In this guide I’ll show you the proven best diet for hair loss.
Hair loss is essentially an unnatural process. Often it’s caused by a poor diet (although there are lots of other reasons as well.)
If you can get your diet right, half the battle is won, and re-growing your hair will be much easier.
In this article you’ll learn:
- The foods you must avoid if you ever want to keep your hair
- How to eat the right foods for your body type (every body is different)
- The ultimate foods to boost hair growth
- The vegetable juices that can stop hair loss
- The foods that increase (and decrease) DHT levels (the hormone primarily responsible for hair loss.)
- The delayed allergic reactions from certain foods that can cause your hair to fall out
- Why male pattern baldness is more common in developed countries
NOTE: These aren’t separate diets, they should all be used in combination, but I’ve broken them down separately for clarity and to show how they relate to hair loss.
Finally, don’t forget to take the my new 6 question quiz, at the bottom of this page. Based on the answers your give it will calculate a score for you. The higher your score the more likely that these diet changes will work successfully to restore your hair.
An alkalising diet
One of the quickest and most effective things you can change in your diet today (and start seeing results within weeks) is the acid/alkaline balance of your diet.
Just like any organism, the human body has a preferred pH (this is a measure of whether something is acidic, neutral or alkaline. 1 being very acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being very alkaline.)
Our body has evolved to work most efficiently at a certain pH. At this pH range our body works amazingly well, defending us from bacteria, viruses and other diseases. Metabolism takes places quickly and efficiently, our hormones work perfectly and are in balance.
However, when the pH of our body goes outside this balanced pH, really bad (and sometimes unusual) things start to happen.
Normally, because of the typical modern diets we eat, our body will become too acidic.
Meat, dairy, grains and sugars are all ‘acid producing’ which means that when they are metabolised they leave an ‘acidic waste.’
On the other hand, vegetables, fresh fruits, raw soaked nuts and seeds and many herbs are all alkalising when they are metabolised.
(As you can see, most of us eat much more acidic than alkaline foods.)
(I know when my hair was falling out I ate way to many acidic foods and not enough alkaline foods)
Our body will essentially do anything to stay at the right pH. Often the body will store fat (storing fat helps remove acid from the body) just to try and maintain the right pH balance.
In some people the body will store fat (which helps remove acid from the blood and vital organs) but in others it will take things from the body and use it to neutralise the acidity. Sometimes this can be keratin from the hair.
The result is that keratin (used to build hair follicles) is taken from the hair, resulting in thin, weak and lifeless hair that grows very slowly.
The answer then is to shift your diet towards the alkaline end of the spectrum of foods.
Less meat, grains, dairy and sugar and more fresh fruits and vegetables.
The other thing about getting alkalised is that some studies have shown that alkaline conditions in the scalp directly inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which converts testosterone into DHT (the hormone mainly responsible for pattern baldness.)
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So eating a alkaline diet has a double effect on stopping hair loss.
A high fibre diet
Processed foods lack fibre, whereas most natural (unprocessed) foods have a lot of fibre.
If we eat too many processed foods and not enough raw, natural foods then the lack of fibre starts to take its toll on our body.
The lack of fibre causes a build up of waste products in the colon. Without the fibre sweeping the colon clean the waste builds up over time.
(Just imagine a dirty drain pipe that is clogged and blocked.)
This is why constipation, fatigue, feeling heavy and full are so common.
This build up of waste in the digestive tract does 3 things:
- Stops nutrients being absorbed into the body properly
- Stops wastes being removed from the body properly
- Causes waste foods to leak back into the blood through the colon
Let’s discuss each one in detail.
Lack of fibre stops nutrients being properly absorbed
If the wall of your digestive tract is coated in waste then it makes it very hard for nutrients and minerals from the foods you eat to be absorbed and used by your body.
This causes a chronic nutrient deficiency that can have knock on effects. One of these is that your body doesn’t have the nutrients and minerals needed to build new hair follicles.
The body will also ‘sacrifice’ less important uses of the limited nutrients and minerals (sorry but your hair isn’t that important for your survival) for more important areas such as repairing vital organs which are crucial to your health.
So hair loss may be the first indicator your body is lacking nutrients and minerals.
Lack of fibre stops metabolic wastes being properly removed
The second point is that a lack of fibre stops metabolic wastes (the part left over after your body has metabolised the food) from being removed from your body.
Here’s a quick story.
Historians and scientists say that the greatest medical invention of all time was the the sewage system. Before we had sewage systems human waste just lingered around attracting diseases. People died very young because there was the constant threat of getting ill from all the waste lying around.
After sewage systems were introduced to developing populations diseases rates went down, life expectancy rates went way up and everybody was happy they didn’t have to hang around in their own muck anymore.
This is important because if your digestive tract is blocked up from lack of fibre then it makes it very hard for your body to remove the waste from your body.
The whole thing ‘backs-up’ filling your body with toxins and metabolic waste. Just like if toxic sewage leaked on to the village green, the grass would wither and die, so too does your hair start to suffer with all these toxins floating around in your blood, not able to escape.
Lack of fibre causes waste foods to leak back into the blood through the colon
This follows on nicely to the third point about why a diet high in fibre helps stop hair loss, and a low fibre diet can cause hair loss.
As the left over foods line your digestive tract and begin to ferment and putrefy inside your gut they release toxins that then leak back through into the blood.
This can also be a cause of clogged and blocked hair follicles as the toxins cannot escape through the usual routes they are excreted through the skin (scalp.)
This makes the effect of the other two points worse again.
It may feel like you’re being attacked from all sides but luckily the solution is quite simple.
Get more fibre in your diet and clean out your digestive tract. Get your bowels flowing again. The best way to do this is a vegetable juice fast with psyllium husk supplements to sweep the colon clean.
Learn more about the vegetable juice detox that will clean out your colon here.
A healthy gut diet
Processed foods contain preservatives which, almost be definition, are there to kill bacteria. This is all good and fine when you want to store something for a long time (and make supermarkets and food companies more money) but when it comes to our gut bacteria it’s not a good thing at all.
Inside our gut are billions of bacteria that help digest our food (amongst many other things.) There are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria that play a very important role in overall health.
Processed foods (full of preservatives and other artificial additives) kill many of these healthy bacteria, upsetting the balance and causing health issues down the road.
Although the connection between healthy gut bacteria and hair loss is not entirely clear, what is clear is that improving the balance of healthy gut bacteria can help to stop hair loss, and help re grow your hair.
Here’s an in-depth guide to healthy gut bacteria for beating hair loss.
Here are a few very simple tips that you can do right now to improve your gut bacteria:
- Avoid processed foods
- Avoid preservatives
- Avoid antibiotics
- Drink fermented drinks like wine (in moderation), kombucha and kefir
- Take a high quality probiotic
- Eat fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and yogurt.
A guide to the best probiotic supplements for hair loss.
A low glycemic index diet
It’s now fairly clear that blood sugar levels play an important role in human health. Specifically high blood sugar levels can cause all sorts of health issues.
For example, high blood sugar levels have been linked to cancer:
But let’s focus on hair loss for now. Spikes in blood sugar levels have also been linked to pattern baldness (both male and female.)
What foods cause blood sugar levels to rise?
The glycemic index of foods is a way to measure how much a food (when digested) will cause our blood sugar levels to rise.
Therefore, as people trying to stop our hair loss, we should aim to eat foods with a low glycemic index and avoid spiking our blood sugar levels as much as possible.
So there you go. Instead of giving you a specific and narrowly defined diet, here are 4 dietary principles that for beating hair loss.
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