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Health tip for week May 24th

  • Hair loss remedy

Are you losing your hair?  It is actually normal and natural for every day hair loss and it increases with age.  However, problems with circulation, imbalance hormones, certain drugs, bacterial infections, vitamin and iron deficiencies and hair treatments like coloring hair and perms can also be the cause of hair loss.

Genetics can also be a big reason but many vitamins and nutrients can slow the process and even sometimes regrow hair.  Here are some tips and suggestions of nutrients you can take:

  • Vitamin C prevents hair loss because it acts as an anti-oxidant.  The suggested dose is 500 to 1000 mg taken twice daily. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, especially citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids are a healthy form of oil found in fish, especially salmon and sardines. The recommended dose is one tablespoon of fish oil a day to prevent hair loss.
  • Eliminate food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, preservatives, and food additives.
  • Lysine is an amino acid and one of the building blocks of protein. Because hair is made of protein, adding lysine to the diet helps prevent hair loss. The suggested dosage is 500 to 1000 mg daily. Lysine is found in meat and eggs.
  • B vitamins reduce the stress that can cause hair loss. The best way to take B vitamins is in a complex where all of the B vitamins are combined. B vitamins are found in brewer`s yeast, in red meat, dark leafy greens and sea vegetables.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  • Vitamin D is actually a hormone and because hair loss can be connected to hormones, adding vitamin D to the diet grows hair. Vitamin D can be synthesized on the skin after it is exposed to sunlight, but taking additional vitamin D helps prevent a deficiency. The recommended daily dose of vitamin D has been 400 IU per day but research now suggests that daily intake as high as 4000 IU is beneficial.
  • Vitamin A stimulates the hair follicle where hair growth begins. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, as are other dark green and red vegetables.
  • Vitamin E is important for the circulation in the body and has been shown to grow blood vessels, which increases circulation. The increased circulation improves the body`s ability to make new hair. The recommended daily dose of vitamin E is 400 IU. Capsules of vitamin E can also be applied to the hair and scalp as a hair tonic for dry hair. Topical application also directly stimulates the capillaries on the scalp and helps prevent hair loss.
  • Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
  • Avoid stimulants items like coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.

In summary, being healthy reduces the risk of hair loss.  Thanks for reading.

Sources:

http://hubpages.com/hub/vitamins-for-hair-loss-that-helps-in-hair-regrowth.

http://www.essortment.com/articles/vitamin-deficiency-causes-hair-loss_103645.htm

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May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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