In this ‘Ultimate Guide‘ I’m going to show you the most effective DHT blockers I’ve ever discovered after 4 years of research into the causes and natural treatments for hair loss.
Some blockers you can apply topically, some can be taken internally, and finally I’ll show you my favourite and number 1 way to block DHT naturally (that’s at the end of this article!)
My final method won’t involve any drugs, or any expensive supplements that you need to take everyday. It involves a systematic biochemical change in your body – that powerfully balances your DHT levels over time – helping you stop any further hair loss.
Now, before I dig into the main point of this article, I’d first like to discuss DHT blockers and the role they play in the prevention of hair loss.
There are two ways to supplement with DHT inhibitors: topically and internally. Of course, each method of supplementation will have its own mechanisms behind their efficacy.
However, it’s first important to understand why blocking DHT works to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth in the first place.
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DHT: The Cause Of Male-Pattern Baldness?
Male-pattern baldness is a common condition, accounting for 95% of hair loss seen in men. But what causes male-pattern baldness, and can it be reversed?
It’s commonly believed that the main culprit behind male-pattern balding is DHT. This stands for Dihydrotestosterone, and it’s an androgen sex hormone that is produced from testosterone.
Essentially, testostosterone, the sex hormone responsible for your “maleness”, combines with 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme involved in steroid metabolism.
This results in the production of DHT, a compound which can wreak havoc throughout your body, especially your scalp.
Once there, DHT connects to the androgen receptors at the base of the hair follicles. For those who are sensitive to DHT, this leads to miniaturization of the hair follicles and, eventually, hair thinning and loss.
So, perhaps you’re thinking, why not just block testosterone?
Of course, that’s a possibility. However, it will result in some less-than-pleasant side effects, including gynecomastia, decrease in strength, sexual dysfunction, and infertility.
Essentially, blocking testosterone will lead to a decrease in the characteristics that make you male.
What’s the next best step?
Fortunately, there are two other components of the process, both of which can be inhibited with little to no ill effects: 5-alpha-reductase and DHT.
Below, you’ll find a list of dihydrotestosterone blockers. This is a bit of a misnomer, as some of the ingredients block DHT, while others inhibit the activities of 5-alpha-reductase, thereby preventing the production of DHT to begin with.
However, all of the listed ingredients are a beneficial addition to your hair loss treatment routine, and I recommend you experiment with them to find the one that works best for you.
5 Topical DHT Blockers
Why Use Topical Blockers Topically?
When you have a condition – whether severe or not – it’s common to treat the underlying cause in order to reduce symptoms and treat the condition effectively.
For individuals with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), doesn’t it make sense then to treat the condition at the source (scalp) and block DHT present within the scalp before it’s able to do damage?
That’s the logic behind topical DHT blockers, and why I recommend their use in combination with internal blockers.
Topical All-Natural Blockers
1: Saw Palmetto
This is a berry-producing plant native to the Americas, and one which is believed to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. This is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT, and therefore acts as a preemptive DHT blocker.
Unlike the majority of the other substances that inhibit DHT on this list, saw palmetto works most effectively at reducing DHT present in the body and scalp.
This was shown in a 2016 study performed by Opoku-Acheampong et. al., when saw palmetto was combined with either testosterone or DHT in syrian hamster flank organs.
As shown by the above photo comparison, saw palmetto combined with testosterone was better at reducing pigmentation of the flank organ (a sign of androgen activities) than the saw palmetto-DHT combination.
This is because saw palmetto works best by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase as opposed to stopping the activities of DHT.
NOTE: Do keep in mind that this study was performed on hamsters. However, this treatment may still prove beneficial for humans, too.
Fortunately for sufferers of AGA, incorporating saw palmetto into your hair care routine isn’t difficult. Check out this gentle, yet effective, cleansing combination below for a bit of inspiration.
