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.
Quick Notice: Once you’ve read this article I want you to take the 6 part quiz at the bottom of the page. This will allow you to find out if blocking DHT naturally will actually work to regrow your hair (or not). Take the quiz then collect your ‘hair score’ out of 100 at the end.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
After 6 months, the prostate size in the nettle group was significantly smaller than that of the placebo group, and long-term effects of stinging nettle treatment were seen even after discontinuation.
Do you want to give stinging nettle a try? Check out this super simple DHT blocker shampoo recipe:
What You’ll Need:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%)!
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:
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.
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.
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.
What You’ll Need:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Add the above ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Another easy way to incorporate green tea into your diet is to use it in vegetable sautes.
What You’ll Need:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions or comments then please feel free to leave them in the comment box below which I’ll answer as soon as possible.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
If you have had surgery in the last few months, you may notice more hair shedding than usual.
While hair loss can be an indication of underlying issues, this type of hair loss, called telogen effluvium, may not be directly related to the surgery – rather, it is the stress associated with the surgery that spurs the body to act on your scalp.
The large clumps of hair gathered menacingly on the brush or shower drain will initially come as a big shock, but it is a relatively common side effect that many doctors neglect to mention to their patients.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, telogen effluvium is the second most common form of hair loss. As of current standing, very little research has been done on this type of alopecia, making it shrouded with a degree of mystery.
Here is what we do know about it, of the mechanisms and what you can do to minimize the damage.
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Telogen effluvium is a form of alopecia characterized by diffuse non scarring and non inflammatory hair shedding.
The hair shedding is most noticeable approximately 2 months after the surgery during washing or combing of the hair. You will also notice a generalized thinning, but for the most part, the scalp and remaining hair should look healthy.
It is often expressed in an acute onset and lasts for a short duration, but a chronic form (longer than 6 months) also exists.
You can distinguish hair afflicted with telogen effluvium mainly by the white, club-shaped bulb at the end of a strand.
In order to understand the pathophysiology of hair loss from surgery, it is important to first familiarize oneself about hair growth cycle.
Unlike most mammals, the human hair follicle is rather special. Each follicle has its own inherent rhythm and thus the cycles do not synchronize with the others. They can act independent of certain external factors that would normally affect other animals, such as light and temperature.
All mature hair follicles undergo four major life cycle: anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen.
Anagen phase is best defined as the growth stage. During this point, cells are rapidly dividing in order to regenerate the composition of the lower cyclic portion of follicle, or the bulb. The hair grows approximately 1 cm for every month, or 6 inches per year and will likely stay in this phase for two to six years.
Catagen phase is the transition stage, where the hair undergoes the cessation of cell growth and pigmentation and begins pushing the completed hair follicle out of the papilla. This cycle generally lasts from a few days to up to two weeks.
Telogen phase is the resting/inactive stage, where there are no growth and the cell activities remains minimal. The stationary hair club remains firmly attached to the follicle. Meanwhile, a new anagen hair deep under the telogen hair is slowly forming. The anagen hair will continue growing until it has the capacity to push the telogen hair out. This telogen hair cycle can last from three to six months.
Exogen phase is the final stage, where hair is officially shed off to make way for the newly forming anagen hair underneath. Normally, around 50 – 100 hair strands are lost every day from daily activities, which are pennies when we consider that there are 100,000 – 150,000 strands on an average scalp.
In most people, 70 to 85 percent of the total hair follicles on the scalp are in anagen phase. Anywhere from 5 to 15 percent are in the telogen phase.
While the emerging hairs may help force the resting hairs out of the follicle, evidence from several research have suggested that the shedding of telogen hair may occur rather independently from the emerging anagen hair.
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Around the time of the surgery or other significant event, the person undergoes an acute peak of stress, expressed physiologically, psycho-emotionally, and/or hormonally.
In order to best prepare the body to handle the stressful event, more attention and resources are diverted to the vital organs such as heart, lungs, muscles, and liver.
Because scalp hair is not considered an essential structure, the body makes a conscious effort to reduce unnecessary functions such as hair growth and maintenance. Hair follicle matrix cells are among the most rapidly dividing cells in the body and therefore may be exquisitely sensitive to changes.
As a result, a sizeable percentage of anagen hair prematurely enters into the telogen phase. Specifically, up to 70 percent of the anagen hairs can be expedited, thus creating an unusually greater ratio of telogen hair.
Moreover, existing telogen hair attachment to the follicle will be weakened and will likely fall out with even the gentlest manipulation.
