Hair Loss? Thinning Hair?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on May 21, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If you’re noticing hair loss or thinning, the first thing one should consider is whether there may be a nutritional deficiency that is affecting hair growth.
We need to ensure that we’re providing our body with all of the essential nutrients that it needs, in order to be able to repair and rebuild itself, daily and ongoing. Iron-deficiency, inadequate protein intake, and lack of certain vitamins and minerals can all have a deleterious effect upon hair growth.
Hand-in-hand with our first consideration, is general health and lifestyle and whether there are any medical conditions (known or unknown). Maintain an optimal weight, get adequate exercise, and ensure that any health conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroid, or high blood pressure and cholesterol, are well managed. If you’re having unexplained hair loss, get a check up to rule out any underlying medical problems.
How Can Hair Loss be Helped?
Once the above factors have been addressed, you may be able to help decrease hair loss and thinning by inhibiting the effects of dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, upon the hair follicles. DHT is made in the hair follicles from testosterone, which both men and women make – that’s why both men and women can suffer from hair loss – and which causes the follicles to miniaturize and shrink.
When the follicle shrinks, it isn’t able to receive the nutrients that it needs, like oxygen, sugars, healthy fats, and protein (remember, your hair shaft is made up almost entirely of keratin, a protein), to maintain growth of strong, healthy hair.
Without enough nutrients, the actively dividing cells in the base of the hair follicle, slow down their rate of replication. This ends up creating a thinner, weaker hair shaft. The individual hairs become thinner, and they may start breaking more easily.
Depending on the degree of advancement, the cells can even stop dividing altogether… which means that once the hair falls out, there’s no regrowth happening to replace it.
Hair Essentials™ from Natural Wellbeing is a professionally formulated, proprietary combination of herbs and nutrients designed to specifically decrease DHT levels within the hair follicles. It also nourishes your hair follicles with the nutrients they need to provide healthy, new hair growth!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan