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Dandruff and constant hair fall

I am 26 years old and weigh 70kg and am 160cm tall. I have dandruff and constant hair fall. My skin is patchy and pimples appear on my forehead frequently. Also, for the past 13 years or so, I have had dark circles around my eyes. Cool cucumbers do not seem to help. I think I need to change my lifestyle completely; but I am at a loss how. Since I live at a hostel making my own food is difficult. Please help.

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The answer

Symptoms such as dandruff and patchy skin could indicate a lack of essential fatty acids in your diet, these types of fats can be found in foods such as advocados, salmon, herring mackerel, nuts and seeds. The hair loss also may or may not be related but can be associated with iron deficiency anaemia and a lack of iron rich foods in the diet such as green leafy vegetables and salads eggs and red meat.

The dark circles may be an overall indication of your state of health and perhaps being somewhat run down. In the first instance try to see a Dr to discuss your health I understand you are living in a hostel and there should be a GP service attached to this, failing that do ask one of the hostel workers where the nearest GP outreach services are.

If your tests all return as normal you might want to consider how you can begin to make small changes to your lifestyle to begin with such as ensuring you are getting enough sleep, drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and if fresh food preparation is really not feasible then a bag of salads for example added to a ready prepared meal can help and snacking on fresh fruit, you might also think about trying taking some supplements such as a general multivitamin and mineral supplement although dietary intake of vitamins and minerals is thought to be the better route.

Clearly your housing situation may also be contributing and it’s likely that once you have somewhere permanent to live this could really help improve your health.

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