Hair Keeps Falling Out? Try out these foods

As we do everything in our power to prevent or treat hair loss, one thing is for sure – this is a constant battle and we need all the help we can get. The first step towards results: a proper diet containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals and proteins.

First, we need proteins like keratin to give the hair flexible and strength. Among some of the protein-rich foods that you can include in your diet are salmon fillet, beef steak, omelettes, soy protein and roasted chicken breast. Also eat beans, rice and corn. This gives you a bigger range of dietary amino acids essential for keratin production.

Other important nutrients are the carbohydrates. Having a low-carb diet may also result in hair loss. Try carbohydrate-rich foods like whole grain brown rice, oats, whole grain bread, wholemeal pasta and wholegrain breakfast cereals. Take into consideration the nasty iron deficiency as this too can result in hair loss. Include in your daily meals iron-rich foods like dark green vegetables, oily fish and egg yolks.

Omega-3 fatty acids can also promote scalp health and strengthen hair growth overall. Foods such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, organic meat, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and tuna will provide you with the help you need. B Vitamins play another key role to hair growth. You’ll benefit greatly by consuming breakfast cereals, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and chicken. Include this list of foods on your daily meals and you will have a perfect natural cure for hair loss.

Below are other nutrient-rich foods that have been shown to keep hair healthy and full:
• Spinach
• Greek yogurt
• Cinnamon
• Oatmeal
• Guava
• Lentils
• Oysters
• Liver
• Barley
• Nuts & seeds
• Bok Choy
• Sweet potatoes
• Shiitake mushrooms

Expert DOs to help with hair loss

We all know that in winter the hair tends to fall in greater quantities than in spring or summer. If on the other hand, your hair has started to become really thin then it is necessary to do something to stop this. Mr Ravi Bhanot, the author of Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow, talks about how you can prevent hair loss at home and how you can help your hair to regenerate.

  1. During hair washing, massage your scalp with circular movements, starting from the neck to the top of the head. This will activate blood circulation and the skin will become more receptive to the products you use.
  2. Important: choose a suitable shampoo for your hair. Find out what type of hair you have and choose accordingly. Go with natural, preservatives/ SLS free products
  3. Use warm water for washing your hair, not hot, and be sure to rinse hair well, to eliminate all traces of shampoo.
  4. Do not rub your hair with a towel in an attempt to dry it, it is aggressive and you can break the hair. Just pat it gently.
  5. If possible, leave your hair to dry outdoors. Using hair dryers, especially set to hot air, will make the hair brittle.
  6. Brush your hair gently, each morning and evening. Combing it with strong moves will not be in your favour.
  7. In winter, do not use curling tongs or other styling devices as they assault the hair.
  8. Drop your use of braiding or your love for really tight ponytails until your hair regenerates and stops falling
  9. Dyeing and bleaching are not recommended especially in cold weather so take a break for a few months.
  10. Reduce the number of products used for styling – mousse, hairspray, wax etc. Allow your scalp to breathe and regenerate.
  11. Eat balanced to give your hair the nutrients it needs: amino acids found in red meat, vitamin B from brewer’s yeast, vitamin E obtained from grape seed oil, iron, magnesium and calcium, which are abundant in grains, fish and green vegetables.
  12. Treat your hair and scalp with traditional remedies, so-called “old wives recipes”: make a mask of a yolk and a teaspoon of honey or olive oil, try the castor oil mask mixed with vitamin A and vitamin E, massage your scalp and hair with essential oil, jojoba, almond or avocado (leave to act 30 minutes), dabbing your scalp with hot pepper tincture, nettle or garlic (stimulates circulation).
  13. When it’s cold, wear a hat or hood, because extreme temperatures and harsh winds are assaulting your hair.
  14. Avoid stress because it is one of the main causes of hair loss.
  15. Lastly, if you see that you cannot stop hair loss schedule an appointment to at GP. Do the analysis and, based on the interpretation of results, start appropriate treatment.

5 Foods To Help With Hair Loss

Is it not one of the most frustrating situations that you can deal with? Hair is one major part in our lives and the way it looks will make us feel like a star or bring our morale to the grounds. The worst part about hair loss? It seems to have its own will against everything you throw at it. However, changing diet will have surprising effects. Including these 5 foods in your daily meals will also help you in keeping your hair strong and shiny.  

