There have been many opinionated studies that show the link between excessive bodybuilding and hair loss. They claim working on your body reduces your hair volume. After a lot of research the facts and fiction have been discovered. Here are the truths and myths regarding bodybuilding and hair loss:
Causes of Hair Loss in Bodybuilders:
The primary cause of hair loss is high levels of DHT. DHT is the byproduct of testosterone. The more testosterone you have the higher your levels of DHT. In bodybuilders most try to increase testosterone by taking supplements and injections. With the increase of testosterone the DHT levels increase and cause thinning hair and balding.
Those who are only taking supplements are not particularly at risk. The increase of DHT from the increase of testosterone is not high enough in levels to cause balding. However, those who are going to lose their hair genetically may find that they are losing it quicker because of the increases.So even if you gain the muscle mass you want, you may lose the hair that you love.
Many theories have circulated through the gym masses stating that bodybuilding alone causes baldness. This is not true. Just working out naturally with no supplements, steroids or injections will not cause baldness.These stories for the most part were created by bodybuilders that were juicing and didn’t want anyone to know.
How to Slow Balding:
If you are noticing your hair thinning but don’t want to give up your supplemental diet, there are a few things you can do to slow the thinning. By adding to your diet and following a few changes in your daily life you can continue to build muscle without sacrificing your hair. Here are a few ways to slow your hair loss:
Proper Hair Care:
So many times we fail to properly maintain our hair after all, we are men. Properly caring without sacrificing your hair will keep it on your head. Try using hair care products that have fewer chemicals. Excessive washing with harsh chemicals will remove the natural oils on your hair and cause damage.Don’t roughly comb or brush your hair, as it can also damage your strands and follicles.
Just as your body needs a healthy diet to grow, so does yourhair. You are probably already on a high protein supplement so be careful notto overdue it. Your hair needs protein to grow but high levels can damage yourhair. Vitamins, minerals, and good fats are also important for hair growth. Besure you are giving your body and hair all the nutrients needed to keep themhealthy.
This may seem to be a contradiction to your goals but high levels of testosterone will cause your hair to fall out. Using supplements won’t cause too much damage as your muscles will use most of the extra testosterone, however injections and steroids will harm your hair, not to mention your health. If the more popular side effects of steroids isn’t enough to keep you away from them then perhaps hair loss will. Do your body and hair a favor and don’t use.
Working out is a great stress reliever and less stress means more hair. If you find your stress levels high, take some time to relax. Stress causes hair loss however, if you reduce stress you can reverse that loss.Meditation and relaxing is key to stress reduction.
Whether you want to believe that bodybuilding causes hair loss, or you want to believe there are outside factors, there are ways of reducing damage. You can have the best of both worlds by working out your body and keeping your head full of hair. Keep your body in shape and avoid any harmful decisions that will affect your health and hair.