Beating Hair Loss with Nutrition
and Bad Genetics Can Be Beat with Nutrition
By: Donna Palmer
Most women searching for a
cure are looking for a product, a
shampoo, a pill, some sort of hair serum that will magically sprout a lush
main atop their crowns. Unfortunately, we all come to find that there is
no such product.
There are many things you can do to facilitate hair
growth and slow loss but if you don’t first treat the underlying cause of
you are simply spinning your wheels. This is why treating hair
loss is so complicated.
There are so many different reasons why you could
be losing your hair. The real cure to
would be to accurately
diagnose and identify each contributing component and remedy it. What a
daunting task that can be!
But there is a way to comprehensively treat all the factors that might
possibly be causing you to lose hair; and that is simple wholesome
nutrition. You see, nutrition really is the most secure foundation to
treating any kind of alopecia.
Nutritional intervention is a term that is
defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as “purposefully
planned actions intended to positively change a nutrition-related behavior,
environmental condition, or aspect of health for an individual.” You can
use nutritional intervention to treat and prevent a number of different
conditions including diabetes, ADHD, osteoporosis, and obesity. But can
nutritional intervention really be that effective against hair loss?
Let’s consider the evidence:
The American population is among the top balding populations in the world.
It is also one of the leading countries of overweight people. “On some
level, male pattern baldness might be tied to increased testosterone levels
during puberty, which are often the result of a high-fat diet or eating too
many animal products,” commented a doctor in Prevention magazine.
Japan, as an example, had very little incidence of pattern baldness before the
second World War. After the war, the Japanese diet became much more high
in fat and animal products. Now, Japanese men (and women) can be seen
going bald everywhere. It seems westernization of the diet may contribute
A Nutritional Intervention Hair Loss Study…
Wouldn’t it be great if someone would just conduct a scientific study to
demonstrate what kind of effect nutritional intervention could have on hair
growth? Well, someone has! Dr. Gary Null, Ph.D., and Martin Feldman, M.D.
conducted that exact study.
Their findings can be found in the report
entitled, “Nutritional Intervention Reverses Damage to Hair and Skin.”
The six month study evaluated the effect that lifestyle improvements had on
hair and skin, physical fitness, and mental function. The goal of the
study was to induce hair growth in bald areas of the scalp, slow hair loss,
and reverse graying; characteristics which are said to be controlled by
genetics. In effect, the question asked was can food overcome genetic
Participants were asked to make significant lifestyle changes by adding the
following six components into their daily routines: exercise, stress
management, self actualization, nutrition, supplementation, and
They were asked to eliminate all animal and shellfish protein, dairy products, wheat, alcohol, caffeine, sugars,
artificial sweeteners; fried, packaged, and processed foods, artificial
colorings, and yeast. Additionally, their diet consisted of 40-60 kg of
proteins from vegetarian sources and fish, at least nine servings of fruits
and vegetables daily, four servings of beans and grains, a high quantities
of green juices. The length of the study was six months.
Of the 138 participants, about 70% noticed improvements in the thinning of
the hair and hair texture. Sixty five percent said they noticed improved
luster of their hair, 58% reported less graying of hair, and about 50% had
darkening of their hair.
There were also improvements in skin, physical
and mental well being, and increased energy.
Eat Superfoods to Slow Hair loss, Aging, and Beat Genetics
So you see, nutrition can make a significant difference in your hair health
as well as your entire being. Once you are eating a healthy diet you can
tailor it to include superfoods that will help combat the factors that are
specifically contributing to your individual hair loss. Many autoimmune
disorders cause hair loss, these disorders can be improved with nutritional
intervention. Hormonal imbalance causes hair loss. A wholesome diet will
help balance hormones. Genetics has predisposed some to be sensitive to
certain factors that can cause hair loss; but genetics is not the end all
be all. Lifestyle choices can help you overcome genetic
Of course, some hair loss is to be expected with aging; but the effects of
aging can be slowed by eating superfoods. There are many foods that are
known as longevity foods that can help you to maintain vibrant skin, a
healthy body, and a head full of hair. Some of these foods include green
leafy vegetables, chlorella, algae, spirulina, broccoli sprouts,
blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Garlic, ginger,
and herbs are among some that can make food quite delicious. Eating a diet
high in anti-aging superfoods will enhance your health and delay the
effects of aging.
Put Your Best Follicle Forward
You have to start with the right foundation to build a hair loss strategy
that works. Scrambling for a hair loss product without addressing the true
cause of your hair loss will leave you disappointed in the long run. Start
with feeding your body everything it needs to function optimally. Build
from the ground up; then you can add supplements and products to enhance
your gains. If you take the wholistic approach to combating your hair
loss, you’ll soon realize significant improvements in your hair weren’t
that hard to come by after all.
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