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Battle hair loss with the right foods

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Eat healthy food to avoid hair loss Eat healthy food to avoid hair loss

If you are fit with fab abs and great biceps, healthy skin does look good, albeit not always on your scalp. Hair loss is an inconvenient truth many men have to deal with. Though it does not cause any physical pain, unless you choose to go without it, the mental agony of losing hair cannot be ignored. After all, hair or the lack of it has a huge effect on the way you are perceived by others and yourself.  Hair loss may be due to genetic factors or stress and poor diet. If it’s due to genetic factors, we are sorry to say that you can’t do much about it. But if you are losing hair on your scalp where your ancestors didn’t, it’s time to do a reality check on your lifestyle before you bid adieu to your favorite barber or hair stylist, forever.

Improper diet and lack of exercise is more often the culprit than the much blamed hormonal imbalance. Exercise regulates blood flow to the scalp, thereby providing it with more nutrients and oxygen. This has a direct effect on the quality and quantity of hair on your scalp. In addition to exercise, it is crucial that you feed your body the right nutrients to ensure that along with your muscles and bones, your hair is healthy as well. No doubt people who have poor dietary habits exhibit dull, scanty and lack lustre hair. A diet rich in protein and minerals will help keep unwanted balding in check.

Proteins

The primary component of hair strand is a dead protein called ‘keratin’. For your scalp to grow and sustain lovely hair, you must consume enough healthy protein so that your body can generate keratin.

Now before you think that this is an excuse to pig out on steaks and other fatty meats, hold on. Fatty meats will spell trouble not only for your hair but also for your body. Increased fat in your diet will trigger over production of testosterone - ultimately leading to hair loss. Lean protein sources like fish, chicken, low fat cheese, yogurt, egg whites and whey protein are excellent for the body and spare you the fat. Vegans can explore tofu, lentils, chickpeas etc for fulfilling their protein requirement - high on protein and low on fat.

Silica

Think of silica and your mind conjures pictures of sand. You may wonder how that can be good for your hair. Fear not, you are not required to chew sand for good hair. It requires much pleasant efforts like nibbling on cucumber, onions, bean sprouts, bell peppers, whole grains, beets, rice and yummy sea food.

Adding sand to cement makes real estate constructions strong. In a similar fashion, adding silica to your diet makes connective tissue strong as a result of which your hair does not break easily and can handle more stress. As you grow older body silica levels deteriorate. Make sure you include more silica in your diet so that you do not lose hair as a part of your body’s aging process. Silica will stimulate your cell metabolism and slow the aging process of your hair. It will also improve hair growth by making it easier for your body to absorb minerals and vitamins crucial for healthy hair.

Iron

Hemoglobin is a metalloprotein that carries oxygen to the tissues of your body. If your body has poor hemoglobin levels, your tissues--which include the hair on your body--are not receiving enough oxygen. Iron is a key component of hemoglobin. Good blood circulation ensures that your scalp is well nourished and hair growth is promoted. This is also the reason why scalp massages are good for your hair - they improve blood circulation to the scalp. When you have healthy hemoglobin levels, your scalp is well nourished with a good flow of blood which promotes hair growth and health.

The next time you want to indulge your sweet tooth, eat some iron rich healthy food like raisins, currants, plums, dates and apples. Liver and eggs are good non-vegetarian sources of iron. So are dark green leafy vegetables. Include all these in your diet and do not forget to get a regular dose of vitamin C which is essential for iron absorption. You can find vitamin C chiefly in citric fruits, but also in peppers of all kinds.

Zinc

Irregularities in the level of zinc in your system can off-balance your hormones and create havoc with your hair. Zinc is required for proper functioning of the glands that are attached to hair follicles. Zinc deficiency will lead to weak follicles and cause breakage and hair fall. Excessive amounts of zinc can be detrimental to hair health as well. Take care to ensure that you get a good dose of zinc from a zinc heavy diet rather than taking additional supplements. Too much of a good thing is not always good.

Zinc is found chiefly in non-vegetarian foods like poultry, red meats and seafood. If you must eat only vegetarian food, the most concentrated vegetarian source of zinc is pumpkin seeds. Besides them, zinc is also found in brown rice, milk, cheese, yeast, peanuts, beans and yogurt.

Always have a balanced diet. When trying to obtain protein and zinc form your diet, consume lean cuts and stay away from the fat. Fat will be unhealthy for your physique and it will promote extra testosterone levels linked to hair thinning and balding. Consume healthy food, eat required amounts of protein, zinc, iron and silica and exercise daily, meditate and avoid stress. That is the only mantra for a healthy body, beautiful hair and peace of mind.

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