Hair Loss Tips


Hair Loss and Nutrition Recommendations

Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in starch, which may help slow down the process of hair loss. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, many of which are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth

Eat plenty of foods high in biotin and/or take supplemental biotin. Biotin is needed for healthy hair and skin, and may even prevent hair loss in some men. Good food sources of biotin include brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts

Include soy foods such as soybeans, tempeh, and tofu in your diet; soy foods appear to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone implicated in hair loss

Do not eat raw eggs which are high in avidin, a protein which binds biotin and prevents it from being absorbed.

Lie down on a slant board fifteen minutes a day to allow the blood to reach your scalp; massage your scalp daily

Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica

Be careful of using products on the hair that are not natural

Hair is fragile when wet; gently pat your hair dry and squeeze out remaining moisture with a towel

Cover your hair when exposed to sunlight; long exposure to sunlight and seawater can damage the hair

Avoid blow dryers and other heated appliances on your hair

Use apple cider vinegar and sage tea as a rinse to help hair grow

Green tea, pygeum, and saw palmetto may aid in reducing hair loss

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients:

Evening Primrose Oil—Supplies essential fatty acids to improve hair texture and to prevent dry, brittle hair

Vitamin B Complex—B vitamins are important for the health and growth of hair; also, the B vitamins work best when taken together; include extra Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), and Vitamin B6 for best result

Biotin—Deficiencies in biotin have been linked to skin disorders and hair loss

Inositol—Vital for hair growth

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)—Aids in the manufacture of keratin, a protein that is the major component of hair

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids—Aids in improving scalp circulation; also assists the antioxidant action in hair follicles

Vitamin E—Increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp; improves health and growth of hair; use d-alpha-tocopherol form

Zinc—Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function

Coenzyme Q10—Improves scalp circulation; increases tissue oxygenation

Ginkgo Biloba—Improves circulation to the scalp

Horsetail—A good source of silica, necessary for strong, shiny hair

Pygeum—May aid in reducing hair loss

Saw Palmetto—May aid in reducing hair loss

For a more in-depth discussion of the causes of Hair Loss and its recommended nutritional treatment, consult Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, M.D.

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