The hair fall diet plan
When you talk about hair fall, there are so many permutations and combinations of what could potentially go wrong. From a Macrobiotic perspective, the underlying factor is still addressing the blood condition. Hair health stems from kidney energy, and kidney energy stems from the essence you acquire what we call ‘jinh’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine from your parents. It always goes back to deficient ‘qi’ which means a blood condition that is not strong.
I’d like to look at hair health from an overall perspective; your liver, spleen, and kidneys have to be in great condition for hair growth to be super. While we all know most people with hair loss, are pushed towards using harsh treatments, I truly believe in all my work with people who come to me for hair fall, till you do not work on the foods you consume and from within, you will not achieve much with your hair growing back. Just by looking at your hair, I can tell what your overall health is like. Lifestyle has a lot to do with it as well. So, I would say a combination of the right diet and lifestyle should do the trick.
It takes 4 months to work with good blood condition and 2 years to work with cell condition, but it’s all achievable within this time.
Eating for your hair
The foundation of what causes hair fall lies in how you eat and your lifestyle.
- Stay off sugars, sugary foods, refined carbohydrates; colas, sodas, soft drinks; hidden sugars in packaged foods, processed foods. This will keep you away from sugar spikes.
- Include complex carbohydrates are a good source of sugars and fibre, and also promote the smooth functioning of the digestive tract; ensuring proper waste elimination. Here, I cannot emphasize the necessity of whole grains from brown/red rice to any good millet that aids with the amounts of antioxidants and anti-aging benefits (brown rice alone has 70 anti-aging antioxidants). If someone is insulin resistant, it helps to keep these at a modicum in the diet. To minimize what you may have in the day, 20% of daily volume consumption works well.
- Good quality protein helps you stay satiated, keep blood sugars stable. Protein also maintains our muscles; your intestinal lining has muscle fibres; this means lean protein if you eat fish and meats and plant-based protein if you are a vegetarian/vegan. Excess protein (animal protein) is not good for you, so balance it with vegetables and greens. We don’t want those pathways getting blocked we must maintain the quality of blood being clean and not toxic. Plus from protein, you get keratin which makes up the hair. Fatty and oily fish are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants that increase hair density, and are a great source of protein, selenium, vitamin D3, B vitamins, nutrients.
- Vegetables, which not only have good quality fibre; especially coloured vegetables that have plenty of beta carotene that converts to Vitamin A to repair skin (of the gut lining). Plus, leafy greens and green vegetables (also in the form of barley grass or wheat grass), mimic the blood structure and are necessary for cleansing the blood and the much-needed chlorophyll they provide. Plus are rich in Vitamin A and C, which promote hair growth. Again bringing in iron which helps the red blood cells carry oxygen to fuel and aid the growth and repair of hair. And minimize hair fall.
- Fermented foods, serve as a crucial part of any diet plan supplying good amounts of probiotics to nourish our guts. Foods like sauerkraut, quick pickles, non-dairy kefir, kimchi are highly recommended. Biotin (B7) is crucial for making keratin, which is made by gut bacteria.
- Nuts and seeds bring in the trace minerals, good fats, and oils that are needed. Nuts supply vitamin E, also repair hair growth due to their antioxidant properties. Vitamin E also supplies B vitamins, zinc, and essential fatty acids.
- Fruits again provide a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants to help gut repair. Focus on berries as they are rich in Vitamin C that aids collagen production and iron absorption.
- Just the right amount of water or liquids as too much will loosen and expand our tissues, a lot of water comes from the foods you eat. An excess of liquids puts pressure on the kidneys, bladder, and sweat glands as well; making us tired over time. We need just enough, one way of measuring this is to ask ourselves: are we thirsty?.
- Adding sea vegetables like spirulina helps in detoxification, vitamins, protein, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Workout and exercise regularly, and keep your lifestyle in check by establishing regular eating habits, sleep habits, and positive thoughts.
Lifestyle – wise this is what you can do to help yourself
- Don’t eat too many refined carbohydrates and sugary foods
- Don’t be overweight
- Don’t excessive belly fat (visceral fat)
- Rectify your PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Aid yourself with the above foods through menopause
- Do not have a lifestyle that is devoid of exercise or movement
- Do not suffer from sleep deprivation
- Quit smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Quit medication that is not needed
- Maintain good hormonal imbalance, and minimize exposure to endocrine disruptors
- Do not follow fad diets
- Do not skip meals
- Do not keep long gaps between meals
- Do not engage in late-night snacking
- Meditate or practice deep breathing these calms the adrenal glands
Tips to take care of hair
- Always oil your hair once or twice a week, unless you have an oily scalp.
- After oiling a towel that is dipped in warm water and aids a sort of warm to foment for hair helps.
- You could use fermented rice water as a hair rinse (please look at my Instagram page @soulfoodshonali).
- It’s good to use a hair mask once a week
- There should be minimal use of hair drying and use of hair products, as I feel that worsens hair fall.
Happy health hair!!