Daily Diet

I hope that you already know the importance of diet. I have to admit, for many years I ate foods thinking they were healthy, I was misinformed, misguided and as a result made less than perfect dietary choices. In our modern world it is a real challenge to figure out what to eat and what not to eat. News and theories that seem conflicting and even contradictory are the norm. The good news is that with every challenge comes the ability to learn and the motivation to seek truth. I often tell people, “the truth is always in between”.

Every human body is different, at different times with different dietary requirements. However, it is possible to find simple guidelines to help heal the body and as a result stop hair loss or promote new growth. Again, I say if your hair does not re-grow at the least you have probably increased the number of your future healthy (and happy) years.

So “what diet should I be on?” you may ask, should I you go low carb, Atkins, McDougal, Paleo, raw, traditional, vegan, vegetarian, meat-arian …etc! I don’t have an answer. There are more diets than I care to count. Finding one specific diet that is perfect for any one person has been a challenge and a quest at the same time.

I am of the opinion than no one diet is perfect for me, nor should any one diet be. Various elements from a multitude of diets put together on the other hand work wonders. Here’s why, you want to learn knowledge that you can carry with you and apply on daily basis no matter where you are.

So, what is a good hair diet?

I am confident enough to say that hair loss in Asian countries was a fraction of what it is in the U.S., and probably is still at a fraction of what it is in the U.S. In Asian countries urban dwellers suffer more hair loss. Even more interesting those that relocate to the U.S. soon after develop hair loss issues.

Dr. Weston Price was able to establish a similar (but much more scientific) observation. He visited remote, native and “uncivilized” tribes or villagers in many continents (in places such as the Swiss Alps, Scotland, Africa, Australia, South America, Alaska and northern Canada among others) and noted their beautiful symmetrical faces, white and cavity resistant teeth. He concluded it must have been their diet. I hypothesize that whatever benefited the teeth of these people also benefited their hair as I view hair loss as a sign of degenerative issues in the body.

Those who lived in rural communities in Asian countries (i.e. less exposed to the modern or western diets) typically consumed plenty of green tea, fermented soy, Curcumin, coconut oil and other lignans. Interestingly these same foods combat systemic inflammation.

For diet advice I like to consult PubMed, the Weston Price writings and foundation, Linus Pauling foundation among advice from various sources.

Besides avoiding toxins a diet needs to supply enough nutrients. Also one needs to figure out what causes them inflammation. Systemic inflammation plays a central role in hair loss, inflammation is anti-hair. I highly recommend reading about and following anti-inflammatory diets.

Diet advice makes up the majority of this website for a good reason, there is a lot of it to offer. Read the other articles on the main page to learn more about diet.

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To conclude, the best diet for you is likely an “educated diet”, it will be a hybrid-type diet from all of these: low carb, traditional, McDougal, Paleolithic, raw, vegan, vegetarian, meat-arian, low glycemic, low inflammatory, high-nutrient one.

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To list a few beneficial tips for a healthy hair diet

Do Not:

  • eat toxins (MSG, sugars, flavors, coloring, organic pollutants, hormones, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides)
  • consume high glycemic index foods
  • consume processed foods
  • eat gluten, wheat or peanuts or foods that contain them
  • eat soy beans and all soy bean products (except for fermented soy)
  • eat these grains (wheat, sprouted wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, millet). Article: What’s Wrong with Grains?
  • eat cereals, breads
  • drink alcohol, store-sold juices, coffee
  • drink any flavored water or any energy drinks
  • consume steroids, drugs, pharmaceuticals, toxins
  • drink fluoridated tap water (60+% of U.S. tap water is fluoridated) or bottled water (i.e. actually tap water)
  • eat trans fats,
  • use table salt or any products that contain table salt,
  • eat white flour,
  • cookies, cakes, rice cakes,
  • bagels, donuts,
  • polyunsaturated fats, saturated fats
  • foods high in arachidonic acid
  • eat pasta (has gluten, wheat, can be high glycemic)
    drink canned or bottled store-sold juices (freshly squeezed is OK)
  • eat refined sugar. Article: 140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
  • cheap vegetable oils (corn, sunflower, canola)
  • eat butter imitations, margarine
  • eat shrimp or oysters
  • eat any “fake” food
  • eat a food in a box with more than 5 ingredients (some say 3 ingredients)
  • drink/eat pasteurized milk and it’s products. Article: What Milk to Consume
  • purchase store sourdough bread (it is often fake and has gluten, bakers yeast even aluminum baking powder).
  • eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc.
  • eat any refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices. Article: 140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
  • consume any white flour, white flour products and white rice (flour?).
  • consume any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
  • Avoid all refined liquid vegetable oils made from soy, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
  • Do not use polyunsaturated oils for cooking, sautéing or baking.
  • Avoid foods fried in polyunsaturated oils or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  • Do not practice veganism. Animal products provide vital nutrients not found in plant foods.
  • Avoid products containing protein powders as they usually contain carcinogens formed during processing; and consumption of protein without the cofactors occurring in nature can lead to deficiencies, especially of vitamin A.
  • Avoid processed, pasteurized milk; do not consume ultrapasteurized milk products, lowfat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products. Article: What Milk to Consume
  • Avoid factory-farmed eggs, meats and fish.
  • Avoid highly processed luncheon meats and sausage.
  • Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress. Article: What’s Wrong with Grains?
  • Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed and irradiated fruits and vegetables. Avoid genetically modified foods (found in most soy, canola and corn products).
  • Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and most commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not indicated on the label.
  • Individuals sensitive to caffeine and related substances should avoid coffee, tea and chocolate.
  • Avoid aluminum-containing foods such as commercial salt, baking powder and antacids. Do not use aluminum cookware or deodorants containing aluminum.
  • Do not drink fluoridated water.
  • Avoid synthetic vitamins and foods containing them.
  • Avoid distilled liquors.
  • Do not use a microwave oven.

