Food For Thought: Fighting Hair Loss
30th July 2015
Have you ever woken up to discover a tuft of hair on your pillow? For some men, it’s tantamount to their worst nightmare, so I’ve got some tips to help protect your locks and prevent your hair from falling out.
Although losing up to 100 hairs a day is common for men of all ages, it’s always worth identifying the root of the problem before it becomes a cause for concern. Hair thinning is a natural part of the ageing process and should occur at a slow and steady rate, especially if it’s driven by genetics.
Sudden loss of hair or uneven patches however, could be a sign of an underlying problem such as a skin condition or physical stress. When you experience trauma, the growth cycle is sent into shock mode and can temporarily trigger more hair into the shedding phase. If you notice anything out of the ordinary though, it’s best to consult a doctor or a Registered Member of the Institute of Trichologists to identify the cause straight away.
In many non-genetic cases, hair loss stems from poor overall health and an unbalanced diet. For example, consuming too few protein and iron-rich foods like meat and eggs can result in hair loss and may even make your fingernails fragile, too. Studies show that hair loss can also result from overeating foods that contain vitamin A, but growth usually returns once these levels are reduced.
One of the key ingredients for stronger and shinier hair is omega-3 – an essential fatty acid that boasts health-enhancing benefits. It can be easily sourced in fish oil supplements and a variety of fish dishes, including herring, salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts, seeds and avocados.
On average, two out of three men experience hair thinning by the age of 60 – so it’s safe to say you’re not on your own! Though topical products help many men, it’s imperative not to overlook the importance of maintaining a stable and nutritious diet.