- Men's Health & Wellness
How to Help Make Hair Grow Naturally: Natural Growth Tips
Hair loss is a condition that affects more than 80,000,000 men and women in the United States alone. Many companies claim to have miracle formulas to make hair grow. These persuasive messages have prompted consumers to spend a combined total of approximately one billiion dollars trying to find an effective treatment for hair loss. The problem with many of these types of products is that they are not based on sound nutritional principles that support hair health and growth. The first indication that baldness was a result of a nutrition deficiency was seen in the Japanese population after World War II. To realize how proper nutrition can be the most effective approach to hair health and growth it is important to understand the different causes of hair loss.
Understanding Hair Loss
Hair loss is normal. Everyday we lose about 125 hairs. Hair grows in cycles and at the end of each cycle hair falls out. As we get older, both men and women will experience some increase in hair loss. In men, it is referred to as male pattern baldness, technically known as Androgenetic Alopecia. The cause of this type of baldness is DHT. The hormone testosterone, which is produced by men and women can convert into DHT. DHT causes events to take place that restrict blood flow to hair folicles, shrinking their size, slowly making hair more thin and fragile until eventually they fall out and do not return. Men produce more testostorone than women and therefore have a greater potential to lose more hair than women. If baldness resulting from Androgenetic Alopecia has been present for a number of years there may be no way to restore hair growth.
Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common type of hair loss but there are several others: Traction alopecia - Constantly pulling on the hair will cause it to start falling out. Individuals with pony tails tend to do this quite often. Trichotillomania is loss of hair caused by constantly pulling and bending the hair. This is more common in children than adults. Iron deficiency - is a common cause of hair loss. Excessive fat intake - has been linked to increased incidences of male baldness. Hypothyroidism - one cause may be lack of sleep. Adequate amounts of rest promote healthy hair and hair growth , stress, radiation, chemotherapy, starvation or nutrition depleted diets, birth control pills, blood thinners, gout medication, sudden hormonal changes, fungal infections and ringworm,
Make Hair Grow Naturally
Nutrition is a huge factor in healthy hair and hair growth. Studies show that the herbs saw palmetto and licorice root and the mineral zinc can block the destructive effects of DHT on the hair. It has also been found that well balanced, nutritional meals rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins and essential fatty acids are linked to healthy hair. A low fat and moderate calorie intake diet when combined with daily aerobic exercise have been found to lower testostorone levels and therefore significantly lowering DHT which causes hair loss.
It has also been found to lower insulin and stress levels which raise levels of a substance that binds to testostorone, preventing it from circulating through the blood. Only free circulating testostorone can be converted into DHT, causing eventual hair loss. A saturated acid known as Azelaic acid is 90% effective at inhibiting activity resulting in hair loss when combined with zinc. Pumpkin seed extract aids in the breakdown of DHT by the liver. Some unsaturated fatty acids such as gamma linolenic acid have been found effective in preventing hair loss.
Hair loss is a serious condition affecting millions. So many products on the market claim to be the answer to how to make hair grow but in many cases don't give the body what it needs to sustain it naturally. It is important to take the natural approach to hair growth, giving the hair what it needs to grow and be healthy through nutrition, exercise and plenty of rest.