The seven-year hair cycle — rest, shed and grow — slow downs as we get older and can lead to hair loss, which can be very traumatizing. Although it is a natural aging cycle, thinning hair can be prevented when we take natural supplements with the vitamins and minerals we need (try MD Nutri Hair recommended by Dr. Susan Lin).
“The causes are always the same,” says Dr. Mickey Barber, president of Cenegics Carolinas, an age management institute. “The number one reason [for hair loss] is stress, number two is iron deficiency and the number three is hormonal, which could be affected by menopause.”
Stress can induce hair thinning and significant changes in the immune system, as well as how well we digest and even how well we sleep. Hair loss can occur as the immune system overreacts in the area of the hair follicle. Major stress may play a significant role in this overreaction of the immune system. Then, as we watch the strands coming out in clumps we get even more stressed! And so the downward spiral begins. Instead of panicking at the extra hair in your brush, let’s take control by eating healthier. So what foods should you eat to help strengthen your hair and avoid hair loss? Try alkalizing your body by regularly eating fresh vegetables, salads, and a variety of good quality proteins. You will want to avoid acid making foods like milk and dairy products, breads, and potatoes. Also begin to cut out the refined sugar, sweets and processed foods. Make sure to take a high potency multivitamin, a vitamin C, a B complex and biotin everyday for healthy hair. It is great to have a green drink a day, but if you can’t budget $12 a day for a fresh green juice (yes, we agree this can get expensive) try MD Ultimate Green:
If all else fails, consider more exercise, yoga, hobbies or counseling to help the body better cope with stress… and get a good night’s sleep!!! Follow @md_factor on instagram or @MDLFbySusanLin on twitter for more tips!