the stars have aligned.
my hair is growing back!
LOOK THAT THOSE GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL BABY HAIRS!
this is the fourth month of my alopecia journey, and it's been an incredible one- i gained widespread community support, met new people, reconnected with old friends and learned stories.
& i created my own.
for those suffering from hair loss, here are some Best Practices i've implemented over the past few months that have shown success. i've committed time & energy to countless of hours of hair loss research and personal experimentation. these Best Practices not only improved my alopecia, but also my general health and anxiety.
here is what is currently working for me:
Detoxadine- i consider this the MOST IMPORTANT supplement i am using- Detoxadine is Global Healing Center's brand of standardized nano-colloidal nascent iodine. It is produced with a transformative bio-elemental matrix and, with a glycerin base, is designed to be more gentle on your digestive system than iodine supplements that contain alcohol. ever since i started taking three drops every morning, my energy level has increased and I definately feel less fatigued as each day passes. Our bodies use iodine to make the hormones necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones. When we are deficient in this nutrient, the health of our hair can suffer, leading to hair weakness or total hair loss- this is sometimes a factor that plays into alopecia.
Selenium- I started taking 100mcg of selenium (vegetarian tablets) from GNC about a month ago. Not many know that selenium can assist in hair loss prevention. Let me explain: enzymes are molecules, used for different chemical reactions of the body- many enzymes use selenium to do their work for them, which makes them more reactive. Some enzymes help the body clean itself from free radicals. These guys are very harmful to the healthy growth of hair and skin cells of the body since they play a major factor in premature aging and weaker hair follicles. Selenium works for healthy hair growth and prevents hair loss by killing free radicals! I urge you to try out the 100mcg and track your success.
Biotin- I began taking this supplement the moment my first bald patch appeared and to be honest, I noticed little success by only taking this supplement. at the offset of my alopecia, i hazardly rushed to the local pharmacy and bought a SUPER BIOTIN tablet, which in turn sparked a MASSIVE acne breakout all over my face (i'm talking about this deep imbedded pimples under the skin, OUCH)! this only increased my anxiety & stress, and i lost more hair. now that i've accepted my struggle, i take 2 tablets of 1000mcg of biotin every morning with my breakfast. i've been taking biotin since the very beginning, and although i doubt that biotin alone assists in hair growth, i DID notice when i stopped taking biotin for two weeks, i LOST more hair. i recommend sticking with biotin throughout the journey- you can pick up biotin at your local pharmacy for cheap.
Iron- Our bodies are incredible machines, but when our bodies start attacking themselves for unknown reasons, at their core these attacks are all similar in that they are an immune response caused by systemic inflammation that ignites a battle with your own physical self. When our bodies lack the nutrient iron, It sends the body into survival mode, so your body channels oxygen to support vital functions as opposed to ones like keeping your hair intact. a lack of iron then can cause hair loss. this is why i take 65mg of Nature Made iron every afternoon- you can also purchase this supplement at your local pharmacy.
L-Theanine- I purchase my 200mg of L-theanine at GNC- this supplement changed my life. The supplement is used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve sleep, as well as boost concentration and alertness. ... An amino acid found primarily in black and green tea, L-theanine is partly responsible for the beverage's impact on mood. I was nervous to try this supplement, but within 20 minutes of taking one with water, my body was noticeably less tense- my hands stopped shaking, my heart stopped fluttering. I do not take this supplement all the time (it is non-addictive), but when my anxiety gets out of hand, i take this supplement and it mellows my physical reaction to anxiety.
Natural Calm Magnesium-Calcium Drink- Natural Calm is a fruity, effervescent drink that promotes healthy magnesium levels and balances calcium intake—helping you to feel less stressed and more relaxed. Good health is all about balance. A delicate balance must be maintained between the levels of magnesium and calcium in your body—especially at a cellular level. I take one teaspoon twice a day of this supplement and have noticed a huge difference in my stress levels. This supplement can be purchased online or at GNC or Vitamin World.
and also...ALWAYS take a multi-vitamin with your first meal every morning to kick-start a healthy body.
[i also do not want to ignore the steroid injections i received about a month ago- i cannot prove if the injections caused the change, but i will update you, dear reader, as my journey continues.]
These are the supplements I currently take [combined] have shown success with my hair growth and anxiety management. I also do not want to discount the major nutritional changes made the past few months- I TRY to eat six smaller meals a day (fruits, veggies, protein, smaller amounts of carbs) with the occasional beer, cookie, popcorn [really anything, you name it, i love food]... i am learning to ENJOY the food i eat. i am learning to EMBRACE the experience of eating/drinking.
eat. drink. stay active. nurture your beautiful mind.
every journey has ups and downs- moments of great light and moments of great darkness. but perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached. my journey has been a rollercoaster- sometimes i close my eyes and hold on in sheer terror. but i am learning to enjoy those great & terrible moments.
sometimes you just have to raise your hands up in the air & enjoy the ride.