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Hair Loss – What Causes Hair Loss ?

 

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Hair Loss – What Causes Hair Loss ?

Hair Loss has become a common disorder these days. It causes a great deal of concern to all persons affected, especially women who regard good hair growth with thick long hair as a sign of beauty. Hair is formed in minute pockets in the skin, called follicles. An up growth at the base of the follicle, called the papilla, actually produces hair when a special group of cells turn amino acids into keratin, a type of protein from which hair is made.

The rate of production of these protein building blocks determines hair growth. The average growth rate is about 1.2 cm or ½ inch per month, growing faster on women between the ages 15 and 30, and also faster in warmer weather. The most important cause of loss of hair is inadequate nutrition, which is the result of the western diet. Even a partial lack of almost any nutrient may cause hair loss.

Why Hair loss ?

Persons lacking vitamin B6 lose their hair and those deficient in folic acid often become completely bald.  But the hair grows normally after the liberal intake of these vitamins. A virus, caused by an unclean condition of the scalp, or infection from unclean combs or brushes can also cause loss of hair. It weakens the hair roots by blocking the pores with the collected dirt. Another important cause of hair loss is stress, such as worry, anxiety and sudden shock.

Stress leads to a severe tension in the skin of the scalp. This adversely affects the supply of essential nutrition required for the healthy growth of the hair. General debility, syphilis, chronic cold, influenza and anemia, also gives rise to this disorder.  It makes the roots of the hair weak, resulting in the hair falling out.  Heredity is another factor which may cause hair to fall.

The healthy condition of the hair depends, to a very large extent, on the intake of sufficient amounts of essential nutrients in the daily diet. Hair is made of protein and adequate protein is necessary for luxuriant hair. Women require 60 grams, men 80 to 90, adolescent boys and girls 80 to 100 grams of protein. A deficiency of some of the B vitamins, of iron, copper and iodine may cause hair disorders, like hair loss and premature graying. Lack of inositol causes loss of hair. Any person having trouble with his or her hair should eat foods rich in inositol such as yeast and molasses.

Research has shown, however, that women have a low requirement of inositol. Although this vitamin may help to stimulate the growth of a woman’s hair, its lack is probably not a major cause of slow growth.  Women are generally deficient in iodine and vitamin B1, either of which can slow down circulation to the scalp to such an extent that hair may fall out and the new hair grows in very slowly. Women who keep their diets adequate in iodine, the B vitamins and iron have a better growth of hair.

According to a world famous nutritionist, increasing the intake of protein, particularly vegetable protein, wheat germ and yeast, and supplementing the diet with a teaspoon of inositol daily usually stops a man’s hair from falling and increases the fullness. Persons with a tendency to lose hair should eat a well balanced and correct diet, made up of foods which in combination should supply all the essential nutrients. It has been found that a plant-based diet which contains liberal quantities of seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruits would provide adequate amounts of all the essential proteins and nutrients. Each food group should roughly form the bulk of one of the three principal meals.

Hair Loss Treatment ?

Several home remedies have been found useful in the prevention and treatment of the loss of hair. The most effective and lasting result among these remedies, is changing from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet. Viral infection of the scalp, usually caught by using a comb or brush belonging to someone else or unclean, unsanitized instruments at a hairstyling shop, tea tree oil applied directly to the scalp is very effective.  There are many natural hair products available that contain tea tree oil. 

Rubbing the scalp vigorously with fingers after washing the hair with cold water till it starts to tingle with the heat, will activate the sebaceous glands and energize the circulation of blood in the affected area, making the hair grow healthy. Daily application of coconut oil mixed with limewater and lime juice on the hair, lengthens and prevents loss of hair. Application of the juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also considered beneficial. Application of Amaranth, its fresh leaf-juice helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft. 

A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is said to help the growth of hair by drinking a half liter a day. The juice of alfalfa in combination with carrot and lettuce juice, taken daily also helps the growth of hair. Review all of the valuable information available on this site to learn how to take your health and nutrition under control. Second and third opinions are always recommended. You are what you eat and that is the main nutritional answer to hair loss.

You have now been empowered with the knowledge to take control of your health and to save your life. It’s not what you learn in life that counts, but what you are able to teach.“Those that have the privilege to know have the duty to act” Albert Einstein. 

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