How does stress, diet and sleep affect hair?
Have you come across the term "3S"?
We're talking about three factors that affect (not only) your hair. These are STRESS, SLEEP and DIET.
How do these three factors affect your hair? Let's take a closer look at them.
Symptoms of excessive stress lead to sleep problems. Based on poor sleep, we try to replenish our energy during the day with quick carbs (sugars) – or to put it another way: we have an increased appetite. This in turn leads to an unbalanced, irregular and improper diet.
If we overlook these important factors (which not only affect the hair, but of course the body as a whole), we are only spinning in a vicious circle of trying commercial chemical products from drugstores or pharmacies, nutritional supplements that are not comprehensive and effective, and worst of all – we are exclusively relying on those.
Stress cannot be completely avoided, but trying to purposefully relieve it and not relying only on nutritional supplements or commercial products is essential for human health!
Now let's look at the consequences of the 3S a little more professionally.
When you're in stress, the blood vessels, which are located around the hair bulbs and are supposed to nourish them, contract and the necessary nutrients cannot reach them. If, in addition, we weaken the hair follicles with an unsuitable cosmetic product that we put on the scalp, the hair falls out.
Everything is connected, everything builds on each other. So-called neurotransmitters are also behind everything. Neurotransmitters are small chemicals that enable communication between individual nerve cells, called neurons. These substances are responsible for transmitting signals and information from one neuron to another, allowing the complex functioning of the brain and the entire nervous system. When your body is overwhelmed by stress or you experience a shock, neurotransmitters send an impulse directly to the nerve endings (also) around the hair follicles. Because of this, a weakening and acceleration of the transformation of the hair growth phases occurs. It's not all about hair loss, it can also include an increase in greasiness. It's no secret that when we don't feel "in our skin", we have an increased heart rate and start to sweat on different parts of the body – and the scalp is no exception.
How to avoid excessive stress, poor sleep and improper diet?
- relax regularly
- learn to manage stress better
- reflect on its origins and address the cause
- eat the rainbow and drink plenty of fluids
- replenish the necessary nutrients with a high quality Daily Ritual nutritional supplement
- use 100% natural ANDREINE cosmetics and avoid chemical cosmetics
- regularly apply a hair tonic along with a scalp massage
- avoid alcohol and other toxic substances
- undergo regular treatments to promote hair growth
- treat your hair to an Indian / home wrap every month
- learn breathing and meditation techniques (if you don't know where to start, buy a book on the subject)
- dance, exercise, move, educate yourself, be in nature, spend time with loved ones = enjoy life
...and much much more. Everyone should figure out a satisfactory stress-relief technique on their own. In this day and age, we have so many options and different fun activities at our fingertips, it would be a shame not to at least try them!
If you improve your resistance to stress, insomnia and poor diet, you will not only prevent hair loss, but you will also improve your overall health and be much happier.