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Nutrition and hair loss during menopause

Podcast Episode 5 transcript.

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of "RADIO MENOPAUSE." I'm your host, Ruth and today we're delving into a topic that affects many women but is often overlooked – hair loss during menopause.

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life, but it brings both physical and emotional challenges. Many women experience increased hair thinning or loss during menopause due to hormonal fluctuations. But fear not; there's a lot we can do through nutrition to support our hair health during this time.

Firstly, let's talk about protein. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, and during menopause, it's essential to ensure an adequate protein intake. Include lean sources like chicken, fish, beans, and tofu. Protein provides the building blocks necessary for hair growth and strength.

Next up, we have omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are great for your heart and your hair. Foods like salmon, chia seeds, and walnuts are rich in omega-3s, promoting scalp health and reducing inflammation, which can contribute to hair loss.

Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role, too. Make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as they are rich in vitamins A and C, which support the production of sebum – the natural oil that nourishes the scalp. Additionally, consider foods high in iron and zinc, such as spinach and lentils, as they play vital roles in hair health.

Hydration is often underrated but is fundamental for overall health, including hair health. Drinking enough water helps keep your hair hydrated, preventing it from becoming dry and brittle. So, grab that water bottle and make hydration a priority.

Now, let's discuss what to avoid. Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine can contribute to dehydration, potentially affecting your hair. It's all about finding the right balance and moderation in your daily habits.

Lastly, remember the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional. Everyone's body is unique, and personalised advice can make a significant difference. They can help tailor a diet plan that suits your specific needs and addresses any deficiencies you may have.

And that brings us to the end of today's episode. Remember, menopause is a natural phase, and while it may bring about changes, taking care of your nutritional needs can make a world of difference. That’s it from Radio Menopause this week - have a great weekend, and join us again on Monday, where we’ll discuss those dreaded water infections. Byeeeeee!


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