How to prevent hair loss
written by Polly from Pure Himalayan Shilajit.
Top 5 Minerals To Prevent Hair Fall
At one point in our lives, we begin to notice our hairs fall off. Because our hair plays a significant role in the way, we look and feel, it's no surprise that we all want to take good care of it. So when it begins to fall or break, we get anxious. But what if minerals help stop hair loss?
What Causes Your Hair To Fall?
There are several reasons why we may find our hair falling off. They range from illnesses, medication, poor diets, hormones, or even the way we style it. These factors affect our hair growth circle and can affect our ability to grow new and healthy hair follicles (follicles are what holds our hair in place, like the foundation to your buildings).
Having our hair fall out is normal; it's the degree of how much that becomes the problem. On average, we lose 100-150 hairs per day, and our hairs grow an average of ½ an inch every month. But we begin to notice our hair fall out when there is extreme hair shedding or slowed hair growth. Both of these are symptoms of hair fall or hair loss.
Hair Loss In Men And Women
Hair fall affects males and females in different ways. For women, hair loss symptoms come as thinning hair with a more exposed scalp. While for men, you may wake up one morning and realize everywhere else has hair on your head except one particular spot on the top of your head. In extreme cases, you have two.
If it makes you feel better, many people suffer from hair loss. Up to 50% of people experience some form of severe hair loss by the age of 50. This also affects both male and female sexes differently. For men, hair loss due to hormones at this age is permanent, while in women, it’s temporary.
5 Best Minerals To Help You Avoid Hair Loss
Magnesium is responsible for over 700 metabolic functions in our body, and many of these functions affect our hair growth circle. So increasing our use of magnesium means healthier hair follicles and faster hair growth.
Magnesium helps our hair grow in one of two ways:
Preventing calcium buildup: Magnesium counteracts the effects of calcium on your hair and forces it to your bones rather than your hair. When calcium clogs up your hair follicles, you begin to experience dry scalp or a flaky scalp.
Protein synthesis: Better protein synthesis means better hair growth and follicle condition.
How to use Magnesium to help:
White Tea Body Wash or shampoo: This is a gentle shampoo that works effectively on your scalp, which helps in reducing inflammation and encourages hair growth.
Magnesium Oil: This is another product that is effective in hair repair and hydration. It replenishes the necessary minerals to your skin and hair.
Aside from helping your scalp topically you can also add more Magnesium to your diet. You can read all about that here.
Another mineral that could do wonders for your hair is Zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a critical role in your immune functions, cell regeneration, division, and growth. We’ve learned from studies that when you lack Zinc in your diet, it can cause hair loss. It would help if you had Zinc in your system to help keep your hair healthy and growing. To achieve this, you can eat Zinc-rich foods, or you get Zinc supplements. Either way, it is great.
Sources of Zinc
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sweet potatoes
Iron is also one of the few minerals that do wonders for your hair. Iron is of particular interest because it helps transport oxygen to your hair follicles. If you can remember your biology, oxygen is important for every living thing, and without enough oxygen, growth gets stunted, and death follows. This is what happens to your hair if you lack enough iron. Another benefit of iron is that it aids your body’s use of protein to grow healthy hair and hair follicles.
Research shows that 30% of women experience frequent hair shedding and a reduced volume of hair if they suffer an iron deficiency or an insufficient amount of iron in the body. This can happen even before the age of 50, when women begin to experience some form of baldness.
Sources for iron include:
- Kidney beans
Iodine is one mineral that we need for a wide range of functions. One major function of iodine is its role in making the thyroid hormone. This hormone is important in regulating your weight; it keeps you warm and keeps your hair healthy.
The thyroid hormone is what helps the body generate hair follicles. This means that your body needs iodine to be able to grow follicles, and when you lack this mineral, you begin to lack the thyroid hormone, and your hair follicles get depleted. You then begin to notice chunks of hair in your shower drain when you shower.
The lack of iodine has been associated with hair loss, premature greyness, thin and dry hair.
Sources of iodine
- Iodine Salt
- Dairy products
Copper is one more mineral that plays an important role in hair growth and health. Research has shown that copper has advantages such as
- Increases hair growth and thickness
- Enlarges hair follicle size
Copper encourages hair growth by blocking the effect of the dihydrotestosterone or the DHT hormone, which curbs hair growth. DHT is the leading cause of male and female hair loss, thus making copper useful in reducing its effects. Copper also increases hair follicle sixes, which is important in hair growth. It can also make your existing hair look and feel thicker.
Sources of copper
- Whole grains
- Black pepper
Taking these minerals not only stops hair loss but can also boost their growth. Finally, you can do away with your hair patch or whatever you use to cover up the balding and scanty spots on your hair. Because you're getting old doesn't mean you have to be bald. With these minerals, you can significantly reduce the amount of hair you lose while maintaining your youthful looks.