As mentioned before, telogen phase takes approximately three to six months before entering the exogen phase. Therefore, the hair shed may not become evident until months after the surgery.
Though the exact mechanisms are not clear, there are some plausible explanations for why this happens from several researches.
It is suggested that the action of nerves, as well as various nervous system products called neuropeptides, could be related to the sudden premature shift in hair growth.
There are many sensory nerves in and around the hair follicles. These nerves transmit information about the effect caused by stressors to the brain, which in turn develops a systemic response.
Around the time of the surgery, the sensory nerves release a distress signal, prompting the release of a neuropeptide called substance P.
While generally involved in pain transmission, substance P has also been identified as a key mediator of stressed-induced hair growth inhibition.
One study by Arck et al took two groups of mice and induced a highly synchronized anagen development. After 14 days, when the mice’s hairs enter into a late anagen phase, the experimental group was exposed to sound stress for the duration of 24 hours. The control mice were left in peace.
The results showed that the hair follicles in a majority of stressed mice underwent a premature conversion to catagen phase, whereas the majority of non-stressed control mice remained in late anagen phase.
Moreover, the researcher found that stressed mice triggered a significant increase of substance P positive nerve fibers in the skin, thus establishing a correlation between stress and substance P.
Arck et al further examined the relation of this neuropeptides by taking non-stressed mice that likewise had hair predominately in the late anagen phase and administered a controlled dose of substance P.
The results showed a significant hair cycle progression towards catagen, even in the absence of sound stressor, thus mimicking the effect of stress.
Once the researchers counteract the substance P with a chemical that has the opposite effects (NK1), the harmful characteristics of stress-induced telogen effluvium (such as premature onset of catagen and cell death) on the mice were severely reduced.
Stress also induces hormonal imbalance that directly affects hair loss on the scalp. Once the body senses anxiety or tension, a series of glands (such as the adrenal gland) activates to release cortisol.
Cortisol is a “fight or flight” steroid hormone that is responsible for putting the person into a state with heightened sense of awareness, quicker reflexes, and increase in fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
While these functions were essential for our ancestors when they encountered a hungry predator in the wild, the “threats” in our modern era are often more benign. However, they are equally taxing to our body – and our scalp.
One certain downside of cortisol in relation to telogen effluvium includes vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of the blood vessels.
Blood provides most of the hair with essential nutrition, oxygen, and waste removal. Limiting blood flow to the scalp exacerbates the undernourishment of anagen hair and slows the healing process.
Furthermore, the relatively recent finding of an additional adrenal site located in the human hair follicle means that the scalp may be able to independently synthesize and secrete cortisol. Therefore, they are capable of directly responding to the stress and self-activating telogen effluvium.
Studies have also shown that cortisol hormone’s effect on hair follicular growth is strongly dependent on hair cycle stage.
Adrenocortical thyroid hormone (ACTH) is the precursor to the release of cortisol. In resting hair follicles, ACTH seems to help activate hair growth. However, one particular study found that ACTH treatment on anagen hair induces premature hair follicle transition to catagen.
A similar study also found that another cortisol hormone called glucocorticoids stimulate cell death in the follicle tissues, likewise leading to premature hair cycle conversion.
In addition, scalp hair is dependent on many different hormones in order to grow and function properly. However, as the adrenal glands are busy producing cortisol, they release other hormones in underwhelming numbers, thereby contributing to the onslaught of telogen effluvium.
While the profuse shedding and overall thinning of the hair may be very alarming in the beginning, telogen effluvium is not permanent and won’t likely lead to baldness.
As long as the body is not in a chronic state of stress, the hair fall will eventually lessen and gradually taper back within 6 to 9 months to normal hair growth cycle. The scalp will likewise return back to equilibrium.
Although time will be a natural ally, there are some cases where damages are irreversible and recovery will remain incomplete.
Fortunately, there are ways to increase the chance of complete recovery.
Many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin A, zinc, calcium, and copper, have shown promises on treating telogen effluvium.
There are evidences that show the combined use of a shampoo and hair lotion/tonic, formulated with vitamins and zinc, shortens the course of acute telogen effluvium.
A fair number of studies have also suggested balancing iron to promote regrowth.
Iron is an essential element for blood production, and also helps the red blood cells transport oxygen to all parts of the body.
After reviewing 40 years worth of research, dermatologists from the Cleveland Clinic found that when patients are treated for iron deficiency, even in the absence of anemia, it can maximize their ability to grow hair back for patients with both acute and chronic telogen effluvium.
