Hair Loss and Nutrition

You are what you eat. 

Every 28 days, your skin replaces itself;

Your liver, 5 months;

Your bones, 10 years;

Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. 

With this in mind, when your nutrition is lacking due to dieting, poor diet, illness or times of stress, your hair, nails and skin are duly affected.

Your body uses the nutrients it absorbs from the food you ingest through your intestines for your vital organs first. Your hair and nails will only receive the necessary nutrients when there is enough supply. Healthy hair requires the following:

  • Protein – protein provides the structural integrity to the hair
  • Iron – For healthy hair growth, ferritin (iron storage) needs to be at 70 ng/ml or above. Low ferritin levels can affect the hairs ability to grow
  • Vitamin D – Plays a large part initiating the hair growth cycle and hair regenerating
  • Silica – Improves circulation and strengthens connective tissues, especially in skin, nails and hair
  • ZincPromotes of cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair of broken tissues. It also maintains the oil-secreting sebaceous glands that are attached to your hair follicles

Other important nutrients are:

  • Niacin
  • Biotin
  • Manganese
  • Folate
  • Vitamin A

These nutrients are required for many processes of the body and are required in a balanced amount. It is best to get the nutrients from food, however sometimes supplementation is required to boost intake.

If supplements are required we highly recommend Help Hair Protein Shake. Help Hair is a protein drink fortified with Vitamins, Minerals and Chinese herbs designed by a leading US hair transplant surgeon to promote healthy growth of hair and nails.

Help Hair Protein Shake is recommended for men and women with hair loss, postmenopausal or post pregnancy thinning, general hair and nail health, post workout protein shake and snack replacement.

Diet, Hormonal Balances & Hair Loss

It is well known that hormonal imbalances, for both men and women, can contribute to hair loss. Unbalanced diets can certainly contribute to this hormonal imbalance. One significant culprit is having too much sugar in one’s diet. What’s the relationship? Proper metabolism (digestion) of sugar is a critical component of production of insulin by the pancreas.

The Women’s Hair Loss Project points out that: “There is an important link between your body insulin level and its testosterone.

How does your insulin level tie into your testosterone level? An important class of hormones called the eicosanoids, which biochemist Barry Sears, Ph.D, author of The Zone calls the molecular glue that holds the body together, are the master switches that control all human bodily functions. Every system, including the ones that govern how much fat we store in our bodies, a key factor in the action of testosterone, is controlled by the eicosanoids.”

The long and short of it is that since hair growth is related to testosterone, the insulin-testosterone link is important. Similarly, a diet high in fats plays havoc with the testosterone-estrogen balance which, again, can contribute to hair loss.

Similarly, other diet shortcomings may play a role: for example, refined grains and over-cooking vegetables contributes to lowered B vitamins needed for, complete digestion healthy hair.

High levels of cholesterol contribute to the DHT production – a major contributor to male-pattern hair loss in both men and women. Sometimes people with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia suffer from hair loss due to the poor nutrition associated with these conditions.

If you believe your diet, lifestyle and general health is affecting your hair, skin and nails, seek professional advice. Always seek professional advice before embarking on any diet related supplementation.