- Men's Health & Wellness
The Food to Eat for Thinning Hair
The Diet for Thinning Hair
If you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, some changes in your diet can help. An underactive thyroid may be the cause and that can be rectified. Another cause is the heavy meat consumption in the American diet. Provided that you are not regularly using toxic dyes and chemicals on your hair (see link below) - here are some eating suggestions that have been proven useful.
It is important to look for organic whole foods, locally grown, mercury-free fish, and foods as fresh as possible. While supplements are often recommended they cannot compare or offer the same beneficial results as a diet of real whole food.
The Diet for Thinning Hair:
Sea Vegetables - If you have a thyroid issue sea vegetables are highly recommended for an underactive thyroid. An underactive thyroid can cause thinning of the hair and even the eyebrows. These sea vegetables include kelp, nori, and dulse (see the link below for the amazing health benefits of sea vegetables, also known as seaweed). If you east sushi it is often wrapped with nori. It is also sold in dried forms and can easily be sprinkled over foods. Add them several times per week. They are also sold in supplement form. Sea Vegetables have been determined to be far more beneficial than food grown on land.
I lived in Seoul, S. Korea over a 4 year period. Their diet is rich in sea vegetables. I can truthfully say in a city of 14 million people that I do not remember seeing bald men. Of course the overall Korean diet is superior to the American (US) diet.
Protein - Hair is made up mostly of protein so a protein rich diet is necessary. But not if your main source of protein is a large steak. In fact, eating large quantities of meat as Americans do can be counterproductive. A steak will increase testosterone levels, and this has been linked to hair loss. Eggs are an excellent source of protein (see link below on how to boil the perfect egg). Also add nuts, seeds, beans and fish. Other good choices are organic soy foods, and hemp foods. I can add too that the Korean diet has little or no meat on a daily basis.
Zinc - It has been shown that a zinc deficiency is common in men experiencing hair loss. While supplements are usually recommened there are food choices. The food richest in zinc is oysters. Other zinc rich foods include crab, lobster, almonds, cashews, chick peas, kidney beans, yogurt, mozzarella, flounder, and oatmeal, etc.
Silica - this mineral, the most abundant on earth, strengthens collagen which is what supports the hair matrix and accelerates hair growth. Silica is high in fibrous foods which include dark green leafy vegetables. Also beneficial are tomatoes, figs, grapes, apples, berries, onions, and flax seeds. Very high on the list is the skin of cucumbers. Unfortunately, we tend to peel cucumbers for fear of the pesticides that may be on them. Bean sprouts, red peppers, and green peppers are also high on the list.
It has been reported that the average American diet is made up of 80 percent processed food. Unfortunately, in processed foods, fiber (and silica) are the first things to go.
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