Today I thought I’d share with you one of my primary weaknesses – my thinning hair.
The biggest fear I have in losing my hair is looking like Golem from the Lord of the Rings 😉
I may be over doing it a bit but you can understand my worry.
So my hubby and I went into a little deep dive on what may be the cause of my hair loss.
We like the information relating to biohacking and general well being from Dave Asprey and the team at Bulletproof 🙂
Here is a recent blog post from the Bulletproof guys that I will be directing a lot of my energy on.
Leki also enjoyed listening to the Bulletproof podcast which helps give us more information on this topic and everything related to biohacking.
After reading the research/blog post above – here are the top 3 things I am going to do in order to help reduce and reverse my hair loss:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce inflammation
- Monitor my hormone levels
Dr. Sophia Kogan MD reports that stress is a huge component of hair loss.
The body’s stress hormone – cortisol – causes a 40% drop in the production of key compounds that protect your hair follicles and help them grow.
When these 2 key compounds (hyauronic acid and proteoglycans) are depleted or reduced then your hair falls out. Sometimes it never grows back!
So what am I going to do?
The big positive thing in reducing stress directly reduces the load on the nervous system.
So if I can reduce my stress and make it a conscious part of my daily habit it can help unload my nervous system.
How am I going to do this? I’m going to challenge myself by doing these 3 things!
- Meditate/practice gratitude
Something I’m going to be working on is being grateful in the moment. Challenge: I’m going to thank someone everyday and it’ll be a random text/call to friends or family and I can’t send a thank you to the same person 🙂 So that’s 365 different people I’ll be send a message to! Or even a simple thank you throughout the day will do!
This has been a big problem for me. Apart from having a 11 month son who struggles at night I’m also a night owl staying up at night on my phone. Challenge: Keeping my phone on airplane mode and out of arms reach when I go to bed.
Although I been losing a lot of weight it has not been from a lot of exercise. This is another big weakness of mine. Challenge: Committing to a 4 min Tabata/HIIT program of burpees. 20 seconds ‘on’ doing burpees and 10 seconds resting.
Although the direct link of chronic inflammation and hair loss is not clear Dr. Kogan believes there is a correlation.
So she’s saying that a lot of people who have hair loss problems also have chronic inflammation problems!
So what am I going to do?
I feel I have this one in pretty good check.
We have been a practising paleo family for over 2 years and most recently upgraded to a cyclic ketogenic food strategy with intermittent fasting for over a year.
This has greatly helped reduce my inflammation. I’ve written a lot about this in my monthly weight loss update.
If you’re unsure about what to do then check out these guides to help with your well being 🙂
The biggest challenge is setting a new routine and being disciplined with the small changes over time!
Thyroid and testosterone imbalances are also key causes of hair loss.
These 2 hormones affect the growth of hair and can cause the hair follicles to shed.
The report continues to show that both thyroid (either high or low thyroid activity) and testosterone imbalances can be managed with medications.
**CAUTION** These common medications prescribed by your GP and over the counter products can also give you problems!
Minoxidil commonly known as ‘Rograine’ and Finesteride are medications I’ve seen on TV adverts and in the pharmacy but I haven’t used them before.
As I understand it, these medications block the pathways that make these hormones – thyroid and testosterone.
Minoxidil blocks thyroid pathways which can give you scalp inflammation, oily residue and irritation (dandruff) which contributes to hair loss.
Finersteride which alters testosterone can cause loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction and problems ejaculating. Major problems so please consider medications carefully!
So what am I going to do?
Easing stress will definitely help – so the first point takes care of that for me 😉 But, something I need to improve on is working on my gratitude and exercise.
Nutrition also helps balance your hormones and the second point covers that for me too 🙂
I’m choosing not to make this too complicated for me right now.
Instead of trying to foods that’s hard to find or buying ‘quick fix’ supplements I’m going to focus on gratitude and exercise first.
Once I’ve made those changes consistently I’ll review how my hair regrowth is going and if it’s still stalling I’ll then try some other measures mentioned in the report (like eating adaptogens and monitoring hormone levels closely)
I have recently organised to have a blood test looking specifically at my hormone levels. Then in 6 months I’ll get another blood test for my hormone levels and compare.
So there you go.
I’ll be looking to monitor my hair regrowth and keep you updated 🙂
In 6 months I’d like to update you on how I’m going with my gratitude and exercise program. I’ll also show you some before and after with my hair regrowth.
Looking forward to sharing the results with you.
Wish me luck 🙂