Other study, such as by Rushton et al, also confirmed possible link of telogen effluvium and iron deficiency. The researchers followed 22 female subjects with chronic telogen effluvium after giving them supplementation with 72 mg of iron and 1.5 g of L-lysine (amino acid responsible for hair shape and volume) daily for 6 months.
The results showed that while the mean serum ferritin concentration significantly increased from 33 to 89 ng/mL, the mean percentage of hair in the telogen phase significantly decreased from 19.5% to 11.3%.
Unless you have iron deficiency that has been diagnosed by a medical professional, taking iron supplements can cause bigger problems, such as iron overload.
You can also ask your dermatologist for minoxidil if the telogen effluvium continues to persist. It has shown to work well with many individuals, but if the root complication has not been addressed, it must be continually used.
Telogen effluvium is not to be confused with alopecia areata, which is a different type of hair loss that can manifest after surgery. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that is more serious and will likely leave you with smooth, bald patches on your scalp.
Although there are limited researches around the subject of telogen effluvium, evidences suggest that neurotransmitters and hormones produced during stress plays a large role.
Because it is not inherently permanent, hair should start to reappear in a few months. However, chronic telogen effluvium is not uncommon and should be addressed by a medical professional.
You can take measurable actions to lessen the damage of hair loss after surgery, mainly by enriching your diet with vitamin and minerals and adopting a conscious effort to address the underlying cause.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
Going bald when you’re young is terrifying.
Firstly, it makes no sense. “Don’t old guys go bald?” you think to yourself. I really shouldn’t be losing with much hair.
I remember when I first started losing my hair at a young age I didn’t even think I could possibly be going bald so I innocently called it malting, you know like dogs do because I thought it would just re-grow.
Little did I know this was the start of male pattern baldness. My hairline slowly started to recede, particularly around the temples. My forehead got bigger. I tried to cover the high receding hairline with my hair. It worked, for a little bit.
I remember when someone first mentioned that I had a receding hairline. I was probably around 17 at the time. I had to go and look it up and that’s when I found out about the M shaped pattern (widow’s peak) of male pattern baldness.
By the way, you can find out more about the difference between mature and receding hairlines here.
From then on I was always paranoid about covering up my receding hairline. Going swimming sucked because the water would naturally uncover the gap at some point.
Windy days sucked.
Getting really sweaty sucked.
Girls playing with my hair sucked.
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Overall, going bald in my late teens and early twenties sucked!
Going bald was something I worried about probably every day after I realised that I probably had male pattern baldness.
Looking back I’m not surprised though – I was fully genetically predisposed for hair loss with a bald dad and a bald uncle from my mother’s side – but I had a terrible diet. At the time I didn’t even know what ‘healthy’ was.
I probably knew that McDonalds wasn’t very healthy and vegetables were ‘good for you,’ whatever that phrase meant.
I’m absolutely sure that if I had known what I know now, that I would have never started balding. It was my dietary and lifestyle habits that were triggering a genetic predisposition to hair loss. I knew deep down that this was not natural
(Genetic predisposition is an important concept when it comes to pattern baldness. Diseases can run in families – this means you’re at higher risk of the disease, but it doesn’t mean getting the disease is inevitable.
Hair loss is the same. The sensitive gene is present but their lifestyle and diet will determine whether that gene is triggered or not.)
Seriously, going bald at 20 – How can that be natural?
How can that be natural at any age? And the truth is, pattern hair loss is not natural. What I found was that ‘male pattern baldness’ just doesn’t happen in indigenous, healthy and stable tribes.
But if those same tribes people, without any incidence of male pattern baldness come over to modern society, suddenly they start experiencing hair loss.
Hair loss is actually a sign that something isn’t quite right with your body. It’s a sign that something unnatural is going on which is causing the hair follicles with wither and die.
For a long time it’s been known that DHT is the hormone responsible for hair loss. Drugs like finasteride block the enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) which is essential to making DHT, and so people who take finasteride often experience less hair loss, and even hair growth.
(DHT is converted from testosterone by the enzyme type 2 5-alpha-reductase.)
But DHT is a normal and natural hormone, and blocking it directly can have bad side effects. The truth that most people don’t understand is that it’s really DHT sensitivity that causes hair loss.
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Hairs at the front of the head are more sensitive to DHT than those at the back, which is why they fall out first. It’s also why when you transplant a hair from the back of the head to the front it stays there fine.
Is it something about our modern lifestyle that makes hair follicles more sensitive to DHT?
Yes that’s exactly what it is.
