Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are fatty acids that are needed by the body yet not normally produced by the body. EFA’s are a key component to healthy skin, hair and nails. Adequate amounts of healthy oils containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for healthy hair. Therefore, a natural hair loss treatment that would keep skin and scalp healthy for optimum hair regrowth would be to eat deep-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, or herring approximately three times a week; doing so will provide sufficient amounts of EFA’s. However, if for some reason you cannot eat deep-water fish or have an extreme dislike for it, it may be necessary to take a supplement to obtain the required amount of EFA’s.
Trace mineral silica is the most difficult nutrient to find, yet is most useful to one’s hair. Aside from it being an exceptional natural hair loss treatment, it is essential for hair regrowth. Silica is a form of silicon and is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, second only to oxygen. Unfortunately, trace minerals are rare in Western diets because our food is processed and our soil depleted of chemical treatments so often that trace minerals are lost. As a hair loss treatment, silica is vital to the strength of hair, and although it will not necessarily stop hair from falling out from the follicle, it will stop hair breakage.
Silica works by stimulating the cell metabolism and formation, which slows the aging process. Foods that are rich in silica are asparagus, onion, strawberry, rice, oats, lettuce, parsnips, leek, sunflower seeds, cabbage, cucumber, celery, rhubarb, cauliflower, and swiss chard. Note that many of these foods, particularly rice, are a large part of Asian diets and Asians tend to have the strongest and healthiest hair. Be sure to seek out all the above foods from sources that grow food organically. Additionally these foods should be eaten uncooked, or in the case of rice—unwashed, as trace minerals are easily cooked and washed away.
Last but not least, make sure to include the proper amount of water in your diet. Water is vital to proper hydration, which is necessary in order for all nutrients to be utilized properly by the body, not to mention the proper function of every cell in the body including hair follicles.
Hair needs lubrication from the inside out just like skin. If your hair roots are lacking sufficient water levels, your hair will eventually become brittle, dry, may stop growing at its genetic potential and gradually cause hair loss. Hair that is deprived of sufficient water supply daily may stop growing completely.
The human body generally consists of approximately 60-80% water. When deprived of sufficient water to sustain cell health and reproduction, the body becomes dehydrated, which consequently stunts hair growth and possibly leads to hair loss. So, as a natural hair loss treatment, drink eight 8 ounces of water a day, or 64 ounces a day.