Hair, Skin and Hair Health
You already know that multivitamins are not the answer to proper nourishment, and (as you can probably already guess) those "hair, skin, and nail" vitamins are not a solution either.
If you're currently struggling with hair, skin, or nail struggles, it can be helpful to pinpoint things down to a root cause. This can be difficult to do without a practitioner's help, but I want to provide a "check-in" that you can use to help you address your health in a better way. (If you have any questions about specifics, ask me a question in the weekly Q&A's, and if you need more personalized support, you can always reach out to me personally to inquire about future spots for 1:1 support.)
Am I sleeping enough and managing stress? Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night and add intentional rest and decompressing to your life, especially if you work a stressful job, are a busy mom, or if you are currently going through emotional/relational difficulties.
Check your gut: are you having digestive issues? You might be eating healthy foods, but they might not currently be agreeing with your digestion. More coming to Worthy Womanhood soon about what you can do to improve your digestion.
Does your thyroid need support? Check out this video here.
Do you need extra support in addition to what I have already mentioned?
If you need extra support, here is what you can do.
Be mindful of your protein intake to support your hair, skin, and nails. Do you know if you are eating enough protein? I suggest an average of 120 grams per day, but this varies from woman to woman. Check out how you can add extra protein to your day if this is difficult for you.
Try the herbal multivitamin infusion to get extra minerals, trace minerals, and vitamins in addition to keeping an eye on micronutrient consumption.
Beyond these foundational approaches, you might also want to look into these additions.
Beef heart is rich in CoQ10 and b-vitamins. Adding beef heart in either ground beef or taking it in supplement form is a great way to access these nutrients' most bio-available forms.
Silica delivers essential nutrients to the hair follicles, and it helps prevent hair thinning. This can be a helpful option, although I suggest dialing in your nutrition first by intentionally nourishing your body through whole foods.
Sulfur is also helpful for hair growth. Sulfur is found in small amounts in eggs, so I suggest adding this into your diet first if you are not already consuming them (duck eggs and quail eggs are what I suggest to my clients who are intolerant to chicken eggs). If you need additional support, supplementing with heart and liver (or adding those organ meats into ground beef) can be a helpful option.
L-lysine is an amino acid that is not only anti-microbial and helpful for lowering androgens, which will have a positive impact on hair loss (and scalp fungus, if present), and it also can be helpful to reduce acne and also to strengthen nails.
I share a video on how to use castor oil packs on Worthy Womanhood, but you can also combine castor oil with coconut oil to make a mask that helps promote hair growth. It's best used on uncolored hair. Mixing one half castor oil and one half coconut oil is a great option for most. This mixture can be used as a hair mask or an eyelash and eyebrow serum.