You probably know that some hair loss is normal, as your hair follicles go through the normal process of growing, shedding, and resting. This growth cycle means everyone loses 50 to 150 hairs on a daily basis. If you feel your hair loss is abnormal, it is important to discover the underlying cause in order to find the needed solution. Hair loss can be the result of a poor diet, a hormonal imbalance, an illness, medication, stress, or even over-styling. Each of these or a combination of these can result in a disruption of your hair’s normal growth cycle and ultimately prevent new hair growth.
In women, hair loss often appears as thinning hair or a more-exposed scalp, particularly on the top of the head. With men, hair loss may come in the form of a bald spot or the tell-tale male-pattern hair loss “M” shape visible from the front. For both men and women hair loss comes as a result of aging, hormones, and genetics. By the age of 50, approximately 50 percent of men and women have experienced some abnormal hair loss. Taking action early by adding vitamins to the diet can help reduce hair loss. Let’s learn more.
Vitamins to Reduce Hair Loss
When your diet is deficient in the necessary vitamins and minerals, you may experience hair loss as a result of telogen effluvium. This condition, while temporary, causes hair loss by upsetting the growth stage (anagen) of hair, by prematurely forcing follicles into the resting phase (telogen), thus resulting in shedding. This condition can be treated naturally with vitamins, minerals, and other supplements including biotin, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin C, iron, zinc, and others, all of which have been shown to enhance healthy hair growth.
Adding Nutrients to Your Diet
These vitamins – biotin, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin C – and minerals zinc and iron, deliver essential nutrients vital to healthy hair. Adding foods rich in these nutrients can help prevent hair loss and encourage new hair growth. These foods offer a wealth of nutrients which promote hair growth:
- Spinach (overflowing with vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate and iron)
- Nuts (offering biotin, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and copper)
- Eggs (rich in protein, biotin, B vitamins, zinc, iron, sulfur, and selenium)
- Sweet Potatoes (packed with vitamins including A, B, C, K, and E) plus omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium)
- Shellfish (loaded with zinc).
Food is always the best source when adding desired vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your diet, but since it is not always possible, all-natural supplements can get the job done as well. Consider adding a vitamin B complex which features biotin. Biotin’s success in promoting hair growth, thickening hair, and reducing hair loss has been well-documented as have the other nutrients mentioned.
Improving Your Diet and Your Hair Care Regimen
Along with a healthy diet, an appropriate hair care regimen can also help encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss. Changing your hair styling habits for the better goes hand in hand with improving your diet. It can be as simple as reducing the heat settings on your hair dryer, curling iron, or flat iron and limiting their use. Tight braids and ponytails often pull hair causing breakage and loss. Making these simple changes along with adding vitamins and minerals can go a long way in reducing hair loss and encouraging new growth.
New Image Can Help You with Hair Loss
When you are faced with hair loss, New Image Hair Clinic has the answers you need. Whether your condition is temporary or permanent, we can help with a variety of treatments and therapies including hair transplants, hair replacement therapy, hair integration, hair loss prevention, laser hair restoration therapy, topical thickening and regrowth therapy, and more. Contact New Image today for your FREE consultation, where our staff awaits with customized solutions for you.