1. An unbalanced diet and missing vitamins and minerals
As I am currently travelling around, my diet changes continuously. Add to the mix that I am a vegetarian. I asked myself, did I get enough vitamins and minerals in my new diet as I was not eating any legumes, olive oil and only little nuts???
Here is what I found in terms of food and hair
|Vitamin/Minerals||How it helps our hair||In what food can I find it|
|Zink and iron||
Helps with hair growth
|Iron: red meat, livr, spinach, kale,
Zinc: pumpkin seeds, nuts, liver and meat
Both: Quinoa (even B12), Goji Berries, lentils,
|Vitamin B6, C, zinc or essential fatty acids||
Helps with dandruff
|B6:Banana, nuts, carrots
C: citrus fruits, fruits
Zink: pumpkin seeds, nuts, liver and meat
Essential fatty acids:
Omega 6: Olive oil, nut-oils, avocado
Omega 3: salmon, tuna, Chia Seeds, Quinoa, walnuts
|Vitamin A (carotenoids)||Healthy hair, skin, bones and good sight||Orange or yellow vegetables such as yellow squash, carrots or sweet potato, yellow or orange fruits such as apricots or oranges or green veggies such as kale or spinach.
Also in liver, milk, butter, whole eggs and cheese
|B5/ Pantothenic acid||Vegetables, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, asparagus, crab, meat, liver,||Against grey hair, hair loss, hair and mucous membrane disease|
|Biotin||Liver, eggs, milk, cauliflower, mushrooms, whole meal products, avocado, spinach||Skin diseases, loss in growth of hair, liver damage|
My quick fix?
Attention Vegetarians and Vegans: In Germany and I am sure everywhere else too, were two types of hair intensive capsules, one had beef in them and the other was for vegetarians. So, watch the ingredients list to be sure.
2. Chronic stress
Us woman tend to do our beloved multi-tasking every single day, and we are bloody good at it. YEAY!
What helps against stress?
1. Exercise. This helps because it reduces the stress hormone adrenalin and cortisol which is build up in the bodies “fight or flight” reaction. More about this in a sec.
2. Take a time-out and relax! Take a few minutes in your busy day and close your eye and relax. Here a very easy breathing technique you can do anytime and anywhere (well, except for driving your car, but sitting in the train or bus for sure!)
Disadvantages of long term stress
Long term stress can be a cause of high work load, relationship problems or a very busy day to day lifestyle.
The problem is, that if we produce cortisol for too long it can:
*Increase the level of blood glucose to create energy which may lead to diabetes
*May result in organ malfunction or mental burnout
*Weakens the immune system (so we get faster sick)
*Weakens our bones.
*Our body is strong but it cannot cope with long term stress too well as our adrenals can get exhausted and then adrenal fatigue sets in, this is when we fell tiered all day and have no energy for anything.
If you lose your hair think about your day to day live: Am I stressed, could I need a break? Am I eating the right food and providing my body with enough vitamins and minerals???
And act on it!
I hope this helped you guys to stop or lessen your hair loss. It did the trick for me, yeay 🙂