We’ve previously explored what foods to include in your diet to help keep your hair healthy, and it’s now time to take a look at what foods to avoid in large quantities in order to keep your locks in tip top condition and hopefully avoid hair loss.
The Fearsome Four
1. We would never tell you to avoid fish, as it provides Vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids, which are rich in Omega 3 and important for hair growth. However, eating certain types of fish four or five times a week can mean that you’re getting too much mercury. Fresh swordfish, mackerel and tuna can contain relatively high levels of mercury, which can lead to hair loss, although canned varieties of fish and shrimp won’t have this issue.
2. A little bit of what you fancy does you good, but if you’re regularly snacking on sugary treats, your blood sugar levels will be spiking, causing insulin to be produced and at the same time androgen, a male hormone which can cause pattern hair loss in both men and women with a genetic disposition.
3. And, we’re afraid to say, foods that quickly to convert to sugar aren’t great either. Pizza, white bread, cakes also appear to increase androgen levels. Click here for the science behind this!
4. Vitamin A is great for the hair, but make sure you don’t exceed your RDA (recommended daily allowance) or you might just find yourself shedding hair because of it. If you take a Vitamin A supplement, check the dosage and make sure that you don’t exceed the amount recommended for you when combined with your daily diet.
And If My Hair Is Still Shedding?
If you have addressed all the issues raised above in terms of your diet and you’re still noticing shedding, it’s time to visit a hair loss specialist, who can advise you on what the cause of your loss might be. If you’re noticing thinning from areas around the top of your head, it’s likely that pattern hair loss is the cause.
This type of hair loss is by far the most common and the predisposition to it in the form of DHT-sensitivity is passed down through your family tree. Belgravia has a high success rate of treating hair loss with medically proven hair loss treatments including topical applications of minoxidil, which stimulates hair regrowth in both men and women.
Alongside the two primary medications for genetic hair loss – minoxidil and finasteride 1mg, which are licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA – a variety of treatment boosters can complement treatment. The FDA-cleared LaserComb can help to speed up the process of hair growth, and Belgravia’s nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics helps to top up the vitamin and mineral levels from your diet, ensuring optimum hair health.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.