Hair loss is known as alopecia, and there are a variety of different types of hair loss with which people suffer. In this article, we discuss five ways to stop hair loss.
How to Stop Balding
1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Both conditions are known to impact hair loss though each may not be a direct link to hair loss. Reducing stress is one way to help improve the bodies ability to grow hair. Anxiety is a more urgent case, and people with anxiety should seek out help from a doctor or counselor to help control anxiety. Both stress and anxiety are treatable conditions.
Science does not fully understand the role that stress plays within the human body. Mostly because stress does not leave a physical mark, and it acts through other bodily systems to create dangerous conditions that can lead to death. For most of us, we simply need to remove the stressful situations from our lives, which is not always an easy chore.
2. Nutrition and Diet
We are what we eat, and when we do not eat a balanced diet our body is robbed of the nutrients that it needs to keep everything running. For hair loss, diet and nutrition play a huge role. Hair is made up of proteins such as Keratin. A lack of keratin causes hair to become dry, brittle, and thin. Thin hair easily falls from the follicle adding to hair loss problems.
Furthermore, hair growth can be influenced by your intake of Vitamins A, B group, and C as well as Minerals zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, and calcium. Support healthy hair growth and keratin production be eating a diet that includes plenty of these nutrients.
3. Amino Acids
Every protein our body forms from amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids that our bodies do not make naturally. That means we need to obtain them by eating foods. Keratin requires cysteine, arginine, lysine, and methionine, which are all amino acids. Both methionine and lysine are essential amino acids. Foods that have a high level of lysine are white meat fowl and white meat fish. Foods that are high in methionine include eggs, fish, and seeds. Eating more of these foods can help boost the amino acid levels required to make quality keratin.
4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have a lot of positive impact on the body and the body’s systems. When it comes to hair loss, Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and that is key for hair production. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation (referred to some scientists as micro-inflammation when it occurs in the hair follicles) has been linked to hair loss in both men and women.
Salmon is the most popular food source for Omega-3 fatty acids, however there are many other ways to boost Omega-3’s in your diet. You can thoroughly research some Omega-3 supplements or add foods like flaxseed oil, chia seeds, cod liver oil, walnuts, or even fresh basil to your diet.
5. DHT and Anabolic Steroids
DHT or Dihydrotestosterone is a naturally occurring male hormone that has an effect on hair loss. Typically, this involves male pattern baldness, however, women can suffer from pattern baldness, too. If you have unexplained hair loss, a good first step is to start with a blood test to see what your hormone levels are.
DHT is thought to decrease the duration of the growth phase of the hair follicle. Hair follicles naturally turn on and off (depending on the stage of your hair growth cycle), but sometimes they turn off and do not turn back on again. That problem is thought to be an association with anabolic steroids. If you are taking over the counter medications, or a prescription steroid, then check with your doctor about other options.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Hair Loss
Of these five causes of hair loss, which are more likely to touch your life? We have control over most of these, such as diet and nutrition, and even stress. Could your hair loss be something that you can control by changing your diet and adding quality supplements? We owe it to ourselves to reduce stress, eat better and exercise more to gain better health. Why not consider pairing a lifestyle change with the chance to gain health and stop hair loss?
This article was republished with permission from the Eisenstein Center.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated by The Hearty Soul’s Editors to reflect the latest scientific research about this subject. We are committed to providing you with the best information possible.
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