Spinach

According to research conducted by Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea, women with hair loss have significantly lower iron and vitamin D2 levels. Regular consumption of spinach helps with healthy hair growth as spinach is a super food comprising of vitamins B, C and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids – all ingredients required for healthy, strong hair. Eat spinach with boiled eggs that are rich in vitamin D and you will keep your body balanced and your hair healthy too.

Nuts

Adding almonds ( soaked and peeled) to your diet is always a smart choice. Almonds and walnuts are rich in omega 3s and omega 6s and can actually enhance hair growth. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 90 percent of women who were given omega 3s and omega 6s supplements for six months, reported a reduction in hair loss and improvement in hair growth.

Indian gooseberry

In case you did not know, the amla ( Indian gooseberry) fruit has much more vitamin C than an orange. And vitamin C is a key factor in restoring lost hair or stop hair thinning.  Amla is a rich source of vitamins and nutrients that you can use for optimal hair growth.

 Lentils

Packed with protein, iron, zinc and folic acid. Lentils can improve the health of red blood cells and step up the flow of oxygen to the scalp and skin resulting in shiny lustrous hair.  As iron and folic acid are essential for hair growth extra head massages will relax you and will also be beneficial for the scalp, improving circulation.

Carrots

You probably heard before how carrots are good for your eyes and weight loss but did you know they work as well for hair loss?  Here is how: deficiency of vitamin A in your body leads to hair loss. Carrots are with vitamin A, which also plays a big role in stimulating healthy sebum production. How about that carrot juice? Daily consumption of carrots can add thickness to your hair and make it grow faster.

Further details on foods to help you in hair loss are detailed in our Nutrigro Plan. Click here and find out more.

Natural ways to slow down hair loss

Can we stop boldness? Unfortunately, nobody can. Yet!  We do strive to find a cure and meanwhile, we are concentrating on things we can do. Like slowing down hair loss and even growing some back!

Here are some things you can try:

First thing, it is really important to consult a physician who specialises in Hair Restoration.Hair transplant, laser hair restoration, and even some nutrient supplementation can all be beneficial options for those experiencing hair loss. According to recent studies, two out of three men develop some form of balding during their lifetimes. This is due to heredity, certain medications, deficiencies in your daily diet and stress.  Managing stress levels will always help to stop hair loss.

So stop stressing! Also avoid going to bed late, as this will not help regulate your hormone production.

If you’re taking any medicine, look carefully at your prescriptions. They could be making you go bald. Certain blood thinners and psychiatric drugs have been known to have this side effect.

Start drinking water! You’ve probably heard this before and is always true. One of the main causes of hair loss is the lack of nutrients, moisture and the high amount of toxins in the body. The toxins stop essential nutrients from going to the hair follicles and scalp – which causes hair to thin and fall out.

Eat lots of protein. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and walnuts are packed with protein and minerals, which has been linked to hair loss prevention ( with good results in chemotherapy patients). Get your daily Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and natural oils such as Fish oil and Flax seed oils. Amino acids and oils will boost your body’s ability to cut down the hair loss.

Eat at least 1 gramme of protein per a pound of your bodyweight every day. Try ground beef and fish ( as organic as possible). Also, try incorporating foods high in iron and vitamin B if you are deficient.

Increase the intake of fruits and dark green leafy vegetables as they have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and contain powerful antioxidants that will help protect your hair follicles and promote hair growth.

What to avoid:

  • alcohol (alcohol increases estrogen levels)
  • sugars and saturated fats (animal fats from meats)

Eating less processed food and junk food can contribute to faster hair regeneration.

Buy yourself a quality, natural hair loss product

This is important. Out of all the products you see on the market choose the ones that are natural and contain no preservatives. Check out the reviews and get something that works because hair re-growth is a serious issue. You don’t want to contaminate your scalp and hair body with chemical ingredients that don’t work. Make sure the products you choose have no side effects. Buy a shampoo or/and conditioner with natural ingredients as you want to give your hair the natural therapy/treatment it needs.
Try a natural remedy, such as an essential oil massage, hot oil treatment, or a green tea rinse.

You can use any natural oil, including safflower and canola or olive oil. Put on a shower cap for about an hour. When the hour is up, rinse or shampoo out the oil.Take care of the hair that you have and avoid wigs or hairpieces, as they can damage hair follicles. Lastly, consider taking vitamins.

Stress and hair loss: Are they related?

Does stress make you lose hair?

