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biotin

How Biotin Boosts Hair Health

biotinThe vitamins, minerals and nutrients you consume each day largely influence your outward appearance. When it comes to hair health, biotin is (arguably) the most widely-known and promoted beauty-enhancing supplement. However, few people understand how exactly biotin interacts with hair follicles for increased shine, volume and strength.

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that facilitates cellular metabolism, or the conversion of macronutrients like proteins and fats into energy needed for your body to run. It also supplies healthy hormone production and blood sugar regulation. Referred also as vitamin H (for “hair and skin”), coenzyme R or vitamin B7, biotin is a dietary staple in all living things, from plants to people. Vitamin b7 doesn’t just affect your hair – it’s also known to improve nail strength and skin conditions, like acne, rashes and chronic dryness.

Foods Rich in Biotin

Vitamin B7 comes in two forms, either plant-based (alone) or meat-based (bound to proteins). Unlike protein-bound biotin, which takes more time to metabolize and convert for use, free biotin is easily absorbed. Although most foods contain trace amounts of b7, some are better sources of the hair-boosting vitamin than others:

Protein-bound biotin foods:

  • Organ meats, like kidneys and liver
  • Milk or dairy products
  • Seafood
  • Egg yolks

Free biotin foods:

  • Peanuts, walnuts and pecans
  • Legumes like green peas and lentils
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocados
  • Rice bran, barley or oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Leafy greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Raspberries
  • Whole grain bread

B7 Recommendations and Deficiency

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the daily recommended minimum intake of biotin for healthy adults is 30 micrograms. But, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a higher daily allowance of 300 micrograms. Many nutritionists recommend staying on the higher end of the spectrum since vitamin b7 is water-soluble and is easily filtered by the kidneys.¹ Breastfeeding women need more b7 to deliver adequate nourishment to children.

While rare, biotin deficiency can be a serious problem during fetal development. Aside from possible birth defects, lack of vitamin b7 can lead to anemia, dry skin, appetite loss, fatigue, muscle aches, mental disorientation, brittle nails and hair loss. Since you’re likely getting some amount of biotin in your everyday diet, hair loss caused by lack of vitamin B7 alone is uncommon. Nutritional deficiencies can cause telogen effluvium (TE) – a temporary form of hair loss that occurs due to malnourishment, stress or trauma. TE usually involves a pattern of nutritional shortages, including iron, vitamin D, vitamin C and omega-3s.

B7 doesn’t just encourage healthy growth but may increase your mane’s overall volume and thickness. Simply taking supplements without a well-rounded diet won’t deliver any dramatic hair miracles, especially if you already suffer from a genetic hair loss condition. Eating foods that contain b7 and other healthy hair vitamins is the key to long, glossy locks in individuals with normal hair growth.

Lack of hair growth isn’t always about your diet, and we invite patients with thinning or shedding to visit our Miami hair loss clinic for a comprehensive evaluation to pinpoint possible genetic causes and rule out any potential underlying illnesses. Once we’ve identified the cause of your hair loss, we provide effective treatment plans that best suit specific hair loss conditions, individual routines and a wide range of budgets.

To schedule your hair loss consultation, call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at 305-925-0222 today.

 

 

¹ http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/top-foods-high-biotin/

stress-induced hair loss

Is Stress-Induced Hair Loss on the Rise?

stress-induced hair lossStress-induced hair loss is not as uncommon as you might think – but the side effects are equally as unsettling as any other condition. Albeit usually brief, telogen effluvium (TE) usually appears a few months following a highly stressful event, like a death in the family or strenuous divorce. Although hereditary hair loss, called androgenic alopecia, is more common, TE is likely the second most common form of hair loss diagnosed by medical professionals, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Unfortunately, minimal research has been dedicated to the pervasiveness, occurrence and understanding of stress-induced hair loss.

TE isn’t like male pattern baldness. If anything, its appearance mirrors female pattern hair loss (FPHL) – a diffuse, overall thinning rather than clearly defined balding around the hairline. Patients with stress-induced hair loss may notice more dramatic loss around the top of the scalp or a widening part. Essentially, TE causes the number of active follicles to drop during the resting (telogen) phase, increasing lost hairs at greater numbers than usual. In serious cases, TE may spread beyond the scalp and diminish volume in the eyebrows or pubic area.

In cases of a brief traumatic event, TE clears up on its own. For example, mothers may experience TE symptoms after childbirth, more formally named postpartum alopecia, where hormone levels shift drastically and trigger follicles to temporarily shut down. Crash dieting, physical trauma, antidepressants and even vaccinations can elicit TE. However, stress-induced hair loss isn’t always short-lived. Persistent TE is usually associated with ongoing emotional disturbances, high anxiety levels, chronic illness or long-term diet deficiency. This type of hair loss lasts more than 6 months.

In a January 2017 poll conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), levels of stress have drastically increased since the annual Stress in America survey commenced in 2007. The percentage of Americans who reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress the month prior to the survey rose from 71 percent in August 2016 to 80 percent this January. Symptoms include headaches (34 percent), feeling overwhelmed (33 percent), nervousness or anxiousness (33 percent) and depression or sadness (32 percent).

With stress among Americans abruptly mounting, stress-induced hair loss may be on the rise, too. Consider the following ways you can manage your stress levels and keep your hair healthy and full:

  1. Get regular exercise by walking to work or hitting the gym
  2. Take a break from your gadgets and other time-consuming technologies
  3. Read a book outside or in a quiet room
  4. Spend time with family or friends, even when you’re “too busy”
  5. Get a massage or spa treatment once a month
  6. Consider a new hobby, like painting or dancing

To formally diagnose TE, visit your physician to rule out any underlying condition or genetics. If your anxiety is unmanageable on your own, consider seeking help from a therapist or mental health counselor. For more information on hair loss diagnosis and treatment in Florida, contact the Hair Transplant Insitute of Miami at 305-925-0222.

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