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Hair Loss

In ANY weight loss program that you follow, hair loss may occur. This is a
natural result and the hair will grow back in once you reach your target weight,
often the hair is even thicker than before! Now, it is important to know that if
you happen to lose a considerable amount of weight quickly or if you decide to
go on a strict diet, you very well may not lose any of your hair.

The main link between hair loss and weight loss is that it comes down to the
nutrients and vitamins in your body. We recommend that everyone should
always take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, especially during a
weight loss program.


Understanding Hair Growth Cycles

First, It’s good to note that a hair doesn’t simply grow forever. Each hair on your head grows for 4-5 years, then falls out. So your hair is always renewing itself. The long growth stage is called anagen and the short stopping phase that follows is called catagen. Then the hair falls out, which is telogen. The hair follicle then goes back into anagen and makes a long hair for the next 4-5 years.

What happens during weight loss is Telogen effluvium. It also happens after any stress to the body. Some of your hair follicles go into catagen to conserve body resources. So the hairs stop growing and "rests". Once your body feels safe again, those hairs go back into anagen – but because there was the pause in the middle, the brand new growing hair pushes the old hair out of the follicle. So in reality you have just as much hair as you did before – and it’s probably far healthier hair. But the new hairs are short 🙂

Normally around 10% of your head of hair is in the catagen or telogen phase, in essence resetting itself to prepare for new hair to grow in. Because you have so much hair on your head, you don’t even notice. During weight loss that percentage gets higher, but this is only temporary. Your body starts creating new hair in its normal cycle once it settles into a healthy weight and those hairs start growing again.Remember that hair doesn’t reach a long state overnight! So all those new, healthy hairs need time to grow out to whatever length of hair you have chosen.

Again, it’s not that the hair is MISSING during this intermediate time. It’s just that it is brand new and growing from scratch.

Taking Measures to Reduce Hair Loss

Now it is important to know that if you happen to lose a considerable amount of weight quickly or you decide to go on a strict diet, you very well may not lose any of your hair. The main link between hair loss and weight loss is that it comes down to the nutrients and vitamins in your body, so as long as you keep yourself healthy, you should not have any problems with your hair.
There are a number of hair growth vitamins your body needs. As much as possible, it’s good to get these nutrients from the food you eat. However, it can be difficult to do that in today’s world of fast foods and convenience foods. If your diet is not the best, taking a multi-vitamin supplement can be beneficial (this will be necessary on P2 as you can not eat many of these foods).

Some of the vitamins for hair loss you need include:

Vitamin A

This is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum (oil) in the scalp. It is found in a number of foods, including apricots, peaches, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, spinach, milk, meat, cheese, and fish liver oil. The recommended daily dose is 5000 IU.

Vitamin C

This is another antioxidant. It promotes healthy skin and hair. It is found in foods such as citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, green peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.The recommended daily dose is 60 mg.

Vitamin E

This is yet another antioxidant. It improves the circulation to the scalp. It is found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, dried beans, soybeans, raw nuts and seeds, cold-pressed vegetable oils, and wheat germ oil. The recommended daily dose is up to up to 400 IU. (Warning:Vitamin E can increase blood pressure and slow blood clotting. If you have high blood pressure or are taking anticoagulants you should talk to your doctor before taking Vitamin E supplements).


Biotin


These vitamins for hair loss helps produce keratin, a protein that in part constitutes hair. It also helps to prevent hair loss and graying. It is found in whole grains, rice, milk, egg yolks, liver, and brewer’s yeast. The recommended daily dose is 300 mcg.


Inositol


This vitamin keeps hair follicles healthy. It is found in foods such as citrus fruits, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, and liver. The recommended daily dose is up to 600 mg.


Vitamin B 3 (Niacin)


These hair growth vitamins improve circulation to the scalp. It is found in whole grains, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, nuts, and meat. The recommended daily dose is 15 mg.


Vitamin B 5 (Pantothenic Acid)


These hair growth vitamins prevent hair loss and graying. It is found in a number of foods, including whole grains, organ meats, egg yolks, and brewer’s yeast. The recommended daily dose is 4 – 7 mg.


Vitamin B 6


These vitamins for hair loss help prevent hair loss and also help create melanin, which helps give hair its color. It is found in a variety of foods, including vegetables, whole grains, organ meats, egg yolks, and brewer’s yeast. The recommended daily dose is 1.5 mg.


Vitamin B 12


This vitamin will help to prevent hair loss. It is found in meat and dairy products. Vegans (vegetarians who eat no animal products, including dairy) will need to take a Vitamin B 12 supplement.The recommended daily dose is 2 mg.

Hair growth vitamins may or may not be sufficient to solve your hair loss problem, but it is a simple and inexpensive solution to try. Improving your nutrition will benefit your health in many other ways as well, of course.

 

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