by Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, MS, RD
There are so many things that can impact our health – stress, lack of sleep and having children are all major factors that deeply impact the way our bodies function and that includes our hair, nails and skin. If you’ve noticed a change in your hair health as you’ve gone through significant life events and wished there was a way to combat those changes, then keep reading!
Life can take its toll but thankfully we have the power to optimize our health, especially when it comes to our hair. By supplementing our diets with the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients, we can help to nourish our hair from within and address some of the root causes of poor hair health.* Here are a few things you can do to get a nourished head of hair while incorporating easy and manageable lifestyle changes:
Hair follicles grow and prosper when there is adequate blood flow bringing in healthy, rich nutrients. Unfortunately, some foods can create inflammatory conditions in the body that inhibit this process. That’s why it’s recommended to cut back on inflammatory foods such as salty deli meat, extra gooey sauces and sticky pastries. Plus, high sugar foods may promote an inflammatory environment in the body so it’s best to reduce sugary beverages, candies and doughnuts. Stressful times may also bring about poor circulation and restricted blood flow that inhibits the promotion of healthy hair growth. In addition to reducing inflammatory foods, do your best to relieve your stress and increase circulation through deep breathing techniques, meditation and long walks outside.
Incorporate a supplement
When you want additional help loading up your body with bountiful nutrients, add a supplement into your routine like Viviscal Hair Therapy– a line of mix-in powder supplements designed to address both the symptoms and root causes of hair health.* Hair Therapy comes in easy, pre-measured packets that can be mixed into any beverage to help fill nutrition gaps– so they can easily fit into any routine.
When it comes to choosing the right hair supplements, make sure nutrients like biotin are included. What makes Viviscal Hair Therapy great is that it not only contains ingredients like these, but that it gives a personalized approach to nutrition and hair health that addresses unique lifestyle needs like stress, lack of sleep, or the changes that can come during postpartum.*
I love incorporating Viviscal Hair Therapy into my life because it takes the stress out of searching for the right ingredients to boost my hair health.* I can throw one of the Viviscal Hair Therapy mix-in powder supplements into a smoothie and know that I did something proactive to improve my hair and overall health. As a registered dietitian, I know the value of food; however, if you have a dietary restriction or if you don’t eat a wholesome diet, some nutrients (such as biotin) can be difficult to obtain. With minimal time as a new mom, I would rather spend quality time with my little girl rather than stress over how to reach my daily recommended dietary values. That’s why I recommend it to clients who also live a busy lifestyle and who also have little time or energy to prepare a meal from scratch. With just one packet a day, you know that you did something to benefit both your hair and body. Now that feels pretty darn good!
Bio: Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, MS, RD, CDN, is a leading women’s health expert and nationally recognized registered dietitian. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University.