You are taking a bath before going to office in the morning, you rub your scalp and a bunch of hair falls out. You can see in the mirror that you are steadily growing bald. You nervously ask yourself: “Is there nothing I can do to prevent my hair from falling out?” Millions of working men and women all over the world ask this question when they look into their mirrors everyday. There are thousands of home remedies and ‘hair clinic’ recipes, which have not always been successful. Hair loss is one of the top complaints among the young and old.
The important thing to know is, even if there is no single cure for falling hair, one fact is definitely established: hair loss is very closely connected with the food you eat, your average lifestyle, and the way you treat your scalp. With the rise of fast-food chains and multiple cuisine restaurants, the amounts of fats and carbohydrates in our diets are also steadily increasing. Most of us gorge on food overtly rich in animal proteins, spices and salt. A salt and fat-rich diet is bad for hair growth, and deprives hair of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are needed to replenish it.
Of course, you can go ahead and blame your genes – virtually all of male pattern baldness and even female hair loss comes from the genes inherited from your parents. But with a good diet and lifestyle choices and with regular natural supplements to hair, baldness and hair loss can be reduced, if not prevented. External factors also have to be taken into account – for example, if you have had chemotherapy, or have exposed your hair to certain chemicals, then hair loss may be frequent. Also, if you are a middle-aged woman and are pregnant, or are going through menopause, then hair loss is quite common due to hormonal imbalances. You will have to consult your doctor/gynecologist and take necessary hormonal supplements. Poor nutrition and skipping meals frequently also leads to weak and loose hair, which falls off easily. It’s important to find out if the water you drink comes from a safe, non-polluted source.
Make sure that your diet consists of something from every food group – carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and proteins etc. Try to avoid meals rich in only fat or only protein. Have lots of fruits and leafy vegetables. Applying natural oils like olive oil to the hair is a must. You can also apply egg yolk at frequent intervals before washing your hair. Wet your towel with slightly warm water and soak your hair in it.
Adding natural supplements to your diet also helps – for example, Vitamin B complex and E capsules. Amla (gooseberry) is a good source of Vitamin C, and it makes both skin and hair stronger. Regular amla supplements can do wonders to falling hair.