This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
Hair fall and male pattern baldness seem to pass off as a usual phenomenon when men start aging. But is it THAT usual? What causes this? And why should men not accept it for the way it is? Let's discuss this in detail.
As simple as it looks, hair growth cycles, whether for men or women, have four phases, each phase distinct in its activity and each with its own timeline. Every single hair on your head has to go through the 4 cycles - Anagen, catagen, and telogen are the first three phases, responsible for the hair growing actively and ensuring it matures to be healthy, strong, and lustrous. The final stage is exogen, which is when old hair sheds off the scalp, usually with a new shaft of hair getting ready to replace it.
The Anagen phase or the Growing Phase is the first and longest one, which ranges from 3-7 years. At any given point in time over 90% of hair on a healthy scalp is at the anagen phase. During this stage, the hair follicles push the hair out to ensure hair grows until you go to the salon to have it chopped, or they reach the end of their lifespan and fall off. At this point, the cycle progresses to the next phase - Catagen or the Transition Phase. During this phase, hair follicles shrink, hair growth almost stagnates and hair separates from the base of the hair follicle. About 5% of the hair on a healthy scalp is in the catagen stage. This phase usually lasts up to ten days after which hair progresses to move on to the Telogen Phase or the Resting Phase. During this phase, the hair doesn't do much externally. In this sense, it is not actively growing nor actively shedding. New hair in this phase is still finding its roots in the vacant follicles before they start to grow. The Shedding or last phase is the Exogen Phase in which you may lose between 50 -100 strands of hair a day. This could last for up to 5 months.
So this is the cycle. It's normal. Then where is the problem? Why are we losing more hair than they are growing?
Believe it or not, your sex hormone DHT or Dihydrotestosterone is to be blamed. DHT is a hormone that essentially comes from the Testosterone hormone and is the male sex hormone responsible for giving men all their "male characteristics" like a huskier voice, facial hair, growth of the genitalia, and more. 10% of your total testosterone gets converted to DHT. And while this controlled amount of DHT is natural, having too little or too much DHT is detrimental to the male body or even the female body but that's a blog for another day!
While DHT is responsible for building muscles, fertility, and promoting sexual health, facial hairs, too much of it can free flow through your blood and latch onto your hair follicles, make them shrink, and prevent new hair from growing. It can cause hair to grow thinner, brittle, and more susceptible to falling out before it is meant to. Although DHT hair loss is not all the damage excess of DHT causes, it can also slow down healing, give you prostate cancer and increase your risk for heart disease. On the flip side, too little DHT can curb muscle and organ growth in men, change fat distribution in the body, and increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Is DHT hair loss and the overall impact in our control? How to reduce DHT? Can we help bring balance to our sex hormones to prevent this? The answer is a roaring YES! While sometimes the effects of DHT are passed on in your genes, it is also possible to control or curtail the damage with the right quality of nutrition and DHT blockers or inhibitors.
A stressful lifestyle, diet, and toxins lead to oxidative stress, and free radical generation can cause an increase in DHT. And sometimes, there are alternatives to using DHT blockers.
Our body can naturally control oxidative stressors through antioxidants like glutathione which binds with free radicals and neutralizes them. Thanks to various factors, one mainly being a lack of good nutrition, the body cells become lazy to work and generate antioxidants to fight these demons. That is where phytonutrients can help, especially lycopene and piperine. They help transport the right nutrients to enable the creation of glutathione which is a master antioxidant that your body is able to naturally produce. It helps take care of free radicals to prevent cell damage. It is the most powerful and versatile part of the body's self-generated antioxidants. Lack of nutrition that supports the body's production of glutathione will affect hair growth, skin, and overall vitality. These antioxidants are fighters that help tighten the pores of the scalp and strengthen the follicular hair filaments.
Replenish with Phytos from Caim By arelang are gummies that promote the function of antioxidants and protect us from oxidative stress. The formulation has been specifically designed to give your body the essential nutrients to help kickstart glutathione production by the liver, so you can counter the ill effects of the lack thereof.
Along with antioxidants, we must understand how the imbalance of testosterone in the male body can affect hair, vitality, fertility, and sexual function. With aging, the testosterone levels in our body start to deplete and lead to tiredness, fatigue, mood swings, hair fall, low stamina, and more. Over-supplementation can also throw testosterone levels out of whack. It is essential for men in their 30s and 40s to eat the right kind of food to balance these hormones, without which the body cannot function at full throttle. Rekindle For Men from Caim By arelang are sugar-free dark chocolates made of all plant-based ingredients that help your body kick start natural testosterone production to the quantities your body needs and can utilize and bring your hormones back to a state of balance. Controlling male pattern baldness is easier than you thought. As easy as a chocolate bite, if you must!
While aging is not in our control, quality nutrition can slow down the process of aging and the ill effects they bring with them. Don’t wait to lose another strand of hair. Go get the right nutrition and foods that are natural DHT blockers. It really is as simple as that sometimes!