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Far-fetched: A Closer Look at Myths about Hair Loss

 

There is a lot of rumour and speculation surrounding the topic of hair and hair loss. As the victim we search the forums and breathe a sigh of relief when we find a myth that is tailor-made for us. “I knew it: my grandfather already had a bald head, too.” If only it weren’t for all those exceptions: The pregnant woman who is not losing any hair. The stressed manager who scores with a thick shock of hair. So which of the myths working overtime in the hair loss gossip factory are really true?

Horror of horrors: I’m losing hair

The good news first: There’s no reason to worry when slightly more hair than usual are caught in the hairbrush. Everybody loses hair – every single day. The reason for this: Our hair renews itself at regular intervals, therefore hair loss is a perfectly natural process. However, in the case of some 25% of the Austrian population we can no longer speak of a natural process. And both men and women are affected.

Hair loss: A question of genetics?

Have I inherited my father’s musician gene? Or am I a genius in maths thanks to my grandmother? All gene convictions aside: If I don’t hammer the keys and practice myself, the inherited musician gene will fall silent. If I don’t care two figs about numbers then I’ll never become a Pythagoras. And it’s much the same with “genetically caused hair loss”. If we grow up in a family equipped with rather sparse hair, then we are also likely to have sparse hair. “Likely”, doctors emphasise. Because we ourselves are in control of what we make of our “gene rucksack”.

Hair loss: A question of testosterone?

Testosterone is male. And real men simply have a bald head. Oh, how nice that would be. But it’s not quite that simple. Men produce oestrogens, too, and women also produce testosterone. Moreover, it is not the male hormone itself, but a breakdown product of this hormone called DHT. DHT is produced not only by men, but also by women (after pregnancy). It inhibits the hair formation phase of the hair roots and causes hair loss in the long term.

Hair loss: A question of stress level?

Skin, hair and nails are also a mirror of our inner condition. Yes, physical and mental stress can therefore also manifest itself in the form of hair loss, because the nutrient supply to the scalp is blocked. Permanent stress causes chronic hyperacidity and a deficient supply of nutrients to the hair-forming cells in the scalp.

Hair loss: A question of bad diet?

Our widespread bad dietary habits manifest themselves not only in deficits of vital substances and minerals, but also in the production of acid. If the body is suffering from nutrient deficits, the supply to the hair roots is also deficient. At the same time, acid slag is deposited in the scalp and prevents vital growth of the hair.

Interpreting myths correctly

It is therefore not our genes and our testosterone level alone that decide whether we have strong hair or a bald head. Doctors of holistic medicine confirm that stress and the resulting vital substance deficits as well as bad dietary habits are the most important risk factors. Added to that are zinc deficits, which are widespread in Austria.

Stopping hair loss

Latest studies have shown that zinc in combination with plant hormones can stop the onset of baldness. Zinc is involved in the formation of collagen and not only anchors the hair in the scalp but also coins the hair structure. Phytohormones from soy, green tea and pumpkin block the hormone DHT and thus fortify the hair roots additionally. This also makes it clear why people from the Far East rarely have hair loss. Because the Asian menu is rich in daily soy and green tea products.

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