What You’ll Need:
- Warm Water (1 cup)
- Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
- Saw Palmetto Extract (1 capsule)
- Grapefruit Juice (1/3 cup)
- Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
Mix the ingredients in the container of your choice, but pay special attention to the baking soda and apple cider vinegar combination. Learn more about apple cider vinegar here.
They will react when combined, and an airtight container cannot contain it. Instead, keep the cap loosely screwed on so air can continually escape.
The baking soda and apple cider vinegar act as a gentle cleansing agent. The saw palmetto extract inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, therefore preventing DHT buildup on the scalp.
In addition, the grapefruit juice and grapeseed oil cleanse and revitalize the scalp and hair follicles.
2: Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is a plant indigenous to parts of North America, Europe, and Asia, and it’s well-known for its ‘stinging’ effects when touched. What you may not have known, however, is that stinging nettle extract is an excellent topical DHT blocker.
A 2011 research study which considered the effects of stinging nettle on BPH found that it decreased prostate size, a strong indicator of its 5-alpha-reductase inhibitory effects.
While this first study was done on rats, a previous study performed by Safarinejad studied stinging nettle’s effects on BPH in human patients.
In fact, this was a large-scale study with 620 patients in total.
The study was performed over a period of 6 months, and the results were collected using various models and techniques. These included:
- International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS);
- Maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax);
- Postvoid Residual Urine Volume (PVR);
- Serum Pros-tatic-Specific Antigen (PSA);
- Testosterone levels; and
- Prostate size
After 6 months, both the IPSS and Qmax decreased significantly in the stinging nettle group. For example, the IPSS decreased from 19.8 down to 11.8. In the placebo group, it only decreased from 19.2 to 17.7.
What does this mean for hair loss sufferers?
Stinging nettle has been shown to inhibit 5AR’s activities, which is great for men and women with AGA.
Do you want to give stinging nettle a try? Check out this super simple DHT blocker shampoo recipe:
What You’ll Need:
- Nettle (2-3 bunches)
- Coconut Oil (1 teaspoon)
- Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops)
- Powdered Tumeric (1 teaspoon)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 cup)
- Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
Bring a pot of water to a boil, adding in the nettles and removing from heat. Set aside, allowing to cool to room temperature, and then remove the nettles from the nettle tea and discard.
Pour the nettle tea into the container of your choice, and then combine all other ingredients. Lather onto wet hair, allowing to sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
This homemade recipe combines nettle’s anti-androgen properties with apple cider vinegar + baking soda’s cleansing abilities and coconut oil‘s moisturizing effects.
Additionally, rosemary essential oil is a DHT blocker in its own right, inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase and preventing testosterone’s conversion.
3: Reishi Mushroom
As a newly-discovered DHT blocker, reishi mushroom is still gaining traction in the world of hair loss treatment and hair growth.
That doesn’t mean it’s any less effective at treating the underlying cause of AGA, though, and is an excellent addition to your topical hair care routine.
In a 2005 study, the DHT-blocking abilities of 19 different mushrooms was tested. While the majority of the tested mushrooms did inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) was the clear winner:
It actually had an inhibitory percentage of over 70%, which was significantly better than the other mushrooms in the study.
By inhibiting 5AR’s activities, reishi is comparable to finasteride in that both inhibit 5AR and, as a result, reduce the amount of DHT that attaches to the hair follicles.
While homemade shampoos are a great daily option, sometimes your hair and scalp need a bit of a boost. That’s where a DIY DHT blocker hair mask comes in. Used once per week, this mask can revitalize your scalp by balancing the pH levels and gently exfoliating.
- Avocado (1 half)
- Vanilla Essential Oil (10 drops)
- Cherries (6, peeled and pitted)
- Water (1/2 cup)
- Herbs (nettle, chamomile, reishi)
Bring one pot of water to a boil, adding in the nettle, chamomile, and reishi and removing from heat. Cool the herb mixture to room temperature, and then strain the herbal tea from the solids. Discard the solids.
Pour the herbal tea into a blender, adding in the cherries, vanilla essential oil, and avocado. Blend until smooth (no visible chunks).
