Baldness or loss of hair is referred to as alopecia and there are multiple factors that can contribute to it.

Hair loss can be hereditary as you see with the Royal family- first Charles and now Wills, poor young George will more than likely endure the same whispy fate.

Hormones are another factor that can have men and women feeling a little lacking in their crowning luster- all a part of the good old aging process.  And one must never underestimate the hair defying powers of stress- a known cause of temporary hair loss.

Auto Immune diseases can sometimes trigger hair loss.  Some scientists believe the body’s immune system mistakes hair follicles for foreign tissue and attacks them.  If you are all of a sudden finding unexplained hair loss- perhaps you want to review your diet for foods that may initiate an immune response.  A good practitioner can help you with this.  Something a little less than charming is Demodex follicularum.  DF is a type of tiny mite that lives in virtually all hair follicles-  yep, virtually all, causing hair loss.

In addition, there are also the diet and lifestyle factors- simply living in this toxic 21st Century will affect follicle growth.  Hair Dyes, Diabetes, high fever, Iron deficiency, thyroid disease, heavy metals in your body,  fungal infections, and of course vitamin deficiencies.

You need to find the cause of your hair loss as this will direct your course of treatment.  A good practitioner will be able to help you on your journey of elimination as you properly eliminate any possible causes of your hair loss.  If your hormones are the cause of your hair loss, again- it may be your dietary choices that are increasing or reducing certain hormones in your body.  Yes- certain foods can increase and decrease hormones within the male and female body educing many things- one of which is hair loss.  Below are some natural ways to assist the promotion of hair growth and scalp health.

Nettle:  Nettle in its various forms is used to block the production of DHT.  Dihydrotestosterone is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone which can be one cause of hair loss in both men and women.  The American Hair loss Association has a lot of info on DHT if you would like to read more.

Increase fruits and vegetables:  Sounds basic right?  But how many of us get the required amounts and variety required daily.  Sometimes all we need to do is cover the basics.  The flavonoids and anti oxidants fruits and vegetables contain provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth.

Reduce consumption of grains:  Grains will increase the levels of Insulin in your body, if you are male- this may increase the amount of estrogen in your body.  If you are female- this may increase the amount of testosterone in your body- another cruel twist of nature.

MSM  (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is a sulphur compound with an enormous amount of healing and strengthening properties throughout the body.   Suphur is also a component of insulin, the very important hormone that regulates the uptake of glucose by the cells for use as energy.  Sulphur is also a required element found in the proteins of most body tissues- skin, blood vessels, organs, nails and of course- hair!   MSM will strengthen hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Sage Tea:  Use it as a rinse to assist hair growth.   Sage has many valuable uses in the field of natural medicine, but, interestingly enough, many of its traditional uses are for skin disorders. This is the reason why sage can play a large role in your natural hair loss program.  Apple Cider Vinegar is high in malic acid and has a very high natural pH, making the combination of both excellent for scalp health.

Inversion Table:  Have you got one?  These dangly upside down hangers are fabulous for many reasons.   Hanging upside down for just ten minutes daily will stimulate hair growth from the extra blood flow to your scalp, and therefore oxygen to the cells of your brain as you dangle upside down.  Quite often poor circulation can reduce hair growth, so perhaps looking at your lifestyle and any habits that may be reducing your bodies oxygen levels is something to consider- smoking for example.   Used within our clinic and also promoted for the relief of back pain- we love inversion tables.

Hemp Seeds:   By considering the total effect of Omega 3 on the body’s biochemistry including its beneficial actions on the integrity of cell membranes, nerve functioning and its anti-inflammatory action, it is clear that Omega 3 fats can prevent and even reverse hair loss.

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