Veganuary has been quickly gaining popularity over the last few years, helping to spread the message around veganism and its benefits.
The charity encourages those who have not yet tried a vegan diet, to put the animal products to one side and try to live life as a vegan for one whole month. So, whether you’re just going meat-free for January or switching to a permanently plant-based diet, there’s a chance it could have an impact on your hair – here’s how to help.
My hair is falling out since going vegan
Some people have reported that a lack of animal protein in their diet since going vegan has accelerated or even kick-started hair loss.
The hair loss noticed by these individuals is most likely caused by a nutritional deficiency, causing hair to fall out prematurely. When changing diet, many of us fail to do the proper research and planning to ensure we are still getting all the vitamins and minerals that we need. As a result, there can be adverse effects to our health.
It is completely possible to get everything you need from plant-based foods and have a balanced vegan diet, but it may mean that you have to have a varied mix of different grains, pulses, beans and vegetables. You may also have to eat more than you would normally, as plant-based foods can be significantly lower in calories.
How to go vegan and stay healthy
In spite of this, don’t be put off by the extra legwork included in switching to a vegan diet – for many people, it’s totally worth it. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you get everything you need, without spending hours planning your meals or spending a fortune buying health food products!
Take vegan specific supplements
Many vegans will take vegan specific supplements, that help to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need. However, it should be stressed that these should be taken in conjunction with a balanced wholesome diet, they are not a substitute for a poor diet. Vitamin B12 is a common deficiency amongst those on a plant-based diet, as it is primarily found in animal products – as is Vitamin D, another vitamin that many vegans are lacking.
Hire a nutritionist short-term
If you are serious about sticking to a vegan diet, it could be worth seeking expert advice. There are plenty of freelance nutritionists out there that can help you create an easy to follow a vegan diet plan and educate you properly on how to stay healthy.
Although it may seem like an unnecessary cost, hiring a professional to help you navigate the world of veganism can help you to identify the best foods to eat to maintain your health. Your health is an important investment, after all.
Identify vegan sources of protein
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so making sure you have enough protein in your diet is key to healthy hair. Thankfully, there are plenty of vegan sources of protein – beans, peas, tempeh and tofu are all packed full of protein, to name but a few sources. Make sure to incorporate a mix of vegan proteins into your diet to get everything you need.
What to do if you suffer severe hair loss
If you are noticing significant hair loss, make sure to visit your GP to check for any deficiencies that could be causing it and rule out any other underlying conditions.
Crown Clinic is always happy to discuss your concerns around hair loss and help you to find a solution that suits you – get in touch with the clinic.