ALOPECIA

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition resulting in small patches of baldness across the scalp and other parts of the face and body. In Latin, the word “alopecia” means “baldness” and “areata” can be translated as “in patches.”

Alopecia affects estimated two percent of the worldwide population and is often misdiagnosed as a regular hair loss or androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness).

Alopecia is often accompanied by anxiety and depression as well as other autoimmune conditions thyroid problems including Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis vitiligo, eczema, lupus, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases.

CAUSES

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease in which immune system is attacking hair follicles causing hair loss around the scalp, face and parts of the body. Read about causes and treatment of AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS >

– Alopecia is believed to be caused by deficiency of silicon (silica). This mineral encourages the growth of thick and healthy hair. It also increases the shining of hair.

Vitamin D3 deficiency. There is a growing amount of research which suggests that a lack of vitamin D could be an important factor in causing all 160 autoimmune diseases. Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D which is very important also for human nervous and immune system. In his bestselling book “China Study” Prof Colin Campbell wrote that, “Autoimmune diseases in general become more common the greater the distance from the equator.  This phenomenon has been known since 1922.” This statement leads us to a simple conclusion that all autoimmune diseases have a lot to do with the vitamin D (“sun vitamin”) deficiency, as well as the modern unhealthy lifestyle of North America or Europe. Read more about vitamin D >

Vitamin D, Zinc, and Selenium deficiency as all these three essential nutrients stimulate suppressor T-cells of the immune system to prevent other white blood cells from attacking own body tissue!

Iodine deficiency (due to soil depletion there is not enough iodine in food).

Toxins: Mercury (from dental fillings, tap water, fish, flu shots, etc.) lead, fluoride, and other toxins.

Sodium fluoride exposure compromises hair follicle growth and accelerates programmed cell death >

– Food intolerances: Gluten and A1 Casein intolerance.

Hormonal Imbalances: Too much Cortisol (from stress).

Stress, anxiety and depression. A number of published papers have shown that stress and negative emotions contribute to all autoimmune diseases.

– Consumption of trans fats, margarine and bad oils (high in pro-inflammatory omega 6) and deficiency of omega 3 healthy fats high in foods such as Flax seed, Chia seed, etc..

Bad lifestyle, unhealthy diet high in sugar, processed refined foods, nutritional deficiencies, artificial sweeteners, lack of exercise, stimulants, drugs, medication, and in particular excessive stress, depression and pessimism may lead to the oversensitivity of the immune system which changes its nature and starts attacking own body.

– Consumption of meat and dairy products (can trigger autoimmune response and causes hormonal imbalance), refined, junk and processed foods, refined sugar, white flour products, high glucose (high fructose) syrup, stimulants (including coffee, tea, green tea, cola, etc., nutritional deficiencies, white pasta, white rice, processed foods, stress, lack of exercise, etc.

Hepatitis B vaccination significantly increases the risk of a wide range of autoimmune diseases >

Alopecia associated with atorvastatin has been reported >

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT 

There are conventional medications and creams doctors prescribe for people with alopecia to reduce inflammation and autoregression of the immune system, and help hair regrow. Unfortunately, they are associated with serious side effects and address symptoms resulting in temporary hair growth.

Corticosteroids. Dermatologists typically inject corticosteroids to treat alopecia areata to reduce inflammation and promote hair growth. This treatment method does not prevent new hair loss from occurring and unfortunately, leads to many side effects.

Immunosuppressants such as cyclosporine or methotrexate are often used to block the immune response which causes alopecia and hair loss. Side effects include weakened immune system and increased risk of associated with it health problems, nausea, diarrhoea, sores, fatigue, pale skin etc.

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT

Alternative treatment involving healthy diet and lifestyle, stress control and use of various natural remedies as well as good quality nutritional supplements help to address the cause of the problem and are free from serious side effects. They can calm down nervous and help maintain normal function of the immune system, hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and stimulate hair growth.

– The most important aspect of the treatment is to address the autoimmune response. Read about causes and treatment of AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS >

– The most important element of the treatment is implementing principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >

– AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE SUCCESS STORIES >

REMEDIES

VITAMIN D3, ZINC & SELENIUM

Every day you need about 5000IU of Vitamin D3, up to 25mg of Zinc, and about 200-300mcg of Selenium as deficiency of all these three essential nutrients is rampant today and greatly contribute to the development and prevalence of autoimmune conditions including alopecia.

