Can Your Diet Cause Hair Loss?

There are several different reasons that you may experience hair loss – aging, genetics, stress – but there’s one surprising reason that you may start noticing a thinning out around your scalp: your diet. Believe it or not, what you eat regularly may prove to be a powerful trigger for hair loss. Just like everything else in your body, your hair is continually growing – and it needs the right balance of food and nutrients within to stay healthy and flourishing. Intrigued? Let’s break down how diet impacts hair loss here.

The Keto Diet and Weight Loss

Keto – one of the hot diet fads for weight loss – may actually have a negative impact on your hair. Keto is all about reducing the amount of carbohydrates in the body in order to place it in “ketosis,” or a stage where it burns fat rapidly and (usually) induces weight loss. As posited in this Health.com article, however, doctors hypothesize that the unbalanced diet may produce a negative impact on a person’s hair. Additionally, the article posits that the stress and pressure caused by the diet may also have a negative effect on a person’s hair volume.

A Lack of Protein in the Diet and Hair Loss

On the opposite end of the spectrum of the keto diet, a lack of protein can also have a significant, negative impact on a person’s hair volume. Diets that are severely restrictive in proteins may cause hair loss. The hair on your head consists of protein. As such, it needs a good, solid base of protein within the diet to maintain volume and growth.

A Balanced Diet: A Key to Avoiding Hair Loss

So, how can you use your diet to avoid hair loss? As with most things with your body, balance is the key. Be sure to ingest a proper, balanced diet of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nutrients, so your hair has what it needs to remain full and thick for as long as possible.

At Christoffels Hair Restoration, we know first-hand how hair loss can affect not only your appearance, but how it can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem in family, social and professional interactions. We can offer hair replacement and hair restoration solutions for men, women and children. Schedule a free consultation today!  

Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers.