One of the most common yet least talked about symptoms of menopause, hair loss can be devastating for the millions of women who suffer from it. Americans spend upwards of a billion dollars per year on hair loss treatments. According to the American Hair Loss Society, 99% of these treatments are unfortunately ineffective. Most women do not want to sit back and let their hair fall out slowly without taking action. Luckily, there are alternative solutions that are safe and effective for the multitudes of women experiencing hair loss.
Three levels of approaches can be considered for treating menopause symptoms. These are categorized as:
1. Lifestyle Changes that Promote Hair Growth
This primary level of treatment involves the least amount of risk, although it requires the highest degree of self-discipline. Many times, some simple changes in lifestyle can reap huge benefits in fighting hair loss and improving overall health.Of particular importance in the battle against hair loss is a balanced diet. Vitamin D deficiency, insufficient iron or protein intake, or an extreme diet of any kind can cause hair to fall out.
Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, exercising regularly, and practicing stress reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation can also help promote regenerative hair growth. Taking care to not pull or twist hair in destructive ways and avoiding other physical traumas such as harsh processing techniques or excessive heat in styling will also help to protect hair.
Foods that Promote Hair Growth
- Protein. Liver, brewer’s yeast, fish, eggs, beans, cottage cheese, yogurt, and tofu.
- Iron. Liver, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, and raisins.
- Vitamin D. Fortified orange juice.
- Essential fatty acids. Walnuts, canola oil, fish, and soy.
- Vitamin E. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.