There are many different factors that can result in either thinning hair or excessive hair loss including a hormonal imbalance, an illness, and especially a poor diet. You may have heard the phrase that it’s best to enjoy “everything in moderation,” and this certainly applies to a lot of the activities we partake in, as well as the foods and beverages we consume. Certain foods that are devoid of sufficient nutritional value can directly and indirectly cause hair loss. There’s a reason that people living in Western countries are more susceptible to hair loss. Not only do our foods tend to be exceptionally processed, but they also contain obscenely high levels of preservatives, artificial flavours, processed sugars, and even artificial sweeteners. We consume all of these things in large quantities on a daily basis, and they all play a part in causing thinning hair and hair loss.
Foods That Can Lead to Thinning Hair and Hair Loss
Here is a list of foods that cause hair loss. You should either reduce or eliminate foods that cause hair thinning from your diet to help reverse your hair-loss issues.
Processed Sugary Foods and Beverages
Most commercial foods and beverages are chock-full of refined and processed sugars that are extremely harmful to your health. Even the cereals that are marketed as being “heart healthy,” “reduced sugar,” or “sugar free” are actually very bad for you. Companies find crafty ways of disguising the sugar content in the ingredients lists and on the nutrition labels of their products. “Sugar free” typically means that the product contains aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener that’s just as harmful as sugar itself in large quantities. Sugar is almost completely devoid of any nutritional value, which means the body has to work twice as hard to break it down and it has to steal nutrients from other foods to process it. As a result, these nutrients are diverted from their intended purpose of nourishing the body. The most important organs and cells take top priority, which means the hair follicles fall to the wayside and eventually become either inflamed due to a lack of nutrition or minimized so they can’t produce new hair strands. All of this happens while older hair strands continue to fall out at a normal rate.
It’s believed that alcohol could be linked to hair thinning and hair loss because overconsumption of it causes severe dehydration. However, most studies are inconclusive on this matter. Drinking too much alcohol negatively affects your body’s pH levels and causes it to become too acidic. When this happens, your body has to find ways to recalibrate its acidity levels. It does this by extracting proteins and minerals from the food you consume and metabolizing them into energy sources. These are proteins that would otherwise be used to promote healthy hair growth, among other things.
Soft drinks are a double whammy when it comes to hair loss. The combination of acid, caffeine, sugar, and pure carbonation in these toxic drinks causes a huge spike in your blood pressure and raises your blood sugar to extremely abnormal levels. Foods high on the glycemic index can have the same effect as alcohol: they completely dehydrate your system due to their high sugar content, which means they’re taking away nutrients from healthy cells in your body that need them to survive, including hair follicles.
Greasy and Fried Foods
A lot of greasy and fried foods are processed and they contain large amounts of saturated and trans fats, which your body metabolizes into pure sugar. These fats can also alter your body’s natural hormone production and cause a hormonal imbalance. In particular, they increase the production of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which destroys healthy hair follicles in large numbers.
Food Additives and Preservatives
Certain food additives and preservatives such as caramel colour and cochineal extract (which is taken from dried insects) have been linked to hair thinning and hair loss. These are used in many of the foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis including yogurt, fruit juices, and candies.
Selenium isn’t actually a food or beverage; it’s a micro-mineral that’s found in a lot of foods. While your body does need selenium to help manufacture proteins that protect cells from damage, it only needs about 55 micrograms per day. The problem is that most of the foods we consume on a daily basis, such as fish, poultry, beef, nuts, and seeds, contain much higher levels of selenium than the body needs to function. This can lead to overproduction of proteins, which is linked to receding hair and hair loss.
Here’s another example where that saying “everything in moderation” comes into play. Vitamin A is good for you and is instrumental in strengthening your immune system, facilitating eye function, and promoting reproduction. It’s also beneficial for the heart, lungs, and other organs throughout your body. It can generally be found in a large variety of foods. But too much vitamin A can actually be detrimental to your health. Vitamin A stimulates hair growth; the problem is that too much vitamin A causes the cells to work in overdrive and the hair regeneration process speeds up to unnatural levels, meaning you lose hair much faster than your follicles can reproduce it. This can generally be remedied by reducing your vitamin A intake.
Get Effective Hair-Loss Treatments in Toronto
Fortunately, many cases of thinning hair and hair loss are completely treatable through natural, medical, or surgical means. The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists can devise an appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition and ensure that you’ll have healthy, beautiful-looking hair again in no time. We’ve been in business for over 20 years and have helped hundreds of clients from all over the world to achieve their hair re-growth goals. For more information about our institution or to book a special consultation, please call us at (905) 272-0190 or toll free at 1-800-563-3836.