Prevent Hair Loss Naturally
For many, hair loss can be a difficult thing. While some are blessed with beautiful heads that look even better bald, other people may not want be so lucky, or they just enjoy having a head full of hair.
Under normal conditions, 90 percent of your hair is in the growth period and only 10 percent is dormant or dying. If you are experiencing hair loss, you can slow the process and even reverse the affects with diet and lifestyle changes.
While many people turn to hair loss drugs or other expensive alternatives, the result still may not be what they desire. And drugs typically bring other negative side effects that could trump hair loss.
For instance, in 1997 pharmaceutical giant Merck introduced Propecia. Propecia entered the market with great anticipation and after one year had approximately 400,000 men in the United States on prescriptions. But what got less attention were the adverse side reactions from the use of Merck. The most common adverse reactions reported were “decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and ejaculation disorder.”
Not only did Propecia kill some men’s libido, but the literature also listed warnings about exposure to pregnant women and the risk to male fetus.
Given these basic warnings, it’s probably best to forget about using hair loss drugs all together. Especially when there are safer, less aggressive and natural remedies that will improve your overall health and prevent or diminish hair loss.
Here are 5 natural strategies to prevent or slow hair loss
1. Get a balanced and nutritious diet. Giving your body the right minerals and fats are not only critical for overall health, but also hair health.
2. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is linked to many health problems, including hair loss. Vegetarians and vegans are especially at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, as this vitamin is only found in animal products. If you’re experiencing health problems and hair loss in particular, it may be wise to get a blood test to see if you’re vitamin B12 deficient.
3. Check the labels in your hair products and stop using chemicals… Many products can not only damage the hair but also the hair follicles.
4. Reduce your stress levels. Stress is a common cause of hair loss. While we cannot stop the circumstances of life we can implement a daily routine that assists in alleviating stress, examples are regular exercise, yoga, prayer, meditation and hiking.
5. Implement a healthy shampoo, rich in essential oils and not too harsh.
While a full head of hair may provide a nice ego boost, there is something extremely attractive about embracing oneself and aging naturally and gracefully. Prescription medication may work in the short run, but the long term effects may not be worth the tradeoff.