Eating your way back to a healthy head of hair
Diet plays a vital role in our health. It’s no different for our hair.
Many of the vitamins and nutrients our body needs to function also play a major role in combating hair loss.
While the treatment we provide will encourage new hair growth, a correct diet is important in keeping your new head of hair gorgeous and healthy.
We all take for granted the fortifying properties of vitamin D, commonly known to regulate calcium in the body, supporting good bone health.
What most people forget is that vitamin D inhibits the spread of DHT around the scalp by strengthening the skin, therefore reducing the damage DHT can do. As a secondary affect, once the DHT has been removed, vitamin D promotes the growth of new stronger and thicker hair.
Vitamin D can be readily sourced from cheese, eggs and enriched milk. For those with lactose intolerances other good sources are kale, spinach and salmon.
B12, found in red meat, liver, eggs and mackerel, is needed by our bodies to produce red blood cells as well as processing folic acid.
The hair follicle needs plenty of B12 in the process of producing new hairs, while maintaining the health of existing ones.
Vitamin B12 not only encourages growth but actually inhibits the production of DHT,
For vegans there are alternatives such as soy drinks, yogurts and certain cereals (you’ll have to check the box.)
More commonly known as folic acid, this nutrient is essential in the growth of your hair. You have to consume a good amount to see a visible result, but thanks to the availability of folate this is not a problem.
Folic acid is found naturally in citrus fruit, whole grain pastas, a wide range of beans and leafy green vegetables.
Studies have proven folic acid triggers new hair growth and aids in maintenance.
Calcium is as important to your hair as it is to your body.
It directly combats DHT at the source, inhibiting production. Calcium produces a compound called 5-alpha-pregnanedione that boosts estrogens to regulate the level of testosterone in your body.
Through this regulation, it reduces the amount of testosterone that can be converted into DHT.
The range of food containing calcium is wide, reducing dietary limitations. Along with the obvious milk, cheese and yogurt, there are options such as sardines and salmon, oranges especially but really any citrus fruit. Spinach and kale feature again.
This vitamin is normally thought of as promoting eye health, also supporting the immune system.
Vitamin A is equally useful for triggering the growth of hair cells.
Like calcium, it restricts the movement of DHT, but blocks the DHT receptors in the scalp increasing your chances of resolving your hair loss problem.
Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, as are kale, sweet potatoes, squash, apricots, mangoes and tuna.
Iron is required for major functions of the body.
It makes up the haemoglobin that carries oxygen around your bloodstream, supplying your organs including your scalp. That is why iron is so effective in combating hair loss. The oxygen carried by haemoglobin weakens DHT through the exposure.
This is not a hard nutrient to acquire, found in beef and chicken liver, fish such as tuna and halibut. For those with an aversion to meat based products, broccoli is a good source as is whole grain rice and cooked beans.