CCCA is a tough condition to live with. You often feel burning, itching, irritation, and other symptoms on the scalp along with the actual hair loss.
It main affects African American’s but anyone can technically inherit or experience this type of hair loss.
No matter why you have it, it’s still there and you have to do something about it.
If you’re interested in taking a natural approach to remedying CCCA, look no further.
I’ve put together a list of diet tips for CCCA that can potentially help with symptoms and make your condition better.
Let’s dive in!
Don’t get me wrong. Who doesn’t love some ice cream, soda, or chocolate? However, these are not the healthiest foods and I’m sure you know that by now.
Furthermore, they are really bad for your hair for one main reason: inflammation.
If you suffer from CCCA, you most likely already experience enough inflammation as it is. This usually comes in the forms of redness, tenderness, burning sensations, and similar symptoms.
When the cells are inflamed within your body, especially those in the hair, they are most susceptible to damage and aging.
Natural sugars found in fruits can be okay, but definitely try to avoid refined sugars and all of the sweets you know you shouldn’t be having.
Limit simple carbs
There are two types of carbohydrates. The first is known as a simple carbohydrate. These are very easy for your body to digest which results in a spike in energy, blood sugar, and insulin.
The problem with this is that it leads to inflammation and makes you tired afterward.
You can spot a simple carb from a mile away because mostly anything white and starchy is simple, including white pasta, rice, and bread.
That’s why you want to opt for complex carbs which are carbohydrates that take a long time for your body to process. This avoids the immediate boost and crash cycle that simple carbs offer.
As a rule of thumb, opt for brown variations of food like pasta, rice, and bread.
Fruit and vegetables are some of the best sources of high quality carbs, as well.
Gets lots of good protein
What’s all of the tissue in your body made of? Protein! That’s why you want to get more protein sources throughout the day to keep your hair strong.
Some of the best protein you can get is from meat and fish. Think chicken, steak, tilapia, tuna, salmon, and beef. All of these can be made into dishes containing vegetables and complex carbs for a well-rounded meal.
Eat more fruit and veggies
Your mom used to always tell you to eat your veggies, but did you? Fruits and vegetables contain very important vitamins and minerals that are mandatory for hair health.
I recommend snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day whether you’re at home, work, or school. They’re very easy to pack into a lunch or keep around the house to grab whenever you’re hungry.
Final thoughts on putting together a CCCA diet
There are many lifestyle changes you can make to improve the symptoms of CCCA alopecia with one of the main ones being diet.
The overall goal is to avoid foods that cause inflammation which will ultimately make the symptoms of CCCA alopecia worse.
Furthermore, you want to eat foods that improve hair cells and the growth of new cells.
Some of the main things you can do for creating a good diet to achieve these benefits include eating lots of fruit, veggies, avoid sugar and simple carbs, and getting more protein.
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