Hair loss can have complex causes but understanding what underpins yours is the key to stopping it. It may come as a surprise to hear that a popular food group can cause hair shedding.
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A vast amount of energy is required to keep up with the cell turnover of hair follicles.
A diet that is rich in processed foods and refined carbs with high levels of simple sugars stimulates the body to produce more male hormones (androgens), which in turn can kick start the hair thinning and balding process.Refined or simple carbohydrates include sugars and refined grains that have been stripped of all bran, fibre, and nutrients.
These include white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white flour, white rice, sweet desserts, and many breakfast cereals.Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are higher in fibre, digested more slowly and create less of a sugar spike and should form the basis of the carbohydrate in our diet. Failing to pack enough protein in your diet may also spell hair loss problems later on.
The hair fibre is predominantly made of a protein called keratin. The building blocks of protein are amino acids and protein malnutrition can result in generalised hair fragility and hair loss. Essential amino acids can only be obtained in sufficient quantities through the diet.
These include Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, threonine, Tryptophan, Valine. These essential amino acids that comprise protein are naturally found in meat, eggs, tofu, soy, buckwheat, quinoa, and dairy.