After shampooing, apply the mask to wet hair. Massage into your scalp for 2-3 minutes. Allow to sit on your scalp for an additional 15-20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
This moisturizing hair mask nourishes your scalp, infusing it with a variety of essential nutrients and fatty acids.
The combination of avocado and cherries provides a boost of moisturization and antioxidants, while the herbs and vanilla essential oil stimulate hair growth.
Of course, the reishi used in the mask is also a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, removing DHT from the equation altogether.
4: Rosemary Oil and Extract
As an analgesic oil with antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties (just to name a few) rosemary oil is a helpful addition to any hair loss sufferers hair care routine.
On the topic of DHT blocking, specifically, topical application of rosemary extract has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase. As a result, this blocks DHT from connecting to the scalp’s androgen receptors and prevents hair loss and hair follicle miniaturization.
But just how much of an effect does rosemary extract have on the inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase?
According to a 2013 study, topical applications of 200 mg/mL and 500 mg/mL inhibited the conversion of 5-alpha-reductase by 82.4% and 94.6%, respectively.
That’s better than Finasteride’s inhibition percentage (81.9%) in the same study!
Not sure how to begin use? While rosemary oil can be easily added to the above shampoos and hair mask recipes, another great way to use topical DHT blockers is with scalp massage.
While scalp massage itself won’t inhibit DHT, it does have other beneficial properties. These include increased blood flow to the scalp and, according to a 2016 Japanese study, an increase in hair thickness due to stretching of the Dermal Papilla Cells (DPCs).
What You’ll Need:
- Rosemary Oil (1-2 teaspoons)
Pour 1-2 teaspoons of rosemary oil into your palms. Rub your hands together, and then begin working the oil into your scalp. Begin at the root, slowly working your way down to the tips.
Use a circular motion, beginning with small circles and increasing in size.
Be gentle, using only the pads of your fingers to massage. Use of nails can damage the scalp and hair follicles, leading to further scalp damage and hair loss.
5: Ecklonia Cava
An alga that’s found off the coasts of Japan and Korea, E. Cava is a promising new lead when it comes to the cessation of hair loss and growth of new hair.
Composed of polyphenols, this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-packed alga is used commonly throughout Asia and consumed on a regular basis.
While E. Cava may make a delicious addition to your soups, its topical use has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and, therefore, DHT. When applied as a whole, E. Cava was shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase up to 61.5%. Even better, though, was the inhibition results of the polyphenol extract dieckol.
Dieckol is found in abundance within the alga. The highest concentration tested (100 mg/mL) actually proved to be just as effective as finasteride.
This means that E. Cava and its extracts are a good option to consider if you’re looking to block DHT and even contribute to the proliferation of new dermal papilla cells.
How to Use Topical DHT Inhibitors Effectively
The most effective method of use will be the one you use consistently. This is why topical supplementation methods will vary from person to person.
Remember, it doesn’t hurt to experiment, but consistency really is key. That’s why I recommend you stick with one treatment method for a minimum of 6 weeks before deciding it’s not working for you.
Of course, you also want to properly prepare your scalp for the above topical treatments. To do this, I recommend you perform a scalp peel. This will help to remove any buildup (dandruff, sebum, dead skin, DHT, etc.) and leave you with a clean and healthy scalp that’s ready for treatment.
Exfoliating Epidermis Plaque Peel
What You’ll Need:
- Himalyan or Celtic sea salt (1/2 tablespoon)
- Powdered activated charcoal (1 teaspoon)
- Ginger and Cucumber Juice (100 mL)
- Lemon juice (1 whole)
- A juicing machine (or a blender and muslin cloth)
Juice the ginger and cucumber, using either a juicing machine or a blender and muslin cloth.
Once that’s all set, combine with salt, charcoal, and lemon juice. Mix well in the container of your choice.
Apply the mixture to your trouble areas. This can be the areas where you see noted hair loss, or those with abundant buildup or irritation. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water, and gently peel the remaining mixture from your scalp.
