Hair shedding is a part of every day life,On average we lose around 80 strands a day, if you begin to shed significantly more than that or you notice they aren't growing back, well, that's the time you should take action.
One of the most common causes of hair loss in women is an iron deficiency. Iron is essential for producing hair cell protein", without it, your strands will suffer.
With grueling work schedules, fast food and crash diets becoming the norm, our bodies are constantly focused on survival; so it feeds the vital organs first, with hair and nails last on the list to receive nutrients and repairs.
Like your skin, your hair can be a reflection of your overall health. If you're not eating a healthy diet or you're not managing your stress levels, your hair may show it. For the sake of your hair and your overall health, eat a variety of foods rich in vitamins and nutrients and drink plenty of water.A diet deficient in certain vitamins and minerals may slow hair growth and decrease the health of hair. Specifically, it's important to get enough vitamins A, C, and E to maintain a healthy scalp. Foods that contain these are fish liver oil, dairy, leafy greens, and citrus fruits. Other vitamins like biotin, vitamins B5, B6 and B12 help prevent hair loss and benefit your hair grain.You can find these in whole grains, brewer's yeast, egg yolk, and vegetables.
The type of hair loss experienced due to a nutrition deficit is called telogen effluvium, an abnormality of hair cycling, which causes hair roots that would normally be in anagen (growth) phase to be prematurely pushed into telegen (resting) phase. The affected hairs then fall out. This condition also can be caused by emotional distress or physiological stress, hormone imbalance such as hypothyroidism and side-effects from some over-the counter and prescribed drugs. The hair loss of telogen effuvium is usually temporary if the cause of the condition is rectified e.g a nutrient rich diet is followed.
It’s important to note also that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can also negatively affect hair health as they cause calorie, mineral and/or protein deficiencies, which force the body to save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. This type of hair loss is slow and not noticeable until almost half the hair is lost. Combing, brushing and washing the hair may accelerate and increase this loss.
The best approach to keeping your hair in great shape is two pronged – feeding it from the ‘inside out’ with a healthy balanced diet.
Foods you must have to fight with hair fall problem:
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which, in the body, gets converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A not only helps preserve good vision and boosts your immune system, it’s also good for your hair and skin. In addition, carrots contain biotin, which helps promote hair growth. Other good sources of beta-carotene are sweet potatoes, spinach and kale.
Spinach is iron rich and it contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. The leafy green also provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron. All help keep hair lustrous, shiny and, most importantly, out of the drain.
Eggs are packed with a B vitamin called biotin, which helps hair grow and strengthens brittle fingernails. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources of biotin: almonds, avocados, and salmon.
Avocados are rich in the monounsaturated kind of healthy fat that can help keep your hair soft and shiny. They also are high in vitamins B12 and E, which may improve the quality of your hair strands. Avocados may also help spark the production of collagen and elastin if applied topically to your hair and scalp, usually as part of a conditioner.
Full of protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, lentils also have plenty of folic acid. The body needs folic acid to restore the health of red blood cells that supply skin and scalp with hair-healthy oxygen.