YES! Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realise it yet. You may think illness or extreme fatigue are to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia, losing hair or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause.Generally speaking, it is not the stress, but the ability to deal with stress that makes the difference in people losing hair due to stress.

 

How can you reduce stress?

 

  1. Let out your feelings – If you are stressed or feeling negative about your hair call a friend or join a group. Otherwise, there is always your Doctor or Counsellor.

 

  1. Visualisation and affirmation – Before going to sleep every night visualise the type of hair you would want to have. In bed close your eyes look about 30 degrees (1 o’ clock position of a clock) in an upward direction. It is thought that we look at the future in an optimistic light doing this. Make the vision in colour – bright, large and alive – almost as though you could touch, feel and see it.Add as much clarity to it as you can – include the colour of the hair you would like, its texture, thickness and style. If you are struggling with this – just remember it is only a dream, a goal. Remember a belief is strong but a conviction has more certainty – that is what it must be! Dream of your vision last thing before sleeping. Affirm to yourself, ideally speaking aloud “I have lovely healthy, strong hair.”

 

  1. Relax more – Find an activity that makes you feel happy. If you don’t know what they are, make a list of possible activities, even small ones such as reading. Try laughing more as a way of relaxing.

 

  1. Associate with happy people or those who have a positive outlook to life. Read books and articles that are positive in nature. Going to self-development seminars can help too.

 

  1. Write out your complaints or troubles on one page and on the other side of the page write the answer(s) to your problem.

 

  1. Have a Massage –To find a masseur visit www.yell.co.uk or www.ayurvedainstitute.org or use your local telephone directory or do an Internet search for a list of Therapists. Massage therapy can relax muscles and increase blood flow to skin and muscles. This would also help relieve mental and emotional stress.

 

  1. Learn to say no when you don’t want to do something or you have imposed unrealistic demands on yourself. Be honest with yourself.

 

  1. It is not what you say but how you say it – learn to say something effectively without offending others or feeling ignored.

 

  1. You can only change yourself – avoid saying or thinking “if only he, if only she, if only they”. Rather think more “what can I change about myself to make my situation better.”

 

  1. Sometimes accepting that things are the way they are and you cannot do anything about the situation helps.

Menopause and hair loss

Every woman experiences different menopause symptoms. Most women have some hot flashes, some have hair thinning or hair falling and some feel irritable, suffer from headaches, nausea or night sweats.

Whatever may your menopause symptoms be, the following food strategies just might help make your years around menopause a little more comfortable. They’ll help you manage your menopause symptoms, while also protecting your heart and your bones.

Try these strategies:

1. Eat More Tofu and Soy

Soy is rich in the female hormone, oestrogen.  An imbalance of this hormone is implicated in hair loss. It may also give relief from hot flashes, although that benefit is still being debated by researchers.   Eat tofu dishes or miso soup or plain soy milk.

2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Some fruits and vegetables have chemicals that help protect our bodies’ health and well-being. Phytoestrogens are particular plant chemicals that are very similar in structure to oestrogen, and may act      as weak oestrogen in our bodies. Phytoestrogens make the body think it has more oestrogen than it really does.

The mineral boron holds the body’s ability to hold onto oestrogen.

Fruits to eat: plums, prunes, strawberries, apples, tomatoes, pears, grapes, grapefruit, oranges and raspberries.

Vegetables to eat: asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, soybeans, sweet potatoes and wheat.

3. Eat Beans and Flax Seeds

Beans are full of fibre. These contain phytoestrogens. They are good sources of many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, folic acid and vitamin B-6. Sprinkle beans in your green salads and pasta salads.

Flax seeds are a rich source of phytoestrogens. Take ¼ to 1 teaspoonful daily.

4. Eat More of the Right Fats

A diet high in fat, especially saturated fat is usually high in calories and low in nutrients. This is the opposite of what a menopausal woman needs. Research shows the right fats are omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, olive oil and canola oil. The protein in the fish oils is required for healthy hair. After all hair is 97% protein!

The wrong fats are saturated fats and trans fatty acids found in foods like packaged cookies, chips, and crackers.  Eat more fish. Eat less animal fat by choosing leaner meats and lower-fat dairy products. Limit foods that contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

Alternatively you can take capsules that contain the essential ingredients to help in hair loss or hair thinning. Nutrigro Hair Food Plus capsules are 100 % vegetarian and two daily would give the daily recommended amounts required for healthy fuller looking hair.

