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Healthy Food For Hairs

  • Biotin: Biotin, a water soluble vitamin of the B complex, encourages hair and scalp health.  Dietary sources of biotin include nuts, brown rice, whole grains, eggs/egg yolk and oats.
  • Boost Mineral: The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growthFood sources of silica include cucumber, mango, green leafs, beans. Foods high in zinc are pumpkin seeds, beans, almonds and nuts, eggs.

  • Protein: Hair is made of protein; hence protein in your diet helps for making hair strong and healthy and is mainly found in fish, chicken, dairy products, eggs, legumes and nuts.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Food containing omega -3 fatty acids such as flax seed, dry fruits, fish are required to maintain scalp healthy.
  • Vitamin A, C & E: Helps in strengthening the capillaries and nourishes damaged growth. Vitamin ACE mainly found in carrot, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, mango, guava, oranges, papaya, wholemeal, eggs, vegetable oil etc.,
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the hair moisturized. Also, hair becomes healthy and grows faster as water flushes out the toxins.
  • Minimum 8hours of sleep everyday helps in fast hair growth as hair grows when at rest.

If you notice more than the regular hair falls visit a doctor right away.         

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Causes of Hair Loss – 4

Skin conditions of the scalp: An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.

  Healthy Tip: Prefer mineral rich foods such as cucumber, mango, pumpkin seeds, beans, almonds, nuts etc and also include dairy products to improve hair growth and to make scalp healthy.

                                                                              

Hereditary hair lose :Hair loss that is genetic is known as “androgenetic alopecia” and is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family.

    Healthy Tip: Healthy balanced diet rich in flax seeds, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, walnuts, fish and eggs.

 

Causes of Hair Loss-2

  • Thyroid: The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in your body. Improper functioning of the gland may result in hair loss may result.

               

   Healthy Tip: Including foods such as whole fibre rich grains, fresh fruits, brown rice, flax seed and dry fruits help to control hair loss. Also include foods that are rich in Amino acids such as poultry, fish and legumes.

                                                                                 

Iron deficiency anaemia: Ferritin is a protein that plays an important role in iron storage, less ferritin in the blood, the less iron a body has stored up. Ferritin is needed to help replenish hair.People who don’t eat enough iron-rich foods are prone to iron deficiency which is an easily flexible cause of hair loss.

Healthy Tip: Eat iron-rich foods such as beef, fish, leafy greens, Water melon, pomegranate & beetroot preferably, along with foods rich in vitamin C, which enhances iron absorption and tends to decrease the hair fall.

 

Nutraceuticals- Plant based

Nutraceuticals

Nutraceutical word with “nutra” derived from nutrition and “ceutical” from pharmaceutical. A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to genetically engineered designer foods, herbal products, and processed foods such as cereals, soups and beverages. 

Plant based nutraceuticals         

        

They are phytochemicals — biologically active natural products such as limonoids in citrus fruits, lignans in flaxseed, lycopene in tomatoes, and catechins in tea.

Benefits:

  • Limonoids- Effective in weight, cancer and cholesterol control
  • Flaxseed Lignans- antioxidant qualities, 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
  • Lycopene- heart diseases, diabetes, antioxidant prevents sun burns and osteoporosis
  • Catechins- help in metabolism processes and control cholesterol levels and cancer.

 

 

Phytonutrients -Phytoestrogens

Phytonutrients                                                                                                   

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. These are certain organic components of plants thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients.

Phytoestrogens    

                                                  

Phytoestrogens behave in the body like the hormone estrogen.  Estrogen is a hormone necessary for childbearing and is involved with bone and heart health in women. Body converts lignans a type of phytonutrient, into chemicals with some estrogen-like effects. Isoflavones are also a type of phytoestrogen that lowers the risk of endometrial cancer and bone loss in women thus helping in osteoporosis.

Abundant in: Flax seeds, Sesame seeds

FOOD CRAVINGS-4(Craving For Fatty Foods)

Food craving is an intense desire to consume a specific food, stronger than simply normal hunger. Usually food cravings arise to satisfy emotional needs, such as anxiety, stress, boredom and mood swings which lead to low serotonin levels.  This low serotonin levels (neuro transmitter) sends a signal to the brain to have a positive impact on food. While cravings can mean a number of things including psychological reasons, a strong craving usually indicates your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral which are listed below!

When you crave fatty foods???         

                                                           

People crave fats and oily foods because their diets are deficient in essential fatty acids. Others may be experiencing a deficiency in fat soluble vitamins, especially vitamins A, D, E and K. Some have fast metabolism that burn up calories rapidly; these are the people who eat more and still remain thin. Fats and oils contain the high calorie levels that these people need to feel satisfied. Cravings for fatty or oily foods therefore are linked to nutritional deficiency. However, fatty food cravings are also linked to stress and emotional eating.

How to curb it: Fatty food cravings can be curbed by consuming nuts & dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, dates and flaxseeds as they are rich in essential fatty acids.