Although other lifestyle factors, such as stress, genetics, and age, contribute to hair loss, some nutrients are related to the maintenance of healthy hair. The B vitamins, such as biotin, are important for the maintenance of hair. A deficiency of vitamin A can cause the hair to be dry; vitamin C deficiency causes the hair to split, tangle, and break; and a copper deficiency causes kinky hair and loss of colour.
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Get outside to exercise when the weather permits. Fresh air is always a good idea, and getting outside allows you to kill two birds with one stone you get exercise and also a good dose of feel-good sunshine. Take the stairs at work, park your car further away from your destination and walk, be responsible for walking the family dog, walk or bike to work instead of driving, do housework or the gardening it all adds up as daily activity and helps keep you fit and strong. Set yourself challenges if you are driven by targets and progress reaching 10,000 steps a day, or improving your time to cover 3km over a month-long period. Consider tools like sports watches or step counters if that gets you going, but make sure you use them for motivation, not obsession! I find that eating a diet of mostly whole, fresh food not only helps me keep my weight down, but also helps to make my skin clearer, my moods more consistent, my sleep better and my energy levels high. When I first adopted a ‘clean’ eating diet in 2012, the improvement in my mental clarity was significant. The fog and bogged-down feeling that heavily processed carbs can bring on disappeared and I felt the best I had felt in a long time. It is definitely worth considering a less processed diet. I also like to practise mindful and intuitive eating. This involves thinking about where your food has come from, who made it and how it will make you feel, being grateful for the food we have and enjoying it with a mindset of love and appreciation.