Did you ever think your may be damaging your locks by exposing them to various chemical treatment? What makes it even difficult to keep your hair healthy is stress, poor diet, increasing levels of pollution and harsh hair care products. Together all these factors leave your hair dull, dry, damaged and lifeless. But one factor that patients and even trichologists fail to detect is mineral imbalance.
Mineral imbalance is by far the most common cause of numerous medical and cosmetic conditions, with hair loss being one of them. Since mineral deficiency is hard to diagnose, it often goes undetected and the patient as well as the doctor fails to determine the right course of treatment for hair loss.
There is a long list of minerals and essential nutrients that your body needs for its efficient working. These include vitamins, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates and omega 3 fatty acids etc. Important minerals that your body needs for healthy hair growth include copper, iron, silicon, sulfur and zinc. These mineral should always remain in balance to each other. Excess of one can cause imbalance of another in the body, and even if it does not, excess in itself is not good.
Causes Of Mineral Imbalance:
There are several causes of mineral imbalance from inadequate diet to stress to medical conditions. Here we will discuss some common causes of mineral imbalance in body, which can lead to hair loss.
Unhealthy Diet: Increased consumption of processed foods and alcohol intake are the most common causes of hair damage. Fad diets for weight loss only worsen the problem. Sometimes, your body goes mineral deficient despite consuming healthy diet. This is because you may not be taking a proper mix of minerals and vitamins in your daily diet.
Stress And Anxiety: Physical and emotional stress can also cause your body to become nutrient deficient by reducing its ability to absorb and utilize essential nutrients that you get through consumption of a healthy, balanced diet.
Medications: Certain medications also deplete your body of many minerals and essential nutrients. Contrary to this, there are also some medicines that increase mineral levels or the levels of toxic elements. These include oral contraceptives, antacids, aspirin and its products and diuretics. These drugs cause mineral imbalance in the body leading to hair loss.
Nutritional Supplements: Just like medicines prescribed for different ailments, nutritional supplements can also disturb mineral balance in your body. Taking improper amounts of supplements can result in mineral excesses and excessive production of vitamins. This ultimately contributes to biochemical imbalance in the body.
Role of Minerals and Food Sources:
Here is a list of minerals that your body needs for healthy hair growth and food sources:
- Copper: Your body needs copper for proper enzyme function. Copper deficiency can cause anemia, hair loss and weakness. Food sources of copper include liver, oysters and sesame seeds.
- Folic Acid: It plays a key role in maintaining normal hair follicle cell division and hair growth. Food sources of folic acid include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, asparagus, peas and chickpeas.
- Iron: It is a key component of hemoglobin, an enzyme in your blood that allows helps in transportation of oxygen to different parts of body. Iron deficiency can result in anemia, brittle hair and hair loss. Food sources of iron include blackberries, cherries and spinach.
- Selenium: Lack of selenium concentration in hair can cause your hair to become prone to breakage. Severe deficiency can cause loss of hair pigmentation and even hair loss as well. Food sources include tuna, whole grains, broccoli, bran, and onions.
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