Vitamin D3, Zinc & Selenium are essential in preventing and treating autoimmune diseases as they all are known to stimulate suppressor T-cells of the immune system to prevent other white blood cells from attacking own body tissue!

ZINC

Zinc plays also a role in regulating the immune system with implications in pathologies where zinc deficiency and inflammation are observed.

SELENIUM

Taking selenium supplements and increasing consumption of foods high in selenium (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, etc.) helps reduce symptoms of autoimmune conditions. Selenium has also antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, reduces the risk of autoimmune diseases, various types of cancer, and thyroid problems, and is essential for male and female fertility and reproduction.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D also plays a very important role in preventing immune system from attacking own body and causing autoimmune diseases. Today researchers maintain that almost all autoimmune diseases have been linked to Vitamin D deficiency. You must take Vitamin D3 because almost all patients suffering from autoimmune diseases patients are deficient in Vitamin D! While using vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 20,000 to 30,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium. Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about vitamin D >

Vitamin D3 may have therapeutic potential for hair regeneration >

Vitamin D supplementation could be a therapeutic option for patients with alopecia areata, female pattern hair loss, or telogen effluvium >

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium citrate or another well absorbed magnesium: 2 times a day 200 mg between meals. The more vitamin D3 is used the more magnesium must be taken as D3 leads to magnesium deficiency. Autoimmune diseases including alopecia are often associated with low mood, depression and chronic stress. That is why magnesium is often recommended for people suffering from autoimmune conditions as magnesium enables us to control stress and is vital in our body for proper functioning of the nervous system and brain, promoting good mood and improves our sleep patterns. It’s been suggested that this is because Magnesium is involved in the synthesis and function of GABA and serotonin, neurotransmitters known to be most effective in calming the brain and promoting relaxation. That is why Dr. Berzin calls Magnesium “the nature’s anti-anxiety drug”.

KOREAN GINSENG

Here is a 2012 study abstract reporting the effectiveness of Korean Ginseng in Alopecia: “Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease that can affect any hair-bearing area. AA is known to be caused by immunological disorder but still, the pathogenesis is not fully understood. Many therapeutic modalities have been used to treat alopecia areata, with variable efficacy and safety profiles. Unfortunately, none of these agents is definitely curative or preventive alone. We studied hair growth efficacy and safety of Korean red ginseng (KRG) in AA comparing corticosteroid intra-lesional injection (ILI) alone patient group with ILI with KRG taking patient group using Folliscope 2.5 for 12 wk. Herein, we would like to report the efficacy of KRG in the treatment of AA and recommend KRG as a useful complimentary food for gaining efficacy of treatment for AA”. [>]

SILICA

Alopecia is caused by deficiency of silicon (silica). This mineral encourages the growth of thick and healthy hair. It also increases the shining of hair.

Silica is a key component when it comes to the health of the hair, and the efficiency of silica is well-documented and supported by numerous studies. Subjects who received silica supplements showed significant improvements. Silica strengthen hair and treats hair problems by making hair stronger (>), increasing the volume of the hair, improving density of the hair, eliminating the damaged skin cells on the scalp, and promoting collagen production (>).

In most developed countries (including UK and US) the average person ingests only between 20 to 60 milligrams of silica per day, depending upon their diet. On the other hand, studies have shown that people who have supplemented with silica at 375 mg per day, had good results in maintaining and regaining their health proving that the intake of 20 to 60 milligrams per day is far from being adequate. it is therefore suggested that daily silica supplementation may be very beneficial.

Although silica is the second most prevalent element on earth there is a need to supplement with for the following reasons: First of all, as we age, our body retains less and less silica. Secondly, silica does not seem to occur in sufficient amounts in the foods we consume, especially when we consume mostly refined products and avoid foods such as whole oats, millet, or barley. Refined and processed products have very little or no silica. As we get older, we need more silica to stay healthy, and it looks like we don’t get enough of it from dietary sources and water. For this reason supplementation seems to be a reasonable solution.

Bamboo Extract is the richest known source of silica as it contains 70% organic silica and therefore is significantly more potent source of silica than even horsetail herb, regarded as one of the highest natural sources of this mineral.

In addition to bamboo and horsetail extracts, there are two other forms of silica available on the market: colloidal silica and orthosilic acid.

