Beating Hair Loss and Bad Genetics with Nutrition

by Donna Palmer
(Kailua, HI, USA)

Most women searching for a hair loss cure are looking for a product, a shampoo, a pill, some sort of hair serum that will magically sprout a lush main atop their crowns. Unfortunately, we all come to find that there is no such product.

There are many things you can do to facilitate hair growth and slow loss, but if you don’t first treat the underlying cause of hair loss, you are simply spinning your wheels. This is why treating hair loss is so complicated.

There are so many different reasons why you could be losing your hair. The real cure to hair loss would be to accurately diagnose and identify each contributing component and remedy it. What a daunting task that can be!

But there is a way to comprehensively treat all the factors that might possibly be causing you to lose hair; and that is simple wholesome nutrition.

You see, nutrition really is the most secure foundation to treating any kind of alopecia. Nutritional intervention is a term that is defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as “purposefully planned actions intended to positively change a nutrition-related behavior, environmental condition, or aspect of health for an individual.” You can use nutritional intervention to treat and prevent a number of different conditions including diabetes, ADHD, osteoporosis, and obesity. But can nutritional intervention really be that effective against hair loss? Let’s consider the evidence.

The American population is among the top balding populations in the world. It is also one of the leading countries of overweight people.

“On some level, male pattern baldness might be tied to increased testosterone levels during puberty, which are often the result of a high-fat diet or eating too many animal products,” commented a doctor in Prevention magazine.

Japan, as an example, had very little incidence of pattern baldness before the second World War. After the war, the Japanese diet became much more high in fat and animal products. Now, Japanese men (and women) can be seen going bald everywhere. It seems westernization of the diet may contribute to balding.

A Nutritional Intervention Hair Loss Study

Wouldn’t it be great if someone would just conduct a scientific study to demonstrate what kind of effect nutritional intervention could have on hair growth? Well, someone has! Dr. Gary Null, Ph.D., and Martin Feldman, M.D. conducted that exact study. Their findings can be found in the report entitled, “Nutritional Intervention Reverses Damage to Hair and Skin.”

The six month study evaluated the effect that lifestyle improvements had on hair and skin, physical fitness, and mental function. The goal of the study was to induce hair growth in bald areas of the scalp, slow hair loss, and reverse graying; characteristics which are said to be controlled by genetics. In effect, the question asked was can food overcome genetic limitations?

Participants were asked to make significant lifestyle changes by adding the following six components into their daily routines: exercise, stress management, self actualization, nutrition, supplementation, and environmental hygiene. They were asked to eliminate all animal and shellfish protein, dairy products, wheat, alcohol, caffeine, sugars, artificial sweeteners; fried, packaged, and processed foods, artificial colorings, and yeast. Additionally, their diet consisted of 40-60 kg of proteins from vegetarian sources and fish, at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily, four servings of beans and grains, a high quantities of green juices. The length of the study was six months.

Of the 138 participants, about 70% noticed improvements in the thinning of the hair and hair texture. Sixty five percent said they noticed improved luster of their hair, 58% reported less graying of hair, and about 50% had darkening of their hair. There were also improvements in skin, physical and mental well being, and increased energy.

Eat Superfoods to Slow Hair loss, Aging, and Beat Genetics

So you see, nutrition can make a significant difference in your hair health as well as your entire being. Once you are eating a healthy diet you can tailor it to include superfoods that will help combat the factors that are specifically contributing to your individual hair loss.

Many autoimmune disorders cause hair loss, these disorders can be improved with nutritional intervention. Hormonal imbalance causes hair loss. A wholesome diet will help balance hormones. Genetics has predisposed some to be sensitive to certain factors that can cause hair loss; but genetics is not the end all be all. Lifestyle choices can help you overcome genetic “disadvantages”.

Of course, some hair loss is to be expected with aging; but the effects of aging can be slowed by eating superfoods. There are many foods that are known as longevity foods that can help you to maintain vibrant skin, a healthy body, and a head full of hair. Some of these foods include green leafy vegetables, chlorella, algae, spirulina, broccoli sprouts, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Garlic, ginger, and herbs are among some that can make food quite delicious. Eating a diet high in anti-aging superfoods will enhance your health and delay the effects of aging.

Put Your Best Follicle Forward

You have to start with the right foundation to build a hair loss strategy that works. Scrambling for a hair loss product without addressing the true cause of your hair loss will leave you disappointed in the long run. Start with feeding your body everything it needs to function optimally. Build from the ground up; then you can add supplements and products to enhance your gains. If you take the wholistic approach to combating your hair loss, you’ll soon realize significant improvements in your hair weren’t that hard to come by after all.

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Hair Loss Marathon~
by: Roberta

Donna, your information is outstanding! I'm so happy to have come across your blog. I live in Hawaii Kai, and would greatly appreciate talking with you in person or on the phone. Please let me know if that's possible. My hair loss has been going on for approximately 10 years. Frustrating trying to correct and balance what needs to be to stop this hair loss. Seems to go in 3 month cycles. You can email me at:
Thanks so much.


Hormones and Diet
by: Val

Several years ago I began losing my hair. It turned out my thyroid was hyperactive. I improved my diet and watched the numbers improve month by month.

My opinion - Eating just fruits and vegetables is not a healthy diet. Too many fruits and starchy vegetables give you way too much sugar. You need healthy fats and protein also.

If your hair fell out following your diet change that is an indication that perhaps your new diet caused problems in your body.

See the Healthy Living Diet for a commonsense eating plan.

If you eat a balanced diet and the hair loss continues after a few weeks, it would be wise to consult your doctor.

It does work!
by: Donna

This does work but it takes time. Of course there may be other factors that are contributing to hair loss that need to be accounted for.

I would say the number one thing most women need to consider when looking at hair loss is hormonal balance. This is because most hair loss in women is related to your hormones. There are so many other clues that hormonal imbalance is causing you to lose hair. You may have noticed that you began to gain weight primarily around the midsection, or that you have painful or irregular menstrual cycles.

Once you have an idea that you are dealing with hormonal imbalance then you can begin to think about what you are eating that is contributing to the imbalance. You can also begin to think about what foods and supplements to take that will help.

For example, how much sugar are you taking in? Try to limit simple carbohydrates, high glycemic fruits and root vegetables as these all turn into sugar in the body. Fruit juices are also high sugar items.

Developing a nutrition plan takes a lot of time and dedication but is worth it! I am proof that making healthy changes will help your hair and over all health. And so are all the people in the study mentioned above. It takes time but if you stay the course you can have your hair (and) back.

I wished this worked
by: Anonymous

I don't know what to do!
I eat well, when i first started loosing my hair was shortly after juicing for 2 weeks and then eating mostly fruits & vegetables, i always try to eat greens, i don't even eat meat

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