There are lots of things that make hair loss worse, for example stress, sedentary lifestyle like sitting at a desk all day, alcohol, smoking, tap water, chemicals in shampoos, hair wax, hairdryers, hair color dyes etc…
But (very simply put) the one big thing that causes hair loss more than any other is an unnatural sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT.
Realising this, I’ve been able to turn my hair loss around. I’ve stopped the hair from receding and thinning and there is even some re-growth happening, which I can speed up.
I know that if I stick to the techniques and habits that go me here, I don’t have to worry about hair loss. That’s clear to me know when I look at people I know who also started losing their hair at the same time as me. Their hair has got worse, whilst mine looks better.
That’s quite a gratifying feeling considering the insane amount of research and experimentation I’ve put it to get to this point.
I know it can feel hopeless sometime with hair loss, that’s why I created this website, to share with you the ways I stopped my hair loss. Why isn’t this mainstream yet? Because it’s hard. Saving your hair naturally isn’t like popping a pill, you have to make serious dietary and lifestyle changes.
Most people don’t care that much and only those searching hard for this information will make the most of it.
I don’t worry as much about hair loss these days, I know that if I stick with what works I’ll be fine. If you want to learn more then just browse this website.
I’ve also created a course called ‘Hair Equilibrium‘ that covers the topic in as much detail as possible, but a lot of what you need to get started re-growing your hair is here on the site.
Going bald at 17, 20,22 or whenever sucks, but it’s not hopeless. However, it is much harder to re-grow your hair than to keep it in the first place which is why I recommend getting started right away.
Unfortunately there gets to a point where if the hair follicle dies completely it simply can’t be revived. So if you have parts of your scalp that are already shiny and don’t have any small, fine hairs then you won’t be able to re-grow hair on those patches using these techniques.
The good news is though, when you stop your hair loss and re-grow any fine hairs that were dormant and about to die you can always transplant in the little remaining area that has already died. It depends how far a long your hair loss is.
If you’re 20, then I recommend doing everything you can to keep your current hair. I wish I had known this information when I was 20.
Good luck, and if you have any questions, then please let me know by writing a comment below.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
What is in, or not in your blood is the single most important aspect of whether you lose or re-grow your hair. Blood contains/is made up of all the hormones (beneficial and harmful) oxygen, nutrients, mineral, enzymes, metabolic wastes and toxins.
To cure hair loss naturally we must first make absolutely sure that our blood is carrying everything beneficial for hair growth, and has the smallest possible amounts of anything that will cause hair loss, or slow down the hair re-growth process.
We essentially want to make our blood ‘young’ again.
Think about it, if our blood was the same now as when we were young, before we started losing our hair, then we wouldn’t be losing our hair now.
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It has been said that the greatest advance in medicine and human health was the idea of waste disposal. Before the concept of waste disposal even came about, human excrement and food waste was allowed to fester in close vicinity to our homes and living spaces and was a breeding ground for disease of all kind.
After the invention of waste disposal systems, populations grew rapidly, and health and life expectancy increased rapidly
People realised that if the waste disposal system, like sewerage works or garbage collection stopped, it would increase the chances of catching a disease and becoming ill.
Consequently it became the highest priority, when the systems of waste disposal stopped working that they were quickly fixed and working at full efficiency again.
Humans are similar in a way, we have our waste disposal systems, a biological sewerage system, such as our excretory organs, and they must regularly be serviced and maintained correctly so they can function efficiently .
And just like the waste disposal systems of modern towns, maintaining them in good condition, so they operate quickly, cleanly and efficiently, is a priority for good functioning of our bodies.
When the waste disposal system fails, the sewerage quickly backs-up and affects the organism as a whole.
In fact, most of our excretory systems are working very poorly, mainly because over the course of our lives we’ve been putting either too much food, or the wrong type of food into it and we’ve forgotten to clean it out.
This putrid mess then travels to the intestines, but our bodies don’t want to absorb these foods so they coat the digestive tract in a mucus which prevents the absorption into the bloodstream. (This is one of the primary reasons even obese people are chronically malnourished.)
If this happens once or twice a month, then it’s usually not a problem. But our poor diets mean it happens all day, every day, and the result is a thick lining of mucus on the digestive tract which prevents the passage of nutrients into the bloodstream and excretion of wastes out of the body.
A diet lacking fibrous bulk from a fruit and vegetable based diet contributes more to the problem, because there is nothing continually sweeping out the intestines.
