How to fight hair loss


Progression-stage categories of hair loss

Hair falling out? Need hair health fast?

This might seem like a weird topic to talk about on a nutritionist’s blog site, however, this topic is based on personal experience. My natural reaction to hair loss is embarrassment. The more I read, however, the more I realize I really don’t need to feel that way. And so I became motivated to find the solution.

I’ve been told by some there are no real solutions and that I should just get some Rogaine for women and learn to live with it. “After all it is probably just genetic.” Arrgghhhh! Well, I relented and I did just that and it has seemed to help some. But I’m not looking for a Band-aid, I want to get to the root of the problem. No pun intended!

You see this problem with hair loss has been going on now for a couple of years and I’ve noticed it’s been increasing. My hair is getting thin enough now that the loss is noticeable to me. Fortunately, my curly locks help to hide it.

I saw my dermatologist today who very frankly recommended I take supplements of folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B12 which are known to support hair health. I knew these were important nutrients to consume and I do eat foods with all of these nutrients and take a basic multivitamin. When I questioned him about this, he said it’s very likely that I wasn’t getting enough.

In my searching, I found a great article that I felt worth sharing that discusses the causes of hair loss. Click here to read the article. What I learned is that there are many reasons for hair loss and that can include nutrition deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and menopause.

If you’re also having a “bad hair” day, month or year like I have, start by eating a balanced, plant-based diet that includes moderate portions of protein-rich foods — the more organic, the better. Avoid or limit refined foods with added sugar, saturated fats and high sodium. Drink plenty of clean water and give up the soft drinks. Reduce your stress and increase your exercise.

I’ve already starting taking suggested supplements and I plan to write more about this journey to solve my “bad hair” year in the near future. Stay tuned.

Lori Drummond, R.D., L.D.

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