Hair, Skin & Nails

Common hair, skin and nail complaints include:  dry brittle or splitting nails, fungal nail infections, dandruff, hair loss, acne, eczema, dermatitis, pimples, rosacea, warts, psoriasis, hives, cradle cap, boils, cellulitis, cold sores, leg ulcers and tinea.

hairskin--nails-pic.jpgHaving healthy hair, skin and nails can make you look and feel your best. They are all such visible parts of your body that it is understandable you want them to look their best. The most effective way to accomplish this is to nourish your body from the inside out. After all healthy tissues such as hair, skin and nails are formed inside your body, under the surface, before they become visible.

Many people suffering from hair, skin and nail conditions find that the conventional treatments available do not manage their symptoms effectively. The good news is that if you have a skin, hair or nail condition that is causing you distress, natural medicines can help.

Skin, hair and nail conditions are rarely the result of one single factor. They are a reflection of your internal environment. There are many things to consider when managing a skin, hair or nail condition. For example if your digestive and detoxification systems are not functioning properly, your nails, hair and especially your skin will suffer.  If your stress levels are high, then the inflammation can become visible through the skin; if your circulation or lymphatic systems are congested then your skin will also reflect this. Finally if your diet contains too many junk foods and is lacking in certain nutrients then your skin, hair and nails will let everyone know you are not feeding your body what it needs.

In creating healthy skin, hair and nails you need to address the underlying factors that could be contributing to the problem. Your naturopath can provide a personalised treatment plan to address the specific underlying causes of your individual condition and assist you in feeling happier and healthier from the inside out.

There are many nutrients that are essential for healthy looking hair, skin and nails. Vitamin A, zinc, silica, vitamin C and bioflavonoids are all vital for maintaining the integrity of connective tissue. Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are also important for healthy hair, skin and nails and are found mainly in fish and vegetables oils such as flaxseed. Low levels of EFAs can result in dry skin dry, brittle hair and nails. Herbal remedies that help purify the blood, support lymphatic circulation or liver function may also be of benefit. Your naturopath may also recommend an integrated detoxification program to help you to improve the capacity of all your channels of eliminations and therefore help improve the quality of your skin, hair and nails.

Simple diet and lifestyle changes can also help keep your hair, skin and nails looking great.  Here are some simple suggestions:

  • Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat adequate amounts of protein
  • Drink at least two litres of water a day to hydrate your body
  • Replace processed foods with nutritious wholegrain varieties
  • Exercise every day to boost your circulation and keep you feeling great

If you are suffering from skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or acne, or you want to strengthen the health of your hair or nails then talk to your naturopath today.