Everyone loses 50-100 strands on average daily. But when you see bald patches or thinning of hair you can consider it hair loss. Causes of hair loss vary can be either permanent or temporary like- 

  • Loss due to hormonal changes like post-delivery, menopause, or maybe as the onset of puberty.
  • Certain medical issues like alopecia aerate where patches of hair fall off, thyroid disease leads to severe thinning of hair.
  • Medications like chemotherapy for cancer, blood pressure, arthritis, and depression medicines.
  • Physical trauma or mental shock can also lead to temporary hair loss or hair thinning.
  • Hairstyles, hair products.

Foods that contain proteins, zinc, iron, and silica keep the scalp and hair strong.
Here are some guidelines one can follow for achieving a great lustrous hair:

  • Proteins:
    Hair is a protein in nature and so it is important to eat a good amount and quality of proteins. Sources include fish, chicken, eggs, soybeans, almonds, cheese, and low-fat yogurt.
  • Zinc:
    Most of the time when a man suffers from hair fall it’s due to zinc deficiency. Because zinc is associated with glands that manage the hair follicles. Sources include oysters, fish, shrimps, red meat, and mussels. For vegetarians, it is important to take zinc supplements as it is found only in nuts as a vegetarian option.
  • Silica:
    Silica is important for the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body. So if there is silica deficiency, no amount of vitamins and minerals will be absorbed by the body. Sources of silica are sprouts, beans, red and yellow bell peppers, and the skin of the cucumber.
  • Iron:
    When the oxygen levels of blood reduce, hair strands tend to become weak and fall off. As iron is needed during the manufacturing of hemoglobin, it is important to eat a good amount of iron. Sources include garden cress seeds, green leafy veggies, dates, and raisins. Only in presence of Vitamin C does iron gets available to the body. So side by side has adequate amount of. Vitamin C too from oranges, lemon, amla, and strawberries.