Baldness or Hair Loss in Males and Females
Baldness is the most common type of hair loss in males. Male pattern baldness is hereditary while the causes of female pattern baldness are less understood. In general, baldness occurs when the hair follicles shrink which in turn leads to thinning of hair. Baldness in female, hair get thin mainly on the top and crown of the scalp. Thinning of hair starts with a widening through the center of the head.
Causes of Hair Loss
There are several health problems like thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia, results in hair loss. Hair loss may occur due to genetic factors and the aging process. Long term illness, emotional trauma, hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty and menopause are some other causes of hair loss. Unhealthy and poor eating habits are also one of the important cause of this problem. Hair loss can also be caused by stress, depression and anxiety.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
The Common Symptoms of Hair Loss are Listed Below:
- Presence of Circular patches or bald spots
- Sudden loss of hair
- Thinning of hair
- Partial or full body hair loss.
Diet to Prevent Hair Loss
Vitamin C rich foods should be included in the diet in order to manage hair fall. Our body requires Vitamin C for the synthesis of collagen and this collagen supports healthy hair. Diet low in protein leads to hair loss. Hence we should ensure sufficient intake of protein through protein rich diet. Vitamin A promotes healthy scalp and hair. Hence vitamin A rich foods should be included in your diet. Adequate intake of silica prevents baldness and promotes hair growth. Foods rich in zinc, copper, iron and sulfur should also be included in your diet as these elements support healthy hair.
Ayurvedic Approach to Hair Loss
Ayurveda describes the tridoshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) as the three forces of our life. Any imbalance in any of these doshas results in one or other health condition.
According to Ayurveda, excess of Pitta dosha is the main cause of hair loss. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, meats, alcohol and excessive smoking are some of the reasons for increased Pitta in the body. Eating too much fried, acidic, oily and spicy foods aggravates the pitta dosha.