Both men and women are concerned about balding and thinning hair. This topic was recently discussed on The Doctors when they aired a show with Jon Lovitz, the comic, with The Doctors’ physicians offering these lifestyle changes to boost hair retention and quality:
- Eat more protein since your hair, like your bones, is primarily made of protein. Eating more beef, chicken and eggs can help boost protein levels and, for vegetarians and vegans, vegetables like broccoli and spinach, as well as beans, nuts and seeds, and grains like quinoa, are excellent sources of protein.
- Get enough Iron and Zinc, because they are essential for hair follicles to grow new hair. Both red meat and green leafy vegetables are high in iron and zinc. Surprisingly, so are avocadoes and most berries. To increase iron absorption, it’s advisable to eat foods rich in vitamin C when consuming iron-rich foods, as well as not taking iron supplements and vitamin E at the same time. Strange but true: The tannin in regular (ie, non-herbal) teas can hinder iron absorption.
- The mineral, Silica aids the ability to digest the nutrients needed for great hair. Silica is abundant in bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, bell peppers and rice, which is thought to be the reason that Asian women have such sleek, shiny hair, as those are foods often eaten in Asian cuisine. Cucumbers, asparagus, lettuce, potatoes, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and strawberries also contain silica.
- Jog Just One More Block because exercise stimulates circulation and blood flow, which may stimulate more hair growth.
Although Dr. Ordon from The Doctors also recommends Propecia and Rogaine to fight against hair loss, many hair restoration surgeons find those two medications fairly ineffective. Further complicating hair loss treatment medication usage is the fact that some hair restoration medications are proven to cause gynecomastia in men who take it.
Your mileage may vary, however. It’s important to know that there are new technologies today for hair replacement that are much better than the old-style, visible hair plugs, and certainly better than wearing toupees, wigs or hair extensions.
To a Head of Hair Worth Running Your Fingers Through,
*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.