Why cleanse?

Christmas is gone and you might have overindulged in food and drinks, but realise that it’s not sustainable to carry on eating all day like we do at Christmas. Why? Because the digestive system needs a break, so do the body and our mitochondria - our energy factories. Eating that vast amount and without much break can make us sluggish, fatigued, give us headaches, skin issues and digestive problems.

The latest research suggests that our bodies and our mitochondria work best if we take a break between meals and overnight. Some call it intermittent fasting or restricted time of eating, so eating no later than 6-7pm and not consuming anything else before 10-11am in the morning. It’s just one way to cleanse our body to give itself a 12-hour non-eating window. Do you have to do this all the time? Of course not, but it’s best to do it seasonally for a period of time or at least to do it twice yearly. 

So what is detoxification or cleansing? ​

It’s one of the oldest known practices of health promotion and it has roots in some form or another in all ancient cultures.  Although it’s not commonly used in conventional Western world and medicine; Nutritionists, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Practitioners are great advocates of it.

There are organs in our bodies that perform detoxification without us realising it. The skin perspires, the liver filters the blood and secretes bile and enzymes and lymphatic system removes toxins. The intestines do a mucosal detoxification and they also excrete faeces, while the kidneys excrete urine.

Toxic World

What is a toxin? It’s an anti-nutrient which interferes with a nutrient absorption, excretes that nutrient or changes that nutrient’s metabolism. Toxins can be heavy metals (like mercury in tooth fillings), chemicals (including alcohol) and microbes. We might eat, drink or inhale them with or without knowing it or putting them on our skin.

In fact, we’re exposed to a huge number of toxins every day, from our water, food and air, through to the products we put on our skin and have in our home. Add to that too much stress, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, processed foods, not enough water, fruit and vegetables or enough quality sleep, and over time our bodies can become overloaded which can affect our health. So where possible do what you can to reduce that toxic load.

 

According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies. There is no wonder why so many people suffer from skin conditions like eczema, etc.

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA has more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (US, 2017 data) but if you compare that with hunter-gatherer times when possibly were none, you see why it is important. 

Symptoms of Toxicity

What are some of the symptoms of toxicity that might indicate someone needs to cleanse? Toxicity symptoms that many people disregard as normal may be signs of toxic overload. Common signs include:

  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Acne and skin issues
  • Constipation and digestive issues
  • PMS and hormone issues
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Bad breath
  • Allergies

If you have any of these symptoms or are just concerned about toxins that you may have been exposed to in the past, it’s time to start cleansing. Regular herbal cleansing can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body to detoxify more effectively. 

Cleansing

Cleansing can help improve the following:

  • Improved elimination
  • Headaches and migraines
  • PMS
  • Joint pain or stiffness 
  • Skin conditions
  • Constipation, poor digestion, water retention and bloating
  • Low energy, mental sluggishness, or fogginess
  • Allergies
  • Emotional stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improved overall health and well-being

What to expect during a cleanse

Biochemical processes change within the cells and toxins can get released.  As a sign of this you might or may experience ‘Healing Reactions’ whether it’s physical or mental. Common ones can be: headaches, digestive disturbances, weakness, cold, spots, rashes, itching, much increased need for sleep.

If severe or overwhelming, then the pace of change is possibly too fast and you need it to slow it down. Always talk to a Nutritional Therapist, before you are doing a cleanse. If you are on medication, always consult with your doctor first.

I would like to do a cleanse, where do I start?

Our Top Tips for doing a Cleanse

  1. Drink plenty of water – to flush out toxins and help bowel movements.
  2. Begin to cut back on red meat, sugar, white flour, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, salt and drugs of any kind other than your needed prescriptions.
  3. Eat plenty of fibre (oats, fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts, seeds, ground flaxseed) – to ensure you have a bowel movement at least once a day – to help eliminate toxins.
  4. Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit, including raw vegetables and juices.
  5. Increase vegetable protein.
  6. Try not to eat after 7pm!
  7. Cut out all processed and charred foods.
  8. Cut out sugar – use cinnamon, berries, mashed bananas, a little xylitol or stevia as natural sweet alternatives.
  9. Cut out tea and coffee. Switch to green tea instead, especially Matcha, as it’s naturally high in antioxidants which help the detoxification process in the liver. Try a Turmeric latte.
  10. Cut out alcohol – try Kombucha instead!
  11. Avoid gluten and dairy, two common food allergens and any other foods you know you react to.
  12. Get plenty of quality sleep, go to bed earlier for additional rest if necessary.
  13. Ensure your work commitments are not too demanding and you have time for rest and relaxation. Calm the mind and use stress-relieving techniques.
  14. Get moving! Anything which gets the heart pumping but also spend time outside to get fresh air. Exercise improves circulation which helps the release of toxins, as does sweating.
  15. Grounding – try to walk with barefoot in the park or your garden when it gets warmer.

