A Holistic View of Hair Loss
You are more than just independent parts cooperating together. Every bit of us informs every other bit of us. When one part of our bodily system isn’t working to its best, the rest suffers. How does this play out with our hair? Hair loss is a natural part of the aging process. However, there are things that can happen in our bodies that can speed up this process or trigger non-age related hair loss.
What You Eat Affects Your Hair
An optimal diet, whether you are a carnivore, omnivore or vegetarian, is one with minimal processed food. The more whole food you eat, the better you will feel. Certain foods can give you a head start. Many people are aware of the effects that the fatty acids from fish have on the body. It is particularly applicable to hair. Fish like salmon and mackerel gives hair its natural shine and luster. Dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, have the vitamin A that keeps hair from becoming brittle. Greek yogurt, which is filled with protein, aids in stimulating the blood flow to the scalp. Cinnamon is also good for scalp circulation. Whole grains provide much needed proteins to further aid in hair loss prevention. Eggs are a common breakfast food, but are also used as ingredients in many other dishes. The protein and iron derived from this basic food helps the hair to grow.
Exercise Helps Prevent Hair Loss
In order for hair to grow, each hair follicle must receive nutrients and oxygen from the body’s blood vessels. Exercise can help hair grow because it increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body. An increase in blood flow means that more nutrients and oxygen are reaching the scalp. You can help nourish their hair follicles by performing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week. Keep in mind that exercise causes sweat, which can damage hair. Make sure to shower after a workout to avoid clogged hair follicles.
Better Sleeping Habits Benefit Your Hair
When we sleep, our body produces HGH (Human Growth Hormone.) This hormone helps to regulate growth and regeneration of our cells. If we don’t get enough sleep, this vital hormone may not be effective in giving our hair the attention it needs. Hair loss is a known byproduct of bad sleep habits. This is a great example of how the body works together. If you improve your diet and exercise regularly, not only does it improve your sleep, but it can improve your hair, too! Not only that, but all of these working together can lower your stress, improve your quality of life and positively affect your social life.
Find a Provider that Gets It
We at North Atlanta Hair Restoration want to treat the whole person and not just your hair. We know there are many different reasons someone starts losing their hair. We want to offer you a free medical evaluation from our medical director, Daniel A. Danyo, M.D. We promise to treat you like a person and give you the information you need to take the next step.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.