Silica complex (Now foods) 500 mg 180 tablets (1 tablet contains: Horsetail extract 500mg, Silica (from Horsetail extract) 40mg, oat straw (Avena sativa) 100mg, Bentonite mineral powder 10 mg, zinc 5mg, Calcium 50mg, manganese 2mg, boron 1mg)

More on SILICA >

BLACK SEED OIL (NIGELLA SATIVA)

Unlike Echinacea that require caution for those with autoimmune conditions, Nigella sativa seems to normalise human immune system supporting its function without stimulating autoimmune responses in people with oversensitive immune system. For this reason black seed oil is often recommended for people with various autoimmune problems. Due to its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating properties black seed oil can be beneficial for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (>) and other autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as alopecia, eczema or psoriasis.

ASTRAGALUS

Astragalus – Like zinc and vitamin D does not only makes immune system stronger but it also modulate immunity helping prevent leukocytes from attacking own body and reducing symptoms of inflammation as well as various autoimmune diseases such as alopecia, miastenia, lupus, etc.

QUERCETIN

Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. It has a powerful positive effect on immune system and helps suppress inflammatory pathways thus helping also in autoimmune problems such as alopecia. In addition, according to a 2012 study, quercetin might be effective in stimulating hair regrowth (>).

PROBIOTICS

Take good quality Probiotic formulas as proper immune system function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.

PROBIOTIC ENEMA

Apart from taking probiotics internally you need to apply them also externally via enema. One  study found that children with ulcerative colitis responded very well to a probiotic enema, with 31% reaching remission. The severity of symptoms was also reduced (>).

Probiotic enema reduce the risk of probiotics being destroyed by stomach acids if consumed orally. Done properly, it can help in treating autoimmune conditions associated with leaky gut syndrome as well as digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation or irritable bowel syndrome.

Hair growth in two alopecia patients after fecal microbiota transplant >

You don’t have to do the faecal microbiota transplant (poo transplant) in order to get the same effect. You just need to consume 1-2 tablespoons of raw home-made sauerkraut or take good quality supplemental probiotics every day and in addition mix a content of 2-3 capsules of live probiotic such as UltraProbio with cool water and apply it in the form of enema.

PROBIOTIC ENEMA >

Insertion of Probiotics into the colon – via enema – is the most effective method to increase the amount of good bacteria in the colon which also helps prevent and treat various autoimmune conditions. Probiotic enemas should be retained in the colon for at least 30 minutes and it is during this time that the probiotic bacteria plant themselves in the colon.

PROBIOTIC RETENTION ENEMA AND MY EXPERIENCE (VIDEO) >

PROBIOTIC RETENTION ENEMA IS BETTER THAN AN ORAL PROBIOTIC (VIDEO) >

OTHER REMEDIES

Ashwaganda is the best herb for people who suffer from chronic stress and hormonal imbalance and fatigue and that is why it is also very beneficial in autoimmune conditions. You may also use it alternatively with other herbal remedies and adaptogens such as Rhodiola and Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea or capsules.

– Boost Glutathione levels which is a most powerful of all antioxidants and strengthens the immune system and is one of the most effective remedies against autoimmune diseases. It increases body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system. It is also important to provide body with ingredients that increase glutathione production in the liver by taking turmeric, milk thistle, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), bioactive whey protein, Glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, bilberry, vitamin C, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit. Read more >

– Increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of ground flax seeds, chia seeds. Omega 3s are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth.

– Take good quality omega 3 fish oil supplements (HealthAid makes excellent omega 3 fish oil as it is molecularly distilled and therefore perfectly free from mercury and other contaminants >): 1000 mg 2 times a day with meals. I recommand this one also because it is high in both EPA and DHA (DHA omega 3 is more important in improving brain function while EPA in coping with inflammation). Research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids can improve the symptoms of ADHD more effectively than drugs.

If you don’t want to use a molecularly distilled omega 3 fish oil (such as the mentioned above one by HealthAid) it’s much better to use high in DHA omega 3 oil from algae (expensive) and not from fish as unlike fish oils, the algae-derived omega 3, is free from toxins that may be present in some low quality fish oils. In case you prefer to avoid swallowing gelatine capsule pierce or cut the omega 3 capsule and squeeze it into a meal or liquid.

