Thinning hair? Here is food for thought

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:50
deRosaVicky101711_optBY VICKY DeROSA

Genetics, alopecia, bad diet; why do some people go from a full head of hair to thinning hair?

Genes and stress might be the reason for some. Unfortunately there are times that stress will affect our hair and there is nothing we can do about it except to maintain a healthy diet to limit the affects of stress on our hair.

There are many people, men and women included, who quite frankly may not realize that a poor diet is to blame for their thinning hair. Yes, indeed, there are studies out there that demonstrate that food and the lack of the right food can have a significant impact on whether a person has a full head of hair or not.

Now, don’t go crazy here folks, I know as well as you that genes do play a significant role and sometimes your path to a bald head is inevitable. Let me just add that if that is the case, please keep in mind that bald is beautiful too!

So genetics and stress, they most certainly matter and sometimes there’s just not a dang thing we can do about it. I thought I should write a blog on one way to impact our hair.

This may surprise you, many of you are simply unaware that food matters even when it comes to your hair. So let’s ignore stress and genetics for a moment and talk about what kind of a diet will lead to a full head of hair or at least maintaining what you have.

Well I’m sure you’ve all heard how important the B vitamins are for hair, skin and nails. Biotin, B12, yes; very, very important, so important many people take biotin supplements, but did you know in addition to the B vitamins here is the rest of the story. A daily dose of Omega-3′s, lean proteins, iron, silica and zinc. Let’s make it easy, the following is a list of foods that your day should consist of for great hair maintenance. Obviously your day does not have to consist of the whole list but read the list below and ensure you are getting as much of it as possible.

Let me point out what you should be thinking now, aha foods rich in protein and low in “bad fats.” Green leafy vegetables and bright vivid colors be aware of all of these foods and ensure that you are getting a daily dose of them.

If you’re trying to maintain good hair, I do hate to break this to you, you may want to limit the following:

These can be taxing to the body which could in turn, tax your scalp.

Speaking of your scalp here’s a tip I like to give often; aloe vera gel or extra virgin olive oil, massage into your scalp once in a while (not before a big date however) your scalp will love you for the attention and the nutrients in these.

Before I end this blog I would like to say I am not sure about all the herbs that are out there touting miracles for thinning hair, but I will tell you in my opinion; you could try saw palmetto or ginseng, these really are considered effective. One last thought; drink lots and lots of green tea, green tea is simply glorious for the hair and don’t forget to nosh your way to good hair.

Vicky DeRosa is Founder and CEO of Studio V Health Corp. For more information check out


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