“I am a heart surgeon and beauty is very well correlated with health.” Dr Oz. It is a proven fact that people that feel and look beautiful, have happier lives and are accepted and recognized more. Those who feel bad in their appearance, tend to have more health problems.
Hair loss can be contributed to medications, supplements interfering with medications, stress, and thyroid problems. One should always consult their doctor on sudden signs of hair loss.
There are tiles that lie in the follicles of hair and when they are destroyed, the hair becomes thin and falls out. Women don’t realize when they lose hair as much as men. If you grab your hair (about the diameter of a straw) at the base and pull toward the ceiling, and you lose more than 6 hairs, you have something going on in your body–typically thyroid deficiency which starts occurring at the age of 35. Men’s testosterone levels tend to be the culprit of their hair loss. The more hair you lose, the less happy you tend to become. Oz recommends the following for thicker, shinier, and healthier hair:
- Do not shampoo your hair everyday (dries out tiles in the hair)
- Make sure you are getting enough Biotin which is the main component to healthy hair (read below on foods rich in Biotin)
- Make sure you are getting plenty of Omega 3’s in your diet (read below on foods rich in Omega 3’s)
- Do not blow-dry your hair all the time. Let your hair air dry and avoid hot irons.
Foods rich in Biotin or B7: Carrots, yeast, bananas, cauliflower, black-eyed peas, soybeans, nut-butter, sardines, Swiss chard, cooked eggs, and liver. B7 helps regulate the function of sebaceous glands and glucose levels. It can be reduced in the body in athletes, the elderly, nursing mothers, alcoholics, and those on a poor diet. Symptoms include hair loss, dermatitis, scaly and itchy skin, and red rashes. Lack of Biotin can also cause loss of eyelashes.
Foods rich in Omega 3’s: Green leafy vegetables, fish rich in oils, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, peanut butter, spinach, herbs, eggs, soy milk, and yogurt. Omega 3 vitamins are also known as “super foods.” Omega 3’s improve metabolism, digestion, and make you feel good. According to WebMD, lack of Omega 3’s can cause high cholesterol, RA, and depression.
Oz recommends not relying on supplements as these are not necessarily what they use to be (full of chemicals and preservatives) and to eat naturally. If you buy a supplement, make sure it is not imported, is all natural, and contains the amount you need each day.
So, I guess we really are what we eat.
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