Diet and Hair Loss

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In order to achieve optimum health, a person needs a diet rich in nutrients. This is also true for hair. Yet a person who is going bald because of genetics will find no halt of hair loss based in their diet. This leads to the question on whether or not there is a connection between hair loss and diet.

Biology teaches us that there are about 100,000 individual hairs on the head of an average adult. Even people who are not experiencing any hair loss will still shed 1 percent or 100 hairs every single day. This may not sound like much on a daily basis, but that comes out to more than 36,000 individual hairs lost every year.

Shedding of hair is all part of its natural growth (referred to as anagen) and resting (referred to as telogen) stages of the hair follicle. When we are young, our hair is replaced at the same rate at which it is lost. When hair loss is genetic, the replacement of this hair is not as complete, which results in the hair eventually thinning or baldness.

Those essential nutrients are needed on a daily basis so that the body can produce those new hairs. So, there is a definite connection between diet and hair. In fact, the following foods will help keep your hair healthy.

Eggs: Hair is made up primarily of protein. This means that your hair needs protein to grow. One of the most valuable sources of protein is eggs. Eat the entire egg for the maximum nutrition. Protein can also be found in a variety of other foods including dairy, fish, and meat.

Fish: Magnesium helps hair grow and one of the best sources of magnesium is fish. The best fish for this nutrient is caviar, cod, halibut, mackerel, and salmon.

Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is high in vitamin B5 and vitamin D, both of which are excellent providers for hair and follicle health.

Nuts: Nuts are a fantastic nutrient for hair. Make sure to choose nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, and pecans, all which are high in healthy oils. These oils help build up the hair’s elastin. A lack of elastic will cause hair to easily break.

Spinach: Spinach is high in iron, Vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene, which are all essential nutrients. An extreme or prolonged iron deficiency can cause hair loss. To find out if you are suffering from an iron deficiency, a doctor can check ferritin levels and determine how much iron the body is storing. A lot of ferritin means there is a lot of iron and this is critical to healthy hair.

Unfortunately, diet alone cannot always address the issue of hair loss. Contact a hair restoration clinic to find out how they can help you reverse the process.

 

Resources:

Wikipedia, Hair Treatment

Dr. Robin Unger, MD, Hair Restoration NYC

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