What goes into your body has a big effect on your outer appearance. Your hair, nails, and skin all reflect the type of diet you follow. If you are suffering from hair loss, there are several ways to improve your condition. The Hair Loss Recovery Program has a few suggestions on eating properly to reduce hair loss and maintain healthy hair.
Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by various factors. Genetics, trauma, illness, medication or even poor nutrition are common causes. Growing hair and maintaining healthy follicles can be difficult at times, however, a proper diet is essential. We have made a list of some dietary issues that could be contributing to your hair fall.
Those who eliminate meat from their diet are at risk of losing hair due to protein deficiency. If you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle you should work with a certified dietitian to create a meal plan that targets all of the major nutrients your body needs. This will help maintain not only your health, but also a healthy head of hair.
Resistance to Insulin
According to several studies, resistance to insulin can lead to pattern baldness in both men and women. When your respond to insulin improperly, or at all, the condition is called insulin resistance. This can cause a range of ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, and even hair loss. Those who have diets that are high in sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats are at an increased risk of developing insulin resistance.
Those suffering from eating disorders are most likely to also suffer from malnutrition. Due to the lack of proper nutrients, hair loss is a common side effect among other issues. It is critical to seek medical treatment and therapy to help manage eating disorders. Once you have received help, hair tends to re-grow in time with proper eating habits.
Excess Vitamin A
More and more people are taking vitamin supplements in an effort to improve their health, but excessive consumption can have the opposite effect. Specifically, too much vitamin A can cause you to lose hair instead of improving your health.
Eating Your Way to Healthy Hair
Once you perceive how your diet is causing you to lose hair, you can make changes that will promote growth instead. There are several things that you should include in your diet that will promote growth and encourage healthy hair.
In order to encourage hair to grow it is important you consume an adequate amount of protein. If you are on a restrictive diet, make sure you get enough fish, beans, eggs, meat or dairy to keep your hair healthy.
Vitamin D, Iron & Zinc
Your body also needs iron to stay healthy. It encourages proper hair growth and also strengthens your blood. Young people, the elderly, and those who are pregnant are more prone to being iron deficient. Too little zinc can also cause all over hair loss in all ages. Make sure to fill your diet with foods that have a high iron and zinc content like fish, greens, red meat, and other grains.
How We Can Help
We are dedicated to helping you with any of your hair loss concerns. If you think your hair loss is due to poor diet, speak with your doctor to ascertain which vitamins your diet is missing. For more information on hair loss remedies and treatments, give The Hair Loss Recovery Program a call at (416) 439-4247 today.