Hair loss can occur for many reasons and at any time. The most common cause is genetics and can result in male – or female – pattern baldness. You can blame your parents for that one. But sometimes the immune system, which includes bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and the white blood cells, fails to differentiate between foreign invaders and normal healthy cells and autoimmune disease results. Many autoimmune diseases include hair loss as one of the symptoms – lupus, alopecia areata and Hashimoto's disease are relatively common ones. Or hair loss can occur with changes in your hormone levels due to lifestyle, aging, medications and even sleep. So here are some ways to avoid, slow down, stop and maybe even reverse hair loss:

B Vitamins Increase Hair Growth

Biotin and the complex B vitamins are needed to grow hair. B3 helps increase circulation to the scalp, thereby encouraging hair growth. It is best to take a supplement that includes all of the B vitamins, called a B complex supplement, as the nutrients work synergistically

Iron Reduces Hair Loss

The mineral iron helps increase circulation in the scalp as well, which then fuels hair growth. Foods that are high in iron include liver, apricots and raisins. Plus the use of cast iron pans for cooking increases the amount of iron in your food

Drink Water to Grow Hair

The hair shaft is comprised of one-quarter water. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day – some say drink your weight divided in half in ounces – to stay hydrated and grow healthy hair

Protein Grows Hair

Because the hair is made of protein, a protein deficiency can cause hair loss. Add protein to the diet by including animal products, such as meat and dairy, eggs and protein shakes made from good quality whey

Vitamin C is Essential for Healthy Hair

Vitamin C is also a component of healthy hair. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are especially high in vitamin C, as are green peppers and kiwis. Suggested dosage is 1,000 to 3,000 mg a day

Reduce Alcoholic Beverages to Reduce Hair Loss

Look around the bar next time you are out. It may prove this one. Drinking alcohol reduces hair growth. Reduce or eliminate alcohol from the diet and you will see an increase in hair growth

Up Your Vitamin E

vitamin EVitamin E is another nutrient needed to grow hair. It stimulates the circulation in the scalp and can be taken internally or applied to the scalp

Smoking Causes Hair Loss

Smoking cigarettes reduces the blood flow to the scalp and this causes a reduction in hair growth. Stop smoking to help hair grow

Vitamin A Feeds Healthy Hair

Vitamin A helps create vibrant shiny hair because it works with the fat synthesis in the hair follicles and spurs hair growth. Foods that contain vitamin A include eggs, kale, squash, and carrots

Hormones Influence Hair Growth

Hormones influence the production of hair. Hormones decrease with age and slow hair growth. Increasing hormones can increase hair growth. Adding bio-identical hormones for women is a possibility, but accurate blood tests are needed to identify and balance the various hormonal components in the body. Natural foods contain some hormones as well, for instance, wild yam is a natural source of estrogen as is fermented soy