Could going on a special diet help you re-grow your lost hair?
There is evidence that certain diets can actually make hair loss
There are 2 (major) problems with most restrictive “diets” that
spell hell for your hair:
- Cutting out foods that provide the best sources of protein,
fat, cholesterol, or carbohydrate can leave a woman lacking in key
nutrients that build hormones and support health.
Vegan and vegetarian diets often cause followers to become deficient
in iron, protein, and cholesterol from animal sources (cholesterol is
necessary to make certain hormones).
And the protein that comes from dairy, meat, and gelatin is more
easily used by the body than vegan/vegetarian sources such as
beans and soy.
Diets which restrict carbohydrates can also decrease the conversion
of thyroid hormone into its active form.
- Chronic calorie restriction increases stress hormones, and
can lower the rate at which your body regenerates itself.
A very low calorie diet can cause a person to have high levels
of the stress hormone cortisol, which serves to created sugar
for energy production from your existing tissues. While this does burn
fat, but it can also eat away at your muscles, skin, and hair
tissues. And cortisol is also known for reducing the amount
of T3 (active thyroid hormone) in the body.
Low calorie dieters usually do not get enough nutrition from their
food, which can lead to serious deficiencies that can’t be solved
with vitamins or supplements.
Restricting calories long term causes a lowered body temperature,
which causes your body’s enzymes to be less functional, as they like to
operate around the 98.6 core temperature.
Additionally, evidence shows that when restrictive diets are
attempted long-term, they inevitably lead to addictive
behavior and usually more weight gain.
This is not to say,”Don’t work to lose weight” because being overweight
definitely contributes to problems of hormonal imbalance and inflammation.
And these problems won’t be fully corrected until a person has achieved an
optimal body composition.
But there is a way to achieve this that is more friendly to your
hair. You just have to ditch the dieting trap, relax, and eat in
a sane way.
“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book.
I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” -Dolly Parton