The fastest growing cells in the human body are the intestinal cells. The hair contains the second fastest growing cells. On a rough estimate, your heads has about 120,000 strands growing on it at any particular time. All these need to be supported and fed. However, since they are not a vital tissue or even organ, their nutritional needs are not prioritized by your body. This leads to a nutritional imbalance that is mainly characterized by baldness.
Nutritional excess and deficiencies
There are two types of nutritional imbalance that can affect your scalp or hair. These are those that arise due to excess nutrients as well as deficiency in your diet.
Iron and vitamin A
There are also other rare conditions of baldness being caused by nutrition alone. A survey has shown that most people experiencing baldness both in New York as well as in London is as a result of deficiency in ferritin and iron. Ferritin is the stored iron. On the other hand, there have also been cases of hair loss being caused by excess Vitamin A in diets.
Are typical ‘healthy’ diets enough?
On matters concerning hair health and diet, most people are today being led to think that a “healthy” diet does not always contain all the necessary nutrients and elements that can lead to optimum growth, appearance and even health of the hair. They are made to believe that they only need diets that mainly consisting of vegetables, salads and fruits. They take diets with little or no calories and proteins. Others are also made to believe that they need diets that have little carbohydrates but high in fats and proteins. One such diet is the Atkins-type diet.
The right diet
Its is very important for you to note that just as the cells through out your body, the cells also require a balance of all the elements. For the cells to function at their best, consider having a balance of carbohydrates, vitamins, iron, proteins and other minerals variable to your body.
It is recommended that for any primary protein, you should take a portion of 120g. Some of the sources of these primary proteins include eggs, lean meat, fish or even chicken.
For complex carbohydrates, also take a portion. The most suggested sources of these complex carbohydrates include potatoes with skin, pasta, brown rice, barley and also whole wheat toast and oats.
All these proteins and carbohydrates are mostly effective if taken during breakfast and lunch.
There are several daily routine practices that you should observe to maximize the potential of your strands growing healthier.
- Drink approximately 2 litres of water daily to get rid of dehydration on your scalp.
- Breakfast is very important as generation of cells in your follicles is lowest in the morning. Breakfast helps to boost your hair through out the day.
- Ensure that you also reduce your salt intake as it leads to water retention in your scalp.
- For your meals, choose a different meal each day to ensure that you get a wide variety of essential mineral and vitamins for healthy growth.
- If you can, take Viviscal supplements every day – these contain all the nutrients you hair need to grow healthy and strong.