Other ways to detoxify/cleanse

These may bring added benefit while doing a cleanse but can also be done on an ongoing basis.

Add in super greens, such as chlorella, barley grass, wheatgrass, and sea greens. These are cleansing and alkalising and a good source of antioxidants. Add to juices and smoothies.

Try probiotics for a gut cleanse

Try juicing – for a rapid cellular cleansing, which gets quickly absorbed you can try juicing for those vital enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that alkalise your body and protect your cells.

Dry skin brushing – it helps the lymphatic system to cleanse the body.

Have a sauna – to sweat and help the body rid itself of toxins.

Have a massage – to improve circulation and help release toxins.

Switch to natural skin care products, including make-up and toothpaste

Switch to natural household products – washing up liquid, cleaning products and laundry liquids

Use BPA free bottles and glass containers to store food.

Colonic irrigation is another way to detoxify. Please always check with the doctor if you are unsure and use probiotics after.

If you’ve never done a cleanse before why not come in and have a chat with us. We have a team of qualified nutritional therapists in the shop and are here to help! 

You can reach us on 01737 223499, or book a FREE Health Check In here.

If you are on any medication, always check with your GP or healthcare practitioner before taking any supplements.

Our Team Choices for Winter Health

This is the time of year when most us of us would want to be supporting our immune system anyway, but obviously in the current climate it’s even more key and even more on people’s minds.

So this month we thought you’d be interested to know what we’re all taking, here in the shop! Just like everything else with nutrition, it’s personal; an individual approach, not a ‘one size fits all’, although there are key nutrients that we all need for our immune system to function well and you’ll notice everyone takes vitamin D!

So this is what the team at IOH are all taking at the moment, for themselves and their families:

Nutritional Therapists Abbie and Joanna both make sure they include Vitamin D and Vitamin C for themselves and their families. Abbie also adds in Zinc, whereas Joanna is a fan of elderberry syrup for her whole family (her girls like it!).

Our Shop Manager Claire tops up her multivitamin with extra Vitamin D, Vitamin C and some Zinc. “I up the level of zinc particularly if I feel that I am coming down with something.  Additionally my cupboard has a good stash of echinacea, andrographis and a herbal tincture for coughs, which I might use depending on what is coming on” , she adds.

Nutritional Therapists Bea and Gill both include Vitamin D and Vitamin C in their day. At the first signs of something Gill adds in a combination formula containing a range of herbs and nutrients and an echinacea throat spray. Gill says “I also like to take zinc and quercetin (because quercetin contains polyphenols which help increase levels of zinc in the cell, which blocks viral reproduction)”.

Resident Foodie Tanya, and Marketing Manager Lucia are fans of zinc and elderberry syrup. Lucia also takes a vegan Vitamin D supplement and adds in the herb Andrographis at the first sign of anything tickly or sniffly.

Kate, owner here at Inside Out Health, takes Vitamin D, elderberry syrup and Vitamin C. She says “I like Vitamin C powder as it’s easy to take and makes me drink more fluid. I also like to add in echinacea at the first sign of rumblings and will take that a few times over a day with the powder Vit C to stop bugs in their tracks which seems to work for me”. Kate gives her sons (one at Uni and one post Uni) – an all in one combination formula (makes it easy for them!) containing Vit C, D Zinc and beta glucans.

As for me, I take a multi-vitamin with Vitamin D, C and Zinc in, plus extra Vitamin D and C. I usually add in echinacea at the first sign of something. I’m giving my teenage daughter – Vitamin D drops and elderberry syrup (as she finds it difficult to swallow tablets) and also Vitamin C (I open up the capsule and sprinkle it on yoghurt). My teenage son – an all in one combination formula (so much easier for him to remember!) with Zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, elderberry and beta glucans in.

