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Why is My Hair Falling Out? Hair Loss and Nutrition

Updated on June 27, 2011

Common Causes of Hair Loss

Male Pattern Baldness affects over 40 million men in the US but there are other reasons that contribute to hair loss in both men and women.

Although not life threatening, hair loss can significantly lower one's self esteem and have a negative impact on how those affected deal with the world around them.

So one may raise the question "Why is my hair falling out?" Some of the most common causes of hair loss in men include the genetic MPB (male pattern baldness), thyroid issues, trauma, surgery, medications or even some restrictive crash diets.

Although for only about half as many women are affected as men in the US, their most common cause is also genetic, referred to as female pattern baldness or female androgenetic alopecia.

Stress, illness and nutrition also are contributing factors for female hair loss.

Nutrition for Your Follicles

You might be surprised to find out one of the first steps when being diagnosed for why your hair is falling out is going over your diet and nutrition. Many experts agree that hair loss and nutrition go hand in hand in both prevention and even reversal of hair loss.

There are certain foods that are not only good for your overall health but are also key tohealthy hair and hair follicles.For instance foods that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and have a reduced fat content are highly recommended for your nutrition regiment.

I am including some other key vitamins and nutrients that have been linked to not only healthier hair but also a healthier scalp. If you are experiencing thinning of the hair or significant hair loss, you may want to talk to your doctor about your diet and nutrition plan or you may want to make the changes yourself and watch for improvements.

Nutrition Tips for Healthier Hair

Following a diet that is rich in protein is always healthier for your hair and scalp but here are a few other vitamins and minerals you might not think of when you think about healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A- You can find this key nutrient in green leafy vegetables like spinach, green leafy lettuce varieties, as well as carrots. This vitamin helps your scalp produce a natural conditioner called sebum.
  • Vitamin B12 - Although you will not need an overabundance of this, it is very important in both cell division and blood formation. You can find this commonly added to certain foods like soy milk or breakfast cereals but you can also find it in certain fish or seafood like Trout, Tuna, and Salmon just to name a few.
  • Iron- A deficiency of iron for women often occurs during their reproductive years and go left un-diagnosed as the cause of hair loss. Broccoli, Kidney beans, and raw almonds as well as most meats are among the many foods that will help boost your iron levels.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids- This is something we all need more of for our overall health especially our skin and scalps. This can be widely found in flax-seed, walnuts, canola oil and of course fish.
  • Protein- Again this is a key to nutrition and hair loss issues. It helps our bodies build multiple types of cells including our hair and of course strong healthy nails. You will find most meat to be the best source of protein but can also find protein in nuts, eggs and many dairy products.
  • Zinc- If you have a zinc deficiency, you may notice quite a significant loss or thinning of hair. You can add more zinc to your diet with all types of beans and beef as well as whole grains.

Of course this is no guarantee you will be able to slow or stop your hair loss especially if it is genetic but just know there are benefits to improving your diet and nutrition plan. So if you have been asking "Why is My Hair Falling Out?", consult with your doctor to rule out genetics and talk about how nutrition and hair loss go hand in hand.

Hair Loss and Nutrition, what do you think?

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    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Thanks dallas93444!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great article: awesome!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Glad you found the info helpful, I know it may not be a cure-all but it has proven to help with those that might not be affected because of genetics.

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      Mark 

      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Voted this one a up and a awesome, Now I know what to do with this balding head of mine!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      It is a very common problem among men and women. It can be difficult to talk about for some and for others they may not realize it could be connected to their overall nutrition or diet. Thanks for stopping by katrinasui!

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      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      This is a very common problem. Thanks for the useful tips. I hope these tips will help us to make our hair healthy.

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Yes technology and medicine have come a long way even just in the last 10-15 years. There are more options than ever and another good point is "Bald is In!"

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      Manuel Porras 

      7 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

      is the worst tragedy of a man your hair starts to fall today there are many procedures against hair loss

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      You are more than welcome! Although there could be other issues, nutrition is a good place to start. It's amazing how our bodies work(or don't work) properly with better nutrition. But boy it can be so hard to do, sometimes I have to write about it just to remind myself how important it is. Thanks for the support!

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      Wooded 

      7 years ago

      Wow...thanks for the tips. I have noticed more hair in my brush lately and have been a little concerned. I am glad to know that it may just be my diet. GREAT hub!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Phil,

      Thanks for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated. I know this is such a difficult subject for so many. I also realize better nutrition is not the cure-all, especially for those affected because of genetics.

      It is a good place to start for some of the other causes of thinning hair or hair loss. Of course better nutrition is really just good for our overall health too. Thanks again!

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I am fortunate in that the condition of my hair loss, at least for now, is having no impact of my state of mind. I tend to eat fairly well and would only require a few tweaks to meet the suggestions you post here, but I don't think it would make any difference, looking at my father and grandfather. Vote-up and useful for this well written and informative hub.

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