They say that as we get older, we get wiser. That may be true, but we also have to deal with some downsides of aging, including thinning hair. The change can be a shock to those who once had lush, thicker hair. It's devastating to people whose hair was thin to begin with.
There are many different reasons why women’s hair thins as they age. They include:
- Hormonal changes – As we age, the amount of estrogen in our body starts to fall. Estrogen helps us grow new, thicker hair and makes it look healthy.
- Stress – When we are under stress, our bodies can react in many ways. One is a condition known as Telogen Effluvium. People who have this lose hair at a faster rate than normal. This can be a response to psychological stress or physical stress.
- Nutritional deficiencies – As we age, our diets may become less healthy and our bodies don’t process nutrients as well as they once did.
Nutrients that we need for thick hair include iron, vitamin C, magnesium, the B vitamins, selenium, niacin, and zinc.Tweet
The good news is that there are steps you can take to reverse the process and bring back the luster and thickness to your hair.
The first step is to reverse any stress you may be feeling. Exercising, meditation, listening to music, and spending time with loved ones are the most popular and effective ways to introduce calm and cut anxiety that can lead to hair loss.
In addition to introducing more calmness into your life, there are easy fixes that you can make to your diet. The healthiest and most delicious foods are also full of the vitamins and minerals that you need to restore the health of your hair.
Top 6 Foods to Eat for Thicker Hair
1. All kinds of beans
Legumes are loaded with biotin. This B-complex vitamin helps your hair to grow. When you’re low on biotin, your hair will get thin, and may even fall out.
Some of my favorites are black beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
Carrots are good for more than just your vision. They have loads of vitamin A, a nutrient that keeps your hair follicles healthy.
One of the better dairy foods is Greek yogurt. Its high levels of protein and calcium will promote hair growth and strength.
Another high protein, Omega-3 food, nuts are a favorite healthy snack that boosts your scalp's health. It also contains selenium, which is essential for healthy hair.
5. Peanut butter
High in healthy fats and protein, peanut butter has the added advantage of containing zinc, a mineral that helps your hair grow and keeps it strong.
If it seems like salmon is on every list of foods you should eat, there’s a reason. The delicious pink-fleshed fish is high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are essential for your hair’s health. When you're low in Omega-3, your hair becomes brittle and thin.
Thinning hair or hair loss doesn't have to be part of getting older. By making some of these changes to your diet and lifestyle, you'll be on your way to fuller, thicker hair again.
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Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. Please share this with your family and friends who might be experiencing thinning hair. And I'd love for you to comment below. Have you noticed your hair is getting thinner with age?