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Anti Inflammatory diet for hair loss?

Is an anti-inflammatory diet necessary to regrow hair? Well, that answer depends on the type of hair loss once experienced.

If hair loss is considered auto-immune, like Alopecia Areata, a diet like the Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) would be the best option. This is an elimination type diet which removes high inflammation food from the diet and I think, should be monitored by a doctor or a nutritional therapist.

At the very least, I think we all need to eat a balanced diet and avoid crash dieting or sudden weight loss. The lack of nutrients can cause a form of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. This is a major “shedding” and can take time to re-grow. Hair will come back on it’s own if the diet is balanced and nutrients are being consumed again.

For any type of hair loss, I recommend eating a well-balanced diet high in protein and healthy fat. Fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon, and herring are the best. Pair them with leafy greens like spinach, kale, or collards and you have a nutritional powerhouse of a meal. Many people are iron deficient. Leafy greens are a really good way to get more iron into your diet. Fruits high in vitamin C like berries, cherries, apricots, grapes, and oranges help the body absorb iron and create collagen, which is a protein that builds hair and prevents loss. Nuts and seeds are a good snack too. Walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, flax, and chia seeds are high in vitamin E, zinc, selenium, and omega 3 fatty acids. All good nutrients for hair.

For best results, I recommend seeing a nutritional therapist, trichologist, and dermatologist. Together, we can help you get optimal results. Remember a healthy body will result in healthy hair. Plus there are so many other benefits as well!

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