Types of Foods that May Cause Hair Loss - Koils by Nature

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You know that good ol’ phrase, ‘you are what you eat’? Well, we can’t take that too literally, but what we can take seriously is the way the foods we eat have a direct effect on our skin and hair. 


Even though our diet isn't the only factor when it comes to hair loss, what we eat can certainly speed up, or slow down hair loss. On the bright side, what we eat can also promote hair growth. Reducing foods which trigger hair loss in our diets is one proactive way to save your hairline and overall hair volume. In this article we’ll take a look at foods which should be avoided for the health of your hair, and to be fair, your overall health. 


Sugary Foods and Foods with a High Glycemic Index 

I bet you knew this would be the first target on our list. Both sugar and foods with a high glycemic index have been proven to produce high levels of insulin in the body. High levels of insulin is believed to have negative consequences on hair growth. Sugar also prevents the absorption of protein, which your hair and body need to function properly and stand the test of time. 


Examples of foods with a high glycemic index include potatoes, white bread and pasta. After these foods have been broken down in the body, it takes on similar results as when the body absorbs an excess of sugar. Sugar is an inflammatory which is believed to smother the hair follicle, blocking the pathway for several hairs to grow in. 


Foods high in sugar which should be cut out of the diet are:

  • Sodas
  • sugar cereals
  • sweets made with refined sugar
  • sweet sauces
  • sugary drinks 

Great sugar alternatives include coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey and agave. These sweeteners actually have nutritional benefits rather than negative consequences on the body.  


Fried Foods

You may not have known this but fried greasy foods can actually cause a greasy scalp. Imagine that! No thank you! Foods high in fat and hydrogenated fats have been proven to increase testosterone levels. Elevated testosterone levels increase DHT, which leads to hair loss. Furthermore, these fatty foods have an overall negative effect on the heart, arteries, liver, gut and blood flow, causing a plethora of other problems down the line when eaten in excess. 


Dairy Products

Many of us are allergic to dairy and don’t even know it. Besides for potentially causing hair loss, dairy products have also been strongly linked to acne. Similar to sugar and fried foods, milk contains androgen hormones which stimulates the sebaceous gland leading to more oily skin. More oily skin on the face clogs the pores and causes breakouts. Similarly, the excess oil is produced on the scalp blocking the hair follicles. Dairy products are inflammatory, and also prevent the blood from circulating easily from the heart all the way up to the scalp. Less blood flow to the scalp makes the hair and follicles weaker, so that the strands are more prone to breakage and excess shedding can occur. 


Fish high in Mercury

Tuna is almost synonymous with mercury these days because of the high levels of mercury they contain. The bigger the tuna the more mercury present in the fish. Increased levels of mercury in the body has been linked to hair loss by many medical professionals and dermatologists alike. 


Foods high in Selenium

Selenium is a micro-nutrient, but as you may have guessed from the name, the body only needs small amounts of selenium, hence the ‘micro.’ Selonosis, which is an excess of selenium in the body has been strongly linked to hair loss. Though Brazil nuts may be delicious, they are famous for their high levels of Selenium. Red meats, oysters and whole grain breads also contain high levels of selenium. 


Foods which promote hair growth and volume

On the bright side, there are tons of delicious ingredients, both sweet and savory, which can promote hair growth, prevent breakouts and balance overall moods. Eating more leafy greens like kale and spinach are great for the skin and scalp. Seeds like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds will improve moods and promote hair growth. Quinoa, legumes, beans and lean meats provide the body with protein and a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals promoting hair growth, volume, soft skin and hair. If you want to jump start your diet, you can kick off your healthy eating routine with a natural Hair Skin and Nails Gummy Vitamin to look as good as you're about to feel! 


Have you recently changed your diet? What have you cut out and what have you recently discovered? We’d love to hear all about how you’re improving your overall living! 




You know that good ol’ phrase, ‘you are what you eat’? Well, we can’t take that too literally, but what we can take seriously is the way the foods we eat have a direct effect on our skin and hair. 


Even though our diet isn't the only factor when it comes to hair loss, what we eat can certainly speed up, or slow down hair loss. On the bright side, what we eat can also promote hair growth. Reducing foods which trigger hair loss in our diets is one proactive way to save your hairline and overall hair volume. In this article we’ll take a look at foods which should be avoided for the health of your hair, and to be fair, your overall health. 


Sugary Foods and Foods with a High Glycemic Index 

I bet you knew this would be the first target on our list. Both sugar and foods with a high glycemic index have been proven to produce high levels of insulin in the body. High levels of insulin is believed to have negative consequences on hair growth. Sugar also prevents the absorption of protein, which your hair and body need to function properly and stand the test of time. 


Examples of foods with a high glycemic index include potatoes, white bread and pasta. After these foods have been broken down in the body, it takes on similar results as when the body absorbs an excess of sugar. Sugar is an inflammatory which is believed to smother the hair follicle, blocking the pathway for several hairs to grow in. 


Foods high in sugar which should be cut out of the diet are:

  • Sodas
  • sugar cereals
  • sweets made with refined sugar
  • sweet sauces
  • sugary drinks 

Great sugar alternatives include coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey and agave. These sweeteners actually have nutritional benefits rather than negative consequences on the body.  


Fried Foods

You may not have known this but fried greasy foods can actually cause a greasy scalp. Imagine that! No thank you! Foods high in fat and hydrogenated fats have been proven to increase testosterone levels. Elevated testosterone levels increase DHT, which leads to hair loss. Furthermore, these fatty foods have an overall negative effect on the heart, arteries, liver, gut and blood flow, causing a plethora of other problems down the line when eaten in excess. 


Dairy Products

Many of us are allergic to dairy and don’t even know it. Besides for potentially causing hair loss, dairy products have also been strongly linked to acne. Similar to sugar and fried foods, milk contains androgen hormones which stimulates the sebaceous gland leading to more oily skin. More oily skin on the face clogs the pores and causes breakouts. Similarly, the excess oil is produced on the scalp blocking the hair follicles. Dairy products are inflammatory, and also prevent the blood from circulating easily from the heart all the way up to the scalp. Less blood flow to the scalp makes the hair and follicles weaker, so that the strands are more prone to breakage and excess shedding can occur. 


Fish high in Mercury

Tuna is almost synonymous with mercury these days because of the high levels of mercury they contain. The bigger the tuna the more mercury present in the fish. Increased levels of mercury in the body has been linked to hair loss by many medical professionals and dermatologists alike. 


Foods high in Selenium

Selenium is a micro-nutrient, but as you may have guessed from the name, the body only needs small amounts of selenium, hence the ‘micro.’ Selonosis, which is an excess of selenium in the body has been strongly linked to hair loss. Though Brazil nuts may be delicious, they are famous for their high levels of Selenium. Red meats, oysters and whole grain breads also contain high levels of selenium. 


Foods which promote hair growth and volume

On the bright side, there are tons of delicious ingredients, both sweet and savory, which can promote hair growth, prevent breakouts and balance overall moods. Eating more leafy greens like kale and spinach are great for the skin and scalp. Seeds like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds will improve moods and promote hair growth. Quinoa, legumes, beans and lean meats provide the body with protein and a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals promoting hair growth, volume, soft skin and hair. If you want to jump start your diet, you can kick off your healthy eating routine with a natural Hair Skin and Nails Gummy Vitamin to look as good as you're about to feel! 


Have you recently changed your diet? What have you cut out and what have you recently discovered? We’d love to hear all about how you’re improving your overall living! 




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