We all have bad hair days, right?

Style Magazine - - Health And Beauty -

Those days when noth­ing you try with your tresses seems to work and a pa­per bag starts look­ing like an at­trac­tive op­tion?

But if you are sud­denly hav­ing more bad days than usual, doc­tors sug­gest tak­ing a closer look at your hair as it can of­fer in­sight on what’s go­ing on in­side your body and can help pre­vent big­ger health prob­lems.

Fall­ing hair: We usu­ally lose 80 to 100 strands of hair a day but if it looks if you are los­ing more than usual, this can in­di­cate a pe­riod of higher stress. Rev­ersible hair thin­ning can be brought on by preg­nancy, ill­ness and de­pres­sion and may not be no­tice­able un­til three months af­ter the event. If a big stres­sor is be­hind your hair loss, don’t panic and in­stead con­cen­trate on your over­all well­ness. Seek help for de­pres­sion, get at least eight hours of sleep a night and do stress-bust­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Poor diet: Healthy hair is shiny so if yours is starting to look a bit dull, per­haps it is time to take a look at your diet. Eat­ing too much pro­cessed food over a long pe­riod of time will make your hair brit­tle and dry. Stick with a diet heavy on whole foods with plenty of fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Not enough fats: We are talk­ing here about the right kinds of fats –mo­noun­sat­u­rated and omega 3 fatty acids. Peo­ple try­ing to lose weight of­ten elim­i­nate fats from their diet but in do­ing so you ham­per the body’s abil­ity to ab­sorb fat-sol­u­ble nu­tri­ents like vi­ta­min D, which is im­por­tant for a healthy head of hair. In­clude foods like av­o­ca­dos, olive oil, oily fish and dark choco­late in your diet. Not get­ting enough wa­ter: If you are not get­ting at least 2.5 litres of wa­ter a day, chances are you don’t have enough for the body to do every­thing it needs to ef­fi­ciently. This can eas­ily lead to dry and dull hair.

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