Recently we published a post on hair loss, and what might be the causes. Well if you are dealing with hair loss, don’t despair, there are several all natural ways that you can begin reducing and even treating the problem.
Hair loss can be caused by a variety of things:
- hormone imbalance
- poor diet
- or even some prescription drugs
Luckily you may be able to slow down the process by examining your diet. Your hair needs proper nutrition to grow, strengthen, and shine. You may notice that people who don’t look healthy and aren’t receiving proper nutrition also have thinning hair. This is because vitamins and minerals are very important in ensuring thick, beautiful hair.
Examine your diet and make sure that you are getting the following vitamins and minerals, and when unsure, try incorporating supplements into your routine.
1. Eat your Fruits and Vegetables
More specifically eat those high in Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Iron, and Vitamin C.
The scalp uses vitamin A to create sebum, which lubricates the hair roots and keeps your hair from getting dry and brittle. Brittle hair can easily break and fall out. Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A.
Iron is very important in your bodies, as an iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is reduction in red blood cells. This is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Eating foods high in vitamin C along with vegetable sources of iron like spinach and broccoli will increase absorption of the vegetables’ iron.
Vitamin C is also instrumental in the production of red blood cells. These are what keep your hair healthy.
The best sources are:
- citrus fruits
2. Add Liver to your diet
Liver is one of nature’s most potent superfoods.
A common reason people avoid eating liver is because they believe it store toxins. While it is true that one of the liver’s role is to neutralize toxins, it does not store these toxins. On the other hand, the liver does store many important nutrients: Vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, B12, biotin and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. These nutrients provide the body with some of the tools it needs to get rid of toxins.
Vitamin B6 is important to your hair as it stimulates hair growth due to its effect on blood circulation and cell building. Thus, it is a very important component in treating hair loss. You can also get B6 from eating whole grains and eggs.
Vitamin B12 is a common factor in women’s hair loss. It is an important nutrient in the growth and strength of hair. Other good sources of Vitamin b12 include chicken, eggs, milk and fish, and if you are vegetarian you can choose to eat bananas and sunflower seeds.
Biotin enhances growth, thickens the hair shaft and lessens hair loss. Biotin can be found in some shampoo formulations. Other food sources include eggs and dairy.
3. Choose healthy meats and fish
Seafood and healthy meats are great sources for essential minerals and vitamins like Magnesium, Niacin, and Zinc.
Magnesium is required for strong bones. A deficiency in magnesium is linked to muscle spasms, hair loss and anxiety. If you are vegetarian you can choose to eat beans, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, whole grains, nuts, dairy and cocoa or drink mineral water as your source of magnesium.
Niacin, a B vitamin, helps with blood circulation to scalp, which is important for hair growth and keeping the follicles healthy. Try wheat germ if you are vegetarian.
Not enough zinc in the body can lead to unhealthy hair follicles. If the hair follicles are not healthy, then hair will not grow properly or not at all. Zinc ointments and shampoos with zinc included are helpful. Multivitamins always include zinc. Vegetarians can get a good amount of this mineral from whole grains, nuts and brewer’s yeast.
4. Choose Whole Grains
Adding more whole grains to your diet is not only great for your hair but for your health in general. Not only do they provide the vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to keep your family healthy and strong, but whole grains also contain dietary fiber, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health complications.
Finding whole grains can be tricky with all the products that advertise themselves as “wheat” or “multi-grain”. To ensure that you are buying products that are really made from the best grains, check the Nutrition Facts Panel to make sure whole-wheat flour is listed as the first ingredient and find loaves made mostly with whole-wheat or other whole-grain flour.
In addition to the many benefits listed above, whole grains also include Inositol and Patothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) both which are very important in hair growth.
Inositol has an important role in maintaining healthy cell membranes that make up the hair. Pantothenic acid is also well known for promoting healthy hair and is often found in many shampoos. It is thought to help prevent graying hair too.
5. Take a Multi-Vitamin
The best way to ensure that your body is getting the proper nutrients is to take a daily multi-vitamin. At Milagros de Mexico you can find multi-vitamins specifically designed for men, women, and children. Choose the one that best suits your needs and add it to your daily routine.
Great hair starts with a great diet. Make sure that you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals and you will find that your hair is thicker, stronger, and shinier. And in turn, you will feel happier and more confident too. Great health doesn’t just make you look better but it also makes you feel better.
What do you use to get great looking locks?