The great thing about this combination is you can use it as often as necessary. You do want to avoid over drying, so two times per week seems to be a good recommendation. However, it’s up to you.
6 Internal DHT Blockers
Why Use Internal Blockers?
While topically reducing DHT certainly have their place in the treatment of hair loss and promotion of hair growth, internal DHT inhibition can be more beneficial than topical blockers in the long term.
1: Green Tea
Green tea is commonly touted as a cure-all, but did you know that green tea extract can actually be used to block DHT and treat the source of male-pattern baldness?
Green tea is a source of epigallocatechins (EGCG). These are catechins, a type of plant phenol with a variety of beneficial properties.
One such property of epigallocatechins is its proven ability to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reducatase.
To reap the benefits of green tea supplementation, you could of course increase your tea intake or add in a green tea supplement.
However, there are other ways to add this internal DHT blocker to your diet. Let’s take a look.
Matcha Madness Morning Smoothie
I love smoothies – they’re an easy way to add a boost of high-nutrient foods to your diet, and they take just a few minutes to make. Even better, you can bring them anywhere and consume them on the go!
So, if you’re looking to add a DHT-blocking boost to your day, take a look at this matcha recipe below.
Fun fact: Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, delivering a powerful dose of antioxidants while simultaneously blocking DHT throughout the body.
What You’ll Need:
- Matcha (1-2 teaspoons)
- Yogurt (½ cup)
- Banana (1 whole)
- Mixed berries (handful)
- Water (½ cup)
Add the above ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Brewed Green Tea Leaf Saute
Another easy way to incorporate green tea into your diet is to use it in vegetable sautes.
What You’ll Need:
- Whole green tea leaves
Brew your green tea leaves as usual.
Remove after steeping, and add to a hot wok or saute pan. Combine with garlic and chili flakes, and saute your choice of vegetables and meats.
This will infuse the smooth depth of green tea into your meal, while also providing you with the DHT-blocking benefits you seek.
Composed mostly of omega fatty acids and lignans, flaxseeds are a proven DHT blocker and can be used internally for positive hair growth results.
Two studies were performed on animals, both showing the benefits associated with flaxseed supplementation.
The first study, performed in 2013, measured the effects of various plant-based lignans on DHT. These plants included flaxseed, sesame, safflower, and soy, and were administered orally either in powdered form or in a petroleum extract.
The study was performed on castrated male rats, with a focus on prostate weight (as lowered weight indicates less androgenic activity).
Flax (both the powdered and ethanol extract) proved to decrease prostate weight, as well as lower testosterone levels. These are both strong indicators of 5-alpha-reductase inhibition.
The second study, performed in 2014, looked specifically to flaxseed’s hair growth benefits.
To quickly summarize, 16 rabbits were split into groups of two. The first group received regular rabbit feed (control), while the second group received a feed infused with crushed flax (test).
Over a period of three months, a section on the rabbits’ backs were shaved once per month. Measurements were taken each time, and these were the results:
As shown above, the group that received flaxseed supplementation (LSI) saw improved length, width, and weight of hair.
Scientists couldn’t exactly pinpoint the reason for such results. However, I think it’s safe to say that DHT blocking (as shown above in the first study) is one of the main contributors.
If you’re impressed by the results (I certainly am!) you’ll be happy to know that flaxseed can be a versatile addition to any diet!
One of the easiest ways to work it into your routine is by adding it (milled or powdered) to your smoothies. This adds a nice boost of fiber, as well as adds a slightly nutty depth.
You can also sprinkle it on your salads, add to stir frys, and even make your own flaxseed dressing with a bit of honey and lemon!
3: Sesame Seeds
Another source of lignans and proven inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, sesame seeds are another great choice to block DHT.
In the 2013 study on flaxseed mentioned above, sesame seeds were another plant-based lignan studied. In fact, the ethanol extract of sesame seeds were shown to be incredibly effective at reducing prostate weight and testosterone levels in the tested rats.
And, similar to flax, sesame seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet.
