, Vitamin C, minerals, Essential Fats. In addition you need to have a solid digestive system, so if you have any GI health concerns we need to look at this. On a personal note I lost a massive amount of blood after a surgery due to severe internal bleeding a number of years ago. I credit Energizing Iron with getting me to a healthy CBC within 2 weeks. I stayed on it for some time after and I never needed any expensive treatment so you could say I LOVE this product!
Thanks for a great question.