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Your Favorite Foods: How good are they good for your hair?

The foods you eat directly impacts your hair. Here's a list of foods to avoid to manage your hair loss.

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Your Favorite Foods: How good are they good for your hair?
Medically Reviewed by Priyanka Shetty, Bsc in Food Nutrition and Dietetics, Reviewed on 25th January 2021

Good hair has always been an indicator of good health.

But it takes more than a great shampoo and conditioner to help your hair look its best.

There’s a lot that needs to be done to keep your scalp and hair healthy.

And it starts with what’s on your plate.

Certain foods can wreak havoc, while others can shore up your locks. Knowing the right kinds of food to eat is essential, but knowing the worst foods is EXTREMELY important if you want to avoid hair loss, breakage, and dryness.

Here’s a list of some foods to avoid for hair loss.

Cheese,Milk and Ice creams-Is Milk and Dairy good for your hair?

Wondering why dairy is bad for you – when all those TV ads say— milk and other dairy foods are the express tickets to stronger bones and bigger muscles? #MeToo.

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Commercially available dairy is almost always pasteurized. The pasteurization process actually renders the naturally occurring enzyme in the milk useless.

It’s this enzyme that allows us to digest the milk in the first place, and without it our bodies really struggle to digest the dairy making it bio-unavailable and nutritionally useless. In men, Dairy products can cause an increase in DHT levels.

It is also known to spike up your insulin levels that is further likely to aggravate your hair loss problems. Avoid milk and dairy for hair loss related issues.

Cakes, Donuts, Waffles & Indian Sweets (Sugar)- Does sugar cause hair loss?

Sugar& Hairloss

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the ill effects of sugar. Sadly, most of it is true. Especially, when it comes to what it does to your hair. Your hair needs protein to grow and sugar hinders the absorption of proteins.

These foods have such high glycemic indices that they inevitably cause blood-sugar spikes, something which is conducive to early hair thinning.

Artificial Sweeteners: Is Aspartame good for my hair?

Sugar and hairloss

For all those who read the previous section and thought to themselves- “ But I use sugar free” – I’m extremely sorry to break this to you too, but the substitutes for real sugar in artificial sweeteners, specifically the one named Aspartame is known to cause hair loss and thinning of hair.

So, it is advisable to avoid artificial sweeteners too- to reverse your receding hairline.

Burgers, Cheese Burst Pizzas and Fried Nuggets (Greasy Foods)

Greasy foods clog the arteries and can also cause greasy skin on the scalp. This often leads to hair follicle miniaturization, restricted blood flow and clogging of the sweat pores.

As the pores of the scalp get clogged, DHT and other harmful hormones can get trapped which can retrigger the hair loss mechanism.

A good shampoo can help by washing away the grease and leaving the scalp ready from new hairs, but changing our diets to avoid greasy foods is best.

However healthy fats can be very beneficial for hair growth so don’t take natural oils out of your diet.

Does Alcohol cause Hair loss?

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Beer, wine, and spirits can interfere with how your body metabolizes zinc, a crucial mineral for hair health. Too much alcohol can dehydrate you, which can affect your hair.

Alcohol can make your hair more dry, more brittle, and more prone to breakage.

Fish(Especially SwordFish)-Which Fish is bad for your hair?

fish and hair loss

Yes Omega-3 is a great nutrient for hair growth, and fish contains high levels of it. But the red flag is that some fish carry mercury, a heavy metal that is generally harmful for humans and can lead to hair loss.

So while you can still eat many kinds of fish, you should know the risks. A rule of thumb is, “the bigger the fish is in nature, the higher the mercury it contains.”

Does spicy food cause Hair loss?

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Have you ever drizzled or even drenched your dishes with spicy Sriracha Or Chili sauce?

If you have, you may testify that it helps make any bland (or not so bland) meal taste better.

Clinical studies show that in small doses chilly may help to grow your hair, but in larger doses it can also quite possibly have a negative effect on your hair.

It may be quite possible that consuming too much Sriracha or any other hotter chilly pepper, over a period of time may stunt hair growth or cause your hair to go into a premature phase. Yes, spicy foods cause hair loss.

Pasta, Breads, Wheat and Rice (High Glycemic Foods)

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Foods that are quickly broken down into sugar.

As the body pumps out insulin in response to the rise in blood sugar, it also raises levels of androgen, a male hormone that can make the hair follicle shrink in both women and men.

Starchy white breads, pastas, and cakes trigger this response in the body and can lead to hair thinning.

Research has also shown that a high-glycemic diet can increase androgen levels, while a foods low on the glycemic scale can reduce them. It’s best to avoid pasta, bread for hair loss. In case you can’t avoid it, limit the amount by controlling your portion size.

Hairloss and food

There’s no need to wait years for a baldness breakthrough.

The solution to your hair loss woes is literally in your plates.

Remove these foods from your diet and kick start your journey to beating pattern baldness