Mix a few drops of sesame oil into your smoothies, soups, and salads. Or, use it in place of canola or olive oil while cooking. Add a few sesame seeds to your favorite dishes, including chicken, fish, and pork for a slightly nutty flavor.
There’s plenty of ways to add this healthy supplement to your daily diet. Take a look at some of my favourite hair loss supplements here.
Pygeum is a bark from the Pygeum Africanum tree, believed to significantly relieve the symptoms of men who suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
BPH is an enlargement of the prostate, and can lead to obstructive and irritative lower urinary tract symptoms.
DHT is a well-known aggravator of BPH, meaning that it’s inhibition contributes to a shrinking of the enlarged prostate and a reduction in the painful and irritating symptoms associated with the condition.
This was shown in a 1998 review study, which considered the role that pygeum bark played in the reduction of BPH symptoms.
As proven, men treated with pygeum bark were twice as likely than the placebo group to report symptom and improvement.
In addition, nocturnal urination was reduced by 19%, residual urine volume (urine remaining in the bladder) was reduced by 24%, and peak urine flow was increased by 23%.
To supplement with pygeum, I recommend adding high-quality supplement to your day. A dosage of 100mg/day is a typical recommendation.
5: Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is an extract of the hulled pumpkin seed, and as a rich source of antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals, it’s a great addition to any hair care routine.
Of course, pumpkin seed oil can be applied topically. This provides gentle cleansing and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy scalp.
However, for those looking to treat male-pattern baldness, pumpkin seed oil is most effective when ingested. Why? Pumpkin seed oil is believed to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase. When done internally, this is the most effective method for inhibition.
How effective is this method?
In 2014, scientists in Korea asked this very question. To answer their question, they recruited 76 male subjects with mild to moderate AGA. Half received a PSO supplement (400 mg per day) while the other half received a placebo capsule.
At the end of the 24-week study, 44.1% of the men in the PSO group saw a mild-moderate improvement in hair growth. This same improvement was seen in only 7.7% of the placebo group.
And here’s the visual evidence that PSO DHT blockers can help to effectively regrow hair:
So, how can you add PSO to your daily routine?
First, pumpkin seeds are a great snack by themselves. You can eat them by the handful, or toss them onto salads, into soups, and even blended into smoothies and juices.
Of course, you can also add pumpkin seed oil to your recipes. Here’s a dressing recipe that’s easy to whip up, and delicious!
- Pumpkin Seed Oil (4-5 tablespoons)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (2-3 tablespoons)
- Salt and ground pepper (to taste)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
Combine the ingredients, stirring well and shaking each time prior to use.
Add to your salads and pasta dishes, and even use as a meat or vegetable stir fry topping.
6: Stinging Nettle
While mentioned above as an effective topical DHT blocker, stinging nettle is also an effective internal DHT blocker.
To supplement internally, I recommend a stinging nettle capsule supplement.
How to Use Internal DHT Blockers Effectively
As with topical blockers, internal blockers also require consistency of use. To achieve this, I recommend you stick with the DHT-blocking supplement of your choice for a minimum of six weeks.
Remember, you didn’t lose your hair in a day. The same is true for reversal of your hair loss, so be patient.
Now, with all of the above said, it’s time to discuss the number one DHT blocker method. Without further ado…
The Ultimate DHT Blocker – Introducing The Acid/Alkaline Balance
In this section of the article I’m going to explain a concept that will change everything that I’ve just written above.
It is a must read,
Because this is the key to really regrowing your hair.
See the problem with simply “blocking” DHT is that you’re not fixing the underlying causes.
You’re simply reducing the amount of DHT in your body and expecting that this will help your hair.
Although there may be less side-effects when blocking DHT naturally (like I’ve shown you how to do above) when compared to finasteride, it’s still not the best way to reverse hair loss.
I wrote an article about using finasteride topically and whether or not this is a better solution.
Now what I want to show you is a better, more effective, more holistic and even more natural way to do it…
Using the concept of acid/alkaline balance.