Basically there are a lot of nutrients and herbs/ botanicals that can be taken to support the immune system but what you choose can depend on what else you’re taking (e.g. if you are already taking a multi-vitamin, or if you’re on any medication) and also what your diet and lifestyle is like.

However that’s where we at Inside Out Health can help. So pop in, call or email, or book in for a FREE 15 minute health chat and we can help you find the right product for you.

Remember we are here for you this winter and want to help you support your health. So always feel free to talk to us.

Castor Oil for Hair Growth

Castor oil has been used for many years in skincare and bodycare. Consisting mainly of ricinoleic acid (a fatty acid) it has a thick consistency (gloopy) and a distinct smell (almost musty)…but don’t let either of these things put you off! Castor oil is hailed as a fantastic addition to your beauty regime, with benefits such as skin moisturising, supporting the growth of luxurious lashes and brows as well as some talk of it helping with hair length and condition.

It has not always been used for cosmetic purposes, taken internally it was once commonly used to induce labour, and has been used as a laxative! You will be pleased to know I am not here to test these two theories, however I am very interested in seeing how the regular use of castor oil could help with hair growth.

While it works as an emollient for skin, smoothing, soothing and making skin feel oh-so-soft, it can also prevent against loss of moisture – keeping skin hydrated. It is said to be full of antioxidants, so great for skin that is needing a little smoothness in the fight against signs of ageing. For the hair, it smooths the follicles, coating the individual hair strands creating a smooth and shiny finish.

I have used castor oil occasionally to treat overworked hair (bung it on and wash it out), but I am going to try a regular treatment over the next few weeks to see if I have a noticeable improvement in condition and/or growth.

Our friend Claire is a big fan of Pukka’s Castor Oil, and has given me some tips on how to use it.

"Castor oil likes to be warm"

As a thick gloopy oil, it is heavy to move around. When it is warmed slightly it thins and becomes more malleable. Create a bain marie set-up with a sink or bowl of hot water. Place the castor oil in a small dish into the water, and allow to warm for a few minutes before applying to the hair.

"Castor oil works well with other oils"

Oils are notorious for not mixing well with other elements - combining with water for example is a no-no. Claire tells me that other thinner oils such as coconut will blend beautifully and offer further benefits. I love avocado oil, and as I have this at home have decided to use this!

"Avoid an oil slurry by shampooing twice!"

Oil + water =oil everywhere. Water on it's own will not rid the hair of the oil when rinsing, Claire recommends adding a little shampoo to the hair (when removing), massage in and then rinse thoroughly, follow that with another shampoo and rinse. Always ensure the oil is completely gone before styling, especially if using heat.

The Method (2-3 times per week)

Step One Apply the slightly warm (not hot) oil with fingertips to the scalp when hair is dry, massaging gently.

Step Two Comb the oil through the lengths of the hair with a wide tooth comb or fingers.

Step Three Wrap the hair in an old towel, and leave for 15-20 minutes.

Step Four Using a little shampoo (no water yet), massage through the hair and then rinse with water. Shampoo and rinse again until hair is clear of oil.

DAY ONE I have short hair right now, which grows super slooowly! I am hoping for long luscious locks as well as a bit more growth of new hair!

DAY SIX I have done two castor oil treatments this week, and although not looking much longer my hair is feeling really strong and I am definitely losing less in the brush each morning. I have started washing my hair every other day instead of every day so that I don't spend my life with wet hair.

WEEK TWO Not much growth yet – at least no more than usual but the condition of my hair has improved. Feeling very strong, silky and shiny.

WEEK THREE Noticing a lot more ‘baby’ hair coming through, especially at the top near my parting. My hair is SOOOOO soft that I can’t actually style it very easily right now. I am having to use mousse and spray to keep it straight and as you can see here the natural wave tends to break through even with industrial GHDs. 

WEEK FIVE After five weeks of castor oil treatments, doing twice a week I am now completely bored of the faffing with oil, old towels, musty smell of the oil etc. However the condition is definitely improved, as well as some growth and I have far less in the way of breakage/split ends.

