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March 31, 2014

How to Stop Hair Loss

Nutrition is very important not only to your health but also to your hair. You would be surprised how quickly you can stop hair loss that is not hormonally driven by replacing nutrients, particularly minerals and proteins that you may be lacking. Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss.

Rebecca came into MHN Hair Studio because she started losing her hair when she went on a regimen on antibiotics to treat her acne. Unfortunately it had the effect of altering the bacteria in her stomach which depleted her ability to absorb nutrients. Next thing she knew she had an iron difficency and her hair was falling out. She was able to stop her hair loss by getting off the antibiotics and addressing her iron deficiency. Needless to say, she found a more natural way to treat her acne.

Often times when iron is low, other minerals such zinc are low, too. A lack of iron and other minerals can come from a lack of quality protein. Too much sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals. Individuals with patchy hair loss might need more protein from various sources. Poor digestion such as bloating, heartburn or irregular bowel movements could be a sign that food is not being digested in a way that allows the body to absorb and use it well as Rebecca found out.

We recommend taking a high potency multivitamin to make sure you cover the bases. Biotin is another vitamin that is safe and simple to use for nutrition of the hair and can help stop hair loss. Many people believe that essential fatty acids are lacking from our diets and Vitamin D may also be important for those who are low and for those who are losing hair due to an autoimmune process which seems to be on the rise.

Vitamin C and B complex can be very important for your hair especially if you are under a lot of stress. We recommend even if you do not have to lose weight and your hair is healthy that you consider eliminating soft drinks, processed foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners. If you want to stop hair loss these strategies can improve the chances of hair follicle stimulation and promote healthier hair growth.

Finally, sleep is another must have to help fight hair loss. Lack of quality deep sleep inhibits the time the body uses to repair itself. Unnecessary hair loss is one of many symptoms that occur when the body is deprived of the deep sleep that it needs.

Key's to Stop Hair Loss:

  1. Consider labs to check iron, thyroid, cortisol (often done by saliva tests) and vitamin D levels. Treat any of these values if they are abnormal.
  2. Begin taking a high potency multivitamin/multi-mineral.
  3. Be sure to get 1,000-2,000 mg of vitamin C and 5,000 mcg biotin per day.
  4. Take a B complex 1-2 times a day. Higher doses tend to be better for those with more stress.
  5. Cut out the refined sugar, sweets and processed foods.
  6. Eat more fruits, vegetables and a variety of good quality proteins.
  7. Get a good night's sleep.