Pay close attention because this is important!
The foods we eat, after they have been metabolised leave in our body what is known as metabolic waste.
Depending on the type of food that we eat the metabolic ‘ash’ will either have a net acidic or net alkaline effect on our bodies.
That means every food we eat will make our bodies more acidic or more alkaline. (In every cell and tissue throughout the entire body)
Having the correct pH (pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity like Celsius and Fahrenheit are a measure of temperature) in our bodies is crucial to strong health because our cells, hormones, mitochondria and just about everything in our bodies work much more efficiently in the right conditions
Our natural and healthy pH is slightly alkaline 7.36.
(Which is incidentally the exact pH of seawater).
Useful enzymes and hormones must have precise alkaline conditions to be effective, whilst destructive enzymes, hormones and diseases thrive under acidic conditions.
Take a look at your own diet using the acid/base values for 100 gram portions for some typical foods that are shown in the table at the end of this section.
It quickly becomes apparent that the typical Western diet consists largely of foods that have a net acidic value.
That’s not to say that alkaline foods aren’t included in this diet, it’s just the bulk of the foods are acidic.
The so called ‘balanced’ diet that is known to be the pinnacle of health to the majority of the population is heavily weighted on the acidic side.
How does this affect hair loss, you might be asking? In terms of pH balance this affects our hairlines both directly and indirectly.
First let’s discuss the indirect effects of acidosis (too much acidity in the blood, cells and tissues). As our bodies become more acidic due to our food choices, diseases such as microbes and bacteria thrive.
This means resources are taken away from hair building and set towards defence from germs.
Some people have argued that human head hair serves the purpose of conspicuous consumption much like the peacocks tail.
The peacock’s tail doesn’t serve any survival purposes; in fact it does the opposite. It burdens the peacock because of the expenditure of resources needed to create the tail in the first place and physical burden of carrying round a large colourful tail that makes it easy to spot and difficult to hide from predators.
It’s basically a sign of robust health, that less healthy peacocks can’t create and therefore attract females with.
The peacock is saying “I’m so healthy I can afford to build this huge tail and have a handicap with predators, I’m just that good that surviving is easy.”
When our bodies are coping with illnesses caused by the acidosis, our bodies don’t have the energy and resources to grow hair for the purpose of conspicuous consumption so new hair growth slowly ceases.
We can turn this around and use it to our favour, by alkalizing our bodies so much that diseases and bacteria simply can’t survive in these conditions.
The resources are now freed up for maximum potential hair growth.
Now let’s look at how acidosis directly affects the strength, thickness, coverage and colour of our hair. As the body tries to maintain its ideal pH balance (pH 7.36) under the onslaught of net acidic foods it must take back (leach) parts of our body to buffer (cancel out) the acidity.
Remember from chemistry class that acid and alkaline cancel each other out (neutralise each other)
Crucially for us the body buffers the acidity (i.e. it neutralises it with net alkaline parts) by leaching (stealing) nutrients from less important parts of our body.
The best way to buffer the acidity in an attempt to preserve our health is to leach nitrogen and calcium.
One of the best sources of nitrogen is protein, such as the specific protein found in head hair called keratin. This amino acid forms about 90% of the hair molecule.
The result in most people is a gradual slowing down of the rate that their hair grows, a reduction in colour and saturation, strength and thickness, and then recession of our hair line.
Our bodies don’t want to devote precious alkaline resources to our hair, when there are other places they’re needed more importantly, like keeping disease away.
People are genetically predisposed to buffer acidity in different ways.
Some people store fat, some try to excrete acidic toxins through their skin causing acne, whilst others buffer acidity using proteins from our hair follicles, bones and teeth (leading to critical calcium deficiency) etc.
Your body is literally eating your own hair to stay healthy and fend off disease.
However the acidosis manifests itself, these short term symptoms should be warning signs that more severe diseases are on the way. Luckily the answer is simple.
Restore the natural growth of your hair by returning your body to its natural pH.