The result is chronic toxaemia, a gradual build-up of toxins (i.e. waste) throughout every cell and tissue in the body. It’s comparable to the sewerage system of a village breaking and the village becoming flooded with waste, only to continue to add more, without fixing the problem.
Don’t you think the grass on the village green would quickly die!
In the Tao of Detox, Daniel Reid lists hair loss in men as one of the most common symptoms of toxaemia.
Thus it would follow that by removing the build-up of toxic materials in the blood and tissue the hair loss is reversed and returned to its natural state of fullness and youthfulness
In my experience, through treating hair loss in myself and helping other people, toxaemia is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, causes of hair loss, male pattern baldness, receding hair lines, (whatever you call it) in men today.
Toxins, as well of lack of proper nutrition, also known as ‘beige diet‘ is also a reason for premature greying.
Once we shift away from the idea that hair loss is hereditary and therefore out of our control, towards taking responsibility for ourselves, it becomes obvious that detox is one of the most effective ways to reverse hair loss.
Yes some men are predisposed to hair loss and receding hair lines much more than other men, but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable.
We’re are still the ones who are causing it and we still have the power to reverse hair loss. It’s not in the best interests of the drug companies who sell propecia and finasteride for men to realise this because it’s such a simple solution that would make these drugs obsolete.
Imagine completely cleaning out your body from all the accumulated toxic build-up over the years, to find new hair growth on previously bald patches of scalp, as well as existing hair becoming much thicker, with more gloss and strength.
Someone’s own toxicity might not be directly related to the amount of hair on their head, because toxaemia tends to manifest differently in different people.
For some people it’s acne, in some it manifests as psychological problems such as depression or dementia, still others in extreme cases get arthritis or cancer and the list goes on.
The good thing is it only takes 7 days for the majority of the toxins in our bodies to be flushed out, allowing the hair regrowth cycle to commence.
The program detailed here lasts seven days and I recommend doing it it once per year, as a minimum to keep the ‘sewerage system’ in excellent working order.
It really is exciting to know that the power to create new hair growth is in your hands and is directly related to if you take action on this advice.
Detox stands for detoxification, and is a period of time over which the body activates its natural healing mechanisms by pouring toxins stored in the cells and tissues back into the bloodstream for elimination through the kidneys and other organs.
When we consume food, the body concentrates its’ energy on digesting and assimilating the food, it has no time or energy for eliminating the toxic substances that build-up because of less than ideal dietary habits.
In nature, animals naturally stop eating when they’re sick, and isolated tribes still have sick-houses where patients refrain from consuming food.
The problem is that whilst we continue to consume unhealthy foods or any food at all, our bodies can’t begin to purge the toxins because they must deal with the activities of digestion.
When digestion is ceased for 24-48 hours the body flicks a switch which sets the organisms into the parasympathetic mode of rest and recovery and begins to purge to toxins into the bloodstream for elimination.
During this period there can be up to ten times the normal amount of toxins in the blood, which means you will certainly feel low.
This is a sign that the detox is working its magic, the worse you feel in that day 2- 5 period the more effect the detox is having, and the more good it will do for you and your receding hair.
It takes about 7 days to completely rid the body of accumulated toxins. So don’t make the mistake many first time fasters make of eating something to pick up their mood.
This might cease the discomfort, but that’s only because the body has switched back into digestion mode and the therapeutic effects of toxin elimination are lost. Stay with it until the end of the 7 days and you’ll have never felt so good.
A complete 7 day detox should precede any major dietary changes.
This not only makes it easier to implement new dietary habits, because most of the cravings have gone and there is a blank slate of food desires, but also because without the detox much of the good new foods that are being digested simply cannot be properly assimilated because the digestive tract is covered in mucus and putrefied waste preventing absorption.
Before adding new oil to and engine, it makes sense to remove the dirty oil first.
I’m going to explain two different methods of detox. The first is the ideal method. It’s proven by far the most effective way to cleanse the entire body of all the accumulated toxins and give the colon a thorough clean to remove the lining of mucus and waste matter.
However, it might not be easy for the first time detoxer, because it involves no food for a week, and because so many toxins enter the bloodstream from the cells and tissues, days 3-5 can be particularly uncomfortable.
Therefore I will provide a beginner detox method, which is less strenuous, and it’s easier to stick to for the full week. This method is a compromise, but it will still produce great results.
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If you are a first time detoxer then I would recommend this method first, and once you’re comfortable with it you can go onto a full 7 day fast.
