When your hair is falling out, you are not just having a problem with your hair, but also something else in your body, no matter whether you have other symptoms or not. As I’m explaining in my book Regrowing Hair Naturally, there is a reason why your hair is falling out. This reason is some form of toxicity.
Water and hair loss
Toxicity in your body makes your body too acidic. While some acidity is very important for body processes to function correctly, over-acidity is a problem and can lead to hair loss. If you then also don’t drink any water during the day, the acidity stays in the body undiluted and this is where damage occurs.
If you are worried about your hair at the moment, it would obviously be important to find out which toxins are causing acidity in your body, but even if you don’t want to do this, at the very least start drinking good quality water. Increase your water intake every few days from 1 glass a day to 8 large glasses a day (approximately 2 litres a day). This helps dilute the acid in your body, no matter what has been causing the acid in the first place.
Drinking water is the first phase of detoxing. The second phase would be to take particular supplements (these are different for each person) which bind with the toxins and then take them safely out of the body. A hair sample test can establish exactly which supplements your body needs to carry out this conjugation phase of detox.
When you drink water, make sure the water is good quality. Filter it with a charcoal filter (Brita or similar) or have a water filter installed under your sink. If your water supply is fluoridised, I would suggest to drink bottled water as fluoride is not a great substance to have in your body. Don’t drink unfiltered tap water, no matter what your water company tells you. Chlorine in water needs to be filtered out, and your charcoal filter will do that for you.
Wheat and hair loss
Over 80% of my clients who have my hair/nail sample tests done have a problem with wheat. Some of them have a problem with all grains (rye, barley, oats etc).
Have a think about what you are eating for a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your diet consists of muesli, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, this will have a major negative impact on your hair, even if you don’t have a wheat intolerance. What you need to eat is a little meat, plenty of vegetables and some carbs such as rice or potatoes. I know that this is inconvenient, especially for breakfast, but you are actually better off with bacon and eggs or an omlette for breakfast than with a muesli if you want to help your hair.
Foods you need to avoid are bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits, cakes, pasties and anything else that is made from wheat or gluten-free wheat. It is not enough if you change to gluten-free wheat as many people are not just intolerant to the gluten in the wheat but also to the rest of the grain.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can’t I have juice instead of water?
Juice has a lot of sugar in it which makes the body acidic, and too much acidity is bad for your hair. Drinking juice also dehydrates you. There is really no replacement for water.
I find it hard to drink water. If I do, I have to run to the loo too often
Start with drinking sips of water throughout the day. If you need to pee a lot it means that you are completely dehydrated and / or that you are drinking too much too quickly.
I find it very hard not to eat pasta, bread and cakes. Do I really have to give them up for my hair to grow better?
I know it’s hard to give up wheat. Wheat is actually quite addictive, but if you want your hair back, you will need to at least drastically reduce your wheat intake. Wheat and other grains can actually stop the body from detoxing because they produce mucus in the body.
Is it OK to have glutenfree bread instead of normal bread?
Yes, gluten free is much better, but even that type of bread does not contain the nutrients your hair needs to grow, so make sure you have proteins and vegetables most of the time.
For more tips on hair regrowth, visit Vera Peiffer’s website: http://www.hairgrowthuk.co.uk/blog/ and read Regrowing Hair Naturally
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Well written and useful article. I feel there are number of factors of hair fall from our diet, water, food, cleaning etc. In order to prevent hair fall good diet and regular shampoo is must. I have been using dove shampoo from last 10 months and results are good.
Nice post. very informative. Thank you for sharing. Hope to see more of your post!
I always thought grain was good for you.
Is there a safe amount per day, week, or month to have it?
Hello Sami, thanks for your comment. You can find out more about hair loss and diet in Vera Peiffer’s book, Regrowing Hair Naturally: http://intl.singingdragon.com/catalogue/9781848191396
Or if you would like to ask Vera a direct question you can contact her through her website: http://www.vera-peiffer.com/contact.htm
Thanks for the nice tips. Very common but very helpful tips.
I have been investigating the probable cause of my hair loss for over 10 years now, seeking factors associated with times of good hair growth contrasted with times of bad hair growth. A few years ago I experienced great hair recovery and have been seeking the reason. At the time I experimentally turned gluten free to treat a condition that was later diagnosed as appendicitis. The idea that wheat is a contributor to my hair thinning and loss now seems quite likely, so I will try eliminating wheat and we’ll see what happens.
I discovered the link between acidity and hairloss last week by myself. I realised that I have had chronic acidity for the past 2 years, about the same time my hairloss started. Last week I discovered a 5mm kidney stone during a sono which made me stop and analyse the cause of all this. Next is the major breakthrough:
To balance excess acidity the body releases calcium from the bones, this excess calcium formed a stone in my kidney. But what was causing the acidity?
> Dairy. Its been a week since I stopped all dairy products and my acidity has disappeared, my face is glowing and acne free like the old days and I pray that my hair regrows. I hope it was the milk causing toxicity in my system. I did a castor oil detox twice this week to eliminate any lactose remnants.
Hope this helps someone out there.
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I agree,i came to this article because i had been wheat -free for 4 months now.Started off for other reasons which have all improved greatly or gone away almost (anxienty,ibs,sleep problems,weight gain,puffiness,acne) and i’ve noticed my hair has thickened and stopped falling out as much.So i googled this to see if anyone else’s hair improved on wheat free eating and hey presto.Btw i get asked a lot how i keep my skin so bright and clear.It really is that major a change for the better for me.It is not as hard as i thought without wheat and i shall continue.
There is no cure for alopecia androgenetic. You should mention that in your article and point out the forms of hair loss which might benefit. A healthy lifestyle and diet are indispensable for a quality life, and might benefit other forms of hair loss or even delay the effects of alopecia. I had the worst diet and lifestyle but my hair loss was stable for many years. My hair loss actually deteriorated after I had changed my lifestyle and diet drastically for a few years. Obviously, many other factors like stress have a negative impact on hair and health in general.
Wheat Free Breakfast idea:
Eggs, tofu and brown rice. Seasoned with Tamari sauce. Delicious, nutritious and you won’t get hungry for hours. Seriously good!
Really a very nice information shared. Yes, over acidity can cause hair loss as well as other serious health issues.
So be careful!!