Eating properly is essential for organs and body systems, as well as for healthy and thick hair. One of the most common environmental causes for hair loss is poor nutrition. Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), crash diets, unhealthy foods that don’t provide sufficient nutrients, and lack of certain food groups such as proteins (hair is composed primarily of protein), can lead to hair loss. The type of hair loss experienced due to a nutritional deficit is called telogen effluvium. Essential nutrients for healthy and dense hair are vitamins A, E, C, B6, B 12, Folic Acid, proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, minerals (Calcium, Magnesium), selenium, and copper. People who have nutrient deficiencies often also have dry skin and brittle hair that breaks easily. Whenever planning to lose weight, it should be conducted under doctor supervision to ensure a well-balanced diet containing all the important nutrients needed for your entire body, not just your hair. Losing weight in most cases means losing hair too. Therefore it is important to take supplements as a prevention of hair loss.
Did you know?
Suggested food that promote healthy hair would be the following :
fish(salmon), meat (poultry), berries, walnuts, nonfat dairy products, fortified cereals, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, white beans, lentils, spinach, sweet potatoes, eggs, lentils, quinoa, and oysters.
When considering environmental factors that could be involved in the complex process of hair loss, one has to also think about stress levels, smoking, over and poor exposure to the sun (vitamin D deficiency), sleeping habits, amateur bleaching, and too frequent and inexpert use of tints and hair dyes.