Hair Loss -The Natural Approach
Healthy Food, Healthy Hair !
When Tennis player Andre Agassi revealed in his autobiography 'open' that he'd played the 1990 French open Tennis final in a wig held together with pins,owing to the fact that it began to disintegrate in the shower the night before, it reminded me of a comment made about the genetic code
It's hoped that the cracking of the genetic code can help to cure us of our ailments,hair loss included.Until that becomes a reality, you could of course treat your hair loss with products such as provillus,Rogaine or Thymuskin. Thymuskin in particular describes itself as a product that can grow real hair, & that the hair remains once you stop using the product , having been originally developed in Germany to aid hair loss during & after chemotherapy treatment. But if you don't trust any claims made by commercial products or quite simply your budget won't allow for it in these recession hit times, why not try the natural approach?
As to hair loss or baldness itself, it's well documented that DHT ( dihydrotestosterone) & 5 alpha reductase (an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT) are the major villains responsible. It's also been suggested that it may not be the baldness or hair loss itself that's hereditary, but other health factors, that our body's defenses rush to look after them first & our hair is way down the list of priorities. So what can we do?
Healthy blood is vital for our body to function properly, & this includes giving our hair the maximum nourishment. Phosphorus has been called the brain power of the mineral world & can be found in many foods including red meat,dairy products,fish,bran, cornbread & parsnips. An exhaustive list can be found in Mary Ann Crenshaw's excellent book 'The natural way to super beauty', which devotes a whole chapter to hair & the foods that are good for it.
Plant sources account for 70 percent of the world's protein supply. soybeans have been described as the best possible source of lecithin, which contains two of the B vitamins that are essential to healthy hair.
Phosphorus also makes lecithin which is present in each of our body cells. It contains both choline,a water soluble essential nutrient, & inositol,which is a substance naturally present in human cells. Both form part of the vitamin B complex that's good for the hair. Choline can be found in bran, brown rice,eggs, molasses,mung beans & yellow corn. Bran, whole barley, cabbage,grapefruit & green peas are some of the ways you can get inositol.
Zinc is not only good for our immune system, it is active in cell division & is a vital part of hair growth. You can enjoy it in egg yolk,cheese,garlic,green veg,pumpkin seed, sesame seed & wholemeal bread.
There are good reports of saw palmetto,an extract from the fruit seronoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto. This small fan palm tree can grow up to 6ft high. It is the top choice of Dr James Duke, author of 'The green pharmacy'. It inhibits the formation of DHT & 5 alpha reductase & for men has the added bonus of maintaining a healthy prostate.
Our hair is 97% protein & protein needs replenishing daily with such foods as cheese,eggs,fish,fowl,meat & milk.It is the natural,raw value of our food that helps to germinate our hair producing roots, something that's encouraged by Dale Alexander in his book 'How I stopped growing bald & started growing hair'. In it is his hair cocktail which can be taken daily to promote healthy hair growth, & is as follows:- Put three quarters of a glass of whole milk in a blender. For best results use raw certified milk. Add a raw egg,a tablespoon of raw wheat germ oil, & two tablespoons of raw wheat germ. Raw wheat germ has been described as a nutrient rich powerhouse. Despite it's tiny size it provides a healthy amount of vitamins, minerals & protein. To make the drink taste better you can add your choice of fruit to it such as banana,orange or pineapple. If you prefer you can add two tablespoons of sunflower seeds. Blend the whole mixture on a low speed for 60 seconds,then drink straight away.This is your breakfast, so don't eat again for two hours. It is best to keep all the ingredients in the fridge. Drink this daily, although once you see changes in your hair you can reduce it to twice a week. Because it's been designed to be healthy you may want to carry on with it daily. Also in the book there is also the mouthwatering 'Alexander salad' that is very nutritious for your hair.
Wheat germ has a protein value of high quality and of a percentage that even exceeds meat,so it's excellent for healthy hair. It is also full of vitamin E, along with plenty of B vitamins, and vitamin A. Mary Ann Crenshaw highly recommends it and enjoys a daily intake of wheat germ to contribute to beautiful,healthy hair.
Mary also advocates getting a regular supply of eggs. As a Southern girl she was used to big breakfasts,with the English influence of eggs. When she lived in Alabama Mary had a Mexican hairdresser who she firmly believed to be ahead of his time. On a weekend trip back home her hairdresser was appalled at the state of her hair, & detected the lack of eggs in her diet, which was down to the type of meals she was eating whilst in college. He basically told her that for good hair health she needed eggs to be a daily part of her diet. The effect of cholesterol is often being reviewed, so if you're worried about it, check with your Doctor first. For Mary, her healthy hair returned when she took her hairdresser's advice.
When it comes to washing your hair, some people have reported good results with Alpecin C1 shampoo. This contains caffeine which stimulates the hair roots during washing. It's advised to leave the shampoo on for a minimum of two minutes, but longer if you want to. Having used it, you can certainly feel it tingling ! It's best to use it daily as the caffeine only remains active for 24 hours.Competitive Athletes, please note: Alpecin caffeine can be detected in hair follicles !
A healthy diet is also important in maintaining our natural hair color.Vitamin B, iron & copper are all vital. The B vitamins can be found in brewers yeast,black strap molasses, wheat germ & yogurt. Strawberries,brewers yeast,avocados, wheat germ,cabbage,spinach & sweet potatoes are good sources of folic acid. Inositol is also good for helping to maintain natural color, & apart from the foods listed earlier it can be found in whole wheat bread,brewers yeast, blackstrap molasses & wheatgerm. Again, plenty of protein is needed if you're trying your best to maintain your hair's natural color.
Black strap molasses are having positive effects in helping restore the hair's natural color, with some claiming that they are also experiencing regrowth because of the follicles being stimulated.
Just add one or two tablespoons of organic unsulphured black strap molasses to boiling water, & allow it to cool before drinking first thing in the morning. It's said to boost your energy as well as potentially reversing grey hair. Copper is an essential trace mineral,& a tablespoon of molasses has 20% of the daily amount recommended for us. You can also partially dilute the molasses with either water,coconut milk or saw palmetto, massage it into your scalp & leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
To make the most of all these vitamins & minerals that you're enjoying in your food, you need to get the blood that carries them to your head. If you're agile enough a headstand is excellent. For most of us a slant board is probably more practical, or using a convenient wall in the house to help you do a form of headstand ! 20 minutes a day should be enough. Above all, avoid stress as much as possible.Make time to relax or do something that you enjoy which relaxes you. Anyone for tennis?!!