In summary....

Really pleased with the results, and have definitely seen an improvement in regrowth and condition of the lengths of my hair. And it is super lustrous and shiny! 

The novelty of the regular treatments wore off by week 3 however I do think it was worth it to improve the condition and I will continue with the occasional treatment maybe once a week or so. 

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for more shine, softer and healthier looking hair. If you have any concerns with thinning hair (that is not due to medical reasons) I have definitely have seen more new hair coming through too. A good treatment to include in your beauty regime!

A feature on Stress & Anxiety

When we’re stressed it affects all other aspects of our health. Our body prioritises making stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) over other functions in the body, for a fight or flight response to the stress.

Over a prolonged period of time stress can have a very negative impact on many areas of our health including: gut health, immune health, female hormones, heart health, weight and moods.

If you are struggling with any stress or anxiety, we can support you - click here to complete our online interactive questionnaire, and book a FREE Health Check in.

Here are some top tips to help you support your body if you have stress or anxiety.

FOOD & DIET TIPS
  1. Eat fresh, unprocessed foods with: plenty of vegetables, wholegrains, quality protein and good fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds)
  2. Eat Omega 3 essential fats – essential for brain health, including memory, moods and cognition. Eg salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies. Vegetarian/vegan sources include: chia seeds , flaxseeds, hemp seeds and walnuts
  3. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates– too much causes an imbalance in blood sugar levels, which makes us less able to deal with stress and has a negative effect on moods and energy levels.
  4. Have protein with each meal – this helps balance blood sugar levels and provides building blocks for neurotransmitters in the brain, eg serotonin (needed for good moods). Sources include: nuts/ seeds/ eggs/ chicken/ fish/ meat/ beans/ lentils/ tofu.
  5. Reduce the caffeine (black tea / coffee) – it’s a stimulant and can affect anxiety. Switch to green tea, which has less caffeine in and herbal teas.
  6. Avoid alcohol – too much can rob the body of vital nutrients and have a negative effect on stress and anxiety levels

Consider a supplement for additional support for stress or anxiety:

  • Magnesium is often referred to as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’, it is particularly useful for helping the body relax and is rapidly used up in stress.
  • L-Theanine – an amino acid found in green tea, that promotes a feeling of calm and relaxation, without drowsiness.
  • Lemon Balm – traditionally been used in herbal medicine as a relaxant.
  • Ashwaganda – an adaptogenic herb that helps balance the body’s response to stress and relax the nervous system.
  • B vitamins – need to support the nervous system and support energy levels
  • Omega 3 – essential for brain health, including moods.
  • Probiotics – beneficial bacteria that support gut health. There is a strong link between the gut and the brain, via the nervous system, so these may also be helpful.

LIFESTYLE TIPS

  1. Take time out – find something you enjoy and make time for it regularly. Learn to say no! Get outdoors, close to nature.
  2. Sleep – make it a priority to get enough sleep. This is vital for rest and repair. When we’re under stress we need more sleep around 8-10 hours
  3. Exercise – it produces endorphins (in the brain) which make you feel good – don’t overdo it however as excessive amounts can cause stress in the body.
  4. Use essential oils for example in a diffuser (try a ready-made blend of oils for relaxation/stress.) Add a drop or two of lavender oil to the underside of your pillow at night
  5. Try a lavender wheat pillow, heated, to put around your shoulders as you sit and watch tv/read a book in bed.
  6. Have a hot bath with Epsom bath salts to help relaxation. Or even add them to a bowl of hot water to put your feet in.

And finally, don’t suffer alone.

We all know how important it is to have people around us to support us, and at Inside Out Health we want to help support your health. You can pop into the shop and we also offer FREE 15 minute wellness check ins by phone as well as full consultations (in person or via skype/telephone). All of these are with our registered Nutritional Therapists.
 
You can contact us today on 01737 223499, or by clicking on the links below:
 

The Benefits of Berberine

Have you found that during lockdown you have put on a few pounds, maybe doing less exercise, not able to keep to the same routine you had previously? Or for other reasons such as menopause when it can often get harder to shift weight?