Vitamin B12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Many people with autoimmune diseases have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >

– Good quality Multivitamin-mineral formula or Vitamin B-complex: 1 tablet after breakfast. Please do not buy cheap formulas as their potency is very low and they contain only short list of inorganic ingredients. It must be a good quality formula such as Daily Essentials (Phoenix Nutrition), Healthy Mega (HealthAid), VM75 (Solgar) or Special Two (NOW Foods) which are an excellent multi-vitamin and mineral formulas fortified with alfalfa powder, rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, bromelain, herbs, digestive enzymes and many other super nutrients. If your diet is very healthy and you stay away from refined foods, sugar and stimulants then take only 1/2 tablet after breakfast.

– Since Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folate) play very important role in dealing with ADHD I recommand getting B complex with a good quality multivitamin-mineral formula which is high in B vitamins. One of my favourite ones is Healthy Mega (HealthAid) as it is not only high in B vitamins and at the same time it contains zinc, selenium, herbs, digestive enzymes, micronutrients, and few super grasses. Compared with other popular formulas Healthy mega may contain even up to 60 times more vitamins per tablet! Adults may take 1 tablet of Healthy Mega after breakfast, children 1/2 tablet (or less) crushed and mixed with juice after breakfast.

Beneficial herbs: Tulsi (Holy basil), Lemon balm (Melissa), Turmeric, Valerian root, Chamomile, Hops.

EXTERNAL REMEDIES

Onion juice applied topically has significant effect on stimulating hair re-growth >

– Sodium Chlorite, known also as MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution). According to Walter Last, “For inflammatory and infective skin conditions you may bathe or wash the affected area with suitably diluted acidified MMS. I have been told of a case where psoriasis went away after a few weeks of topical treatment. I would also use it topically for other autoimmune skin diseases, such as scleroderma, leucoderma/vitiligo and alopecia or autoimmune-related baldness. At the same time you may use MMS internally in the non-acidified form”. Don’t confuse it MMS with MSM. Read more about MMS >

Raw organic coconut oil. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Coconut oil, which is equally beneficial externally as it is taken internally, and can be used for both skin and hair. Coconut oil was the only oil that reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair. These findings were true when used as either a pre-wash or post-wash grooming product, but coconut oil achieved the greatest results when used as a pre-wash treatment. Part of the reason for this is because coconut oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. So when applied as a pre-wash conditioner, it inhibits the penetration of water into each strand, which would otherwise cause the cuticle, or surface of the hair shaft, to rise, making it prone to damage and breakage. Furthermore, when applied as a pre-wash treatment, a small amount of the coconut oil is able to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft during the wash, when the hair fibre swells slightly.”

Cold-pressed Castor oil. Castor oil is one of the best natural remedies to strengthen the hair. It also has strong antifungal properties and can help to treat certain skin problems. Apply it directly to your hair and skin, cover and leave over night. In the morning wash your hair with good quality shampoo (free from harmful chemicals) with biotin, sulphur, silica or herbs. Castor oil is also oil also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles.

Green clay: Mix clay powder with hot water. Make a paste. Place a thick layer of the paste on your hair. Cover with plastic bag. Live overnight. Clay absorbs toxins from skin and hair follicles and is one of the highest sources of silica. Great for face masks too.

Asiasari radix has hair growth-promoting potential in treating hair loss >

NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

Autoimmune diseases can be reversed by practising the following guidelines:

– Avoid all animal foods including cheese, meat products, all dairy, stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.).

– Go on vegan unrefined diet as it gives best results. Eat especially with lots of raw vegetables salads and raw vegetable juices.

– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!

– Eliminate all junk food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and anything with bad preservatives and chemical.

– Eating whole, unprocessed foods, and choosing as many organics as possible.

– Getting adequate sun exposure if possible (20 minutes a day during summer time between 10 am and 2 pm) to maintain vitamin D levels.

– Avoid gluten (wheat products, etc.). The molecular structure of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten and therefore the immune system may start sending antibodies not only against gluten proteins but against proteins found in different organs causing autoimmune diseases . In this way gluten can increase the autoimmune reaction. Many people with autoimmune diseases have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, and it usually goes unrecognised. Gluten can cause gastrointestinal system to malfunction, so foods aren’t completely digested. These food particles can then be absorbed into bloodstream where body misidentifies them as antigens and then produces antibodies against them.

– Avoid all dairy products as heated dairy protein (especially A1 casein) often irritates the immune system stimulating it to produce antibodies against different internal organs. The most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome which leads to inflammation.

