Bodybuilding and Hair Loss
A common debate in the fitness world is “does bodybuilding cause hair loss?” Although hair loss caused by heavy weightlifting can’t be totally ruled out, it is not the act itself that causes the negative side effects. There are many factors that result in hair thinning and shedding, and it starts with each person’s specific genetic makeup.
How Hair Loss Happens
In general, a biological male naturally has more testosterone in their bodies than females. That is why males are typically bigger and stronger. Testosterone naturally builds muscle mass; therefore, bodybuilders will often take supplements and steroids that increase testosterone production. While it will help speed up the physical benefits of weightlifting, unfortunately an increase in testosterone also means an increase in a hormone called DHT.
DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women. The 5-AR enzyme that is present in all of our bodies, converts testosterone into DHT. This DHT builds up around the hair follicle and over time, if not treated, the hair follicle will weaken and die, causing permanent hair loss.
When testosterone is increased due to supplements and steroids, this 5-AR enzyme converts more testosterone into DHT, resulting in hair thinning and shedding.
How to Treat Hair Loss
Since excessive weightlifting can lead to hair loss, one way to help with hair thinning and shedding is to balance workouts with cardio. Although cardio will not directly lower your T levels (testosterone levels), weight loss in general can help with balanced hormones. Ideally, you are aiming for a healthy hormone balance, and a routine of weightlifting and cardio can help.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet is essential for healthy hair growth. Bodybuilders tend to eat a protein-heavy diet, and although protein is important for hair growth, it requires a bit more. Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs an abundance of nutrients to stay healthy. Incorporating other nutrient rich foods into your diet such as berries, nuts, vegetables and healthy fats is known to increase hair growth.
Proper hydration seems to be the answer to so many health problems, and it doesn’t stop with your hair! Not only does dehydration slow the hair growth process, but excess sweating can clog hair follicles. This leads to slower growing hair that often becomes dry, brittle and more susceptible to breakage. Drinking the recommended amount of water a day per day (an ounce per pound you weigh) is beneficial to a healthy scalp and full head of hair.
Use a Natural Hair Growth Shampoo
Zenagen’s Revolve Thickening Shampoo Treatment is an easy-to-use, natural way to treat pattern baldness. It is an efficient hair loss solution that cleanses DHT at the source. Revolve penetrates the scalp with a gentle green tea delivery system and the help of other nutraceutical ingredients. Revolve removes existing DHT and prevents its future production for up to 48 hours. We recommend using every other day, but it’s important to keep your scalp and hair clean, so if you’re working out regularly and want to shampoo every day, use one that’s free from SLS and other harsh sulfates. If you want to learn the difference, read here.
If your hair is important to you, then balance is key when living this lifestyle! Remember to have balanced workouts, diet, and water intake. Try getting your nutrients naturally through your diet instead of taking supplements. And finally, the easiest way to grow stronger, thicker hair is by using Zenagen’s Revolve system!