The nutrients you need for hair growth

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The nutrients you need for hair growth

Hair is a protein filament composed mostly of keratin that grows from follicles found in the skin. Feed your hair follicles a healthy diet including phytochemicals, antioxidants, and polysaccharides to maintain healthy hair. No single antioxidant can replace the combination of natural phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants or bioactive compounds are best acquired through whole-food consumption. A recommendation of a wide variety of fruits and[...]

This one highly inflammatory ingredient in most supplement products

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This one highly inflammatory ingredient in most supplement products

Remember to get plenty of sun whenever you can. Some scientists think that there isn’t much of a region in the world where we can make optimal level of vitamin D from the sun anymore, as more and more chemicals, including chemicals from sunscreen, are in the atmosphere. Current guidelines for vitamin D are still based mainly on bone mineralisation and calcium metabolism, but we[...]

Why plant-based meat products are not healthy

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Why plant-based meat products are not healthy

The point of eating a plant-based diet is the phytonutrients and antioxidants that wholesome plant foods contain. Plant-based meat products in the market are highly processed products. They go through so much processing to achieve the taste, texture and cooking behaviours that mimic those of real meat. Even their ingredients are highly processed products. They contain oil and a lot of additives to make them[...]

Don’t take your vitamins

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Don’t take your vitamins

Don’t take your vitamins. Eat whole foods and supplement with only whole food products. Scientists have only discovered and understood a measly FEW out of hundreds and thousands of nutrients found in foods. But this doesn’t stop the supplement industry from isolating those singular compounds and packing them into vitamin and mineral products. Multivitamins, one of the most widely consumed supplements believed by many to[...]

There is no substitute for sunlight for Alopecia healing

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There is no substitute for sunlight for Alopecia healing

Sun and the vitamin D our skin makes from sun exposure are crucial for managing Alopecia. Vitamin D is crucial for immune system regulation, which means that it is critical for autoimmune healing. And there is no good substitute for the vitamin D your skin makes from sun exposure. It is no coincidence that all else being equal (diet and other aspects in check), the[...]

The shampoo I choose to use on my daughter

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The shampoo I choose to use on my daughter

Because Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition, the root cause lies in the immune system. Anything you use on the hair and head is only supportive in nature and will not be able address the root cause. What I mean by this is, true autoimmune hair loss cannot be resolved by topical treatment alone. But the ‘right’ topical treatment may help stimulate and boost regrowth,[...]

Why I don’t use Ashwagandha for Alopecia

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Why I don’t use Ashwagandha for Alopecia

I’ve gotten questions about the use of Ayurvedic medicine as part of a ‘natural’ healing for Alopecia and autoimmunity. I don’t use Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine for my daughter's Alopecia. I don’t use any herbal, traditional, or natural medicine either. No naturopathic approach and no homeopathy either. I've written another post about why here and here. I have talked about this in another post a few months back why traditional medicine[...]

Healing protocol should not advocate the consumption of animal products

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Healing protocol should not advocate the consumption of animal products

I started out here to share about our Alopecia journey. But the approach I put together made me realise that it wasn’t about Alopecia or any specific condition. The approach to overcoming Alopecia that I use is the very same approach to preventing and overcoming any other chronic illnesses, as well as strengthening the immune system to face daily threats to our health. Any good[...]

The one vitamin I need to supplement

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The one vitamin I need to supplement

Vitamin D is the one thing I really don’t like to supplement, but have to. The reason I don’t like to supplement is because I have not found a truly good vitamin D supplement product yet. But I have to, because where we live, the angle of the sun vs earth is such that vitamin D is not available to us year long. Even if[...]

Exercise for autoimmune recovery

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Exercise for autoimmune recovery

Our immune system needs exercise to increase both cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation. The lymphatic circulation is our first line of defense against any invaders and pathogens that enter our system. Because our lymphatic system doesn’t have an organ like the heart that keeps pumping, it relies on movement in order to function. In the context of exercising to help with your autoimmune recovery, we're not[...]

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