Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is something that 70%-80% of white men will experience by the time they turn 70. In many cases, balding can be reversed or slowed by addressing the nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances at its root (no pun intended).

Why You’re Balder Than An Eagle

Some men and women are genetically predisposed to hair loss. Don’t feel doomed if your grandfather on your mom’s side went bald early. Genetic tendencies for alopecia are just that, tendencies. Baldness doesn’t have to be your destiny!

Nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances contribute to alopecia. Hormones operate on a delicate balance. In women, balding is typically caused by an increase in the sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In men, studies link imbalances of testosterone and estrogen to hair loss.

Nutritional deficiencies that lead to poor oxygenation of the scalp may also be to blame. When blood doesn’t carry adequate nutrients to hair follicles, they fail to thrive and fall out at higher rates.

Why Rogaine Is Lame

Not everyone is as excited about toupee technology as President Trump. Unless you want to end up rocking a rug, it may be best to avoid investing in products like Rogaine. 

Rogaine’s active ingredient, Minoxidil, extends the growth phase of hair follicles. The problem is that it needs to be applied twice a day and often takes up to four months to deliver results. According to the Merck manual, “only 30-40% of patients experience significant hair growth.” Why treat a symptom of hair loss when you can address the cause?

Long-term Solutions To Hair Loss

Dr. Edward Ball is one of the UK’s leading hair transplant surgeons. He says that there are several realistic ways to encourage natural hair growth. Eating tons of fruits and vegetables is a must if you want a luscious head of hair. Supplementing with licorice root can help aid the absorption of the nutrients in plants and deliver them to your scalp. You’re also going to need to reduce stress and exercise more. Both of these habits have a significant impact on normalizing hormone levels.

According to Dr. Ball, “There are many causes of hair loss, including stress, nutrient deficiency, and illness. Keeping this in mind, it is important to look after your overall health with a good diet, supplements where necessary, and enough sleep and exercise.”