Hair loss, Why me!?

It is genetic if you have predisposition to hair loss. The image of the father, but especially the mother gives an impression of this heredity. Some genes that are present in the mother, are being passed on to the male sex.

Did you know that 30% of men aged 30 years already suffer from hereditary hair loss and 50% of men aged 50 years? That 1 in 3 women also suffers from hair loss or thinning hair?

Below we have the 3 main (not genetic) defined causes:
1. Coffee
2. Smoking
3. Nutrition


What has not been realized by many people, is that stress in the body can also be caused by nutrition. Caffeine in tea, coffee and certain soft drinks stimulates adrenaline activity in the body that has a negative effect on hair growth hormones. Decaf coffee is not much better for our bodies, since this coffee contains other stimulants (theobromin and theophyllin) which have the same effect on the body as caffeine. All this does not mean that we should stop drinking tea and coffee, but for healthy hair it is wise to keep track of the caffeine level.
Product Caffeine amount
Coffee 66-88 mg
Strong tea 80-110 mg
Slack tea 20-45 mg
Coke 25-58 mg
Milk chocolate bar 3-20 mg
Dark chocolate bar 40-50 mg
Cup of hot chocolate   25-30 mg
Painkillers 15-32 mg

The sensitivity to caffeine is determined individual. This is partly due to body weight, age, gender and nicotine use. A general advice on the maximum amount of caffeine is not given. It is known that when a 70 kg person is consuming 600 mg of caffeine per day (7 to 8 cups) it may lead to hypersensitivity that can manifest in symptoms as mild hair loss.

It is well known that smoking is harmful to your health. Apparently, the flow of blood to the veins is more or less pinched off by the nicotine in tobacco products. Also, the oxygen in the blood reduces the carbon monoxide in tobacco products. Together this can ensure that hair loss will occur.

Just testing:  Press a fingertip firmly on the table until the tip of the finger turns white. If you let go, the finger should go back to the original color within 2 seconds,. Now do the same immediately after smoking a cigarette. I bet it takes longer.

What is needed for a healthy hair follicle:
  • Oxygen
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Actually it makes sense:
Because there is evidence that nicotine has a negative influence on the blood flow in the veins, and given the fact that normally the top of the head is the most bleeding part of the body (necessary for healthy hair growth), it is logical that smoking has an influence on hair growth, negatively. But it goes further, by smoking there may be other health problems. which may also in turn have a negative influence on hair growth. Just think about any medications needed. These may also have hair loss as a side effect.

Aging and gray hair:
Of course this is genetically determined but a result of smoking is also faster aging. And hence faster gray hair. There is even talk that, at a given age the number of smoking people with gray hair is twice as large than in people who do not smoke. (British Clinical Magazine, Dec. 21, 1996) This is not to say that all smokers are getting bald by smoking. It is true that if there is a genetic predisposition present that smoking can accelerate hair loss. So by quitting smoking, the hair loss will slow down. Also prevention methods to stop hair loss do their work better.

In short:
American research (in men) concluded that smoking accelerated the hair loss process. The researchers think that the smoke damage blood vessels in the dermal papilla and the DNA of the hair follicle. Also, the hair growth cycle is disrupted as it is also done by estrogen deficiency, which again leads to hair loss.

If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, take a look at a method to improve the blood flow to the hair follicle. See the HairMax Laser Comb.

Nutrition and lifestyle are important elements with a common genetic predisposition present that ensure the "patchy" hair loss. The immune system is the defense system of our body's own cells that fights intruders or other own cells. The relationship with food lies in a key location of our immune system, our intestines, and in the food we ingest. Our diet contains elements that have been added so recently in evolutionary terms that we have not yet been updated compared to what we ate about  100,000 years ago in order to build up our body.  Only since 6000 years we eat grains, potatoes, legumes and dairy. Preservatives we know much shorter. Archaeological research has given insight into what people ate back then. Their diet and way of life still fits better with our current genetic structure than our modern western lifestyle does.

They ate wild meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and knew only short-term stress. Even insects have been an important protein and power in different periods for our ancestors.

We eat meat of cattle and chickens that eat grains, eat enough vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Our fruits and vegetables comes from magnesium and selenium poor soil, our thyroid gets too little iodine and we eat far less fish than our ancestors.

Overall a part of our hair loss is caused by a combination of genes, constitution (this is the construction of an individual at birth, a situation that may be affected by the health of the mother during pregnancy), and environmental factors (these are the wrong nutrition and lifestyle). 

The auto - immune system reacts to substances in the body that do not belong there and which the body wants to get rid of, at least in the blood. In alopecia areata that are proteins that looks like proteins that occur in the hair follicle. Stress, physical or mental, is also to be understood as one of the environmental factors that can lead to activation of the immune system. For example, a thyroid exhaustion can be caused by many and long auto - immune disorders.

Since nutrition plays a crucial role as a building material for all biochemical processes it will therefore be an important part to bring peace to the overactive immune system and help the body to come into balance.

All of this, we can complete by an extra addition of the proper vitamin and building materials, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3 (= sunlight), iodine, magnesium, antioxidants, bioflavonoids (for example, red fruit). Combined with sufficient exercise.