Then you might consider using Coyne Health’s Berberine. This has been reported to offer similar results that people get from intermittent fasting, without having to do the hard work. Such as helping to lose excess body fat, as well as anti-aging benefits, helping to rebalance blood sugar levels and detoxing at the same time.

It works on metabolic issues, helping to bring them in to line, such as cholesterol or weight loss. It also has anti microbial properties to potentially improve gut health.

Berberine is the only spice to activate your metabolic switch that is only switched on with exercise , calorie restriction and Intermittent fasting – all the hard work stuff.

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The Health Benefits of Elderberry with Pukka Herbs

Elderberries are perfect for wild collection; they grow in abundance and can be harvested every year without harming the plant. Pukka’s wild elderberries come from southern Hungary, where there is still a thriving industry of wild herb collection. The collectors, who are predominantly of Roma origin, have formed a small cooperative made up of about 30 people. Every year they harvest the fresh berries from a patchwork of different sized areas of organically certified land. The fresh berries are immediately taken to Pukka’s local partner for drying and export.

What are elderberries used for?

Bursting with brightly coloured pigments that act as natural antioxidants, elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C. Well-known for supporting our immune function, vitamin C plays an important role in allowing our immune system to communicate and co-ordinate a response.

Sipping on herbal tea is a fantastic way of incorporating elderberries into your day-to-day lives. Pukka Herbs’ Organic Elderberry and Echinacea tea is packed with antioxidants to reduce stress and fight infections. 

If you want the power of elderberries, whilst benefitting from other natural immune-supporting ingredients like thyme and manuka honey, Pukka Elderberry Syrup is a delicious remedy that can be taken by the spoonful. 

Our Nutritional Therapists are on hand to offer health advice – you can pop in store Monday to Saturday, call us on 01737 223499 or contact us for a FREE Winter Wellness Check-in here.

The article has been adapted from Pukka Herbs, you can read the original full feature here.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray

Indoor air pollutants and Covid-19

According to a South African government paper on air quality, indoor pollution levels in developing countries generally exceed the World Health Organisation’s guidelines and is damaging to health.

Indoor pollution can be more toxic than outdoors and treating the air in homes, offices and other interior spaces with essential oils may be effective in countering viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and dust mites, according to research.

SA Pharmacist, Giulia Criscuolo, says eliminating indoor, airborne allergens by using essential oil sprays such as Puressentiel may counter respiratory allergies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when so much time is spent inside.

 “Studies indicate that aroma molecules of essential oils may activate nasal passage receptors, triggering an immune response. Essential oils’ chemical structure resembles hormones, making them uniquely useful for respiratory symptoms,” she says.

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All-natural ingredients

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is a 100% plant-based natural biocide with a patented formula made from a unique blend of 41 EOBBD essential oils (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) essential oils and bioalcohol not denatured by phthalates. It is free of harsh chemicals, detergents, dye, preservatives and synthetic perfumes.

The patented formula of essential oils contains: Dill, Anise, sweet Basil, Bay St Thomas, Rosewood, Cajuput, cassia Cinnamon, Atlas Cedarwood, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Cumin Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, English Lavender, Lavandin grosso, Mace, Mandarin, Wild Marjoram, Melissa, Curled Leaf Mint, Peppermint, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Oregano, Parsley, Petitgrain, Scotchpine, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Wild Thyme, Tea tree, Thyme, Vervain, and Wintergreen.

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray also uses innovative technology, the patented propellant gas-free mechanical pump system PES600 which is tamperproof for guaranteed safety, and allows powerful diffusion by micro dispersion.

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Proven efficacy

With over 15 studies for efficacy and tolerance, it is clinically proven to eliminate 99.86% of bacteria and viruses with immediate effect. It also reduces invisible pollutants, smoky atmospheres, assists people with seasonal, dust mite and mould allergies, and removes odours from bedding, animals, child and adult bedrooms, damp rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices, workshops, public places, cars, etc.

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Application

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is especially right for now during the pandemic due to its antiviral properties – for homes, offices, doctor practices, cars and businesses – wanting clean air and peace of mind.

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Available in 200ml, simply spray 1-2 times daily in one or two applications into the four corners of a room (12 m²), wait 30 minutes for it to act, then air the room. Each application requires 6 or 8 sprays or 3 to 5ml. Carry out a preliminary test for spraying onto carpets, bedding and fabrics.

