10 Healthy Foods That Will Stop Your Hair From Thinning
As you mature with age, your hair will go through many changes to adjust to the natural transitions that accompany life. At times you will notice a beautiful, luscious head of hair that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. But you shouldn’t be surprised if you also encounter seasons in your life, when you start to notice a higher amount of loose hair strings in the shower and on the bathroom sink.
Many things can have an effect on the health of your hair, but imbalanced hormone levels are a common factor in most situations when the hair is beginning to thin out of nowhere. It’s important to have a balanced amount of male and female sex hormones in your body for several reasons. These hormones are called testosterone and estrogen. When your hormones are out of balance, the hair follicles can become weak and you will begin to shed more hair than is normal for most humans.
The list below contains a list of foods that can help you stop your hair from thinning any further and encourage a thicker head of hair to reappear over time.
If you have TOO MUCH estrogen, you can try incorporating foods that encourage the production of testosterone in order to bring your hormones into balance:
Spinach contains a mineral called zinc that is known for boosting the growth factor hormones that contribute to healthy muscles, but it also simultaneously elevates the testosterone levels in the body.
Almonds are known for being a high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. All of these nutrients play vital role in the production of testosterone.
Salmon contains selenium, a trace mineral that contributes to the metabolic process of testosterone production by converting the T4 hormones into the T3 hormones that are vital for healthy testosterone levels.
If you are not a fan of spinach, you can get more zinc into your body by eating black beans. Black beans are also a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is what regulates our bodily functions, such as secreting testosterone.
Asparagus contains high levels of folic acid and potassium. These nutrients aid in the production of sex drive chemicals, like testosterone. The high level of vitamin E that is present in asparagus also helps to stimulate the production of testosterone.
If you have a SHORTAGE of estrogen, you can incorporate more foods that encourage the production of estrogen in order to bring your hormones into balance:
Flaxseeds are a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen is a natural plant nutrient that is very similar to the female sex hormone known as estrogen. Phytoestrogen is great for women who desire to participate in a more natural form of hormone therapy replacement.
Chickpeas are a legume that has estrogenic properties due to the isoflavonoids(phytoestrogen) that is present in them. They are also a great source of fiber and protein, which is necessary in order to remove the estrogen out of the body, so that you do not end up with an excessive amount of estrogen.
Broccoli is a rich source of lignan. Lignan is a form of phytoestrogen that is mainly found in bran, beans, fruits and vegetables.
9) Wheat Bran
Wheat bran is a estrogenic food that is rich in dietary fiber and it also helps to lower the levels of “bad” cholesterol that can have a negative effect on the hair follicles as we age. Rye, Oat and Barley bran are also beneficial forms of phytoestrogen.
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a rich source of phytoestrogen due to it’s high level of soy. Tofu is made by transforming soy milk into a more solid state and then pressing the curds into soft white blocks.
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You should consult your physician to recieve a professional diagnosis and get more advice about whether it’s safe for you to incorporate any of these items into your diet.