Hair fall is a huge source of anxiety for millions of people. The treatment of hair fall depends on a correct diagnosis of the problem. So the first step is to correctly identify the root cause of your hair fall. These include nutritional deficiencies of protein and vitamins; deficiencies of essential minerals and salts; pH imbalance (acid-alkali imbalance); hormonal imbalance or changes; scalp problems, infections and infestations; medication consumed over a long time; ill health; and genetic predisposition – particularly in male pattern baldness.
Nutritional deficiencies are rife in our urban lifestyles. For example, we may consume a lot of calories through simple carbohydrates and fats, but find ourselves deficient in proteins and vitamins. Balanced proteins are very important for hair strength and thickness. Proteins should be consumed in just the right quantity because an overdose of proteins can also lead to a pH imbalance and therefore hair fall. Balanced proteins are mostly found in plant-based proteins like soya, tofu, sprouts and black channa. Vitamins are very important for hair growth and regeneration. Vitamins essential for hair are vitamin A, B complex and E.
Minerals are the base of hair health. Essential minerals for hair health are silica, ferrum, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Low haemoglobin is another major reason of hair fall, especially after childbirth. A zinc deficiency can also manifest itself as lowered skin healing, skin problems and lowered fertility. You can overcome a mineral deficiency naturally by eating cereals in their natural state, such as dalia, brown rice poha and dal with chilka. Minerals are also found in nuts, seeds and vegetables.
Minerals can also be taken in the form of biochemic pills and salts which are available in homeopathic stores. Biochemic salts contain 12 base salts that cover the essential elements of the body. Biochemic salts can be given to everyone ranging from age 12 upwards.
Water, which has all the essential minerals, is also an important part of the diet. Water stripped of a majority of its minerals can be unhealthy.
From HT Brunch, September 11
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