We all know it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet, for all sorts of reasons – it makes us feel better, keeps us in good shape and can even help us live longer. But did you know that what you eat can also have an impact on your hair loss?
There are three main ways that your diet can affect your hair:
Certain key nutrients are necessary for hair growth
If your diet is low in certain nutrients, that can be a major influence on thinning hair. Vitamin C; B vitamins such as biotin and niacin; zinc and iron are some of the most important nutrients for hair growth, so if you’re suffering from hair loss it might be worth examining your diet to see whether any of these elements are lacking.
Crash dieting can lead to hair loss
Again, it’s no secret that crash dieting isn’t good for you – if you’re looking to lose weight, then slow and steady always wins the race, both in terms of long-term success and the effects on your physical health. And once again, this can cause problems with hair loss too.
This kind of hair loss is, in part, linked to a lack of nutrients as mentioned above: a diet that is heavily calorie-restricted is unlikely to contain enough proteins, vitamins and minerals to keep the body functioning as it should.
But it’s not just about nutrient-deficiency – sudden and major fluctuations in body mass index (BMI) can put the body under extreme stress, which in turn can lead to a condition known as telogen effluvium.
Although temporary, telogen effluvium can be devastating – it causes high numbers of hair follicles to go into “resting” mode at once, which means large patches of hair could fall out quite suddenly.
Overeating can also be associated with hair loss
OK, so there’s not a direct link between overeating and hair loss – you won’t wake up the morning after a pizza binge and find clumps of hair lying on your pillow – but there is a definite association between obesity and alopecia.
Obesity can play havoc with your hormones, and it’s no secret that hormones are the most common culprits when it comes to hair loss. And it’s not just a hormonal problem: if you’re overweight it can put a huge strain on your heart, and hair loss is a major side effect of many blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
So what’s the take-home message? It’s simple really: eat sensibly and healthily. Not too much, not too little, and try to make sure you’re getting enough of the key vitamins and minerals.
For more advice on diet and hair loss, 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.