New here, trying to reconcile my hair and skin issues

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Do you have a history of antibiotic use or digestive problems? Do get your essential fatty acid intake/ balance right, that plays a huge role in dermatological health, appropriate immune responses, really every aspect of health.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
I really try to stay away from antibiotics. I was IMO over-prescribed them for sinus/ear problems as a child/teen. Once I went away to college, with my combined apathy and lack of money, I stopped running off to the doctor for every little thing. Lo and behold, I stopped getting sick! I'm not risking getting worse if I am sick and seem to not be getting better on my own, but I prefer to let my own body's defenses work before resorting to antibiotics. I've taken them twice in the last three years, but that's it.

I'm still working on the diet. My rule is- if I eat it, it should have some real value. For example, why use vegetable oil, when you could use olive? One is clearly superior in it's nutritional value, and the other is well, junk food. Plus, it's multi-purpose, food, hair, and skin: I get more bang for my buck! Trying to eat more oily fish (not hard, I love fish and if I have to eat meat, that's my first choice). I buy the eggs with omega-3, try to cram beans, nuts, and seeds into whatever dish I can. Had been taking supplements, but my stomach and vitamins never get along, so I try to get as much as I can from food.
I really try to stay away from antibiotics. I was IMO over-prescribed them for sinus/ear problems as a child/teen. Once I went away to college, with my combined apathy and lack of money, I stopped running off to the doctor for every little thing. Lo and behold, I stopped getting sick! I'm not risking getting worse if I am sick and seem to not be getting better on my own, but I prefer to let my own body's defenses work before resorting to antibiotics. I've taken them twice in the last three years, but that's it.

I'm still working on the diet. My rule is- if I eat it, it should have some real value. For example, why use vegetable oil, when you could use olive? One is clearly superior in it's nutritional value, and the other is well, junk food. Plus, it's multi-purpose, food, hair, and skin: I get more bang for my buck! Trying to eat more oily fish (not hard, I love fish and if I have to eat meat, that's my first choice). I buy the eggs with omega-3, try to cram beans, nuts, and seeds into whatever dish I can. Had been taking supplements, but my stomach and vitamins never get along, so I try to get as much as I can from food.
Originally Posted by RatherBeInNV
Your history of antibiotic use may well be relevant, twice in three years is actually quite a lot, will certainly have messed with your gut flora ('friendly bacteria') possibly your skin flora too. I'm not being critical since sometimes antibiotics are simply unavoidable, stating facts as I understand them. The gut flora is a key part of your immune system, and helps absorb and even manufacture nutrients.

Did you take any high strength freeze dried probiotics (sold as acidophilus/ bifidobacteria) afterwards? Ideally you'd have a course in capsule form, if you can't handle the capsules you could empty them into a cold meal or snack, plain Greek yoghurt (add fruit for flavour) would be the ideal environment if you like yoghurt. Store the capsules in the refrigerator and consume with or after food, stomach acids destroy them. Freeze dried is much much more potent than the little yoghurt drinks, two to twenty billion viable organisms instead of millions at best. Probiotics are useful in candida too.

Diet sounds very much on the right track, brilliant, keep up with the oily fish particularly you need the omega-3s to balance out the omega-6s in the nuts and seeds, the vitamin D may also be of benefit. I don't have my nutrition clients take vitamin and mineral supplements routinely only to fill obvious holes in the diet, to address a specific health issue or if advised by their doctor.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 06-22-2013 at 11:35 AM.
Negative on any probiotics after antibiotic use. I've honestly never looked into them. I've always heard it was good to consume yogurt during and after antibiotic use, but I can't stand the stuff. Unless it's an aged cheese, the more foul-smelling the better, I'm not keen on dairy products. I have a friend who will be visiting on leave from the Air Force around July 4th who is huge into all these various supplements and nutrition...I think he and I will go on a little shopping trip armed with your suggestions.

I'm really just now beginning to understand just how important it is to take a more holistic approach to my health, everything you have brought up rings true. The eczema, digestive issues, candida; they all have reared their ugly heads over the last few years. I treat each one individually as they occur, but they never fully are resolved. I really think diet modification is key, I've never eaten badly per se, but there's always room for improvement.

In other news, I tried the AVG on the particularly itchy, dry patch I have on my crown, no bad reaction! In fact, it soothed the itch rather than exacerbating it like two weeks prior. As long as I don't apply too frequently, I think I will try re-introducing it to my scalp/hair routine, see if I can handle it again.
Negative on any probiotics after antibiotic use. I've honestly never looked into them. I've always heard it was good to consume yogurt during and after antibiotic use, but I can't stand the stuff. Unless it's an aged cheese, the more foul-smelling the better, I'm not keen on dairy products. I have a friend who will be visiting on leave from the Air Force around July 4th who is huge into all these various supplements and nutrition...I think he and I will go on a little shopping trip armed with your suggestions.

I'm really just now beginning to understand just how important it is to take a more holistic approach to my health, everything you have brought up rings true. The eczema, digestive issues, candida; they all have reared their ugly heads over the last few years. I treat each one individually as they occur, but they never fully are resolved. I really think diet modification is key, I've never eaten badly per se, but there's always room for improvement.

In other news, I tried the AVG on the particularly itchy, dry patch I have on my crown, no bad reaction! In fact, it soothed the itch rather than exacerbating it like two weeks prior. As long as I don't apply too frequently, I think I will try re-introducing it to my scalp/hair routine, see if I can handle it again.
Originally Posted by RatherBeInNV
Mmmmm traditional cheeses, even better with a nice wine!!

Live yoghurt is worthwhile after antibiotics but a free dried acidophilus/ bifidobacteria supplement is way better due to the sheer numbers involved. The human gut contains a couple of pounds of bacteria (really!) many of which will die off after antibiotics. Sadly all too often the bad guys repopulate faster than the good guys, especially where the diet is less than optimal.

I took me getting too sick to work many years ago to get my head around taking responsibility for my own wellbeing, and TBH I'm not practicing what I preach at present. Guess what? First common cold in perhaps six or eight years this last winter, doh. In the UK it's considered normal to get sick once or twice each winter.

Having a biology/ healthcare background once I started reading up I read textbooks and papers and ended up retraining in lifestyle healthcare. The research blew my mind with the sheer power of nutrition and physical activity to prevent, partially treat or even 'cure' conditions which we think of as unavoidable like hayfever, mild to moderate depression, winter colds and many forms of cancer. Conventional medical treatments/ pharmacy absolutely has its place, but any drug or operation has a negative side effect or three, clean eating and sensible exercise does not.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Cheese and wine, nothing on Earth can top that combo!

We seem to be in the same boat, I never get colds. This past winter was stressful on many levels, and I ended up with two! Not fun.

Eating better and finally getting back into exercise again have made huge changes, on many levels. I began light weight training and got back into yoga about a month ago. I always struggled to find activities that either didn't bore me or irritate an old knee injury, plus working full time and having a toddler I have little time to cram in workouts. Funny you mention depression; I ended up with bad postpartum depression after my son was born, which is FINALLY easing up. He's 20 months old, it went on far too long. I was prescribed meds, but did not want to take them. I believe 100% that diet modification and becoming more active is what got me over that hump, along with "cleaning out" the sources of stress in my life.

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