Furthermore, eco certified Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray can be sprayed on fabrics (even face masks), carpets, bedding and surfaces without leaving traces. It is gentle on you, your family, propellant gas and aerosol free, and leaves a fresh invigorating, long lasting natural fragrance too.

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Coyne Health have collaborated with Puressentiel in France to introduce Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray to South Africa, the world’s leading natural air purifier. You can read the full details of the product here in the original feature.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray is available in store and is priced at £19.99

Vitamin E for Hair Loss with Fushi Wellbeing

Using vitamin E for hair loss is one of this vital vitamin’s many functions. Hair fall can happen for many different reasons, and there are several potential triggers, including having a nutritional deficiency, crash dieting, an illness or severe stress. A tendency to lose more hair can also be genetic.

There are many potential causes of hair loss, including side effects from certain medications or medical treatments, hormonal changes, and scalp infections. There are also conditions like alopecia areata, trichotillomania and telogen effluvium. In these cases, if you experience sudden or excessive hair loss, it’s important to see a doctor to determine why and get a diagnosis. The appropriate treatment for your condition can then begin.

There are natural ways that can potentially help in the treatment of hair loss. Keep reading to find out how using vitamin E for hair loss may help.

How Using Vitamin E for Hair Loss Can Help Grow Strong and Healthy Hair

Vitamin E is one of the key vitamins needed for growth and maintenance of healthy hair. By protecting your cells from free radical damage, vitamin E works as an antioxidant. The vitamin also supports a healthy immune system by fighting against bacteria and viruses and prevents clotting by keeping the blood vessels wide. A vitamin E deficiency may lead to symptoms including impaired vision and muscle weakness. If a deficiency is chronic, it can lead to kidney and liver problems.

For healthy hair, vitamin E stabilises the cell membranes in hair follicles, contributing to proper growth. It protects the cell membranes in hair follicles to protect against free radical damage and contribute to hair growth. Vitamin E works well with selenium to boost the protection from the free radical attacks on hair follicle cells. It’s important to get a diet full of hair growth promoting vitamins to reduce the chances of hair loss through malnourishment, and vitamin E is one of these.

As well as consuming vitamin E, you can also use a pure vitamin E oil to massage into the scalp. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and for a healthy scalp you need adequate circulation of blood in the scalp so that nutrients are transported through the blood to the scalp to nourish it. Regularly massaging the scalp with vitamin E oil increases blood circulation and the supply of oxygen in the scalp. Many hair experts recommend this treatment for hair loss and for growing strong, healthy hair

Oils Rich in Vitamin E

There are also vitamin E-rich oils you can use in different ways to get your vitamin E for hair loss. Here are 3 of them.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great oil to cook with as the heat doesn’t turn the oil into trans fats, which are harmful to health because they raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol. Therefore, cooking with coconut oil is a good way to use vitamin E for hair loss, and get it in your diet.

HOW TO USE:

You can also massage coconut oil into your scalp as an intensive treatment before shampooing. As coconut oil is in a solid state when cool, you can melt it slightly in a pan. Massage a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into clean, damp hair, and use it as a pampering session to do whatever you do best when you want to relax and truly practice self-care! Be wary of putting too much oil on your scalp if it easily gets greasy though. Focus on the areas that appear to be the driest and most damaged. Give your scalp a heavenly massage to boost the circulation and nourish with that effective vitamin E content.

Apply in sections to make sure your hair is covered in the coconut oil. Leave for 20 – 30 minutes and let the oil work its magic. You can put your head in a shower cap and wrap in a hot towel to intensify the treatment and increase its effectiveness. Afterwards, shampoo the hair well to rinse and eliminate any excess oil. This may take a couple of tries, but coconut oil will melt away with heat.

Wheat germ Oil

Did you know that one tablespoon of wheat germ oil provides more than 15 mg of vitamin E? That’s more than the recommended daily allowance. Wheat germ oil is known to soothe the skin and strengthen the hair, whilst calming any skin irritation. Its vitamin E content stimulates blood flow to speed up healing. This makes it an exceptional option for applying vitamin E for hair loss, and for an irritated, itchy or inflamed scalp. This includes painful sun burn that can cause the scalp to flake – wheat germ oil can heal, deeply moisturise and nourish the scalp back to health. As well as its vitamin E rich content, it’s rich in omega-6 fatty acid, also known as linoleic acid. This is known to be revitalising for the hair.

