Hair loss is something that a lot of us will think about from time to time, you might notice your hair is shedding a little more than normal or you might have seen an old photo of yourself with a ‘younger looking’ hairline. Thinking about hair loss can cause concern for many of us, but have you ever stopped and considered what’s causing your hair loss? Today we’re looking into your lifestyle and how it might be affecting your hair.
Its true what they say, a poor diet can actually impact the health of your hair and can over time lead to hair loss. A balanced diet is vital for your overall health and if you want to keep your hair healthy. A number of nutrients and vitamins which are consumed via your diet give your body and hair what is needed to remain healthy.
Vitamins such as Vitamin B, A and C as well as protein and Omega-3 acid, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium are an important part of your diet. These can be found in simple everyday foods including eggs, spinach and other leafy greens, salmon, chicken and sweet potato. Ensuring you eat a balanced diet can over time improve the health of your hair. If you think your diet is lacking vital vitamins or nutrients you can also look into supplements to help.
As a nation, we’re very conscious of looking good and wanting to improve our appearance with 29% of the UK spending as much on gym clothing as they do on regular clothing it is clear that exercising is an important part of our daily routine. We’re continually told that we should exercise on a daily basis to improve our general health.
It’s important to remember that exercise is a type of stress and can, in some cases, affect your body in a negative way. Over time your body will adapt positively to the stress and this is when your body begins to get fitter and stronger. During a stressful period in your life (physical or mental) your body cannot adapt to the stress of exercise on top of this and it can have a negative impact and contribute towards problems such as hair loss. Exercise is a controllable stress and if you’re going through stress in other aspects of your life, it is recommended to lower the number of days that you train.
Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons and something a lot of people think is that heavy drinking can lead to hair loss. However, exceeding the recommended units of alcohol has no direct link between hair loss. There are, however, several side effects related to heavy drinking that can have an impact on hair loss.
When we drink excessively, the body can become dehydrated, causing loss of minerals in the body. This can then, in turn, cause the hair to become dry and brittle and prone to breakage. The body can lose important minerals such as iron, which plays an important part in keeping the hair healthy. An iron deficiency can lead to conditions such as telogen effluvium.
Smoking, a lifestyle choice that many people want to stop in order to improve their general health. It is known that smoking can have negative effects on our health. Something most of us probably forget about is how smoking can also have a negative impact on your hair.
Studies have suggested that smoking can actually increase the rate of hair loss in men. Smoking can cause hair loss by restricting blood flow to the scalp and increasing hormone production, which can in turn damage follicles, contributing to hair loss.