How To Find Out The Cause Of Your Hair Loss

Why is hair loss and hair thinning prevalent in 3 out of 4 men and 3 out of 5 women some time in their life times? On average 100 hairs are lost daily – so do not worry if it is less than this!

There can be various reasons for hair loss: genetics, nutrition, infection, hormonal, drugs, hair products and life style could be certain causes but how do you figure out what is your cause and what can you do about it?

How to do find your Hair Loss Cause(s)

Rule out the basic causes – medication or infection could be troubling you – if so speak to your doctor. Otherwise follow what we call the NUTRIGRO Hair Plan. Professor Romesh Gupta OBE from Lancaster University calls it “a revolutionary natural plan to keep your hair for longer”.

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N – utrition. With our busy lives it is possible to missing out on essential protein vitamins and minerals. How would you know if this is the case? Try some hair protein, vitamin and mineral capsules such as Nutrigro capsules and see if they make a difference. Ayurvedic research shows that ‘cooling’ foods such as salad, yogurts and fruits help. This is based on the theory that an imbalance in Pitta or heat energy is imbalanced in the scalp.

U – se non harsh chemical, no Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, no artificial dyes or artificial colours hair products as normal hair products may be causing a reaction.

T – raining. Make sure you do physical and breathing exercises daily to increase blood circulation and hence nutrients to the hair follicles. Yoga and exercises that specifically help the scalp and hair are in the book, Hair Today…Hair Tomorrow.

R – outinely remove toxins. Massage your scalp daily to improve circulation and remove toxins.

I – magine yourself enjoying great hair and a healthy scalp. A positive self image can help a positive outcome. Everything happens twice in life – first in the mind then in reality. Imagining the hair you want can play a part in trying to realize that goal. Cut out the hair you would want and place it on a picture of yourself. Let nature work on your goal.

GRO – wth of existing hair and a healthy scalp can be achieved in this way.

If your hair is falling off easily try the new Red LED scalp roller treatment. This is simply a plastic device you roll on the scalp to cause micro channels allowing ingredients to hold the hair more strongly to the follicle, the ‘live’ part from which the hair grows. It causes collagen and elastin to be made to strengthen the follicle further. More details.

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Frequently Asked Questions visit our Nutrigro Hair Blog. For our free ebook ‘How to get best hair’ click here

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Hair loss – our 10 ways to stop stress

Does stress cause hair loss or does the cause of hair loss cause stress?

Generally speaking it is not stress, but the ability to deal with stress that makes the difference in people losing hair due to stress.

How can you reduce stress?

1. Let out your feelings – If you are stressed or feeling negative about your hair call a friend or join a group. Otherwise there is always your Doctor or Counsellor.

2. Visualisation and affirmation – Before going to sleep every night visualise the type of hair you would want to have. In bed close your eyes look about 30 degrees (facing 11 o’ clock position of a clock) in an upward direction. It is thought that we look at the future in an optimistic light doing this.

Make the vision in colour – bright, large and alive – almost as though you could touch, feel and see it. Add as much clarity to it as you can – include the colour of the hair you would like, its texture, thickness and style.

Dream of your vision last thing before sleeping. Affirm to yourself, ideally speaking aloud “I have lovely healthy, strong hair.” Or your affirmation could be:

“I am grateful I have the hair I do” or it could be:

“My hair is growing stronger, thicker and healthier every day”.

3. Relax more – Find an activity that makes you feel happy. If you don’t know what they are make a list of possible activities, even small ones such as reading. Try laughing more as a way of relaxing.

4. Associate with happy people or those who have a positive outlook to life. Read books and articles that are positive in nature. Going to self-development seminars can help too.

5. Write out your complaints or troubles on one page and on the other side of the page write the answer(s) to your problem.

6. Have a Massage –To find a masseur visit www.yell.co.uk or the Ayurveda Institute website or use your local telephone directory or do an Internet search for a list of Therapists. Massage therapy can relax muscles and increase blood flow to skin and muscles. This would also help relieve mental and emotional stress.

7. Learn to say no when you don’t want to do something or you have imposed unrealistic demands on yourself. Be honest with yourself.

8. It is not what you say but how you say it – learn to say something effectively without offending others or feeling ignored.

9. You can only change yourself – avoid saying or thinking “if only he, if only she, if only they”. Rather think more “what can I change about myself to make my situation better.”

