A diet high in added sugar can promote hair loss.
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Hair loss can be due to different causes. One of the common factors of hair loss is genetics, it can also be due to hormonal changes, scalp infections, a physical or emotional shock, medical treatments, but it can also be due to your eating habits. If you have a high sugar intake this could be the cause of your weakened hair.
The high consumption of Added sugar promotes obesity, increases the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and inflammation in the body as explained by the American Heart Association. In addition, it can also have a negative impact on the hair, causing it to weaken and fall out.
Limiting sodas and other foods that add more sugar to your diet can benefit your hair and overall health.
How does sugar consumption affect your hair?
Dr. Anthony Farole, a leading facial cosmetic surgeon in the Greater Philadelphia region notes on his site that research suggests that high sugar intake is a major factor in the development of insulin resistance. In turn, it has been found that women with high insulin resistance are at increased risk for alopecia.
Healthline explains that people with diabetes are more likely to have alopecia areata. With alopecia, the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing patches of hair loss on the head and in other parts of the body.
Diabetes itself can cause hair loss. You can also lose hair as a side effect of stress from living with a chronic disease such as those caused by high sugar intake or by the medications with which it is treated.
What we consume can affect hormone levels, and a high intake of sugar, chemicals, and carbohydrates can lead to hormonal imbalance. DHT is a hormone that contributes to hair loss in both men and women. High levels of DHT can shrink hair follicles and shorten the growth cycle, makes hair grow thinner and brittle, in addition to falling faster.
Food and hair loss
One more reason to avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar is that they generally do not have good nutritional value. Hair needs proteins, vitamins and minerals for growth and stay healthy, including B vitamins such as biotin, vitamins E, C, D, iron and zinc.
Following a highly restrictive diet with a poor and unbalanced diet that does not adequately nourish the hair can cause hair loss problems called telogen effluvium.
There are other ways that your diet can contribute to hair loss, such as high amounts of some vitamins and minerals.
WebMD notes that getting too much vitamin A (usually from supplements or certain medications) can cause hair loss in addition to dizziness. The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements also indicates that it can lead to nausea, headaches, coma, and even death. Women who could be pregnant should not take high doses of vitamin A supplements.
Hypervitaminosis A it may be due to excessive dietary intake. Beef liver, the “multivitamin of nature” is the richest food in vitamin A, just 3 ounces of fried liver provide 7 times the recommended vitamin A per day, so it is a food that should be eaten in moderation.
As with vitamin A, Consuming too much selenium can cause health problems, including hair loss. Most cases of selenium toxicity occur in people who have taken selenium supplements. But there are also foods that have large amounts of this nutrient. Just one ounce of Brazil nuts (6 to 8 nuts) provides 544 mcg, which is 989% of what is recommended per day.
A balanced and healthy diet will provide the necessary nutrients to promote hair growth and prevent thinning.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.