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Nutritional Therapy For Hair

Nutritional Therapy For Hair
Nutrion forms an essential part of hair growth. Lack of complete nutrion leads to hairfall.Nutritional imbalance is hence one of the major causes of hairfall. Correcting nutritional imbalance supports normal growth of hair.

Essential Nutrients for Hair
Essential Minerals with good effect on hair:- Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Copper - help stimulate hair growth, Chromium, Magnesium, Silicon.

Essential Vitamins:- Vitamin A, B-complex, Vit.C & E

Toxic minerals having bad effects on hair:- Lead, Mercury, Aluminium.

What can cause a mineral imbalance?
Diet - improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diet can all lead to a chemical imbalance.

Stress - physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of nutrients while reducing the capability to absorb and utilize nutrients.

Medications - both prescription and over the counter medicatons can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and / or increase the levels of toxic metals.

Pollution - the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metals, these can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.

Nutritional supplements - taking incorrect supplement or large amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and / or deficiencies.

Inherited patterns - a predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excess can be inherited form parents.

Essetial Minerals

 Minerals  DEFICIENCY 

Anemia, depression,

dizziness loss of appetite,

loss of vitality,

flattening & spooning of 


Beet root, Black

dates, spinach,

jaggery, cherries,




Brittlle nails, white spots 

Scaly dry skin, Easy 

bruising, slow wound healing,

immune deficiency


prostate enlargement

Non-veg, wheat germ,

wheat bran, pumpkin seed,

avocado, sea food.


Cramps, Rheumatism. Bone

pains, Muscle twitching,

Diffuse hairloss,



Rajma, barley, kale,

unrefined grains.



digestive function,

nerve disorders.

Green leafy veggies,

almonds, beans, sea food.

 CHROMIUM  Diabetes  Yeast

Nerve functioning,

Energy production,

enzyme activation

Avocados, almonds, whole

grains, grape fruit.


Toxic minerals :

Lead - poisoning due to ingestion of paints, inhalation via car exhausts, garages.

Mercury - fish caught in mercury contaminated water, industrial exposure, fungicides, dental amalgam

Aluminium - utensils, antacids, anti- perspirants.

Essential Vitamins

  • Vitamins : - A - regulation of keratinization in skin & hair, prevention of acne, prevents dry skin. Excess vit.A more than 50,000 IU for 18mths - Leads to diffuse hair loss.

                               Source - Green leafly vegetables, coloured fruits, vegetables

                        B12 - haemopoisis, defeciency leads to macrocytic anaemia

                                 Source - egg, liver

                        C - collagen formation, increases resitance

                            def - corkscrew curled hair on thighs, abdomen, chest
                              Source - Amla, Lemon, Guava, Orange.

  • Protiens - hair is the first structure to be affected.

                      def - brittle hair, diffuse hair loss.
                      Source - Pulses, dal, cereals. milk, egg white, nutrela

Food to be consumed

    Green leafy vegetables daily
    Salads - beet, carrot, tomato, radish, cucumber
    Sprouts - 2-3 times a week
    Pulses & legumes - 2-3 times a week
    Almonds 4-5 daily
    Walnut - 1 daily
    Milk - at least 500ml daily
    Fresh fruits 3-4/ day
    1 tsf of cow's ghee.

Foods to be avoided

    Junk foods like pizzas, pastas, noodles, burgers & fast food.
    Soft drinks
    Smoking & alcohol
    Chinese foods
    High carbohydrate diet like pototoes, chocolates, cakes, ice-cream, deserts, pastries
    Nonveg foods like red meat, fried chicken, fish.
    Home made chicken or fish without oil once a week can be taken in moderation.

Hair Care Tips

    Eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods thae are high in sugar or fat.
    Stay away from harsh chemical products  that can damage hair.
    Stress can be seriously injurious to long term health and colour of hair.
    Get plenty of rest & sleep to allow your body to grow hair.
    Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide toothed comb.
    Avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers or other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
    Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles. Avoid extreme cold & heat exposures.

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