The role of diet in hair loss victims
Likely, you’re just another victim of the Western diet. If you’re like most, you eat more takeout, fast food and quick-fix meals than you do home cooked meals made with whole foods. This isn’t your fault, since you were raised on this diet, but it will be if you continue to consume it anyway.
When you eat nothing but junk food (including processed foods you may think are healthy), your body isn’t getting the nutrition it needs.
That’s because these foods are depleted of their natural nutrients during the processing (which is why it has been injected aka “enriched” with chemical vitamins) and can even eat away the nutrition your body currently has. For example, dairy is known to leach calcium out of your bones (after eating it, you urinate out your calcium for the next few hours).
This is an issue with a lot of other foods, which can deplete you of iron and other minerals (such as acidic foods with a low pH). And we all know what happens when you don’t get enough iron — hair loss!
So the key is to eat an alkaline-based diet, which should be filled with lots of fruits, veggies and high-nutrition smoothies!
Your lifestyle isn’t the greatest
Other than diet, lifestyle practices — what you do on a daily basis — also plays a part in hair loss. If you drink a lot of alcohol or smoke cigarettes, this too can cause problems. I know a lot more people who drink then smoke, and this causes dehydration and loss of iron. This is why you should drink less (or no) alcohol and consume lots and lots of water.
Hopefully, the smoothies you will adopt will include herbs that are high in all sorts of minerals, including iron, such as moringa and sarsaparilla. Seaweeds are by far the best as a multi-vitamin, so blend them together for optimum results.
Not working out enough or working out too much are also poor lifestyle choices. When you pump too much iron or do tons of cardio without giving your body the nourishment it needs, it can cause depletion and lead to hair loss. However, with the right balance, you can boost your circulation by working out, which many of us know is needed for hair growth.
Other lifestyle changes you may want to make include:
- Not using toxic chemical hair products (watch out for those claiming to be natural)
- Not wearing your hair too tightly in pony tails and braids
- Not dying your hair
- Oiling and moisturizing your scalp properly (like coconut, olive and moringa)
- Using nourishing shampoos and conditioners (like amla, shikakai and brahmi)
- Taking vitamins and minerals from its natural sources, not chemically-made tablets
Other factors may include the medications you take and therapies you’ve had (such as chemo), which can also be combated with a proper diet and nutrition intake.
With that info in mind, tell us if you’re having hair loss and thinning issues and what you’re doing about it.