You are what you eat! This famous saying is meaningful in many ways. Your diet can positively or negatively impact your health and generally life itself. The world of health is focused on balanced diet which will provide you with all nutrients and compounds required for a healthy living.
While certain foods help you grow your hair, others can diminish its health. When it comes to nutrition, moderation is the key and while there is no one food that can prevent hair loss, there are foods that you can avoid which would ordinarily rob the body of vital nutrients needed for healthy hair growth. When you don't get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs from your diet, it can cause your hair to fall out. For example, too little protein in your diet can damage healthy hair, and inhibit your body's ability to build new hair follicles, which can cause noticeable hair loss. Let’s look at the kind of foods you may avoid for your hair health.
Refined carbohydrates such as cakes, biscuits and white flour are high in sugar and low in fiber which means any nutrients that have been ingested are often re-directed to facilitate the digestion of these typically nutritionally sterile foods. They could in fact also indirectly lead to hair loss as sugar is known to inhibit your ability to handle stress and stress is a major contributing factor that leads to hair loss. Switching to complex carbohydrates and high fiber options such as whole meal flour, beans and bananas will aid digestion and improve the body’s ability to deliver nutrients to the blood stream and effectively, the hair follicles.
Consumption of high fat, fried foods and hydrogenated oils should be avoided. Studies have linked monounsaturated and saturated fat to increased testosterone levels which could potentially lead to elevated levels of DHT (a by-product that causes hair loss) while hydrogenated oils are thought to affect hair growth by suppressing essential fatty acids needed for healthy hair.
According to the FDA, the artificial sweetener aspartame can cause hair loss and thinning hair as well as a number of unpleasing symptoms such as arthritis, bloating, depression, impotency and sexual problems.
Hair loss can be triggered by certain food additives such as caramel color, which may be processed with caustic chemicals, sulphites or ammonia. Even natural additives have been associated with hair loss.
Clearly poor nutrition can affect hair growth because the body will ration nutrients in a hierarchy of vital organs first and hair last, however more research is needed before these foods are indisputably linked to hair loss.
The proper amount of zinc in the body is essential to hair growth. Too much alcohol may deplete the body’s reserves of zinc, which in turn may cause hair loss. Drinking alcohol in moderation doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Excessive coffee or tea may raise stress levels, which can promote hair loss. However, some hair experts use procedures that involve applying coffee or tea directly on the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
The typical high-protein diet includes a vast amount of animal protein, which when eaten in large amounts may leach the body of other essential nutrients, such as calcium and fluids. It may also cause the arteries to become filled with plaque, and this prevents the cells in the scalp from receiving the proper nutrients needed for healthy hair growth.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Iron deficiency anemia causes extreme fatigue, weakness, and pale skin. You may also notice headaches, difficulty concentrating, cold hands and feet, and hair loss. Any type of exertion may leave you short of breath.
Encouraging Hair Growth
- Avoid combing the hair when it is wet, as the hair is said to be more prone for breakage.
- Sleep is essential for at least 8 hours a day, to promote healthy hair growth.
- Drinking plenty of water and good diet is important for a proper functioning of the body, thus leading to proper hair growth.
- Avoid excess indulgence in alcohol, cigarettes and other intoxicants.
- A paste of licorice and milk or black pepper and lemon seeds can be applied to the bald patches.
- Consume raw vegetables and salads on a daily basis.
- Deal with stress and sleeplessness effectively with yoga and exercise.