Method 1 is a full 7 day fast. That means no food whatsoever for 7 days. Only five things will be consumed during the 7 days. These are:
These five things have been chosen specifically to maximise the cleansing, cleaning and purifying effect of the detox. Let’s take a look at each ingredient individually, why it’s on the list and how to consume it, in what quantities.
This is the most important detox ingredient of them all because it is such a powerful solvent and carrier of toxins and harmful hormones like excess DHT. (Learn about the best way to naturally block DHT here.)
The water will literally flush your entire body through carrying as many toxins as it can with it. I very highly recommend using the alkalized, ionized and micro-clustered water. There is evidence that tap water can cause hair loss so it’s important that your source of water be as pure as possible.
It sounds high tech and expensive but it’s very easy to make by attaching a small machine to your kitchen tap. For detox purposes it’s much more effective at removing toxins than ordinary tap water.
You should drink at least 2 litres of water every-day, although you can happily drink more. Herbal teas and other ingredients do not count towards the 2 litres, they are additional to it.
This is a special type of bulking fibre, made from ground psyllium seeds and husks. The purpose of this ingredient is to sweep through the bowels clearing and de-clogging the putrid waste and slime in its path.
Take one teaspoon and mix with 300ml of water, shake well and drink down. Repeat this four times at regular intervals throughout the day.
Bentonite molecules are 500 times smaller than water molecules so they can reach into the crevices and folds of the colon where water cannot penetrate.
At the same time each molecule carries a strong negative charge that allows it to absorb and then carry away up-to 200 times its own weight in toxins. It is the ultimate ‘magnetic’ toxin sponge.
Add one teaspoon of the clay to water and drink immediately. Bentonite clay (which is often used by marijuana smokers to detox from the THC-COOH metabolite) should be used 4 times per day, after every psyllium powder drink.
Greens supplements are powders made from the concentrated and refined juices of grasses, vegetables, roots, algae and water plants. They are highly alkalizing (something that you can learn about in the hair loss course) whilst being instantly digestible.
This is important since during detox we must aim to minimise the amount of energy used for digestion so that it can be used for toxin elimination.
Green supplements contain all the nutrients, micro-nutrients and minerals of the plants from which they are made in the most easily accessible form.
Greens supplements are highly recommended during a detox, because they provide the only source of nutrition that can be used for healing cells during the 7 days without interrupting the cleaning process.
Take as much as recommended by the manufacturer by mixing with water and drinking. There are many different types of greens supplements available online, choose one that you like and suits your budget.
I personally recommend Dr Schulze’s Organic Superfood Plus Powder by Herbs Hands Healing. Another great product which is more expensive but probably the best on the market is Vitamineral Green by HealthForce Nutritionals. Browse through amazon.com to find one you like.
Herbal teas can be used to speed up and enhance the effectiveness of any detox program.
The different herbs can also be targeted specifically for different organs in the body that need the most help, and for our purposes the liver will be the most beneficial to target to stop hair loss.
This is because the liver is used to clean the blood, and remove hormones such as DHT from the bloodstream.
When the liver isn’t working well, much of the DHT can’t be eliminated through the liver so it’s sent to the skin, for example, where it can cause hair loss. Dandelion and milk thistle are the best herbs that can be used to cleanse the liver.
Another herb I recommend using is valerian and passion flower which helps to sooth the nerves and reduce stress, which can be greater than normal during the 7 days. Sage tea also comes highly recommended as an excellent general detox herb.
A good choice is simply to find which ones you like since almost all are highly alkalizing and detoxifying. Drink as many herbal teas as you desire throughout the day.
By far the most effective way to quickly remove the deeply impacted mucus lining the colon is to use, twice daily 20 litre, colonic irrigations.
To most people the idea of a colonic irrigation seems so strange that they fail to seriously consider it as a technique to promote health and reverse hair loss. But then most people don’t understand just how poorly and inefficiently their digestive and waste disposal systems are functioning, and how much better they could be.
Nowadays the colon is so clogged by the effects of indiscriminate eating habits that it barely resembles the colons seen in anatomy books, and functions so inefficiently that it’s no wonder most humans suffer from an ever growing number of ailments and diseases from hair loss to cancer.
The colon is so important to health and hence maintaining healthy hair because it allows us to use all the good things we put into our body, but also to eliminate the waste products.
If it is clogged, or coated with a layer of slime and mucus, neither of these processes can take place very well, and toxaemia results
It’s highly unfortunate that so many people won’t even try colonic irrigations, since they’re so easy and so effective.
The whole medical industry including multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies are particularly grateful for the taboo surrounding colonic irrigations and that so few people use them.
