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Healthy Hair

January 27th, 2010

Why is it that we’re seeing younger people getting hair loss at such an early age? Is it just a genetic issue or does it have to do with environmental factors as well? I would say that it’s due to both. I believe that genetic causes of chronic degenerative disease is only about 3-4% however, compared to more than 90% due to environmental causes.

Anyway, there’s a lot we can do to prevent or even reverse hair loss. First off, we have to know the factors that lead to this condition. There’s the issue of poor circulation. Our hair needs to be nourished. Poor circulation means less nutrients going to the hair follicles. What causes poor circulation or hardening of the arteries? Dietary factors such as intake of trans-fats or hydrogenated oils as well as calcium build-up can do that. Poor nutrition also leads to hair loss. Where do you think our hair comes from? It comes from our food. Hair is primarily protein.

Therefore, an adequate intake of amino acids should lead to a full head of hair. But, it’s not just that. An adequate amount of certain minerals and glycosaminoglycans are also needed for healthy hair. Nutritious food should contain adequate vitamins and minerals. However, this is not true of certain produce, esp. ones that are produced through commercial, chemical farming. Produce farmed bio-dynamically and not just organically, should contain adequate amounts of nutrients to help our body renew itself (and that includes the hair).

What about personal products that damage the hair or hair follicles. There’s a substance in hair gels or products that could actually clog the hair follicles and cause them to ultimately die. The one implicated the most to do this is a chemical called PVP coplymer, a petrochemical product. Avoid this at all costs. There are others I’m sure that could cause damage to cells in generals such as pthalates and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate. Notice how more companies are touting that they don’t contain these products.

Anyway, another cause of hair loss is hormonal imbalance. Undiagnosed thyroid issues could cause hair loss. A testosterone metabolite called DHT could cause hair loss, thus the popularity of synthetic DHT blockers such as Propecia or Avodart. A more natural way to influence testosterone metabolism is through the use of zinc supplements (which by the way is a very common nutritional deficiency). Other natural DHT blockers include saw palmetto, lycopene (from tomatoes), pygeum and stinging nettle. Then, there’s isolated HGH deficiency which could cause everything (regeneration and repair) to slow down. That means, less production of new tissue. Continue this long enough and you “shrink” away or chronic degenerative disease takes over.

What do you do then to improve HGH levels? Besides exercise, there are amino acids that stimulate HGH release from the pituitary. The most effective one for people over the age of 40 is L-glutamine. If this doesn’t work, then consider working with an anti-aging specialist who could decide if you’re a candidate for HGH therapy. Otherwise, a substance called HGHRH analogue could also be used. I found this as effective as HGH, with less side effects and it’s more “natural” or physiologic in its action.

What are other natural remedies that could stimulate hair growth? An Ayurvedic treatment includes the use of neem hair oil. Traditional Chinese medicine may recommend fo-ti pr he she wou. Essential oils that stimulate hair growth include peppermint, cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, thyme. Minoxidil works for some people but it does work better combined with substances such as retin-A, aldactone, progesterone, azelaic acid, copper peptides, SOD, and copper-zinc binding peptides.

Procedures one should consider before the last resort (hair transplant) include the use of low level laser therapy and the use of a micro-dermaroller.