From Wayne Rooney to Prince Williams to Neyo to Tom Felton to so many unknown men… it seems that men are now experiencing baldness as early as their 20s. This is quite different from what it used to be previously. Decades ago, it was a common sight to see men in their 40s that still had a full crop of hair on their heads, but now the situation is different.
Hair loss is not a new problem to the male folks, the issue here is premature balding that seems to be on the increase. It is no longer a trend to see men that have shaved their heads, almost every guy that you see walking around with a shaved head is experiencing baldness. It seems that either the way we now live is causing this problem or could it be hereditary or it could be that the role of the dice is not favoring so many young men in terms of hair growth.
A few hair specialists and scientists seems to have narrowed down the cause of this problem to four adversaries: pollution, stress, poor nutrition and vices.
It is perfectly normal for every human being to lose a certain amount of hair strands every day, usually between the range of 50 and 100 strands. When the amount of hair loss far exceeds the amount of hair re-growth, this shows there is a problem. In medical circles Alopecia (hair loss) in a lot cases is an indicator that there is something that is not right with our body system. For example when the body has gone through periods of extreme physical or mental stress, it reacts normally by shedding hair after a space of three months. So assuming you had a case of food poisoning, the mal-absorption of nutrients at that time frame can result in some amounts of hair loss in the subsequent weeks and months that follow. If you just experienced sudden hair loss then it would be easy for you to locate the cause.
Stress is a well known culprit that can cause hair loss. We are all aware that genetics is one of the major factors that cause male pattern baldness, however living a stressful life can trigger the condition to come earlier than normal. So it is in your best interest that you make some healthy lifestyle changes like: getting at least 7 hours of sleep, drinking at least eight glasses of water in a day (your hair strands consist of minerals that water supplies) and increasing the amount of protein that you eat daily would help in improving your hair condition.
Your diet plays a huge role in the growth of your hair. There is no other part of the human body that grows at a rate of at least half an inch every month asides from your bone marrow – so it is obvious that you must give your body the proper nourishment it needs to grow your hair.
Improve Your Diet And See The Results
The link between your diet and hair is straight forward. Hair strands are made up a substance known as Keratin which is a protein. So it is imperative that you add adequate protein in your daily diet. A diet that is low in protein pushes you body to use its limited resources for other more important things like: repairing and rebuilding cells so the hair does not get enough protein. Start today by including spinach, walnuts, tofu, milk and chicken in your diet. These foods help your hair grow. You should also take Green tea regularly, it is very powerful in reducing the amount of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormones that is responsible for male pattern baldness.
What Has Happened To All The Real Life Rapunzels?
It is astonishing that it is not just the male folks that are afflicted by hair loss. Women are also beginning to lose more hair than it was decades ago. It seems the stress of modern day living also affects women. In women, stress causes the body to release more androgens which are male hormones and this directly increases the quantity of DHT (the chemical that is responsible for hair loss) in the blood stream. Women also contribute to the problem with too much hair dyeing and styling. The chemicals and heat affects the hair as it makes hair strands easy to fall off. Also oral contraceptive is another culprit that we can point fingers to – this kind of drug can cause hormonal imbalance.
If you want to moisturize your scalp, then you should only use natural oils like coconut, almond or argan oil. Do this three times in a week at night and then wash off the following morning. You should also form the habit of always trimming the split ends of your hair at least once every 8 weeks.
Are You Still Smoking And Drinking Excessively?
I am sure you know so many reasons why you should stop smoking, but here is another one. The carbon (II) oxide that you inhale is a gas that starves the blood of oxygen and the essential nutrients that your hair follicles need to stay healthy. Also the addictive Nicotine constricts the blood vessels making it more difficult for the follicles to produce new hair growth.
If you only take small amounts of alcohol then you have nothing to worry about. It is the heavy drinkers that are at risk. I am sure you already know this but it is worth repeating, alcohol is a substance that drains your body of its iron supply which makes it difficult for your body to absorb Zinc. Alcohol also causes dehydration and this prevents the body from getting the important nutrients that it needs. Your hair is made up of 25% water, so drinking too much alcohol would just make it dry and frail.
How Stress Encourages Hair Loss
The hair follicles on your scalp require energy to grow. So you should eat more whole grains, fish and meat because they contain Coenzyme Q10 which increases your scalp’s ability to release more energy, particularly in a cell’s energy factory (which is also known as the mitochondria). Stress encourages oxidation in the body and this reduces Coenzyme Q10 and other anti-oxidants in the body, this scenario speeds up the hair loss process.
You should remember to take more of the following if you want to keep your scalp and hair healthy…
Iron (this nutrient can be found in brown beans, fortified cereals, fish and leafy greens)
Zinc (you can get them from oats, egg yolk and wheat)
Vitamins B3, B5, B9, and E (you can get them in fish, broccoli, chicken, orange, spinach and soya beans)
Magnesium (banana, tuna, cashew and milk)