– Use glass bottles as Bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and cans (they are lined up with plastic) disrupt endocrine system.

– Avoiding chlorine, fluoride (toothpastes with fluoride, etc.), and bromine as they also contribute to autoimmune diseases.

– Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats (margarines, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids (soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.).

Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes: “Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”

– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.

– Remove any dental fillings containing mercury.

– Increasing intake of healthy fats such as raw coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, chia seeds (soaked for at least 30 minutes or overnight), ground flaxseed, and hemp seeds as they will balance hormones. Coconut oil is one of the best foods for thyroid. Coconut oil is a saturated fat comprising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil is very stable (shelf life of three to five years at room temperature), so body is much less burdened with oxidative stress than it is from many other vegetable oils.

– Increase consumption of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene found in carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, etc.

– Eliminate stimulants (anything with caffeine or other similar harmful alkaloids: coffee, tea, green tea, mate, yerba mate, cola, chocolate, etc.).

– Exercise at least 30–60 minutes per day.

– Get enough sleep.

– Practice deep breathing.

– Address adrenal fatigue. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue). Find out more about ADRENAL FATIGUE >

– Treat unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. Autoimmune diseases reflect emotions and mental attitude. When people with autoimmune diseases make progress in treating unresolved emotional issues, their symptoms subside. Stress, anxiety or depression are often key culprits. It is important to identify the stressors and learn use ways such as prayer that can help to control stress and negative emotions.

– Read about the DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF UNFORGIVINGNESS >

– Drink and use for cooking only distilled or at least filtered water. Not all water filters remove fluoride, so make sure the one you have does or use only distilled water (buy a water distiller). Taking chlorella and turmeric help to get rid of fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury.

HAIR LOSS & DAMAGED HAIR BEST REMEDIES

Due to poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, as well as stressful and unhealthy lifestyle, hair loss, like fatigue, is an extremely common complaint today. Fortunately, there is a very effective way to deal with the problem.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

Stress, anxiety, depression, dehydration, bad diet, sugar, milk dairy products, cheese, pizza, stimulants (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, drugs, etc.), refined products, excessive sexual practices (frequent masturbation, etc.), heavy metals, medication, deficiency of biotin, zinc, silica, sulphur, magnesium, omega-3, iodine, iron, vitamin D, skin diseases, menopause, sodium fluoride exposure, chemotherapy, etc.

Frequent orgasms as a result of excessive sexual practices (especially masturbation and porno addiction) lead to a numerous and dangerous deficiencies of various hormones, neurotransmitters, and nutrients. That includes zinc, dopamine, testosterone, thyroid hormones, acetylcholine, prostaglandin E-1, melatonin, or DHEA. All of them are very important when it comes to sex and orgasm. This deficiency may lead to many different symptoms such as: Hair loss, thinning hair, semen leakage, elevated PSA levels, enlarged prostate, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, frequent urination, incontinence, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, shaking hands, fear, alienation, problems with concentration, poor memory and other cognitive functions of the brain, lack of motivation, mood swings, chronic fatigue, watery semen, poor multi-tasking ability, headaches, buzzing ear, lower back pain, eye floaters.

Hair Loss & Damaged Hair

As a result of excessive sexual practices testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which binds to the hair follicles blocking their supplies of nutrients (proteins, zinc, biotin, sulphur, silica, etc.) causing hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, “Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, is the enemy of hair follicles on your head. Simply put, under certain conditions DHT wants those follicles dead. This simple action is at the root of many kinds of hair loss.” In addition frequent orgasms lead to a severe zinc deficiency as semen is very high in this mineral.

Hair Loss & Damaged Hair

TREATMENT

– The most important element of treatment is lifestyle and diet according to the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN > as it deals with any possible causes of the hair loss.

– Avoid or at least significantly reduce consumption of refined foods (sugar white flour products, white pasta and rice, etc.), meat products, milk and dairy products (especially cheese and pizza).

– Avoid stimulants including alcohol, coffee and caffeinated products.

Exercise every day for 30 to 60 min.

– Take alternative hot and cold showers to improve blood circulation.

