If you are currently experiencing hair loss, you know it can feel like you are losing a huge part of yourself. Your hair is part of your identity, part of who you are, and losing it isn’t just a sign of getting older, it is something you miss.
But hair loss doesn’t have to be the milestone that marks a line you can’t uncross like so many think it is. In fact, there are some great ways to stop hair loss out there and some of them are completely natural. Let’s explore some of the most common hair loss treatments.
What You Eat Matters to Your Hair
The foods that you eat and the nutritional profile that you create has a lot to do with hair loss. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When we don’t eat right, our bodies don’t get all of the nutrients that we need. Some of those nutrients are needed to maintain hair.
Hair is made up of proteins like Keratin, which is the key structural protein in your hair. When you don’t have enough Keratin in your body, your hair becomes thin and dry, and falls out much easier. Eat beans, eggs and leafy vegetables like Kale to keep your Keratin level high.
Stress & Anxiety Really Do Affect Your Hair
People joke all the time that their kids, career or another facet of their life is making them lose their hair, but most of them don’t know how close to the truth they are. The fact is, stress and anxiety, particularly anxiety that is constant, is a direct cause of hair loss because it makes us unable to regrow hair that falls out.
Amino & Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Some of the proteins in our body we create naturally, and others we have to get from our diet. The amino acids cysteine, lysine, methionine and arginine are all amino acids that we have to get from our diet as well as amino acids that help form Keratin.
Eating foods that contain those amino acids is essential to preventing hair loss. Omega-3’s are key in preventing the inflammation that prevents hair regrowth.
Lack of DHT Production
Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that can affect hair loss and is thought to be a major contributing factor in male-pattern baldness (or female in some cases). If you suddenly begin experiencing hair loss, you should talk to your doctor and ensure that your body is producing enough DHT.
Another contributing factor to hair loss is anabolic steroids. Some people think that steroids are only a possibility if they are actually taking them, like athletes do to bulk up. But the truth is, steroids are often prescribed by doctors for a number of conditions and some foods can contain anabolic steroids as well.
Hair follicles turn off and on, much like a light switch, throughout your life, but steroids can cause them to get stuck in the off position. Check with your doctor if you think this is a possible cause for your hair loss.
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Sources: Einstein Center | Fox News
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