Male Hair Loss – Is There Hope? - Lets Hear it for the Boys!
I know hair loss is an important topic for most men over the age of 25. It is becoming more common for men's hair to both thin and recede. While there are multiple types of hair loss, or alopecia, the most common for men is androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss). Everyone always claims to be selling the next best cure – so in all this information what do you really need to know?!
Things to Consider:
1.What are your hormone levels telling you?
Hormone levels are an important aspect of male pattern hair loss - DHT levels tend to be elevated while testosterone levels are low or normal. The enzyme responsible for this is called 5 alpha reductase. Hormone tests such as the DUTCH test, which involves urinating on a strip, can help sort out the link between all the hormones and metabolites. Certain herbs, including saw palmetto and pygeum africanum can also help balance out the DHT and testosterone.
Pro tip: talk to your health care professional about hormone testing options and know there are numerous options for treatment including supplements.
2. Protein and fat are key players
Proteins and fats are needed to help build strong hair and healthy hormones. It is suggested that the average adult consume 0.8g protein/kg weight per day. This would mean that a male weighing 180lb would need approximately 65g of protein each day.
Pro Tip: count protein and fat consumption on an app such as myfitnesspal for 1 week to assess your average intake
3. The gut connection – are you absorbing the proper amount of nutrients?
There are many nutrients that are needed to help fight hair loss and grow healthy hair including zinc and b vitamins. It is not only necessary to make sure you are getting adequate levels of vitamins and minerals from your diet (veggies are your friend) but to make sure you are absorbing them properly. Proper absorption involves switching out of fight or flight mode and into rest and digest before eating meals, and making sure your stomach acid and digestive enzymes are at optimal levels. Inflammation, food sensitivities and leaky gut can all lead to lower levels of nutrient absorption.
Pro Tip: Take 5-10 deeps breaths before starting a meal to help your body switch into rest and digest and absorb all the good stuff you're eating
4. Manage stress
I can’t stress this enough ;) Stress is a huge player for how our body operates. If you are stressed, your hormones may become off balanced and your immune system does not function optimally. Include regular exercise, short mediations and schedule time to rest in your daily routine.
Pro Tip: use apps such as headspace and calm to teach you all about mindfulness meditation. It takes as little as 5 minutes per day!
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