– Include cooked and / or raw onion and garlic in your diet as they are high in sulphur. Sulphur is one of the key building blocks of hair. You can use onion also externally. According to the study from 2002, applied topically onion juice stimulates hair re-growth! Peel onion and chop it into small pieces. Extract the juice using a blender, grater or juicer. Mix about two tablespoons of fresh onion juice with two tablespoons of either cold-pressed castor oil or raw coconut oil. If you want this mixture to be even more effective in treating other problems such as dandruff you can also add a few drops of tea tree oil. Gently massage the mixture to your scalp and leave overnight. In the morning wash your hair with a good-quality shampoo or if you want to rinse it use only water with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to get rid of the onion smell. This formula is praised by many as one of the best ways of improving hair growth.

–  You can use also Ginkgo biloba extract as it was demonstrated in 1993 that it was effective in stimulating hair regrowth in mice.

– Eat 1 – 2 tablespoons of soaked over night in distilled water pumpkin seeds as they should be high in zinc.

– Increase serotonin levels by exercise, sunlight, L-tryptophan, zinc, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin B6, and consuming complex carbohydrates instead of refined ones.

– Avoid masturbation and other excessive sexual practices. Masturbation is a very common sexual addiction that affects women and especially men leading to hair loss and other hair problems. If you feel it is your problem go to CHRONIC MASTURBATION & SEX ADDICTIONS > and read also about EMPOWERMENT > and the GOSPEL OF FREEDOM > as it will show you the best way of successful coping with any addictions.

The following testimony can be a proof of how important this element can be in dealing with hair loss: “Being a regular masturbator myself, at least once a day (sometimes 2 times). I thought the whole idea (of masturbation being a cause of hair loss) was ridiculous. Especially, when I have read so many articles before which stated that masturbation is good for you. However, I was intrigued by results of others, and my hair was so thin at the time that I was desperate to try anything. For about 8 months, I have been on Revivogen, MSM and Multi Vitamins, but I wasn’t having much success. At one point I also added the laser comb and was not having great results either. For two months now, I have stuck with the regimen, as well as added grape seed extract. I refrained from masturbating at all, and would only save it for times when I would have sex, which wasn’t very often, so this would work out in my favour. The results? In two months, my hair is growing thicker and thicker. There were previously thin areas on the front with minute hairs that would never grow, now they’re growing back! I know it sounds completely ridiculous, but I swear by this thing, that it has been working a miracle on my hair! Further to that, the benefits I’ve seen is that my legs don’t feel weaker, and my voice has gotten deeper. Which leads me to believe that my testosterone level is higher after I quit masturbation as opposed to creating more DHT which attacks the hair follicles when you experience orgasm.”

Hair Loss & Damaged Hair

SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBAL REMEDIES

Please keep in mind that herbal remedies do not always work quickly so in order to see the results sometimes patience is required.

– Try a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement or hair formula with Biotin, Zinc, Silica, L-methionine or L-cysteine, etc.

– B Vitamins are famous for benefiting hair, skin and nails, burning fat and sugars, increasing metabolism and energy levels. They also aid in healthy stress management and nurture the texture, thickness & colour of hair.

– Biotin 800mcg to 5000mcg: 1 a day with breakfast. Apart from zinc and vitamin B12, biotin is regarded as the most important vitamin to treat the hair loss. In one study which was published in 2009, biotin supplementation was even able to reverse hair loss as a side effect of using valproic acidin by epileptics patients!Biotin thickens hair, increases its elasticity and prevents dryness and breakage. It also helps make keratin, a primary component of healthy hair. Research reported that biotin deficiency leads to thinning of the hair, hair discolouration, hair loss and red rashes around the eyes, nose and mouth. A study conducted at Harvard University proved that biotin should be regarded as one of “the most important nutrients for preserving hair strength, texture and function, minimizing hair fall and averting grey hair”. According to a 2009 study, biotin supplementation was even able to reverse hair loss as a side effect of using drug valproic acidin. Biotin is regarded by many as the most important among all vitamins to prevent hair loss and maintain normal hair thickness and colour. Our hair is made of protein called keratin which consists of amino acids that are formed as a result of the reaction of biotin and various cell enzymes. It means that biotin participates in the synthesis of the protein keratin by reacting with cell enzymes to produce amino acids. In addition, biotin also helps carry oxygen to the cells in the follicles, making them energised and healthy. This is one of the reasons why biotin has been proven to be very beneficial in preventing hair from becoming brittle and dull. Numerous testimonial can be found online giving evidence that biotin supplementation is often very effective in strengthening hair: Karen Bailey: “After years of dandruff and taking every possible remedy I started taking Biotin. I couldn’t believe it when I noticed that I no longer had dandruff, my hair was shiny strong and growing. My face was clearer my nails grew faster. I’m certain I’ve spent a lot if money on dermatologist and prescriptions. I am finally free of dandruff.” (source >) Keycha Ramsey: “I have hyperthyroid and my hair was starting to fall out so i went and did some research for thyroid hair loss and i discover hair essentials and biotin i am taking both and it’s working wonders for me i was taking them for only 3 months and my nails are stronger.” (source >) Lynda Maria Schrom: “I take Biotin everyday and while it hasn’t made my hair thicker it certainly has stopped my hair from falling out and it really has mad my hair grow super fast. I’m almost in my 70’s and my hair is very healthy and shiny. I have been taking Biotin for 2 years now.” (source >)

– Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), B12, Biotin, Folate, Zinc, and PABA (Para Aminobenzoic Acid), apart from strengthening the hair, help to prevent greying of the hair. Vitamin B5 seems to be the most beneficial supplement for those who suffer from skin problems such as acne.

– Amino acids L-Methionine and L-Cysteine are rich in sulphur which increases concentration of protein keratin – the key building block of hair, skin and nails. Without L-Cysteine, L-Methionine and keratin, the body could not make hair fibres.

– Zinc is a vital mineral for healthy hair, skin and nails. Experts maintain that zinc deficiency (very common today) can lead to deterioration of the protein structure of the hair follicle, weakening them and causing hair shedding and hair loss.

– Zinc, Vitamin B5 and B6 are absolutely crucial for synthesis and normal balance of female and male sex hormones as well as adrenal hormones, which could be one of the reasons why they are so beneficial for hair, skin and nails.

– Selenium, like Zinc, apart from being essential for the strong immune system, is also involved in maintaining smooth and elastic skin, strong and durable nails, and healthy hair. Selenium is needed for the proper functioning of thyroid involved in preventing hair loss. It has also anti-dandruff properties and helps remove fungus from the scalp.

– Iron is required for proper wound healing and helps improve hair texture by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots. A study reported that low iron levels increase the rate of hair fall. Get iron from natural sources such as chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, etc.

– Magnesium, apart from relaxing muscles (including heart, uterus, stomach and colon) and supporting nervous system, is effective in reducing wrinkles. It also benefits allergic skin, helps combat breakouts or acne, and is needed to create strong hair follicles.

– Vitamin E contributes to hormonal balance and as an antioxidant it is very beneficial especially for the skin. It also promotes blood circulation and oxygenation, which in turn aids the body in producing new hair, skin and nails.

– Inositol helps lower circulating levels of androgen Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which triggers production of the protein DKK-1 known to cause death of papilla cells responsible for the nourishment of hair follicles.  According to a study men who took inositol supplements reported reduction in hair falling out.

– Vitamin C helps produce collagen, the protein found in hair follicles and skin. Being an antioxidant it also protects the same cells from damaging effect of free radicals.

Chlorella, Spirulina or other super greens such as Barley grass powder to detoxify the body. Use them alternatively.

Vitamin B12 in the form of Methylcobalamin (must be sublingual): 2000mcg under the tongue only after breakfast. Also premature grey hair might be the result of vitamin B12 deficiency (very common today). Apart from B12 also biotin, PABA, folate, silica, and chlorella are very helpful in preventing premature grey hair.

– One heaped tablespoon of ground flaxseed with breakfast and lunch.

Vitamin D3: 20,000 IU a day. You must also take 2 x 400 mg of good magnesium as vitamin D leads to its deficiency.

– If anxiety and stress are among the factors that contributes to hair loss then Hops and Avina sativa (Oat straw extract) might be helpful.

– If your hair is dry it can be caused by malnutrition (nutritional deficiencies), hot and dry air in your room, dehydration, Omega-3 deficiency, eczema, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or other factors including excessive washing and blow-drying, using detergents. In this case you need to drink more distilled or at least filtered water between meals, take good quality molecularly distilled Omega 3 supplements such as HealthAid Omega-3 750mg, and go to my article on eczema > and hypothyroidism > to find out how to treat these conditions.

– Read also about the GOSPEL OF FREEDOM as it will show you the best way to control stress, to get rid of anxiety, fears or depression as these factors greatly contribute to hair loss .

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