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After understanding all the stages of hair growth, causes of thinning and loss, and when we suffer from it, we can now move forward to actually treating all these causes that are wrecking our beautiful hair.
SO HOW CAN HAIR LOSS BE TREATED?
There are multiple actions to take when treating hair loss. This post will explore the non-invasive or easy changes or treatments that you can try.
It seems like everything that happens to us is directly linked to our actions. If we choose to be healthy, then our source of existence should be healthy in itself. Making diet changes and experimenting with certain foods never hurt. Eating more vitamin-filled foods or healthier iron-based meals will help keep your hair just as healthy as the rest of your body.
Essentially what you should be feeding your body, will help you feed your hair follicles. According to Dr. Iman Al Haj, specialist in hair restoration and transplant, 75% of men suffer from hair thinning, and 10% of women can experience it too.
Here are the top nutrients that will keep your hair shiny and fabulous
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps your hair to grow and keeps it moisturized. Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A. It can also be found in animal products such as milk, eggs and yogurt. Cod liver oil is a particularly good source.
B-vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. It can be found in these foods: whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark, leafy greens. Animal foods are the only good sources of vitamin B12. So if you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet, consider taking a supplement.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. It also helps create collagen and can help with iron absorption. Citrusy fruits, along with strawberries, peppers, and guavas, are great sources of vitamin C.
- Vitamin D
Just like the rest of nature, our hair needs to take in some sun light and some vitamin D to stay fresh and vibrant. The sun is not the only place to get some vitamin D, these foods can also help: fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is known to be an antioxidant and a relaxant. Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.
Its most important function in the human body is that it carries oxygen to the cells. Foods that are high in iron include: clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.
Keeping the oil glands around hair follicles charged up, zinc is essential for hair growth. Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils.
Hair is mostly made up of protein. The best foods to consume are red meats and nuts to make sure that you are reaching your daily limit to this wonderful nutrient.
For quick solutions to your hair loss consider treating yourself to an hour at the hair salon for a fresh Aloe Vera treatment or a Argan Oil hair mask. You can even save a few riyals by making a natural hair mask at home. Here’s a recipe!
Getting your blood tested could be a great way to start treatment for hair loss. Check for deficiencies in essential hair growth nutrients. According to Dr. Al Haj, Extensive studies of the thyroid and other sex hormones are also important and should be regulated to improve the outcome of your hair restoration protocol.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article filled with natural recipes to treat your hair at home!