Best Hair Loss Solutions
Wondering about best hair loss solutions was not on my radar 15-20 years ago. With me it started with noticing that there was more hair in my hair brush than before.
I then began to notice that my shower drain was not draining properly. When I reached down to check it, I grabbed a pile of hair. Could this be possible? Is this my hair in the drain? Since I lived alone, it must be mine.
If I am finding hair in the drain, and more hair on my brush, I must be losing hair from my head. I began to examine my hair. It didn’t look noticibly different at first, but I kept finding more and more hair in my brush and more in my shower drain.
Before long I could tell by running my fingers through my hair that it was not as thick as before. I still looked fine, maybe this hair loss will stop somehow, I thought.
Then I remembered that my paternal grandfather was bald. My father was bald. My cousin was bald at 16. My older brother’s hair was getting thinner every time I saw him.
Does this mean it is genetic? Is there nothing I can do to stop this process, I wondered? I don’t want to go bald. How will the ladies treat me?
Will it affect my business opportunities? Will I have to start wearing a hat everywhere I go? Will I be the butt of my buddies’ jokes? Will it make me look a lot older?
After all, I was only in my early 40’s. I really don’t want to have to buy, and wear a toupee. Nothing looks worse than a guy in an obvious toupee. Obvious to everyone but the guy wearing it.
It is almost comical. And what about the guy with the hair plugs? Have you ever seen bad hair plugs? That guy would be better off with a toupee, or going fully bald.
So, being the vain individual that I can be, I set out on an endeavor to learn all that I could about hair loss, and hair loss solutions, so I could keep this semi-traumatic happenstance from happening to me, or at least I believed if it did happen to me, I could minimize the damage.
Now it’s true that there are many worse things that can happen to a person besides losing their hair. But surely there had to be a solution.
After all you don’t see many bald Japanese men, or bald men of other nationalities. What are they doing, that I’m not doing? Or what are they not doing, that I am doing?
Could I incorporate some things in their habits that might help fend off my own hair loss? I don’t want my self confidence to suffer, and if I can look a few years younger, well then it is well worth finding solutions.
What Causes Hair Loss
My Naturopathic health education background taught me that if you want to find a permanent solution to a problem, you must first determine the root cause. Pun intended.
Addressing and treating the symptoms of an issue may provide a temporary solution, but it may make the underlying problem or cause worse, and at best the problem will reappear with similar intensity in the not too distant future.
Hairs have a 3 year life cycle. It is normal to lose about 100 hairs per day.
Androgenic Alopecia Hair Loss (Male or Female Pattern Baldness)
There are several causes of Androgenic Alopecia hair loss, but the primary cause is hormone imbalance in both men and women. The conversion of testosterone, a male hormone, into dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
DHT is made by an enzyme called 5 – alpha reductase. It can also be made from DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormone more commonly found in females.
This is the process that not only contributes to hair loss on the head, but also forces more hair to grow out of your nose, and your ears.
Hair loss does not happen as often with women as with men due to the amount of estrogen that women normally produce. Although women do account for about 40% of hair loss cases. This estrogen counteracts the effects of the DHT, and DHEA.
Another major cause of thinning hair and hair loss is stress. Stress can stem from work, family issues, dealing with illness, or any number of other triggers that are either perceived or actual. Stress tells the body, the adrenal glands in particular to release cortisol.
Extended periods of stress can overwork the adrenals causing adrenal fatigue. This can lead to a lower production of hormones like cortisol, as well as testosterone. Hair loss can be the result, at least partly, of this hormone imbalance.
Being nutritionally deprived can also be a cause of hair loss. When there are issues with the body such as with pancreatitis where the pancreas stops producing enzymes for the digestion and assimilation of food. less nutrition gets to the cells.
The hair is considered by the body, in it’s wisdom, as a low priority for the limited nutrition available. Thus, what nutrition is left goes to other more critical organs, glands, and tissues of the body, and because of this neglect, hair dies, and falls out.
Parasites such as threadworm, and hookworm can also be a cause of hair loss. These bugs get into the gut from contaminated food or water, and live off of digested food which depletes the body of needed nutrients that would feed cells of the hair and it’s support system.
Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep can be a contributing factor in hair loss. We need to sleep 5 straight hours without interruption in order to allow the adrenals to generate the proper amounts of adrenaline to sustain our energy throughout the day. 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is recommended for optimum health. Low adrenaline can create stress.
