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Hair Loss

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As part of the body's renewal process, most of us lose 50 to 100 hairs every day. The average rate of growth is approximately 1/2 inch per month. Interestingly, hair grows fastest in the summer, as heat and friction speed up growth. Conversely, it grows slower in the cold and the winter months. More rapid hair loss begins in both sexes by age fifty and tends to accelerate once people reach their fifties. A human adult body has an average of 5 million hairs, with 100,000 to 150,000 of those located on the scalp.

Since most of us also grow new strands to replace the ones that have been shed, there's usually no reason to worry about a few stray hairs that come out with a good brushing or that swirl down the drain after a shower. Hair loss poses a potential problem only if it leads to noticeable thinning or balding, and even then, it is often a normal part of life.

Genetics and hormones determine the most common reasons for hair loss. Male pattern baldness is characterized by a receding hairline and loss of hair, especially on the crown of the head. By age forty, two-thirds of Caucasian men are noticeably bald. Female pattern baldness is characterized by a general thinning of hair all over the head and a moderate loss of hair on the crown of the hairline. It also occurs between the ages of thirty and forty and often becomes more apparent during and after menopause. About 50 percent of children with a balding parent of either sex will inherit the dominant baldness gene.

Besides age and genetics, the main culprit in balding appears to be an overabundance of over-activity of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle. DHT is a derivative of testosterone and is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, the adrenal glands, and the scalp. The activity of this enzyme tends to increase as people, especially men, age. It also causes the hair follicle to degrade, and it shortens the growth phase. Some follicles die, but most shrink and produce weaker hairs that become thinner, many to the point where they fall out from daily activities. Another important hormone is progesterone. Menopausal women commonly find improvement with the use of natural progesterone for excessive hair loss.

Other physiological factors might cause hair loss. Recently, a group of Japanese researchers reported a correlation between excessive sebum in the scalp and hair loss. Excessive sebum, often accompanying thinning hair, is attributed to an enlargement of the sebaceous gland. The researchers believe that excessive sebum causes a high level of 5-alpha reductase and poor clogging, thus malnutrition of the hair root. Animal fat in the diet is believed to increase sebum production. Medical researchers in Asia also believe that hair loss is caused mainly by an insufficient blood supply to the scalp.

The effects of stress can be a cause of hair loss and thinning in both men and women. Generally, this type of hair loss or thinning is reversible once the levels of stress have calmed down or the person has dealt with the stress sufficiently.

In addition, various autoimmune and other systemic diseases can lead to hair loss. The list includes many conditions, ranging from psoriasis and thyroid disease, to cancer.

Other reasons for hair loss and thinning may include strict dieting (the loss is due to malnutrition), heavy metal toxicity (e.g. arsenic), chemotherapy, and severe illness. Several different nutrient deficiencies can contribute to hair loss, brittleness, or thinning. When it comes to hair loss, the most common in women is iron deficiency. You will need a blood test by your doctor to see if this is occurring.

No matter whether you have a temporary or permanent condition, many complementary therapies exist that can help you improve your hair and scalp health. While they can't completely reverse permanent baldness, many treatments can encourage small but significant regrowth.


** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

Hair Loss

Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler

Super Prescription #1 Saw Palmetto - LifeSource Product

Take 320 mg daily of an 85 percent liposterolic extract. This herb has historically been used by herbalists for hair loss in men and women. Recent research shows it to be effective for men.

Super Prescription #2 Omega 3, 6 & 9 - LifeSource Products - See All of our Omega 3 – Fish Oil Products.

Take a combination formula containing a blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Take a supplement with fish & flax seed oil and borage oil.

Super Prescription #3 Biotin - LifeSource Product

Take 2,000 to 3,000 mcg daily.

Super Prescription #4 MSM Methylsulfonylmethane – LifeSource Product

Take 3,000 mg daily. It contains the mineral sulfur, which helps promote hair development. Split throughout day.

Super Prescription #5 Fo Ti (Polygonum multiflorum or He shou-wu)

Take 500 mg three times daily. This Chinese herb is used by practitioners of Oriental medicine to slow or stop hair loss, although it is mainly used in formulas with other herbs.

Super Prescription # 6 Hair, Skin & Nail Ultra Formula: LifeSource Vitamins

This product works amazingly for hair development, growth and creating healthy Skin and Strong Nails.

Super Prescription #7 Daily Rejuvenation & Omega 3 Shampoo with Tricogen: Hair re-growth! LifeSource Product

Sulfate Free & Paraben Free; Use daily to improve scalp circulation and hair growth the healthy way.


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Symptoms

  • Receding hairline
  • Thinning hair
  • Hair that falls out in patches

Root Causes

  • Heredity
  • Hormone imbalance (particularly thyroid)
  • Serious illness, especially with a high fever
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Stress
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Crash or fad diets
  • Syphilis
  • Extremely high doses of vitamin A
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Poor scalp circulation
  • Mal-absorption, parasites

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Hair loss can be caused or aggravated by a poor diet. Make sure to eat varied, well rounded meals made from basic foods. Include plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and quality protein (such as beans, nuts, fish, and lean poultry).

Biotin promotes hair and scalp health and, in some cases, can even prevent hair loss. The best sources of biotin are nuts, brown rice, brewer's yeast, and oats. Many of these foods are also high in B vitamins, which promote hair growth.

Iron is essential for hair growth. Take a spoonful of unsulfured black-strap molasses every day, and include several of the following foods in your meals: green leafy vegetables (except spinach), leeks, cashews, berries, dried fruits, and figs.

Your body needs vitamin C to absorb iron; eat citrus fruit after an iron-rich meal.

Eat nuts, seeds, and avocados for vitamin E, a nutrient that keeps the scalp in good condition. Olive oil is another excellent source.

Foods containing essential fatty acids, as found in nuts (walnuts), flax seeds, and fish, are important.


Foods to Avoid

Avoid foods that deplete your system of nutrients and impair circulation, such as saturated and hydrogenated fats, refined flour and sugar, and processed food.


Other Recommendations

  • Exercise increases circulation everywhere, including the scalp. Take a walk daily.
  • Be gentle to your hair. When it's wet, use a wide-toothed comb to separate the strands, or, if possible, let your hair dry completely before combine it into place. Do not use a blow dryer, and don't dye your hair or use bleach on it. If you want to pull your hair back, do so loosely, and use a special coated elastic that won't grip the individual strands and pull them out.
  • Sleep is essential for hair renewal and growth. Try to get eight hours a night, or more, if that's what your body needs.

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