HOW TO USE:

Massage wheat germ oil into the scalp for all the nourishment using your fingertips and pay special attention to the areas where you notice a lot of hair fall. Leave on the scalp for around 30 minutes before washing off. Another way is to use as a hot oil treatment for hair growth. Put oil in a glass bowl and heat over a pan of water until lukewarm.

Or, alternatively, add a few drops into your shampoo and conditioner for an added boost of protection and vitamin E for hair loss. Rub some hot oil between your palms and massage your hair and scalp thoroughly. This is also highly stress-relieving, and reduced cortisol levels may lead to less hair fall, as high cortisol levels can make your hair fall out! A win-win! When satisfied with your massage, either leave in as an overnight treatment before washing out, or, if your hair tends to get greasy, shampoo and rinse when your done boosting that circulation to the scalp.

Do this 1 – 3 times per week and you should start noticing a difference in the amount of hair you’re losing, and how healthy and vibrant your hair feels. And when you feel good, you look good, and vice versa!

Argan Oil

Vitamin E and fatty acid-rich argan oil has been used for a range of health and beauty purposes for centuries by the Berber women of Morocco. These include issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and most importantly for the purpose of this article… hair loss. It has more vitamin E than olive oil, making it a strong choice for using vitamin E for hair loss.

As argan oil nourishes a healthy scalp and supports an environment to promote growth, it may contributesto the treatment of hair loss. By stimulating the production of keratin, argan oil encourages new hair growth. Because of the vitamin E content, it also improves the blood circulation to the scalp, whereby the enhanced circulation helps hair follicles get the nutrients needed to grow.

By deeply moisturising the scalp, argan oil helps to eliminate dandruff and other scalp conditions, which helps prevent scalp build-up containing DHT. This will damage hair follicle growth, so clearing this up with the help of argan oil will promote hair growth. The oil will also help in the treatment of split ends and frizziness. As thinning hair often goes hand in hand with frizz and split ends, nourishing the roots and ends with argan oil can give your scalp and hair the nutrients it needs to grow strong, shiny and heathy.

HOW TO USE:

Use argan oil as an overnight treatment to the scalp. By massaging the oil into the scalp every night for around 2-3 minutes, it will moisturise the scalp whilst stimulating it, improving blood circulation and opening the pores. Leave on for the night, and over time, perhaps two weeks, watch the quality and health of your hair improve.

Avocado Oil

The rich vitamin E and vitamin B content of avocado oil deeply penetrates into the epidermis. Whilst vitamin B supports hair growth, vitamin E is more known to repair hair damage and strengthen the hair. Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid and has a higher content of it than extra virgin olive oil. Monounsaturated fats are incredibly nourishing and health-boosting to the hair, helping to treat dry, damaged and weak hair. They can aid your hair in healing from harsh chemical treatments or environmental pollution. By nourishing the hair, monounsaturated fats can promote new growth of stronger and healthier hair to reduce further damage.

The increased circulation from massaging avocado oil into the scalp allows more blood flow to the hair follicles to help more nutrients nourish and encourage stronger, shinier hair to grow. Using avocado oil and its vitamin E for hair loss is not a bad option because this antioxidant is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair strands, protecting against environmental damage and providing deep moisturisation. All of these properties and conditions give the scalp its best chance of growing the hair you desire, and most importantly, hair that is less likely to fall out.

HOW TO USE:

You can use avocado oil for cooking at a low to medium heat to optimize your hair’s growth potential. You can also make an avocado oil hair mask using two tablespoons of avocado oil, two tablespoons of coconut oil, a tablespoon of manuka honey and two drops of lavender essential oil. As a powerful antioxidant, lavender will boost the potency of the avocado oil whilst promoting relaxing for a chilled experience. Massage the oil into your hair for one minute. Put on a shower cap and after 30 minutes, massage your hair some more before using warm water (not too hot and not too cold) to rinse out.

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