Updated: Feb 15
Often, getting your hair back requires going above and beyond what the regular person is willing to do about their hair loss. In order to have healthy hair, you need to keep your body healthy too. This is what sets people apart. It applies to life in general as well as treating hair loss. If you are willing to put in the work your body and hair will thank you for it.
There are three main ways I believe are most important for keeping your body as healthy as possible which will be discussed below.
If you are successfully able to implement these habits into your routine you will see MANY various benefits. This article is going to be geared towards how these habits will affect your hair, but it is important to note that the benefits go way beyond just your hair.
The three key health habits you should consider when trying to battle hair loss are:
So, let’s dig a little bit deeper in to each one.
Your cardiovascular system is one of the most important parts of your body in regards to hair health. When you have a strong, healthy cardiovascular system your body, and more importantly hair, are constantly being supplied with essential nutrients.
Although there are a lot of various supplements you can take that increase blood flow to the scalp (including ours here) it is always best to do anything and everything you can to ensure hair is getting all the nutrients it need.
When you remain consistent with your workouts, your cardiovascular system will get stronger and more efficient with time. Health experts recommend that 3-5 times per week, of at least an hour will produce the best results.
Beyond the benefits for the cardiovascular system come other important things to consider. One of which is that exercise causes the release of endorphins (we have all heard this). Endorphins are essentially “feel-good” hormones which can help alleviate stress and anxiety, both which are often linked to hair loss. Subsequently, if you lack in exercise, your body produces cortisone which can slow, and in some cases stop, hair growth.
Also, producing sweat causes us to clear out toxins from our bodies and unclog pores. With clear pores and a clean scalp it provides a much better environment for other hair loss treatments resulting in higher effectiveness.
Overall, if you aren’t exercising you are missing out on so many positive benefits. If you are trying to regrow your hair, you are missing out on even more. People are busy, I understand that, but it is very important to try to make time for the gym whenever you can. Your hair will thank you.
Tip: for someone who is going to the gym solely for hair benefits, it is better to gear your workouts more towards cardio. Heavy weightlifting can, in some individuals, produce more testosterone, which is not ideal for someone battling hair loss.
A healthy diet and exercise are inexorably linked. If you do not maintain a healthy diet most of what you do in the gym will not matter.
Food provides the body with many essential vitamins and minerals.
These include, but are not limited to: omega-3’s, b-vitamins, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc. All of which have proven benefits for hair.
When you are able to steer clear of poor food choices and provide your body with a well balance diet you hair will thank you. Doing so can have effects such as strengthening cuticles (what holds hair in) and increasing available nutrients. Plus, when you eat something that is high in sugar or fat, your body has to supply your hair with these nutrients instead of healthy ones. Not good.
Tip: it is still good to supplement these nutrients to ensure you are getting enough each day, our formula includes ideal amounts of some of the nutrients you may not be getting enough of.
Stress has been shown in numerous studies to be linked directly to hair loss.
The way it works is that when we are stressed our body reacts by producing cortisol (mentioned above). The cortisone then tells the hair follicles to shift from the growth phase into the resting phase. When this happens, lots of hair can fall out quickly.
It is important to note that stress has not been linked to increasing male pattern baldness. Instead it is related to conditions such as alopecia areata and telogen ellfluvium, both temporary conditions in which hair may be regrown quickly.
Does this mean you shouldn’t try to mitigate stress in your life? Absolutely not. Stress has many other effects on the body that go way beyond hair, some of which include headaches, low energy, and body aches. Not good.
Tip: there are many things that you can do to remove stress in your life. Meditation, exercise, and more. It is best to do a google search for “best ways to relieve stress” and find out what works best for you. Here is a couple of good articles with ideas to get your started:
How They All Work Together:
Besides the fact that all of these health habits can have a profound effect on your hair, there is another key point you should take away from this article.
All three of these habits work in unison with one another, and when used together can increase the benefits and effectiveness of each.
I will break it down into bullet points:
-exercise is a great way to reduce stress
-eating healthy can reduce stress
-eating healthy will increase your performance in the gym, therefore producing more endorphins and further reducing stress
-utilizing stress management techniques throughout your day will suppress “stress eating” cravings
It’s pretty easy to see and understand how the health habits work off one another.
If you are not accustomed to having these habits in your daily life it will most likely be challenging to implement them. This should not stop you.
I challenge whoever is reading this to try as hard as they can to try picking up these good health habits. You will see improvements in your mood, body and most importantly your HAIR. They are important tools in order to build better hair.
Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article and/or reach out to me @firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or if you need advice on how to get started with these health habits.