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Hair loss and Nutrition

Hair loss has a truly important physiological component. However, when it is excessive, it becomes the symptom of an organic discomfort that can have the most varied origins: it can be an indicator of an autoimmune pathology (where very specific characteristics can be identified), an alopecia or a consequence of a specific impairment - like chemotherapy.

The bases of the most common causes of hair loss comprises hormones, lack of nutrients (hair responds quickly to this insufficiency) and/or inflammation.

Regardless, the significance of hair loss, for which it can be useful to consult with your doctor, it is important to know that nutrition and lifestyle have a fundamental role in the treatment, prevention and management of this condition.

Hair loss is often an indicator of a nutritional deficiency and/or an inflammatory condition that can be controlled, considering also how you react towards stress.

A long-term hypocaloric diet, the lack of the right amount of proteins or minerals, as well as a poor stress management, have a particular role in the so-called "telogen effluvium". It recalls a tree that loses its leaves during autumn: a stressed organism without enough resources can “decide” to get rid of some of its hair.

The same aspects can play important roles in other specific forms of hair loss.

Particularly linked to the hormonal component is the so-called androgenetic alopecia, whose manifestations can be more or less serious, that generally finds its most evident characteristic in hair loss around the temples. In this case too, nutrition, inflammation control and lifestyle play an important role. It should be noted that this type of hair loss has also been related to smoking, so better start thinking of quitting.

What can you do?

Knowing your inflammation levels can be a useful starting point. A test like BioMarkers can provide handy initial information to direct your new lifestyle approach. The results of the test will help you regulate your diet, control your inflammation levels and guide your nutritional choices.

You can also adopt some slight changes in your daily routine that might help: have a nice rich breakfast, properly combine carbohydrates and proteins in every meal, consume low-glycemic carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes). We have a detailed article about good eating habits. These will protect your organism from major deficiencies, with very important effects in terms of hormonal and inflammatory modulation.

Excluding the presence of malabsorption through a physical chemical examination of the feces may be useful too. The deficiency of zinc, iron and vitamin D has also been associated with excessive hair loss; perilla and ribes nigrum oil as well as inositol - especially for androgenetic alopecia - can be very helpful. These supplements will facilitate your inflammatory and mineral rebalancing.

Other suggestions:

Try to look for new techniques of stress management. An effective anxiety control is particularly important in the treatment of this symptom, no matter its inflammatory, autoimmune or hormonal causes.

Go for some physical activity, staying active can be a great ally. Attempt to learn focusing methods - meditation and mindful breathing might help - to always keep in mind what is really important in your life. These practices can be equally supportive.

So do not let inflammation and stress make your hair stand on end.