Dr. Oz: Reversing Thinning Hair
Dr. Oz introduced dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur on his show, who was there to help the many women in America with their thinning hair problem. It’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day, which is more than you think. But hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, including hormones, aging, and stress.
Dr. Marmur said one thing that can really affect hair loss is all the fad diets out there. Like the diets where you only eat white foods for 7 days or skipping out on meals. She said she thought this was the #1 cause of diets.
Luckily, she says the introduction and maintenance of three nutrients in every meal can help your hair maintain thickness. It can take up to three to six months for most patients to revitalize their hair with this diet.
Dr. Oz: Protein for Thicker Hair
Protein is critical in making sure hair thickens. Our hair is 97% protein, so without good amino acids from protein, the hair can’t thrive. Other organs like the heart and lungs steal the proteins we need for our hair. Those are obviously important, but for good hair growth, it’s important to eat plenty of protein.
Kaylen from the audience said she stopped eating protein because she wanted to lose weight and wasn’t comfortable eating animals. She said her hair got thin and started to fall out. Dr. Marmur said we can eat things like salmon and lean red meat.
But for people who don’t eat meat, a vegetarian chili is the ideal meal. It has kidney beans and navy beans. Beans are full of great protein for the hair. The portions can be measured with the hand. 3-4 ounces of protein are all you need for the day. You can eat more than that, but you wouldn’t want to eat less than that.
Dr. Oz: Zinc for the Scalp
Zinc is very important for the hair and improving circulation to the scalp. Zinc also affects the hormones of the scalp. Hormonal balance is critical for the hair. Without zinc, the hair cycle goes into shock, causing hair loss. The best sources of zinc are nuts and seeds. Cashews, Brazil nuts, and walnuts are all great. Pumpkin seeds and oysters are also great.
All you need is two tablespoons. That’s the minimum, so you could definitely have more.
Dr. Oz: Iron for Hair Health
Iron is also critical for revitalizing the hair. A lot of women have iron deficiency throughout their lives from the menstrual cycle, to having kids and nursing, and even in menopause. It’s important for women to check iron levels. Iron can be found in eggs and lean meat. Dr. Marmur said she recommends people to make the salad for lunch every day, using deep greens, Swiss chard, lentils, peas, peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, and so on. That way your salad will be full of all the great things you need for your hair. Citrus can help us to absorb iron, so make sure to add some clementines or oranges.