While males are often more prone to hair loss thanks to heredity, females can also suffer from this embarrassing issue. And it may have nothing to do with genetics. Other causes of hair loss include hormone imbalances, medications, chemical treatments (coloring, perming, or straightening hair, for example), and surprisingly, diet.
While your ability to reverse hair loss through your diet will depend largely on the cause of your particular follicular woes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t strive for healthier eating habits, especially if they can contribute in some part to new hair growth. And if you want to avoid chemical treatments, you can certainly start with a diet and see how it goes. Here are a few foods that may fit the bill.
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Sugars, starches, and carbs can exacerbate hair loss, so a low glycemic diet is indicated for reversal of thinning hair or balding. A
Since these products elevate your blood sugar more slowly than other carbs, they can be added to a low glycemic diet to give your body the carbs it craves. Generally speaking, you should avoid processed sugars and refined flours that populate most bread, pasta, and so on.
We are so used to eating processed sugars (they’re in almost everything) that it can be hard to quit cold turkey. Luckily, there are plenty of low glycemic index (GI) fruits that can give you a natural sugar boost without messing up your body chemistry.
This will help you to get your sugar fix while still working towards your goal of reversing hair loss. And you’ll get valuable vitamins from fruit that processed sugars can’t offer.
While you should certainly include a variety of vegetables in your diet for nutritional value, you’ll find that not all veggies are created equal. You’ve no doubt heard of super foods like spinach (and other leafy greens) and broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables), and these not only provide myriad vitamins, as well as a ton of health benefits, but they also fall the lowest on the glycemic index. Mushrooms, onions, and red peppers also fit the bill. Carrots and peas are slightly higher, but still a good choice.
There’s no guarantee that eating right will reverse hair loss, and results will certainly vary, but your diet can definitely play a role. Just as you might read reviews for epilators, waxes, and depilatory creams before selecting an option to remove unwanted hair on your body, you need to be a wise consumer when considering how best to reverse hair loss. Changing your diet is not the easiest route, but it could be the best. And the fact that you improve your overall health in the process is just icing on the cake, so to speak.