Do:

  • find if you have an inflammatory reaction to eggs, citrus, nuts, grains, dairy products, beans
  • read labels
  • eat these grains (rice -in moderation-, quinoa, amaranth, tapioca, teff, buckwheat)
  • consume fresh vegetables and fruits (organic preferable)
  • wash veggies and fruits before consuming (not with soap)
  • consume organic grass fed beef, smaller fish, salmon in moderation, free range organic chickens and eggs
  • drink “clean” water
  • eat these nuts (brazil nuts, almonds)
  • eat seeds (sesame seeds, flax seeds)
  • eat olive oil, fermented cod liver oil, butter oil, krill oil, coconut oil
  • eat sea vegetables,
  • drink green tea,
  • eat olives and use olive oil
  • eat almonds
  • again: eat many servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • eat avocado and guacamole (without toxins: MSG, etc.)
  • eat flax seeds, flax oil
  • use “wright salt” or unprocessed sea salt that is tested by a third party for heavy metal contamination
  • consume low glycemic fruits consumed raw,
  • consume organic fermented foods (Raw milk kefir, water kefir, coconut water kefir, gingerail kefir, kimchi, sour kraut, miso,
  • natto, Sour sough bread, cod liver oil)
  • if you have to drink milk consider raw milk or kefir, raw cheese or raw butter. Article: What Milk to Consume
  • make home-made bread (gluten-free, wheat free, soy free, sugar free, aluminum free, and baker’s yeast-free). Articles:  Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Flours | 140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
  • go on the candida diet if you suspect candida Candida Albicans Dietary Guide
  • if you suffer allergy symptoms or mystery inflammation consider going on an elimination diet and slowly reintroduce foods and listen to your body. Article: A Modified Elimination Diet

Other Do’s:

  • Do manage insulin levels, eat anti-candida foods, anti-inflammatory foods.
    Do have a healthy mouth and teeth (oral pathology, infections, inflammation contributes to hair loss).
    Do eat foods to detox, chelate heavy metals.
    Do fast.
    Do know the difference between real food vs. fake food
  • Do take supplements (today’s apples are not what they were 40 years ago).
  • Do eat a diet to promote healthy gut flora . Take probiotics daily. The best probiotic productsCandida Albicans Dietary Guide
  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
  • Read labels!
  • Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
  • Eat wild fish (not farm-raised) and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
  • Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream. (Imported cheeses that say “milk” or “fresh milk” on the label are raw.)
  • Use animal fats, especially butter, liberally.
  • Use traditional vegetable oils only–extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils–coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
  • Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables–preferably organic–in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
  • Use whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
  • Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
  • Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb and fish and use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
  • Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
  • Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
  • Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
  • Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and stevia powder. But it is best to avoid all sweets (even fruits should be limited). Article: 140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
  • Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
  • Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
  • Use only natural, food-based supplements.
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
  • Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.

There are numerous reasons why a person may experience hair loss, but poor nutrition is certainly one of the more dominant. By choosing a healthy diet, hair loss associated with malnutrition can be reversed easily. Hair-loss related illnesses aside, eating healthier will help your whole body reach optimum health and balance.

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Updated/Reviewed: 12/11/2010

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