They are hoping it stays this way because if it became commonplace they would simply go out of business. Colonic irrigations literally flush the system through releasing an astounding amount of gunk from the walls of the colon.
In a single session around 5 gallons of warm water is passed through the colon, and this is done twice per day for seven days. Enough to thoroughly clean and detoxify the entire body.
You can go to a trained therapist at a special centre to get colonic irrigations, but a much better option is to administer them yourselves using a home kit such as a Colema Board (Source.)
They are very safe, effective, hygienic and cheap to use. You will be amazed at what comes out, but you won’t be surprised at how good you feel after 7 days, after seeing what’s leaving the body for good.
The seven day detox is the first action step that is advised in this book. It’s the most effective way to get rid of the toxic build-up that is at the root of almost all hair loss. The vast majority of men suffering from hair loss will immediately and significantly benefit from this.
The detox also creates a completely new slate on to which the rest of the action steps are ‘written.’ The subsequent steps are much easier and much more effective once the detox has been completed.
Method 2 is almost the same as method 1 except that a few more ingredients are added to the list of supplements. Everything else is kept the same, including the five detox supplements and their amounts and timings, and the colonic irrigations.
Method 2, however, will add another 5 ingredients to the list of things that can be consumed during the 7 days, these are:
These extra 5 ingredients to the detox will make it much easier to complete the entire 7 days because there is plenty of additional nutrients, enzymes and minerals added, but the digestive burden is still kept to a minimum. Let’s take a look at the ingredients individually
For the purposes of the compromise detox diet, vegetable juices are perfect. They contain no fibre so they require no energy to digest, but they are full of living enzymes, with tonnes of nutrients and minerals as well.
I add almond milk to my detox juices because it contains compounds used specifically for hair growth, and it also tastes amazing.
The almond is the only nut that should be used during the detox because unlike most nuts it has an alkalizing effect not an acidifying one. Learn more about using almond oil to reverse hair fall here.
You should experiment before the detox to find which combination of vegetables you like the best, however once the 7 days have started it’s best not to change the combinations too much.
I recommend including a combination of these vegetables, carrot, celery and cucumber. These three will make up the bulk of the juice.
Then you can add other ingredients to taste, such as beetroot, radish, sweet potatoes, ginger, courgette and ginger . If you’re feeling particularly brave throw a couple of garlic cloves in the juicer as well.
It doesn’t taste very good at all, but it does your body a lot of good and has been proven to help hair growth.
I recommend avoiding raw cruciferous vegetables since they contain goitrogens which could even make hair loss worse.
Find your favourite combination of vegetables and stick mainly to this, to minimise digestive requirements. Drink the juice as often as you like, whenever you feel hungry.
You can also add some of the other supplements to the drink such as cayenne, sea salt, calcium and greens, but don’t’ add lemon or lime. (They don’t mix well and should be taken on an empty stomach)
Sea salt contains every mineral and trace element known and as yet unknown needed by humans, in the correct proportions.
It therefore makes an excellent supplement and Celtic sea salt is harvested in a way that preserves all of these minerals in a way the body can easily assimilate.
Take a quarter of a teaspoon of Celtic sea salt and dissolve in a glass of water once per day.
Calcium is the most powerful alkalizing mineral in the world, and is involved in the most important metabolic reactions in the body, as well as tissue regeneration and growth. Coral calcium is the best source of calcium that’s easy to digest, and is easy to get hold of.
Dissolve the powder in water and take every-day according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Both raw lemon and lime juice are highly alkalizing, cleansing and require no digestion so they’re perfect for detox purposes. The juices can be mixed with water (no added sugar) and sipped throughout the day, with the exception of being within one hour after drinking vegetable juice.
Cayenne is a very effective healing herb which helps increase circulation and speed up the detox process, whilst balancing and stabilising other vital bodily functions. It’s also highly alkalizing. Take two capsules daily stirred into warm water.
Here’s what you can expect from each day in a 7 day detox. It’s the same for method 1 and 2, except in method 1 you take ingredients 1-5 and in method 2 you take ingredients 1-10.
Day 1: The first day is easy, take the supplements and complete 2, 20 litre colonic irrigations. The body has yet to flip the switch and start pouring toxins into the bloodstream.
Day 2: By the middle of today, about 36 hours after the start of the detox the body will start its search and destroy mission for toxins, cancerous cells, bacteria and viruses in the cells and tissues. It will begin dismantling toxic deposits in the joints and organs. They will begin to enter the bloodstream en masse.
