By Mark Mincolla, Ph.D.
As we age we experience increasing levels of adrenal gland stress. The more stress we encounter as we age the more our thyroid gland and metabolism suffer. The thyroid gland is our regulator of energy, calorie burning, body temperature, and protein synthesis. Tissue proteins such as skin, nails and hair are constantly reforming, replenishing and reshaping. If our thyroid function is deficient from high stress we tend to lose the protein management efficiency. This may result in hair loss, lack of vibrant hair sheen, slow growing nails and aging skin. Not to worry! There are safe, effective, natural, nutritional solutions to restore healthy hair, skin and nails.
First off, healthy hair, skin and nails demand a diet rich abundant in lean, protein rich foods such as skinless breast of poultry, fish, beans and legumes. Also, fruits and vegetables contain essential minerals like silicone, sulfur and zinc which support vital protein restructuring of hair, skin and nails. Fats are next in line. Omega 9 fats like olive oil are important sources of vitamin F, the fatty acid that supports hormonal health.
High starch foods such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain cereals and breads should be limited to no more than one serving per day, as they are insulin triggering foods that tend to slow down the thyroid metabolism. Sugar, alcohol and caffeine should be avoided altogether as they will only serve to further exhaust the adrenal (stress) glands that started this whole degenerative cycle of trouble for the hair, skin and nails. I also feel it is important to cut down on yeasts and vinegars as these fermented foods upset the floral bacteria and vital B complex vitamin absorption in the large intestines as they drive up carbonic acid, and ammonia levels. Finally, make sure to hydrate with a minimum of 60 oz of pure water per day!
For nutritional supplementation, I recommend:
- Nature’s Plus Ultra Hair 2 tablets with meals
- Flora Vital Iron 1 tbsp
- zinc gluconate 50 mg
- selenomethionine 200 mcg
- kelp 225 mg two tablets with meals
Your skin, hair and nails will show signs of turning around within 4-6 weeks!
This article was republished with permission from the author.
Mark Mincolla Ph.D., is is a natural health care practitioner who has transformed thousands of lives over the past thirty years. He has integrated ancient Chinese energy techniques with cutting-edge nutritional science in his innovative Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system (EMT). His newest book, WHOLE HEALTH: A Holistic Approach to Healing for the 21st Century (Tarcher / Penguin) will be available for sale in January, 2014.
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