How a healthy diet can prevent hair loss

Experiencing hair loss can be traumatic for anyone, but it is, unfortunately, a part of growing older that we cannot avoid. The good news is, there are plenty of steps you can take to minimise hair loss and replace lost hair. Today, an increasing number of people are turning to hair loss treatment and hair replacement that can help with many types of hair loss. It's also possible to make various lifestyle and dietary changes to improve your health and reduce your hair loss. Here are the top foods most commonly considered to help improve the condition of hair and the essential vitamins they are high in. This advice also applies to the health of hair after a hair transplant.

Vitamin A

A deficiency of vitamin A is a common cause of hair loss, as well as dry itchy scalps. Stock up on your dairy products to load your body with essential vitamin A; milk, cheese, eggs and yoghurt are all rich in this staple. Dark leafy greens, squashes, dried apricots and tropical fruits are also great sources of this vitamin, so you have plenty of choice in how to incorporate it into your diet.

Protein

Foods such as lean meat and fish are rich in protein and can help you to replace hairs lost. A deficiency of protein means that your body will not be able to replace hairs lost naturally every day. A small serving of chicken per day makes up roughly half to three-quarters of your recommended daily intake of protein, so it’s not difficult to ensure you’re getting enough. Other foods that are high in protein include quinoa, lentils, chickpeas and dairy products.

Vitamin C

In order to create protein, your body needs vitamin C which can be found in many fruits. Vitamin C is essential to strong and healthy hair; without it, hair can become brittle and dull. Strawberries, citrus fruits and peppers are all great sources of vitamin C and can ensure your hair is protected against breakages.

Iron

If you are experiencing severe hair loss, it could be due to a lack of iron intake. Iron offers the most powerful protection against hair loss and you should be doing all you can to consume foods that are rich in this essential mineral. Beans are packed full of iron – particularly white beans and kidney beans – and go a long way towards that 18 mg recommended daily intake. Other foods high in iron are shellfish, spinach, iron-fortified breads and red meat.

If you've tried dietary changes and you're still struggling with hair loss, we can help. Book a consultation for hair loss treatment with us at Chiswick Hair Clinic, London, and restore peace of mind.