10. Sometimes accepting that things are the way they are and you cannot do anything about the situation helps.

Ravi Bhanot
Author Hair Today…Hair Tomorrow

Video ‘How the Nutrigro Plan works – click here. To read The Nutrigro Plan:  HAIR TODAY … HAIR TOMORROW BOOK.

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Frequently Asked Questions visit our Nutrigro Hair Blog. For our free ebook ‘How to get best hair’ click here

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Can ancient Indian herbs help in hair thinning or hair loss

Losing hair? Decreased self esteem or confidence?  Can you do anything to stop or slow hair thinning or hair loss?  Can ancient Indian or Ayurveda herbs minimize or stop hair loss?

Some Ayurvedic doctors believe that some traditional herbs have a place in hair thinning or hair loss.

Amla or Indian gooseberry is packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant and has been used for centuries in ancient Egypt, China and India.  This is why it is used in supplements such as our Nutrigro capsules to make the hair look and feel richer.

Tea tree oil is a natural remedy that helps fight bacterial and fungal infestations on the scalp as well as fight against dandruff.

Fenugreek is another herb rich in minerals such as Magnesium and Iron- vital ingredients for growing healthy hair.

Hair is 97% protein and so it is vital that you eat the 22 amino acids that make protein.  If you cannot get it in your diet a food supplement can help.

Men and women sometimes lose hair due to different reasons. For men this could be due to the change of Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone resulting in premature hair loss. For this, herbs such  Saw Palmetto can help. In post menopausal or women reaching menopause an oestrogen rich supplement such as soya could help.  Needless to say that having all the necessary vitamins and minerals required for healthy growth of hair is vitally important.

Ravi Bhanot

Video ‘How the Nutrigro Plan works – click here. To read The Nutrigro Plan:  HAIR TODAY … HAIR TOMORROW BOOK.

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Frequently Asked Questions visit our Nutrigro Hair Blog. For our free ebook ‘How to get best hair’ click here

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Tired, putting on weight and losing hair? Help.

Question from Jeena:  I have been going bald since I turned 40. I am constantly tired, putting on weight and losing hair. I eat reasonably well and using Nutrigro shampoo. I have to brush my hair in a certain way to hide the baldness. What can I do?

These symptoms are not uncommon for a lot of women who are in their 40′s.  If you are eating well  and using a non harsh chemical shampoo it may be due to hypothyroidism or inactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located at the base of the neck that produces a number of thyroid hormones of which one is called “Thyroxine” or “T4″.

Hair loss  can be  one of the first signs of an underactive thyroid. Because the thyroid affects your  metabolism and cell growth, when the thyroid gland  slows down, your hair loss speeds up. Your Doctor can  organize a thyroid test or you can purchase a simple pin prick blood Home Kit. It costs £30.You can get this  from us.

Also check out if you are a pre-diabetic. This means that you may have impaired glucose intolerance―blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not quite high enough to qualify you as a patient with Type 2 diabetes. A pre-diabetic condition can lead to many hormonal symptoms such as tiredness, increased belly fat and thinning of the hair. Start a low-glycemic and low-inflammation diet. Email us for a diet sheet.

AVOID simple carbohydrates, added sugar, alcohol and dairy. Eat foods that are high in fibre, healthy in fats and high in protein. These foods will slow down the digestion process and in turn result in a decrease in glucose and insulin spikes after each meal. This will not only help balance your hormones and give you a healthier head of hair, but will also leave you feeling fuller longer and help you lose weight.

Sometimes an iron deficiency can be a cause. Eat food rich in iron e.g. green leafy salads. Other essential nutrients for a healthy head of hair includes biotin, which you can get from eating two eggs a day and Vitamin D, that can come from added sunshine or recommended supplements such as Nutrigro Hair Food Capsules or Noukrin capsules.

My 4 top foods to help boost the thyroid gland are:1. Edible Seaweed – full of iodine-essential for a healthy thyroid gland-have 2 tablespoons daily. 2. Miso soup has a lot of zinc in it. Iodine and zinc work together to increase thyroid hormone production. Email for a quick Miso soup recipe with an Indian kick. 3. Vitamin A Foods can help rev up your thyroid just enough to get it functioning at a good level. Daily sources of vitamin A include ½ cup of sweet potatoes. 4. Selenium – 2 Brazil nuts daily will provide food for normal thyroid functioning.

Ravi