6 Islamia/The Brunei Times Isnin, 21 Jamadilakhir 1430
Natural Solutions for Hair Loss
green vegetables and lean red meat.
Vitamin C improves the absorption of
iron. Include a good serving of fruits
and vegetables in your diet.
If your hair loss is caused by
Rijal Kamil and elsewhere on the body. also known as hair loss. Sometimes, gus and beetroot. Choose apricots,
stress, eat more vitamin-rich foods,
It is usually caused by a reac- simply altering your diet to include citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, berries and
concentrating on vitamins C and the
air loss or alopecia can be tion to intense stress on the body’s healthy foods can decrease the apples. Also eat plenty of oily fish and
B group as these will boost your im-
caused by any number of fac- physical or hormonal systems, such amount of shedding you experience. seafood.
tors. Hair loss can be heredi- as pregnancy or giving birth, or as a Strong, healthy hair needs: Another important nutrient for
Very fine and easily breakable hair
tary, or caused by conditions such reaction to medication. * Protein hair health is silica; one of the most
may be caused by a zinc deficiency.
as anaemia (disorder of the blood), Fortunately, this condition often * Iron abundant minerals on earth, and also
Dry hair and an itching, flaky scalp
illness, stress, fungal infections and gets better over time. Telogen efflu- * Vitamins and minerals present in skin hair and nails. Silica
may also be the result of zinc defi-
thyroid problems, as well as certain vium is a phenomenon related to the * Essential fatty acids, especially has many important functions in the
ciency. Shellfish are good sources of
medications. growth cycles of hair. omega-3 and omega-9 (oleic acid) body and clinical trials have shown
zinc, as are red meat, pumpkin seeds,
However, strong hair growth is Alopecia Areata Hair is comprised mostly of pro- that silica helps to strengthen and
fish, egg yolks and mushrooms.
also closely related to our general This condition is linked to an tein. To encourage hair growth, eat thicken the dermis, and that silica
state of health and also to diet and a diet rich in protein. This includes therapy slows hair loss and the rate Scalp Massage
imbalance in the immune system,
dairy produce, nuts and pulses (le- of graying. Massaging the scalp is another
fitness. A diet devoid of essential vi- where the hair follicles are attacked
gumes). Silica is found in the outer cover- way to optimise hair growth. The
tamins and minerals, especially pro- by white blood cells. The follicles
Also include sweet potatoes, ar- ings of potatoes, green and red pep- kneading pressure increases blood
tein and iron, can cause hair to fall then become very small and hair pro
tichokes, carrots, spinach, broccoli, pers, cucumbers, and also in onions
a circulation to the hair follicles, con-
out, become brittle or result in other wn
duction slows down dramatically, so
aspara- and oats. Bean spr sprouts are also high ditions the scalp, and boosts the
hair problems. there may be no visible hair growth
in silica. strength of the hair roots.
There are different forms of hair ears.
for months and years.
Vitamin E is important for healthy
imp Increased circulation means that
loss and some ways to naturally slow However, the hair follicles
hair growth, and it increases oxy- the cells of the hair follicle will re-
down or treat hair loss. ently
are not permanently dam-
gen uptake, wh improves cir-
which ceive more of the nutrients necessary
Androgenetic Alopecia any
aged, and in many cases
to optimal hair growth function.
This form of hair loss is related the hair grows back in a
ack culation to th scalp. Eat avo-
cados, nuts seeds, and olive
nuts, Using oil, such as coconut oil dur-
to hormone levels in the body, and few months.
oil on a reg
regular basis. ing the scalp massage will help con-
there is a large genetic predisposi- Hair Loss and dition the scalp, reducing the occur-
tion. If hair loss is due to thy-
Diet roid dysfunction, eat more
dysfu rence of dandruff and dry skin that
The cause of hair loss in this con- s
Nutrition plays an can interfere with the hair growth
dition is a chemical called dihydrotes- foods ri rich in Vitamin A
important part in hair and iodine. Eat vegetables
iodi process. Oils also condition the hair
tosterone, or DHT, which is made loss, and extreme eme shaft and root lessening the chances
from androgens (male hormones such as carrots or spinach
diets, rapid weightght in unrefined, cold- of brittleness and hair breakage.
that all men and women produce) by loss or poor nutri-ri- Improving the health of your
the action of an enzyme called 5-al- pres
pressed seed oils
tion can all result such as flax, walnut hair and preventing hair loss can be
pha reductase. in thinning hair. achieved by a few simple steps. By al-
People with a lot of this enzyme p
or pumpkin seed and
There are many ny sea salt. Eat turnips, tering your diet to include the proper
make more DHT, which in excess can vitamins and nutri- - nutrients, or by supplementing your
cause the hair follicles to make thin- cabb
cabbage, mustard, soy
ents that your body y bean peanuts and
beans, diet with vitamins, and regulating
ner and thinner hair, until eventually needs in order to your intake of high sugar, processed
they pack up completely. pine nuts if there is a
produce healthy hair. defic
deficiency of iodine. and refined foods (which should be
Telogen Effluvium If any of these are Fo anaemia, try
For avoided), you can reduce the severity
This is a common form of hair hafts
lacking, your hair shafts of hair loss and improve your overall
adding iron-rich foods
loss, where the hairs are diffused, or can become weak resulting health, insya Allah.
to your diet, such as
widely spread out around the scalp in massive shedding of hair,
ing Healthy Muslim
egg yolks, dark, leafy
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