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How to cope with Hair loss

The most common type of hair loss can be triggered by life changing events such as moving home, a bereavement or pregnancy, leading to overall thinning of the hair. If nutrient levels are low it will be expressed through the hair. Hair follicles rooted in the scalp need to be surrounded by a rich supply of blood to ensure they are sufficiently nourished.

"Hair loss represents low mineral status, specifically lack of zinc, selenium, calcium, sodium and potassium," says Maria Griffiths of the Institute of Optinum Nutrition.

Eat plenty of zinc from meat and oysters, magnesium found in green leafy vegetables and vitamin C from fresh fruit. A Mediterranean diet full of essential fatty acids - a mixture of minerals and amino acids vital for the formation of keratin, a highly fibrous and resistant protein that makes up nails and hair - is recommended. Drink plenty of water to flush out any build up of toxins in the body's system.

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Kelp - helps regulate thyroid gland, healthy skin and hair

Kelp is a seaweed that extracts components from seawater and concentrates them in its frond-shaped leaves, making it an abundant source of vitamins and minerals like iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.

One of the benefits claimed for kelp is that its abundance of vitamins andminerals can promote healthy hair and skin. However, kelp is mostly taken for its naturally high iodine content, which helps the functioning of the thyroid gland. Iodine is essential for the formation of thyroid hormones, which regulate the body's energy production, promote growth and development, and help burn excess fat. Natural food sources of iodine include seafood, bread, dairy foods and salt, and kelp supplements may help anyone who avoids these foods in their daily diet.

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Thin hair...You could be anaemic, stressed or just hungry

As a trichologist I have spent decades studying and treating hair problems. Sadly, many cases are self-inflicted - brittle, dry and irreparably damaged hair is the result of years of heat-treating, dyeing and styling. Yet the state of our hair is also a visible barometer of our internal health. Illness - and certain medications - cause locks to lose their lustre, becoming dull, limp and fine-looking.

Eating Disorders

The growing phase of the hair cycle is prematurely halted by reduced food intake, which makes blood flow sluggish to the scalp. Hair loses its shine and falls out. Those who lose weight suddenly, or limit their calorie intake to maintain a low weight, may well also have wispy, dull-looking hair. The hair loss is rarely permanent but eating a balanced diet with plenty of protein is vital. Hair is made from protein, and it is particularly important to eat protein at breakfast as this is when levels are at their lowest in the hair follicles.

Also make sure the diet is rich in vitamins - especially the B complex - zinc and essential fatty acids.

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