Diet And Hair Loss
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A balanced healthy diet leads to healthy hair and skin, so it's no wonder that a diet that is lacking in important nutrients will lead to hair loss. Losing hair can actually hide more serious health problems, but most of the time it is caused by insufficient nutrients and hormonal changes caused by fad diets.
Someone that suffers from hair loss should analyze if any other factors have contributed to this problem in the last three months or so. If there was no history of: infectious disease, giving birth, entering menopause, prolonged medication, taking birth control pills, or a severe accident, then it is a good idea to look at any diet changes that may have triggered the hair loss.
So what type of diets can actually lead to hair loss, and what foods should you be eating to stop and prevent hair loss?
Vegan and vegetarian diets that are based on plants, nuts, seeds, and herbs can actually lead to many diet deficiencies. The vegan and raw vegan diets are the most restrictive ones, and many followers of these diets don't realize that they might not be getting all the required nutrients. The fact is that our bodies have a reserve of amino acids, proteins, and minerals, and many vegans are actually consuming this reserve. Other important minerals and vitamins can't even be stored by our bodies, so there must be a daily intake of these elements. A zinc and iron deficiency is the most common cause of hair loss in vegans and vegetarians. Vitamin B12 is also important for hair formation, and it can only be found in animal products.
Many vegans and vegetarians tend to eat very little protein and fat, which are also essential for healthy hair. In addition, some resort to eating unhealthy foods and processed vegan meals from the supermarket. For those that plan to stick to a vegan diet, and are also experiencing hair loss, make sure to weigh your diet choices very carefully. Introducing more sprouts, algae, many leafy greens, and superfoods might be a good option for some, but it might not stop the hair loss for all people.
Weight loss diets and extreme fasts can make you lose your hair, and they may really endanger your health. Most weight loss diets are based on eating only certain food groups, and unfortunately this can really lead to deficiencies. Hair loss happens naturally when you go on any extreme diet, because your body is trying to save and store as many nutrients as possible. Your body is actually going into "panic mode" when it feels starved and malnourished, so it is only natural that hair will be considered unnecessary for survival. Once you stop the crazy diet, your hair will grow back on its own. However, don't wait too long or it will take a long time to regain your previous full head of hair.
Junk food diets are probably more common among teenagers, but have also become a big part of everyone's life in most countries. Grabbing a bag of chips or tortillas is tempting for anyone, or having some popcorn at the movie theater. While having some junk food once in a while is not the worst thing in the world, some people have made junk and processed foods their staple diet. This can not only lead to hair loss, but more serious illnesses caused by the preservatives and synthetic flavorings of these so called foods. Preservatives deplete our body's energy and nutrients, which leads to hair loss, acne, and an unhealthy general appearance. Getting rid of junk food from the diet should be fairly easy, and fruits and vegetables can be much healthier snacks that actually prevent hair loss and help your hair grow back.
Supplement diet happens when someone thinks that synthetic supplements and things that come in bottles can actually replace real food. The biggest issue with supplements is that they have very low bio-availability, which means that our bodies are actually unable to use most of these synthetic nutrients. The other problem is that they contain other chemicals, and that they are basically dead food, which can't be compared to eating natural clean foods. If you must take supplements look for the ones in colloidal form, which can actually be absorbed by the body.
In order to help your hair grow back and stop the hair loss, you can include some or all of the following foods which are rich in important hair nutrients: red meats (rich in zinc and iron), turkey meat, eggs, walnuts, green beans and peas, fish, seafood, and leafy green vegetables. Also, trying some herbal remedies that stimulate hair growth and treat thinning hair is always a good idea.