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The Benefits of Inner Wellness on Growing Thicker, Healthier Hair

The relationship between inner wellness, vitamin intake, and hair growth is significant and multifaceted. Many people have experienced post-Covid hair loss, as well as hair loss related to a lack of nutrition and protein intake while using weight loss shots like semiglutide and tirzepatide. While external factors like hair care routines and styling practices play a role in hair health, the condition of your hair often reflects your overall health and nutrient status. Here's a deeper look at how inner wellness and vitamin intake can influence hair growth and the options we have at PRISM Aesthetics:


Nutrient Deficiencies and Hair Health:


Hair follicles are highly metabolically active and require a constant supply of nutrients to support growth and maintenance. Deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals can adversely impact hair health. For example:

   - Biotin (Vitamin B7): Supports keratin production, a protein essential for hair strength and growth. Biotin deficiency can lead to hair thinning and loss.

   - Vitamin D: Plays a role in hair follicle cycling and hair growth. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with hair loss.

   - Iron: Supports red blood cell production and oxygen transport. Iron deficiency (anemia) can lead to hair shedding.

   - Zinc: Supports hair tissue growth and repair. Zinc deficiency may contribute to hair loss and poor hair quality.


At PRISM, we offer several nutraceuticals that include these pertinent vitamins for hair growth, as well as extra vitamins not listed above. Among these, we offer well-known hair supplements like Nutrafol and Viviscal brands.


Benefits of Nutrafol Oral Supplements for Hair Growth:


Nutrafol supplements are formulated with a blend of clinically proven all-natural ingredients, including botanical extracts, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These supplements target the root causes of hair thinning and promote overall hair health from within, including essential nutrients like biotin, zinc, and keratin, which strengthen hair strands and reduce brittleness, minimizing breakage and split ends. Nutrafol's natural ingredients also help balance DHT levels, a hormone linked to hair thinning. Additionally, Nutrafol includes ingredients like saw palmetto and marine collagen that support scalp health, creating an optimal environment for hair to thrive.



Benefits of Viviscal Supplements for Hair Growth:


Viviscal is a well-known brand of hair growth supplements with all-natural ingredients specifically formulated to promote thicker, healthier hair. These supplements contain a blend of scientifically backed ingredients clinically proven to support hair growth and reduce hair shedding. Viviscal provides essential nutrients like biotin, zinc, and iron, which nourish hair follicles and promote the growth of strong and healthy hair. The supplements also include marine proteins that strengthen hair strands from within, reducing breakage and promoting overall hair resilience. Designed to support the natural hair growth cycle, Viviscal extends the growth phase (anagen phase) and reduces the resting phase (telogen phase) of hair follicles. Many users report a reduction in excessive hair shedding after consistent use of Viviscal supplements, leading to thicker and fuller-looking hair. Formulations are tailored to the specific needs of both men and women experiencing hair thinning and hair loss. In addition to oral supplements, Viviscal offers a complete hair care system that includes topical treatments, shampoos, and conditioners, providing a holistic approach to hair health and maintenance. We have all these options available at PRISM Aesthetics for purchase in clinic, as well as on our online shop.





The Role of Inner Wellness in Hair Growth


Inner wellness encompasses overall health, which can profoundly impact hair growth:

   - Stress Levels: Chronic stress can disrupt hormone balance and contribute to hair thinning. High stress levels may also lead to behaviors (like hair-pulling) that can damage hair.

   - Hormonal Balance: Fluctuations in estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones can affect hair growth cycles and hair quality.

   - Immune Function: Conditions affecting immune function, such as autoimmune diseases, can manifest as hair loss (e.g., alopecia areata).

   - Digestive Health: Proper digestion and nutrient absorption are essential for delivering key nutrients to hair follicles.


Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Diagnostic Lab Tests Offered at PRISM:


At PRISM Aesthetics, we offer comprehensive lab panels that include hormone levels such as estrogen, testosterone, FSH levels, extensive thyroid panels, vitamin D, vitamin B, and more. Additional lab panels such as cortisol and autoimmune function tests can be added if deemed necessary by one of our Nurse Practitioners focused on functional medicine. Often, simply placing a patient with decreased thyroid function on a thyroid medication such as desiccated thyroid (also known as Armour or NP Thyroid), which are porcine-derived thyroid medications, can help a patient experience more hair growth.


Impact of Diet and Vitamin Intake on Hair Growth:


   Consuming a balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals can promote healthy hair growth:

   - Antioxidants: Vitamins like vitamin C and E protect hair follicles from oxidative stress, which can contribute to hair aging and thinning.

   - Protein: Hair is primarily composed of protein (keratin). Adequate protein intake supports hair structure and growth.

   - Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil and nuts, omega-3s promote scalp health and may reduce inflammation that can hinder hair growth.

   - Vitamin A: Important for sebum production, which moisturizes the scalp and keeps hair healthy.


Conclusion:


   Inner wellness and vitamin intake play vital roles in supporting healthy hair growth. Optimal nutrition, stress management, hormonal balance, and overall health contribute to strong, vibrant hair. If you are experiencing hair loss or lack of hair growth, we recommend consulting with one of our Nurse Practitioners at PRISM, where we strive to help identify specific nutrient deficiencies and develop a personalized plan tailored to promote hair wellness from within.


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