All these little treats you have, Krispy Kreme, a pick my up Lucozade, the chocolate bar when you fill up at the petrol station. They all add up.
Some doctors have found a surprising link between a high sugar diet and thinning hair: “a rapid glucose spike in the blood causes an overreaction by several hormones, most notably insulin and steroids. The result is a roller coaster of sugar peaks and valleys; that is abnormal high and low levels of glucose, insulin, steroids, adrenaline, testosterone and numerous other hormones,” says Panos Vasiloudes, Dermatologist and Medical Director of Harklinikken (renowned European-based hair loss clinic) “the blood sugar spikes are detrimental to the physiologic hair cycle in two major ways. First is the direct damage that rapid blood sugar changes are causing to the hair. I call this ‘direct nutritional shock.’ Second and most important, is the indirect damage caused by the fluctuation of hormones like Insulin, cortisone, adrenaline, testosterone, and DHT. I call this ‘indirect endocrine shock.’ Both of these shocks can result in significant hair thinning.”
The effects are by no way immediate (the birthday cake you just ate won’t make your hair fall out) they are long term. Regular and prolonged sugar fixes and feasts will cause damage to your follicles over time. Your diet has a huge influence over your hair and skin which we need to feed. I’m not suggesting cut out sugar completely but making better choices and limiting our sugar intake will benefit your health and hair beyond belief. Eating nutrient rich foods loaded with protein and fibre instead of dead calories of sugar and insulin spiking nasties will result in a clearer completion, stronger healthier hair and bundles of energy.
I feel so much better by virtually cutting sugar from my diet… It’s not easy and day FIVE especially was a bi&ch. you should try it!!
My nutritionist is gonna freaking LOVE this post!!