Over time, our hair changes in texture and that could indicate some nutrition and health issues. For instance, the dry scalp can indicate lack of fats in your diet and the thinning of the hair could mean lack of proteins. There are many things that cause those changes – they may signal for some health issues. Scroll down to learn seven things that your hair might be telling you about your health, courtesy of Thisisinsider.
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1. Your hair is shedding too much.
Even though it is normal for healthy hair to lose few strands after washing, the excessive hair loss is a signal for more serious issue.Dermatologist and regional director of hair disorders at Kaiser Permanente, Paradi Mirmirani, says that the excessive hair loss can be caused by deficiencies or some other medical issues. So, if you have this problem you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
“In addition to testing for thyroid disease and anemia, your physician may check for certain vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies, including a vitamin D deficiency,” she added.
2. Your hair is very dry.
According to Megan Faletra, an MS and a global health consultant and dietitian, in order to keep your hair healthier and less dry you should consume enough healthy fats. They are crucial for healthy skin and a healthy scalp.
“Think about supporting the health of your hair by supporting your skin and scalp with an abundance of healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, and salmon into your diet.”
3. Your hair looks dull.
According to Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, if your hair looks dull it might be a sign that you lack healthy fats that add shine to the hair, such as the omega 3 fatty acids. They nourish the hair follicles and also help in adding elasticity and preventing breakage.
“Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats are important for overall health, but dull hair could be a sign you aren’t getting enough. Load up on salmon, avocado, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and nuts,” she advises.
4. Your hair is brittle.
According to Tania Dempsey, MD from Armonk Integrative Medicine, the extra brittle texture of the hair can indicate a zinc or iron deficiency, or even both.
“Zinc and iron are important for keratin production so not having enough of these can lead to changes in the structure of hair. Zinc can be taken alone or with a mineral formula including iron. You can add foods that are high in zinc like beef, pumpkin seeds, and lentils to your diet, too,” explained Tania.
5. Your scalp is dry.
If you have a really dry scalp you might need omega-3s and omega-6s, according to Dr. Dempsey. These fatty acids are essential for healthy follicles. Also, they bring moisture to the hair and the scalp. You should consume more foods that are rich with these fatty acids, such as sunflower seeds, fish and flaxseeds. You could also take fish oil supplements.
6.Your hair is super thin.
McMordie says that thinning hair might be a sign that your body needs more protein.”Hair cells, just like every other cell in the body, are made up of amino acids, which are the broken down form of protein, so if you aren’t getting enough, you may start to lose more hair than normal,” she explained.
She advices consuming protein-rich foods, such as eggs, fish, beef, or if you are vegetarian, nuts, beans and whole grains.
7. Your hair is graying prematurely.
Even though it is sometimes due to genetics, the loss of pigment at a young age can be a sign of copper deficiency, according to McMordie. She recommends consuming more sesame seeds, mushrooms and seaweed.