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Woman drinking healthy smoothie to combat stress related hair loss

How to Combat Stress Related Hair Loss with Supplements

What is Stress Related Hair Loss?

We all have times in our lives that are stressful. When stress becomes a long-term or intense part of life, this can have negative impacts upon the body. Stress over time can cause your body to move into survival mode which can then start to have adverse effects, particularly on our hair. Survival mode diverts all essential vitamins and minerals away from the hair, skin, immune and digestive systems so that these can protect vital organs from the shock of stress.

It’s helpful to understand what your body’s response to stress is and how your body shows stress, as this can empower you with knowledge about repairing the damage done to your body and hair by investing in stress related hair loss treatment.

Stress can impact your hair in three possible ways:

Telogen Effluvium (TE)

You can develop telogen effluvium (TE) when the stress hormone cortisol inhibits new hair growth by restricting the follicles in their resting phase. In this situation, your hair weakens, thins and can begin to shed.  If you have been experiencing regular hair loss for more than six months, this may be TE. Fortunately, with a healthy routine and diet, and in conjunction with natural supplements, your hair and body can recover fully. Our award-winning supplement plans are designed to help to reduce stress on the body, boost hair follicle health and aid telogen effluvium regrowth.

For telogen effluvium hair loss treatments, visit our supplement recommendations below or alternatively check out our latest blog, What is telogen effluvium and how can you solve it?

Trichotillomania

You may be feeling so stressed that you begin to pull at your hair and scalp. This could be the very distressing condition of trichotillomania. It can result in thinning or balding areas on the scalp and cause damage to hair. A good diet supplemented with a rich source of nutritious vitamins and minerals can help to reduce anxiety triggering the condition and support your body back to health to recover from trichotillomania. The Simone Thomas Plans are meticulously researched and designed to care thoroughly for your whole body, nurturing you back to good health.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a condition where bald spots and hair thinning can occur. Alopecia areata is widely believed to be an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its hair follicles. Stressful lives and traumatic events are seen to be triggers for alopecia sufferers. This particular type of hair loss can affect people from all ethnicities, although typically it happens in men and women aged 20-50. As with all hair loss conditions, it’s important to tackle the issue from within. There is no such a thing a quick-fix but with the right nutrients you can restore your hair back to strength and shine.

For more information on stress related hair loss treatments, read our blog to find out  How stress affects your hair.

Using Supplements for Stress Related Hair Loss

When stress affects your life, it can impact your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Your hair loss as a result of stress will probably be just one symptom you are suffering with. Dealing with the root cause – stress and overwhelm – is the most positive step you can take in the beginning. Stress can show in poor digestive health, poor quality sleep or just a mental & physical struggle to get through each day.

Finding a natural solution that really works is key to healing your whole body from within. The Simone Thomas Wellness Hair Care Plans are specifically designed with complete body, mind and health in mind. Each of our award-winning supplement plans can provide you with a full spectrum of vital vitamins, minerals, probiotics and botanicals to promote enhanced skin, hair and gut health.

The Simone Thomas Wellness Ginkgo Hair Care Plan delivers a complete and nurturing supplement plan in an easy 3 step process. This plan is a combination of three supplements that promote whole body health by rejuvenating the hair and scalp from the inside out. The main ingredient, ginkgo, is a potent antioxidant that protects the hair and scalp from stress-related and harsh toxin damage. Another impressive factor in ginkgo’s power is that its anti-inflammatory to soothe painful scalps and calm troubled skin.

What’s more, the Ginkgo Hair Care Plan is full of probiotic goodness to gently support your digestive system for good gut health and to promote healing from within. The super green  element of the plan enables natural power minerals such as spirulina and green tea leaf to supply the body with iron, iodine and selenium to stimulate the growth of new hair cells and encourage strong and shiny hair.

If you are focused on strengthening your hair in particular, then the Simone Thomas Wellness Biotin Hair Care Plan is a great choice. It nurtures the scalp, hair follicles and new hair with a combination of several, super-effective supplements. As biotin boosts the flow of blood to the scalp, it is valuable in the growth of new hair and the soothing of inflamed scalps.

This plan provides a beneficial range of B vitamins that improves the body’s responses to stress which is really helpful for those who suffer from hair pulling. As well as a host of B vitamins, this plan includes a super green supplement that increases the body’s levels of zinc, iron and selenium for multiplying new hair follicles and producing collagen to strengthen the proteins in new hair.

Discover Your Perfect Hair Loss Treatment

Stress related hair loss can really affect your ability to think straight and can in turn naturally cause more stress. The Simone Thomas Wellness Hair Care Plans take care of the whole body, helping to reduce your anxiety, increase energy levels and improve your overall well-being so you can get back to feeling yourself, or even better! 

Not only will you achieve better levels of calm and an increased sense of wellbeing, but each plan specifically supports healthy hair growth and nurtures the scalp.

If you suffer from stress related hair loss, you need the Ginkgo Hair Care Plan. For more help or guidance on the health of your hair, contact the Simone Thomas Wellness team who can advise on the right plan for you.

Simone Says

During times of stress and anxiety, vitamin B is even more essential due to the metabolism of our cells including those in our immune and nervous system. Stress can lead to poor eating habits and poor sleep patterns and when we are tired or anxious, we tend to reach out for sugary foods compared to healthier alternatives. 

Vitamin C which can be found in the SkinQuencher and also within the Super Greens is amazing in times of stress when our immune systems are working overdrive and we are more likely to feel unwell. Having a daily dose of Vitamin C will help support your immune system and help to reduce your chances of being unwell or catching a common cold or flu. 

Common complaints we see from clients who are suffering from stress are: hair loss or hair shedding, weight gain, weight loss, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, loss of sexual interest and in some cases bursts of anger and emotions. 

Many minerals and vitamins are needed to help your body cope with stress, a daily dose of vitamins, minerals and botanicals is beneficial for restoring your body to improve its response to stress. A Vitamin B Complex – Ginkgo Biloba Plan (which also has Folic Acid and Biotin). One tablet twice a day with a glass of water will support you’re your nervous and immune system. B6 which can be found in Gingko Biloba B+ helps to lift depression, a lack of vitamin B6 could be the cause of your stress, anxiety, and depression. 

Nutrients to Include:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Oily Fish
  • Lentils
  • Bananas
  • Organic Fruit and vegetables

For those that suffer with bowel issues or poor gut health due to stress and anxiety:

  • Oily fish
  • Oats
  • Peppermint
  • Live natural yogurt
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Fresh fruit (not citrus fruit)
  • Ginger or Peppermint tea 

Nutrients to Avoid:

  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
  • White rice, white bread, sugar in all forms as well as refined cereals which will stimulate the stress hormone cortisol. 
  • Avoid colourings, MSG’s in all forms as well as processed food. 

The mind and cut connection is powerful so in times of stress or anxiety feed your feelings and emotions with wholesome food. 

Other Tips:

Regular exercise is beneficial for anyone suffering from stress. Exercises that specifically help with relaxation include walking, Pilates, Yoga and meditation. 

If stress is affecting other areas of your life, you may want to consider booking an appointment with a life coach or a therapist. Weekly or monthly sessions will be amazing for your mind but also for personal goals, relationship with yourself and others who are supporting you. Listen to the Simone Thomas Wellness podcast episode with Becki Houlston 

 

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