Hair loss is a common concern affecting millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s thinning, receding hairlines, or bald patches, the impact of hair loss on one’s confidence and self-esteem can be substantial.

What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, is a condition characterised by the partial or complete absence of hair from areas where it normally grows. This phenomenon can manifest in various forms, from gradual thinning to sudden, significant hair shedding. Understanding the different causes of hair loss is crucial for devising suitable prevention and treatment plans.

Causes and Risk Factors of Hair Loss

The causes of hair loss can be multifaceted, ranging from genetics and hormonal changes to lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies. Among the plethora of factors contributing to hair loss, micronutrient deficiency plays a significant role. Some of the causes are:

  • Micronutrient deficiency

  • Hashimotos

  • Hypothyroidism

  • PCOS

  • Post viral stress

  • Stressful event

  • Protein deficiency

  • Malabsorption

  • Malnutrition

  • Medications

  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

A comprehensive understanding of these causative factors helps in adopting targeted approaches for preventing and managing hair loss effectively.

Vitamins and Minerals Important for Hair Growth

Recent studies shed light on the critical role of vitamins and minerals in hair health. Micronutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, selenium, and zinc play pivotal roles in the normal hair follicle cycle and immune cell function. Deficiencies in these micronutrients can potentially contribute to hair loss.

The Study: ‘The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review

A study conducted to explore the link between micronutrients and non-scarring alopecia emphasises the significance of proper nutrition in maintaining healthy hair. The review discusses the roles of various vitamins and minerals in the hair cycle, highlighting their importance in both development and immune defense mechanisms. The findings suggest that addressing micronutrient deficiencies could be a modifiable risk factor for preventing and treating hair loss.

References:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13555-018-0278-6

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738081X21000729

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/lap.2020.0468

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/

 

Australian Healthy Eating – Seasonal Produce

Eating with the seasons, is an aspect of Australian Healthy Eating nearly forgotten!  We can access tomatoes and cucumbers all year rounds, even though these foods, only grow naturally, in summer. Taking the lead and following nature is the way to go, when it comes to, what to eat and when. Certain foods grow in certain weather conditions, this means that we would not naturally have one particular food available to us all year round.

Listed below are all the reasons why this is beneficial to your health:

  • Adds a variety of nutrients to the diet, as you are forced to stop eating one food and move to another
  • Avoids overdosing on certain compounds in foods which taken for too long can become problematic eg oxalic acid found in spinach
  • Foods eaten in their season taste better!
  • Keeps whole food eating interesting to our palates.

Not sure what is in Season and when?

Here is the “General Australian Seasonal Produce Guide”

FRUITS

Fruit Season(s)
Apples Autumn
Bananas All Year
Blackberries Summer
Blueberries Summer
Cherries Summer
Figs Autumn
Grapefruit Winter Spring
Grapes Summer Autumn
Kiwifruit Autumn Winter
Lemons Autumn Winter Spring
Mandarins Winter
Melons (Honeydew) Summer
Melons (Rockmelon) Summer
Melons (Watermelon) Summer Autumn
Nectarines Summer Autumn
Orange (Valencia) Summer
Oranges (Navel) Winter Spring
Peaches Summer Autumn
Pears Autumn
Pears (Nashi) Autumn
Persimmons Autumn
Plums Summer Autumn
Quinces Autumn
Raspberries Summer
Strawberries Summer

 

VEGETABLES

Vegetables Season(s)
Artichokes Spring
Asparagus Spring Summer Autumn
Beans Summer Autumn
Beanshoots All Year
Beetroot Spring Summer Autumn
Broccoli All Year
Brussels Sprouts Winter Spring
Cabbage Spring Summer Autumn
Capsicums Summer
Carrots Summer Autumn Winter
Cauliflower All Year
Celery Summer
Chillies Summer
Cucumbers Summer Autumn
Eggplant Summer Autumn
Fennel Winter Spring
Leeks Spring Summer
Lettuces Summer Autumn
Mushrooms All Year
Peas Spring
Potatoes Autumn Winter
Pumpkins Summer Autumn
Rhubarb Spring Summer
Silverbeet Winter Spring
Snow Peas Summer Autumn
Spinach Winter Spring Summer
Spring Onion Summer Autumn
Sweetcorn Summer Autumn
Tomatoes Summer Autumn
Turnips Summer Autumn
Zucchini Summer Autumn

 

Sourced from the Seasonal Food Guide Australia

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If you are needing a quick 10 day diet reset plan have a look at our ’10 Day Reset’ quickstart guide here.

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