I’ve seen myself and been told by other people I’ve worked with, how there was noticeably less hair in the shower plug after a few weeks on an alkalizing diet.
After a few weeks, as the body approaches its optimum pH, hair loss can often stop completely, and in the coming months begins to rebuild for as long as the natural pH is maintained.
Detox is the best way to alkalise the body because I literally flushes acidic waste as fast as possible from the body.
Unfortunately, or maybe it is fortunate because it’s a warning sign, whenever we revert back to an acidic diet their hair soon starts to suffer as the pH drops to acidic and the body must once again buffer the acidity using keratin from hair follicles in an attempt to prevent disease overgrowth.
So you will need to create a habit around your new alkaline diet so that it’s easy to maintain.
How To Alkalize Your Body Quickly
Eat foods that make the body more alkaline, that way your body won’t need to ‘eat’ its own hair to stay healthy.
The most effective and easy way to start immediately alkalizing the body is to consume vegetable juice. Buy a juicer and make carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber, spinach…..etc., juice daily.
Juicing is an unbelievably good way to get amazing quantities of enzymes nutrients and minerals into the body without expending large amounts of time and energy digesting the fibre.
It will help to quickly restore your natural pH, as long as you don’t have too many acidic foods in your diet.
An interesting point to remember is that as your body becomes more and more alkaline, vegetables and particularly vegetable juices become more pleasing to the palate. Literally the more alkaline you become the more you enjoy alkaline foods.
The takeaway point here is that you must maximise your intake of net alkaline producing food and minimise acid producing food.
The Ulitmate Alkalizer for Hair Growth
This is a mixture you can use to quickly alkalize your body, whilst providing the exact essential nutrients, minerals and enzymes needed to super charge hair growth and minimise the bodies need to leach keratin from our hair.
Start by soaking organic almonds in water 10 hours before you juice.
Remove the almonds from the water and put them through your juicer being sure to collect all the pulp that comes out.
From the pulp you can make almond milk by adding filtered water and vanilla essence and straining through a cheese cloth.
You won’t get much almond ‘juice’ out of the front, but what you get will be a potent sort of cream.
Don’t wash the juicer yet, but continue to juice organic carrots, celery, spring greens, broccoli and spinach that has been mixed in with the almond cream.
Add some supplements such as wheatgrass powder and turmeric for extra kick.
Not only will the drink alkalize your body and provide the nutrients and minerals for hair growth, but you’ll get an amazing glow to your skin, and not to mention feel amazing.
If this mixture makes your stomach rumble and makes you need the toilet then it means you’re probably quite acidic and the juice is working its magic.
As you become more alkaline this stops happening. As with all healthy food, consume it on an empty stomach, or half an hour after drinking water.
How Does The Acid/Alkaline Balance Directly Block DHT?
You may already know about the enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase (5αR). In case you didn’t already know 5αR is an enzyme that changes testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
Some interesting research has been carried out recently which found that the enzyme type 2 5αR localized in the vertex and frontal scalp (the bits of the head most affected by hair loss.)
However it wasn’t present in the occipital region (the lower back of the head where most bald men still have some hair).
This basically shows that type 2 5αR is primarily responsible for the pattern in male pattern baldness. Where type 2 5αR is found, so DHT will be produced here and loss of hair will be the result.
What a different study discovered was that specifically type 2 5αR works best in a very specific optimum pH range.
Outside of this pH range this particular enzyme simply can’t function and do its job of binding to testosterone to make DHT. The optimum pH range for type 2 5-alpha-reductase is pH 5-5.5.
5 alpha-reductase activity was determined at pH 5 (optimal for the type 2 isozyme) and pH 7 (optimal for the type 1 isozyme) in isolated infrainfundibular segments from sebaceous and vellus follicles…
It means that if our bodies are more acidic, pH 7 or below, then the enzyme type 2, 5-alpha-reductase functions much more efficiently, creates more DHT, and consequently we lose more hair.
