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Combat Hair Loss Naturally

Combat Hair Loss Naturally

Looking in the mirror became a difficult experience for Janet.† It seemed like every day her forehead receded further and her already thinning hair became thinner.† Feeling like everyone might be criticizing her appearance she became embarrassed to go out and worried what might be causing her hair loss.†† Her husband Thomas had many of the same concerns.† Only 42, he had noticeable baldness.

While many people wrongly assume that hair loss is a menís condition, but one in four women experiences some degree of unnatural hair loss in her lifetime.† But being in good company may not ease your mind about the causes of hair loss and what you can do to slow it down or stop it altogether.† Hair loss of about 50 to 100 strands daily is normal.† There can be many factors linked to accelerated hair loss, including: medications and chemotherapy, genetics, fad diets, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and poor scalp circulation.

Addressing Lifestyle-Related Hair Loss

Before panicking about your hair loss, talk to your pharmacist about the side-effects of any pharmaceutical drugs you may be taking.† Many medications are linked with hair loss

If your hair loss started after a low calorie or low fat diet, you may wish to rethink your dieting strategy.† Weight loss programs should not result in hair loss; instead, choose a healthier, nutritionally-sound approach.

Chronic stress or serious illness can be linked to hair loss.† Make a serious effort to reduce stress in your life and incorporate stress-reduction techniques, such as yoga, deep breathing, or meditation, into your daily routine.

Hormonal Imbalances

After genetics, hormonal imbalances are a primary culprit in hair loss.† Excessive production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle appears to accelerate hair loss.† DHT is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, adrenal glands or scalp.† Japanese researchers also link excessive sebum production in the scalp to high levels of 5-alpha reductase.† Their research indicated that animal fat intake may increase sebum production.† Reducing consumption of hydrogenated and saturated fats, along with refined sugar and flour, and processed foods may be helpful to reduce hair loss.

A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that saw palmetto (serenoa repens) may increase hair growth in men.† Hair growth improved in men taking 400 mg of a standardized extract of saw palmetto and 100 mg of beta-sitosterol (from saw palmetto) daily.† Historically, saw palmetto has been used by herbalists for hair loss in both men and women.

An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can cause thinning hair.† Adding sea vegetables like kelp, nori, dulse, kombu, and wakame, all of which are rich in iodine may be helpful to balance this condition.† Avoid drinking tap water since it typically contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit iodine absorption.† You may also want to supplement with 100 mg or 1 mL of the herb bladderwrack (focus vesiculosus) daily.† Medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil and coconut milk can help reset the thyroid gland as well.

Many menopausal women often experience thicker hair with the use of natural progesterone to help balance hormones.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Be sure to eat varied, well-rounded, and regular meals that include plenty of vegetables, beans, nuts, fish, and lean poultry.† Essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish, and avocado are also important for healthy hair.

Biotin encourages hair and scalp health.† Dietary sources of biotin include: nuts, brown rice, and oats.† Iron is also essential for hair growth and can be found in red meat but is also available in blackstrap molasses, green leafy vegetables, leeks, cashews, dried fruits, figs, and berries.† To help your body absorb iron, particularly vegetarian sources, youíll need vitamin C, which you can obtain from citrus fruits, strawberries, and red peppers.

Take a broad spectrum enzyme supplement with meals to assist digestion and absorption of nutrients.

A B-complex vitamin (50 mg, twice daily) can help reduce the effects of stress and contribute to healthy hair.† Additional sublingual B12 may be needed to prevent hair loss.† Take 200 to 400 mcg daily.

The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growth.† Take 500 mg of silica two times daily and 30 mg of zinc once daily.

Scalp Circulation

Rosemary essential oil has been traditionally used to increase circulation to the scalp.† Add a few drops per dollop of shampoo or conditioner.† Gently massage your scalp to improve circulation to the hair follicles.

Always consult your physician if you experience hair loss or any other symptom, to rule out serious conditions.† And, be sure to check with your doctor before taking herbal or nutrient supplements.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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3:29AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Good info thank you

4:22AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Will pass on to people who need help

2:33AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Good info, thank you !

12:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

great 411 ty

9:21PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

You are always a treat to read - another great and informative article. Thank you, Michelle.

12:09PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

My GF just sent me this, how sweet =}

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Thanks for sharing.

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