A patch here. A patch there.
The moment you think the hair is growing back, you discover yet another unwelcomed patch of baldness!
Unfortunately, hair loss is just a natural part of life. Depending on your genetics, you may not be able to avoid it. Hair loss can also happen because of poor dieting, constantly stress on your hair and other bad habits that cause you anxiety and worry.
So what is a girl to do? Because alopecia is a hormonal disorder (when a woman’s androgen and estrogen levels become unbalanced, especially as she ages) it simply has to be corrected from the inside out. Meaning, a woman should seriously consider her diet as well as some supplemental vitamins she can take to grow her hair back.
While a balanced diet is necessary for anyone, women with hair loss will definitely need extra protein, omega-3 fats, and gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA.
Protein is what hair is made of so it is important for promoting hair growth. Omega-3 fats help hair growth by improving your overall health. Omega-3 fats are one of the very few fats you actually want in your body as omega-3 fats assist in combatting many health problems, including arthritis, depression and inflammation. GLA is another necessary fat that is useful for reducing eczema, PMS symptoms, and high blood pressure; it’s another useful supplement for overall health.
So now that we have an idea of the type of vitamins a woman with alopecia should have, let’s see what foods contain these vitamins:
Meats: The best source of protein and unsaturated fats is fish. Fish is loaded with goodness to promote a healthy body and strong hair. Fresh fish from a market is your best bet because these fish are usually caught from the wild. Farm grown fish tend to have harmful steroids in them. Salmon, mackerel and tuna should be consumed three times a week to get your ample dose of protein for hair growth.
Nuts: Nuts are a great source of omega-3 fats. If you are not a big nut person, consider buying a bag of them and nibble on them throughout the day at work. If you do enjoy nuts, borage seeds, unsalted sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts will all go great with a fresh salad. It will also be great for reversing your hair loss in due time.
Vegetables: Vegetables are necessary for promoting hair growth and making sure it stays healthy. The best vegetables to include in your diet includes soy beans, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale and carrots. Many of these vegetables will go great in a smoothie.
Fruits: Fruits are just as important as vegetables when it comes to reversing hair loss. And they are usually more pleasurable to consume! Start adding apricots, mangos, avocados, blueberries and kiwis to your grocery list. Like veggies, fruits make great smoothies and juicers.
Herbs: While there are not many studies on herbs that combat hair loss, amongst the most popular ones are saw palmetto, zinc, fish oil and evening primrose. Saw palmetto is known for gradually inhibiting testosterone activity, so start with saw palmetto if you are interested in taking an herb for your hair loss.