Workout supplements: How gaining muscle might be making your hair fall out
Being thin or skinny used to be the body trend everybody chased after, nowadays it’s all about being fit. As far as trends go this is a pretty good one to follow, as in theory it promotes healthy eating, regular exercise and being mindful about your lifestyle.
Some people have amazing discipline and dedication on top of that, choosing to take things to the next level, building up their muscles to impressive levels. As you can imagine, such training requires a lot of energy and it’s important to replenish the body when undertaking such straining workouts. The problem is that some active ingredients in supplements can act as double-edged swords.
The issue with sports nutrition and workout support
As many fitness buffs will tell you, shakes and other workout supplements can come in handy when you’re trying to get in shape. On the other hand, such dietary supplements have often also been demonized.
What’s important to know is what to look out for and how certain components can affect your body. If you’re worried about Hair Loss, you may want to avoid testosterone boosters and performance enhancers like creatine.
Protein shakes aren’t the culprits in this scenario – at least not the pure protein ones. For instance, products that are 100% whey or egg based and free from additives shouldn’t contribute to your Hair Loss – though be aware that the increase of nitrogen-based amino acids (which make up protein molecules) in your body can stress your liver and kidneys over time.
What you do have to keep an eye on, are protein shakes that only have a certain percentage of protein concentrate, as the remaining compounds may have adverse side effects.
Growth hormones: mass over frizz
Those who suffer from Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenic Alopecia), or are likely to due to genetics, are subject to the influence of a steroid and hormone known as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). It plays an important androgenic role by affecting the development and maintenance of male characteristics as well as the production of blood cells. However, it can also contribute to Hair Loss by reducing and inhibiting the hair’s natural growth process (for a detailed explanation, click here).
Where’s the connection, we hear you ask? Well, an enzyme called 5a-reductase synthesises testosterone and turns it into DHT. Effectively, it means that substances which increase testosterone levels, will also contribute to a rise in DHT levels.
Steroids that promote testosterone production for its muscle building properties are no longer available for commercial distribution and have been replaced with natural alternatives, such as DHEA (a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands). We’d avoid it since those who ingest it for any other reason than to supplement a DHEA deficiency potentially end up with nefarious side effects. Likewise, although creatine is very popular and effective in boosting athletic performance, numerous studies have shown that it does raise testosterone levels.
To be clear, all we’re saying here is that these dietary supplements are best avoided if you’re genetically predisposed for Hair Loss, or if you’ve already started experiencing thinning, as in these situations high testosterone levels are likely to aggravate the condition.
Unsure what is causing hair loss?
If you are unsure about what is causing your hair loss we have a hair loss DNA test called the The Fagron TrichoTest. This test works by analysing 3 polymorphisms within 16 DNA mutations (SNPs), analysing a total of 48 genetic variations. The test combines the analysis of genetic variations, lifestyle factors and literature related to hair loss treatment. The results will allow the patient to see the likely cause of their hair loss and our team of hair loss experts will be able to suggest the most appropriate treatment options through topical, oral or surgical solutions.
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