Hair loss afflicts millions of people, and not just men, though their hair loss is often the most noticeable. Most women, too, experience some degree of hair loss as they grow older.
Studies have shown that Americans have the greatest incidence of baldness of any people. This is understandable since hair loss is tied to high-fat, high-protein diets, which damage the kidneys and create acidic blood. Meat and dairy, besides being high in fat and protein, are also generally considered "sweet" in Oriental medicine. Considering the additional sweets, desserts, and sugar-laced foods and drinks in which Americans indulge, we can see that the sweet flavor dominates the typical diet. Salt is also prevalent in the American diet, nearly all of it highly refined.
The Inner Classic cautions that too much sweet-flavored food makes the head hair fall out. A further caution from this ancient text states that "Too much salt damages the blood and therefore the hair."
The six main types of food to avoid are as follow:
- Coffee and tea
- Sweetened foods and soda drinks (softdrinks)
- High consumption of alcohol
- Fatty foods
- High-protein diet
- Salty foods
Good Hair Food
Feed the roots of the hairs with a balanced diet, rich in Proteins, Iron and Vitamin B. Foods such as fibers, sprouts, eggs, fish and liver will make your hair roots stronger. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in starch. This may help to slow down the process of hair loss. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids many of which are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth.
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