In addition to dark spots and aching joints, hair loss is another aspect of aging that we as humans have to look forward to. "As we age, overall hair density changes and individual strands become finer," confirms dermatologist Doris J. Day in an interview with Prevention. But as with wrinkles and brain health, your diet and lifestyle choices play an instrumental role in the way your body ages (and can even reverse some of the signs). Here are three ways to combat thinning hair the natural way, courtesy of dermatologists and health professionals:
Fill up on protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Filling up on a diet rich in leafy greens, nuts, beans, and fish will give your strands the vitamins and minerals they need to thrive.
Give yourself regular scalp massages. In the same way that exfoliation promotes skin cell turnover, scalp massages improve blood flow to the scalp. This will help any treatment shampoos reach your hair follicles faster, in addition to stimulating hair growth at the root.
Consider a Viviscal supplement. According to New York–based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the combination of fish protein, vitamin C, zinc, biotin, and niacin in Viviscal "encourages the body to produce healthier, thinker strands."
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