Hirsutism is a medical condition in colored and coarse hair appears and grows on women body. Hair grows excessively on the face, back, and chest. There is an excessive growth of hair due to certain causes. It could be due to adrenal gland disorder, menstrual issues, oversensitive hair follicles or high level of androgen. Your genetic makes play a paramount role in determining the thickness and density of your hair. In a complicated condition, it can lead to acne, alopecia (hair loss), deep voice like men and oily skin. It’s not always possible to completely control hirsutism. If the exact cause of the condition is known, a doctor can suggest some effective medications. You can combat these symptoms by incorporating right diet and self-care into your lifestyle.
Diet and hirsutism
A food rich in carbohydrates, sugars, and junk is more likely to cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels. These sudden changes in insulin levels in blood lead to insulin resistance. And there is a strong and direct connection between insulin resistance and high androgen secretion, obesity and hence hirsutism. Following are some tips and tricks to treat and combat excessive hair growth in susceptible women.
Calorie deficit diet:
A caloric deficit diet has been associated with reduced symptoms of hirsutism. On the other hand, a high energy diet is notorious for elevated symptoms. It is because a high energy diet promotes weight gain, which leads to obesity and the development of hyperandrogenism. When you eat caloric deficit diet, your body draws on fat reserves for energy. Which in return regulate hormone balance in the body and helps in treating PCOS. Just cut down 500 calories from your total requirement and take frequent small meals.
Stack Vitamin B rich foods in your diet:
Vitamin B plays an important role in metabolism and helps in the conversion of the dietary component into energy. ViatminB3 regulates insulin levels in the blood. VitaminB5 promote weight loss as it is directly involved in fat metabolism. Vitamin B6 balances hormones level in the body and is required for zinc absorption. Vitamin B plays a crucial role in regulating thyroid functioning. Whole grains, meat. Eggs, legumes, seeds, nuts and leafy green vegetables are rich sources of Vitamin B.
Incorporate chromium-rich foods:
Glucose tolerance factor (GTF) is made up of chromium and thus helps in insulin regulation. It aids in fighting back cravings and reduces hunger. It is involved in weight loss and controls fat content in blood. High consumption of tea, coffee, and sugar can promote chromium deficiency. Eating chromium-rich foods in combination with vitamin C enhances the absorption of chromium. Romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, whole grains, and potatoes are chromium-rich foods.
Incorporate magnesium-rich foods:
The most important micro nutrient that depletes insulin resistance is magnesium. It is involved in insulin signalling and utilization in the body. Even mild deficiency of magnesium can cause insulin resistance. Dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, fatty fish are some rich sources of magnesium.