Prevent Male Hair Loss Using Natural Strategies

Prevent Male Hair Loss

Do you see less and less hair when you look in the mirror?

The media is full of stories of celebrities who have turned to expensive treatments to try and regain a full head of hair.

As part of Men’s Health Month, this article will look at why male hair loss happens and what can be done to prevent male hair loss. So if your receding hairline concerns you, read on to discover how to naturally preserve a healthy head of hair.

Your Hair’s Life Cycle

Everyone loses around a hundred hairs every day, but if hairs are shed faster than they grow back, then your hair will start to appear thinner than normal.

Each of your hairs grows from a tiny follicle. Sometimes, hair loss is connected with the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles. This condition is known as alopecia areata. Hair tends to be lost in patches, both on the head and elsewhere on the body. Certain medications, health conditions such as low thyroid function or anaemia and periods of intense stress can cause hair loss too.

In this article, though, we’ll concentrate on hormone-related hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. This mostly affects men, although women can be affected, too.

Prevent Male Hair Loss - Hairloss progression

The Hair Loss Culprits: Hormones

The main male hormone is testosterone. When testosterone become unbalanced, hair tends to be lost from the front of the hairline at either side and from the crown, with these areas eventually joining together. It usually becomes more pronounced with age, and it’s responsible for around 95% of hair loss in men. There’s a strong genetic tendency towards this type of hair loss. It affects half of all men aged over 50 but can appear at a much younger age.

Hair and testosterone have a complicated relationship.  Although it’s often thought high levels of testosterone can cause baldness, what is most important is the form the testosterone is in. A type of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT is connected with male pattern baldness. 

High levels of this hormone can shorten the hair cycle, making it fall out quicker than it regrows, and may make hair follicles smaller, so individual hairs will be thinner. Eventually, the follicles die off completely.

Hair follicles at the crown and hairline seem to be more sensitive to DHT in some genetically predisposed men.

Drugs are available to reduce the amount of DHT, but these come with side effects, so let’s discover what nature has to offer to help preserve your hair.

Prevent Male Hair Loss with Hair Food

Hair needs good nutrition like any other part of your body.

Even if there are already fewer hairs on your head, making sure they’re healthy and growing well will help your hair to appear thicker.

  • Zinc is important for hair growth, and men with male pattern baldness have been found to have lower levels of zinc than average. Find zinc in pumpkin seeds, nuts and shellfish.

 

  • Healthy omega 3 fats help regulate DHT levels. Eat plenty of seeds such as flax and chia seeds, and oily fish like salmon and mackerel.

 

  • Certain B vitamins, especially biotin, are often depleted in cases of male pattern baldness. Biotin is needed to produce the type of protein found in hair. It’s found in nuts, legumes, sweet potatoes, eggs and avocados, but it’s produced by your gut bacteria too. So making sure your microbiome is healthy by avoiding sugar and eating plenty of plant-based foods is sensible. This also ensures you’re consuming a wide range of antioxidants to prevent damage to your hair follicles. As a bonus, healthy gut bacteria help to balance hormone levels, and support your immune system, ensuring it doesn’t attack your hair follicles by mistake.

 

  • Your hair follicles are sensitive to Vitamin D, meaning this vitamin is believed to play a role in hair growth. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, so you’d probably benefit from a supplement during wintertime.

 

  • Hair is made up of protein, so if your diet doesn’t contain enough, your hair health may suffer. Include nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, eggs and oily fish as protein sources.

 

  • Lastly, taking steps to manage your response to stress can help keep hair healthy – stress affects the hair cycle, meaning hair doesn’t grow as rapidly.

Help for Hair

Because the health of your hair is connected with the overall health of your body, looking at the reasons why you’re losing your hair is crucial to formulate a strategy to prevent it from happening, and to preserve the locks you have.

If you would like one-to-one support for your hair health, a functional medicine consultation will examine your diet, nutrient status and lifestyle. Functional tests can reveal whether unbalanced hormones are contributing to your hair loss. Contact Embracing Nutrition today to start your journey to healthier hair.

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