Vitamin/Mineral deficiencies such as zinc, vitamin C, and some B vitamins can contribute to hair loss.
Chemicals, dyes, and drugs in so called hair care products like shampoos, hair sprays, gels, and treatments can clog hair follicles, and block absorption of nutrients, and prevent the ability to excrete wastes, which can cause the hair shaft to die.
Other causes of hair loss may include, shock or trauma, child birth, surgery, serious illness or disease, grief or other traumatic life event, or significant sudden weight loss.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder where the hair follicles are attacked by the body. This condition is primarily blamed on stress.
Best Hair Loss Solutions
The best hair loss solutions are natural supplements and foods that work with your body.
Avena Sativa or Oat Grass This remarkable all natural solution stops the transition of testosterone into dihydrotestorone or DHT by blocking 5 alpha reductase, the main cause of hair loss and hair thinning.
Saw Palmetto This popular plant works the same way as Avena Sativa by blocking 5 alpha reductase.
B Vitamins B’s are made in the small intestine, and help alleviate stress by supporting the adrenal glands. B’s also help reverse hair loss and increase hair strength.
Fermented Foods These nutritious fermented foods provide good bacteria to the small intestine which makes B vitamins.
HCL or Hydrochloric Acid HCL helps to kill pathogens in our food, and helps in digestion, and assimmilation of food to the cells. As we age HCL levels in our stomachs decrease to critical levels starting at about age 40 due mostly to our diet of meats, and other cooked foods. Supplementing with Betaine Hydrochloride with a Potassium Activator can bring these levels up to a healthier, more effective range.
Digestive Enzymes These enzymes are made in the pancreas, and help in the digestion of fats, sugars, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and dairy. Our stores of these critical enzymes deplete due to our diet of cooked foods. Enzymes catalyze the digestion of foods, and without them the digestive process is greatly inhibited.
Natural Sleep Aids such as Melatonin, Valerian Root, Chamomile Tea, Passion Flower, and others help us achieve the needed sleep for proper adrenaline production, and stress control. We need to sleep 5 consecutive, uninterrupted hours per night for the adrenal glands to produce the adrenaline to help us through the day, and to help alleviate stress.
Other Hair Loss Solutions
Though I am not an advocate of drugs, I believe that they have their place, and use. Drugs are irreplaceable in trauma care, and in acute care. Chronic care, however, is another situation entirely. I am an advocate of doing no harm.
Drugs often have side effects, and sometimes serious side effects. In addtion, the continued use of some drugs can have a cumulative negative effect on the body, and cause problems which will manifest at a later date.
That said, there are two hair loss solutions that fall into the drug category that are have been shown to be effective in arresting hair loss in some people.
Propecia (Finasteride) FDA approved drug for men with androgenic hair loss. A 5-alpha reductase inhibitor.
Rogaine (Minoxidil) Topical, over-the-counter medication (no prescription needed) that both men and women can use. May also even grow hair in some people.
Best Hair Loss Products
The best hair loss solutions include the best hair loss products. Live source nutrients are critically important for nutrients and supplements that are easily absorbed, and uptaken by your cells. If you are not using live source nutrients, you are simply throwing your money away in most cases. Click on green link for more information.
Quantum Sleep – Adaptogenic Hormone Balance
Estro Support – Healthy Hormone Balance for both women and men.
Testosterone Support – Healthy Hormone Balance for both men and women.
Keratin – For hair strength, and luster.
Probiotics – Positive metabolic and immune reactions. Makes B vitamins.
All About Balance or Dynamic Equillibrium
Hair loss solutions are all about balance. Hair loss like many other imbalances in the body can be prevented, halted, and reversed for you if you work on bringing your life back into balance. (If you are one of the rare, enlightened individuals whose life is already in balance, more power to you.)
There are 4 main parts or components to balance, or dynamic equillibrium. They are the physical, emotional, mental or intellectual, and the spiritual. If you look at each of these components like spokes on a wheel, you can see that if one or more are out of balance, the wheel simply won’t roll properly.
Take an honest assessment, and try to find which parts need improvement. Emphasize any or all until your wheel rolls smoothly, and effectively. Doing so could mean the difference between a life of low energy, sickness, and disease, and resulting unhappiness.
Or, it could mean a long life of sustained energy, little or no sickness, and disease, and a resulting happy high quality life. The goal is to live a long, healthy, high quality life.
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