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Monday, October 24, 2005

Helping Hair Loss with Nutrition

Hair loss is now a very common condition but the exact cause of hair loss is still a mystery. Some intellectual thinking has linked hair loss with the lack of iron, the condition of the skin on the scalp and an underactive thyroid gland. The hair, although it is thought of as dead, is a good indicator of general health and it is the first indicator that shows signs of ill health or lack of essential vitamins and minerals within the body. Oily hair can be a sign of vitamin B deficiency, brittle or dry hair can be an indicator of essential fats deficiency, dull hair colour and poor growth can be signs of zinc deficiency and hair loss can indicator lack in vitamin C, vitamin B1, iron and lysine. Grey hair has no link with nutritional deficiency and can not be reversed with good nutrition.

To avoid hair loss and have good healthy hair, a good nutritional diet is needed. This diet needs to be rich in organic whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds which are a rich source of vital nutrients needed for healthy hair roots and the protein keratin. Try not to skip meals, reduce salt, sugar, tea, coffee and chocolate intake, avoid stress, comb your hair gently and avoid using strong chemicals on your hair such as perms and colour treatments. Vegetarians are prone to hair loss because their diet generally lack in the important nutrients, vitamin B12, iron and lysine. Vegetarians need to be aware of this and supplement their diet. As we grow older hair naturally decreases but this process can be slowed by massaging the scalp to stimulate the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. Another method to improve circulation in the scalp that some individuals use is to hang upside down for short period of time per day . The following supplements may help if you are suffering from hair loss.

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