One of the side effects people struggle with after any viral infection or after sickness is hairfall. Similarly, many people are experiencing hair fall post covid. This type of hair fall is called Telogen Effluvium. On a usual day an average hair fall is about 50-100 strands but after hair fall. Do not worry, this is temporary. “Telogen effluvium” is the name for a common cause of temporary hair loss which is due to the excessive shedding of resting or telogen hair after some shock to the system. Although you may experience this temporarily, if you follow a healthy lifestyle you may reduce your hair fall effectively. You will hear many ways to help you prevent hair fall but these works wonders:
1# Try Bone broth or Amla for Collagen
Collagen is a protein which is essential for building keratin, a protein required to build hair. Collagen also helps in preventing free radicals ( the unnecessary by-products which float in our body after an infection or chemical reaction), so it works as an antioxidant. Collagen makes up 70% of your dermis, the middle layer of your skin that contains the root of each individual hair. In particular, collagen contributes to the elasticity and strength of your dermis. With age, your body becomes less efficient at producing collagen and replenishing cells in the dermis.
Collagen rich foods are in chicken broth, chicken soup, bone broth. If you are an eggetarian, eggs help in the production of collagen as it is rich in proline. There are no vegetarian rich sources of collagen but definitely vitamin c rich foods like amla, oranges, coriander, parsley, tomatoes helps in the production of collagen. Drink 1-2 cups of bone broth a day or have 3-4 eggs white a day and if you are a vegetarian, get some vitamin C from Amla.
2# Daals or Spinach to prevent iron deficiency
All pulses like chickpeas, rajma, cowpeas and all varieties of dals/ lentils are rich in protein, iron and zinc. These are essential nutrients required for hair growth. These foods help in strengthening your hair follicles and prevent further hair loss. During serious infection or shock, some people experience iron deficiency. It is important to ensure that the diet is not low in iron. To increase iron absorption add some vitamin C to your meals and do not have iron rich meals with calcium like milk or its products or coffee or tea. For example: if you drink coffee or tea with nuts, it reduces the absorption of iron from nuts. Daal palak, chole palak is an iron rich meal. If spinach isn’t accessible this season, simply squeeze some lemon juice or sprinkle some coriander leaves over daal.
3# Pumpkin seeds or Fish for zinc
Zinc is essential for hair growth and it strengthens our hair follicles. Zinc is present in high concentrations in chickpeas but consuming 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds prevents hair fall. If you eat fish, eat 200gm -300gm baked, steamed fish once a week. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your soups, salads, in baking breads or just have it in your smoothie or as it is as a snack.
4# Vitamin D & Oil Massage
Continue with vitamin d supplements. It is essential to maintain your serum levels of vitamin D. If possible, massage your hair using coconut oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of onion juice once a week. Sleep well and Stay happy.
5# Aliv seeds or Chia seeds for omega 3
Aliv seeds are power packed nutrients which have iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin A, all essential vitamins and minerals required for hair growth. Soak 1 tablespoon aliv seeds in water overnight and consume these seeds along with water every morning. You can also swap Aliv seeds with Chia seeds. They both work wonders in preventing hair fall.
No remedy works more than a sound sleep and staying happy.
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