Consequently you may start to feel tired, headachy and irritable. The toxins enter the bloodstream much faster than they can be eliminated through the kidneys so they continue to circulate round the body causing discomfort.
There’s no way to detox without going through this discomfort but the results in the long-term are more than worth it.
Day 3: More toxins are pumped into the bloodstream from every tissue in the body which has become highly toxic over the years. Day 3 is when most first time detoxers throw in the towel and quit.
However this is unfortunate because they were so close to feeling the benefits of the detox, but not quite.
Don’t make another mistake that is often made of eating anything not in the supplement list. It may stop the uncomfortable detox symptoms, but it will also stop the healing process and you will have to start again.
Day 4: This may be the hardest day because of the quantity of toxins in the blood. The toxin elimination process is in full swing, and consequently you may feel particularly uncomfortable much like a heavy hangover.
The body will try to rid toxins through whatever means necessary resulting in bad breath and terrible smelling sweat. The more ill and uncomfortable you feel today, the more toxins your body is flushing out, and the better and more good the detox is doing for you.
At the end of this day the peak of discomfort will have passed and from now on you will feel better and better with every hour.
Day 5: For most detoxers from here on it gets easier and easier as the kidneys begin to eliminate toxins faster than the body is putting them into the bloodstream. By the end of today you will start have a clear mind and positive outlook, you will feel light, supple, flexible and revived.
Day 6: You will really start to feel the benefits of the detox today, with growing energy and mental clarity and growing strength. It’s important to continue the supplements and colonic irrigations through to the last few days, since this is often where the most disgusting and putrid waste comes out.
Day 7: By now, having seen what has come out of your body from the colonic irrigations and your subsequent strength, well-being and mental clarity you might be convinced that the detox was incredibly beneficial.
You may understand how having such an abundance of toxins in the cells and tissues and such a mass of horrible waste in the colon would inevitably cause hair loss, and lead to long-term illness.
You may not even be hungry for food, and may be motivated to continue on another day of the detox to see how much more waste can be removed with colonic irrigations, and this is fine.
Congratulations, you’ve had the open-mindedness, will power and courage to do something almost no-one else can do. Your body and hair will reap the rewards for the next year because of this.
Post detox is an important time because we have the opportunity to restore the digestive tract with so called ‘friendly bacteria.’
Friendly bacteria are important for the proper digestion and assimilation of the food that we eat, thus having the wrong bacteria can lead to nutrient deficiency, auto-intoxication and aggravated immune response, all important factors that must be cured before hair loss can be reversed.
In most of the population the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria is about 1:5 but after the detox the gut has been swept clean by the psyllium powder and bentontie clay removing all bacterial colonies. So now is the perfect time to introduce friendly bacteria back into the gut.
The best way to restore friendly bacterial colonies is to take a lactobacteria supplement.
Acidopholus bifidus is an excellent choice but be sure to buy one that is of good quality and remains potent whilst being stored, otherwise the friendly bacteria would have died by now.
Keep taking the lactobacteria supplement for 2 weeks after the detox. You can read more about the importance of the micro biome for hair loss prevention here.
End the detox by consuming cooked vegetables or mild fruit, avoid animal products for the first day or so.
Now is an excellent time to start a new diet that is free from processed foods because your body will not crave these foods so much, and by now you’ve seen the damage they do to your body.
Find out about the best foods for fast hair growth here.
There’s no doubting that a 7 day detox, both the ideal and compromise methods, are not easy. They aren’t the magic pill solution that we might be used to.
However the results, in terms of reversing hair loss, and overall health and vitality are in my experience, and from what other men have told me, absolutely worth it.
One of the primary reasons that the percentage of men who suffer hair loss increases with age is that the older someone becomes, the thicker the lining of mucus on the colon becomes.
I mean how many friends do you know that complete yearly fasts and colonic irrigations?
This means absorption of beneficial nutrients and elimination of poisonous toxin from the blood becomes worse whilst the leaking of toxins into the bloodstream becomes greater.
Of course, if you use the method in our course, for all intents and purposes you will have your colon functioning at the same efficiency as a ten year old child (very good) and it won’t get worse with age.
Do a 7-day detox with colonic irrigations and chosen supplements once per year and you will keep your entire digestive tract in great shape.
You’ll age much slower, effectively cure your hair loss, and reduce the chances of chronic diseases like cancer by 1/5 or more. In the next post I will show you a secondary benefit that comes from the 7 day detox, it’s about heavy metals and hair loss.
I think you’ll find it very interesting and motivating.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?