Poor Diet, Stress, Hair Loss?
"Eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding excessive stress, extreme diets and fast weight loss are vital in maintaining healthy hair growth," says Lisa Caddy a certified trichologist in London. Believe you me, it’s extremely hard to achieve your waist length goals when your diet is lacking vital fats and vitamins or you either went through or are going through something mentally or physically stressful. However, this isn’t the end. With a positive mindset and good planning, your hair can return to its previous glory and also help you feel more confident. Here are a few tips on how you can get your hair back on track.
We all remember the food chart illustrating a balanced diet as children and this may have come as just another science class which got quickly forgotten. As much as what we see of the hair is dead, the hair follicles (the root) are alive and just like every other cell in our body, they depend largely on the nutrients we consume.
When food is digested, it begins the process of distributing the necessary nutrients to parts of the body that need it most. This means it will probably go to the heart first, then brain and other vital organs. If you’re not eating well, there will be very little left for your hair follicles and that means they will be deprived and grow at a slower rate. Unhealthy diet plans such as those that completely avoid calories can also have a negative effect on your hair. However, ensure to have the following essential foods in your diet to boost your hair growth:
1) Eggs – Hair is made of protein and eggs are a good source of it. A lot of naturalistas even use eggs in their home made protein treatments because eggs are really high in protein. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, ensure to get your protein from non-animal sources such as beans, quinoa or chia seeds.
2) Spinach or dark leafy vegetables – These are an excellent source of iron and fit for all diet types. Iron is extremely essential because it’s the main ingredient in our blood cells that help in transporting oxygen to all cells in our body. If there’s not enough iron, be sure to see hair loss.
3) Citrus fruits – Whether it means taking your lemon in water throughout the day or snacking on an orange, citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C. This essential vitamin helps to strengthen the hair shaft and ensure nutrients are supplied to them regularly.
4) Nuts, seeds and fish – Omega 3 fatty acid is rich these foods and not only is it known to promote the growth of brain cells, it’s also important in promoting fuller and thicker hair. This can be drawn from fish such as salmon, sardines and tilapia. For non-meat diets, almond and walnuts are a great source of Omega 3.
5) Whole Grains – Oatmeal, whole oats or brown rice are great examples of foods high in biotin. This helps to produce amino acids (protein) and encourage hair growth.
6) Carrots – Rich in Vitamin A, these simple legumes are hair growth boosters as they encourage the production of cells in the body.
7) Avocado – Packed with Vitamin E, they help in blood circulation, contain healthy fats and control PH and oil levels that promote the right conditions for hair growth.
8) Water – H2O is the life line of healthy skin and hair. Our bodies are about 70% water and that includes our cells, so invest in a water bottle to keep track of your daily water intake.
Controlling stress levels
Stress can be as a result of something that your body is physically going through such as child birth or mental stress depending on what’s currently going on in your life. If you’re on heavy medication, it’s possible that some ingredients in it can cause hair loss. Living an extremely stressful life, environmental change such as relocating to a new country can also promote hair loss. However, no matter what you’re going through or have gone through, remember that it’s a temporary situation and your hair follicles are alive and not damaged. They’re several ways you can manage your stress but just to name a few:
1) Exercise and meditate – Staying active and taking some quiet time yourself is extremely important in not only keeping you mentally healthy but keeping you physically healthy as well. This goes hand in hand with promoting healthy hair. So remember to take some time off, away from everything to focus on you.
2) Give yourself time – If you’ve just had a baby or gone through an extremely stressful situation, give yourself time to heal. Getting into unhealthy habits or just simply pushing yourself to cover it up can only make the situation worse. So give yourself time and go at your own pace, there is light at the end of the tunnel.