Hair Loss Problem
Is it true that excessive consumption of salt and junk food can lead to hair loss? I have this habit of adding salt to almost every meal..
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Dr. Hithysh BM
General Physician 4 yrs exp Bangalore
hello It may sound far-fetched but extreme dieting or a diet which is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can affect the state of your hair and even cause hair loss. Follow a junk food diet or a diet which is high in saturated fat, salt and sugar and low in essential nutrients and the effects will be seen in not just your body shape but the health of your hair as well. An inadequate intake of a certain vitamin or mineral can impact upon the hair growth/loss cycle which then leads to hair loss. The message here is one of ensuring that you have the necessary vitamins and minerals to ensure good health. Dieting especially extreme or ‘crash dieting’ not only affects your health but the condition of your health as well. This is more likely to be a problem for women than men because women are usually more concerned with their weight and body image in general and will try dieting in order to achieve a physical ideal. One such example of this is ‘crash dieting’ in which a person dramatically reduces their calorie intake in order to achieve rapid weight loss. If this is combined with weight loss medication then there is a risk of depleting vital nutrients which are essential for healthy hair. And the end result of this is dry, lifeless or damaged hair which can result in hair loss. Extreme weight loss can also result in weakened hair follicles or hair shafts which result in excessive hair shedding as part of the hair growth cycle. There are a range of healthy foods which are good for body and hair health. These include: Fresh vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, spinach and broccoli. Fresh fruit, for example, berries, apples, bananas and oranges. Dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese. Lean red meat Poultry such as chicken and turkey Fish Nuts and seeds And don’t forget water! It is important to keep your fluids going throughout the day to ensure that you are properly hydrated. Drinking around 8 glasses a day will help transport essential nutrients around your body and your hair which will keep it hydrated. Reduce your salt intake and consumption of sugary and fatty foods and moderate your alcohol intake. A diet rich in protein such as eggs, oily fish (salmon etc) and nuts will result in a full and glossy head of hair. If you feel that you are lacking in certain vitamins then consider taking a vitamin/mineral supplement or include foods rich in those missing vitamins in your diet. Try to ingest foods or a supplement which includes the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A Vitamins B6 and B12 Vitamin C Folic acid Zinc Iron Copper. for further details contact dermatologist.
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