On the other hand, when we alkalize our bodies, the pH in our scalp becomes greater than 7. The enzyme can’t do its work of converting T to DHT, DHT isn’t produced and we don’t lose our hair as a result.
Our bodies evolved so that the foods we ate most often (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts legumes, fish, meat….) created the best conditions for our bodies and specifically our enzymes to function in.
When we eat foods that we didn’t evolve eating (processed and pasteurized foods like grains and dairy, which you’ll notice are all highly acidic) then our bodies are pushed of balance and the enzymes start doing weird things like attacking our own bodies resulting in hair loss.
Let me quickly emphasise this point because it is very important for actually getting results and re-growing your hair:
The precise enzyme which scientific studies have found to be responsible for hair loss cannot function in an alkaline cellular environment.
To create the alkaline environment and therefore stop hair loss foods with alkaline values must be consumed more than foods with acidic values.
The very best way to do this is through vegetable juicing and avoiding processed, acidic foods.
Alkalising can have a similar effect to taking propecia, but instead of having the negative side-effects of the drug, you get the positive natural side effects of being ultra-healthy.
Important! Why You Must Know About DHT Sensitivity
You’ve now learnt about the most powerful (and safe) natural DHT blocker in the world, but this is only a small part of the story, because high DHT levels are not the sole cause of hair loss.
In fact, there is something that is much more important than blocking DHT, and that’s DHT sensitivity. Or to be more precise, hair follicle DHT sensitivity.
Because when you reduce the sensitivity of your hair follicles to DHT you protect yourself against hair lose permanently. Men with pattern baldness don’t have particularly high levels of DHT, however they are more sensitive to it.
There are a few natural and powerful ways to reduce your DHT sensitivity. And to get the full instructions on these methods you’ll need to download Hair Equilibrium, however, I will do a quick overview of them now.
The Balance Of Good And Bad Bacteria
In every body there is a balance between good and bad bacteria. In fact, there are more bacterial cells making up the human body than human cells, which is why it is so important that these bacteria are beneficial to your health.
These billions of bacteria cells that make up part of us are called the ‘microbiome’
However, modern life has waged a war on bacteria in the form of antibiotics, preservatives (designed to kill bacteria) chlorides and fluorides in water, processed foods lacking fibre, antibacterial hygiene products and packaged food and drinks that have been processed, microwaved, pasteurised or in one form or another killed all the bacteria.
You may be able to see with all these how our microbiome has been damaged and can easily get out of balance.
One of the side-effects of this damaged microbiome is that autoimmune problems start arising, with the body beginning to attack itself in strange and unusual ways. Think about it, have you ever wondered why your own hormone (DHT) would start attacking your own hair follicles?
This is an autoimmune problem that leads to DHT sensitivity.
Luckily, there is a lot you can do to optimise your microbiome to reduce DHT sensitivity, including adding specific strains of probiotic bacteria to your diet, as well as specially made drinks that reduce bad bacteria. This is something I cover in step-by-step detail inside The Hair Equilibrium System and the difference it will make to your hair health can be astonishing.
Delayed Allergic Reactions To Food
Most of us are aware that some people are allergic to some specific foods, such as seafood or peanuts for example, but fewer people know that allergic reactions can also be delayed and therefore less obvious.
Because they are less obvious its harder to catch delayed allergic reactions and therefore we may be in a constant state inflammation and with autoimmune problems from these reactions.
For example some people are sensitive to gluten, others are sensitive to the nightshade family including tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.
It’s hard to tell what your body might not be responding well to if you aren’t aware of this. You may just feel bloated, fatigued and under slept and not understand why.
One of the problems with delayed allergic reactions is that they can cause autoimmune problems, which, in a same way as autoimmune problems from the microbiome, can also cause DHT sensitivity, leading to hair follicle miniaturisation when the DHT attacks the hair follicle.
Inside The Hair Equilibrium System you’ll learn about a foolproof way to test which foods you may be having allergic reactions to so that you can remove them from your diet and reduce your DHT sensitivity.
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