Updated: Aug 31
Hair, Skin & Nail Health
Although this Guide is focused on how to have healthy hair and prevent thinning & hair loss. Keep in mind that, what is good for the hair is also good for the skin and nails as well. If your insides are healthy, it will show on the outside. Therefore, all 19 Foods mentioned are not only good for your hair, but will improve the health of your skin, nails and more. I do hope you find some helpful information below.
Hair Loss / Thinning
Hair Loss and thinning is becoming a common problem from which both men and women are suffering. Many turn to chemical solutions, but these may have side effects that affect not just the hair but other parts of the body as well, including skin reactions. It is important that damaged hair and hair loss is treated through natural ways to achieve new healthier, thicker, longer hair. We will discuss foods that help promote regeneration, improving the health of your hair, also foods to help prevent hair loss and possible causes of hair loss / thinning and ways to prevent it.
Persistent emotional stress is a hormonal hurricane for the human body. It can have many harmful effects on an individual, one of which is rapid hair loss. Any unhandled stress ranging from the emotional pain of losing a loved one to exam pressures in students can cause hair to fall out more quickly than normal. Persistent stress or anxiety may cause Alopecia Areata or Telogen Effluvium. Alopecia Areata causes a person to lose large clumps of hair near the scalp. Telogen Effluvium is a condition in which the body
sends out mixed signals, leading to less hair grow than normal. The hairs on our head have a normal cycle during which they fall out (typically two years) and new hair grows. If less hair is growing to replace the ones falling out, then the deficit of hair will be much more prominent.
Physical stress has been identified as one of the primary causes of hair loss. Any physical shock, illness, trauma, injury or even exposure to viral infections have been shown to cause temporary hair loss. The hair usually recovers as the body recovers. Make sure to speak to your doctor about *adrenal fatigue or thyroid issues if your hair continues to fall out.
A diet rich in carbohydrates and fats, and deficient in proteins also contributes to hair loss. Insufficient protein intake makes our bodies change the allocation of protein to muscle repair and reproduction, leaving little or no protein for hair growth. Remember everyone is different, which means some thrive on little protein while others require more (especially physically active adults). Look for the signs, such as weak nails or hair falling out.
Hormonal Imbalance is another known factor for hair loss both in males and females. The imbalance can be due to internal as well as external reasons. Internal reasons include poor gut health, toxic overload, estrogen dominance, emotional stress and a constant state of anger or depression. External factors may include hormone pills or birth control pills.
*I will have detailed “Health Guides” about these topics in the future.
Poor gut health can cause hair loss and wreak havoc on many other body functions. Too often we lose hair because our digestive system is lacking good bacteria.
One in ten women face hair loss due to a deficiency of iron. Anemia causes hair loss in many individuals, but it can be treated with iron supplements and a diet high in greens, beans, and lean red meat. Similarly, a deficiency of Vitamin B is also been found to contribute to hair loss. Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and alopecia, are more serious causes of hair loss.
Receiving heavy dosages of treatment for certain diseases can also result in rapid hair loss. Examples include chemotherapy, anti-depressants, cardiovascular, blood pressure control drugs and other anti-inflammatory drugs are also known to cause hair loss.
Genetics / Male Pattern Baldness