Treatment of Hair Loss In Women

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Dietary Recommendations

Even though hair is not a living tissue, it is important to supply nutrients to the hair follicles in the scalp. While there are no foods that directly stimulate increased hair growth, choose foods that supply the body with a rich supply of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and protein.

Foods that help in the treatment of hair loss in women

• Ensure adequate protein intake as protein is necessary for hair growth. Choose lean sources of protein (fish, poultry, lean cuts of meat, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy). Meat, poultry, and fish also contain iron, which is required for proper hair growth.

• Fish and flaxseed contain essential fatty acids necessary for proper hair growth.

• Nuts and seeds; almonds contain magnesium, which is important for hair growth.

• The outer skin of plants such as potatoes, cucumbers, green and red peppers, and sprouts can strengthen hair because they are rich in the mineral silica.

• Whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are good sources of essential nutrients and fibre.

Foods to avoid in the treatments for hair loss in women

• Caffeine and alcohol can deplete the body of nutrients and also raise adrenal levels, which can trigger hair loss.

• Foods high in sugar can raise cortisol levels (a stress hormone) and cause the body to pro- duce more androgens, promoting hair loss.

• High intake of salt has been linked to hair loss. Foods high in salt include processed and snack foods, deli meats, and the salt shaker.

• Reduce or eliminate pro-inflammatory foods: saturated fat (fatty meats and dairy) and trans fats (processed foods and fried foods). Saturated fat reduces the amount of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a substance that normally binds to testosterone. With less SHBG, more testosterone can be converted into DHT, which promotes hair loss.

Drastic Diets are not a treatment of hair loss in women

Severely reducing calorie intake (less than 1,200 calories per day) can trigger sudden hair loss (telogen effluvium). When the body is deprived of sufficient protein, through strict dieting and calorie restriction, it will shut down all production of hair in order to divert all of its energies toward conserving vital body organs. The body will save protein by shifting healthy hairs that are in a normal growth phase (anagen) into a sudden resting phase.

Lifestyle Suggestions

• Regular exercise and healthy sleep habits will increase circulatory and overall health, promoting healthy hair.

• Reduce the frequency of washing and drying your hair. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Avoid using hot water and hair dryers or curling irons whenever possible.

• Avoid exposing hair to chlorinated pool water or any other chemical solutions (perms and dyes).

• Do not overbrush your hair. Limit grooming and always be gentle when brushing or combing hair. Keep braids and ponytails loose.

• Give yourself a weekly deep conditioning treatment and scalp massage to protect the hair shaft and stimulate new hair follicle growth.

• Wear a wide-brim hat when outdoors to protect your scalp and hair from the sun’s damaging rays.

• Don’t smoke. According to one report, smokers were four times more likely to have grey hair than non-smokers and were more prone to hair loss.