Have you ever wondered if you could slow down the greying process with your hair? The good news is yes.
Grey hair is the result of the hair follicle not getting the nutrients it needs to produce the colour in the hair, so the hair ends up grey or white.
We often see after a severe illness or shock the hair loses it colour quicker than before. This is because the person is either not eating as well as they were, or their absorption of nutrients has been affected. Therefore, seeking the advice of a qualified nutritional therapist or herbalist is a quicker and more effective way to get the right results for you.
Grey hair has been found to be lacking copper, whereas white hair has been found to be lacking antioxidants, that’s not to say you don’t need both. The best way to reduce the risk of premature greying is a diet high in nutrients and a strong digestive and cardiovascular system. This means eating a healthy balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, beans, grains, and good quality animal protein. Reducing the amount of processed foods you eat.
There are several reasons why hair goes grey/white but the main areas you are looking at are:
In Ayurvedic medicine there is a herb thought to reverse the greying process and restore your natural colour- Amla - Indian gooseberry, this herbs main use is to stimulate digestion so you can see how it’s all about what goodness gets absorbed and how efficiently it gets transported to where it’s needed
As with any nutritional or herbal advice always check for contraindications if you are on medication or managing a disease.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.