As we get older, we tend to think of our health as a tower of cards where we sit and wait for the slightest wind to rush by and knock them all down. Although, in reality, things aren’t quite this drastic. We certainly put a much bigger emphasis on our physical and mental health, as well as our overall well being as we get older, and it seems like the small health issues one moment can turn into major concerns later on.
One concern for a lot of men is that they will lose all of their hair by old age. Although this may seem like a relatively minor concern compared to a lot of other things you could be worrying about, it’s the things that could be causing it that should be of concern to you. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at what’s causing hair loss and how you can halt it in its tracks, in turn reducing your likelihood for a whole slew of other health conditions.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water is the essence of life. Your body is 60 percent water and works 24/7 to keep every part of your body hydrated and healthy. It maintains digestion, circulation, saliva creation, transporting nutrients, and your body temperature. Every organ of the human body is affected by water intake. If you’re dehydrated, those organs may not be able to do their job when they need to. However, if they’re hydrated, you’re giving them the ability to work at their highest potential all the time.
When it comes to hair loss, it’s important to remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and your skin has an important role in hair growth and development. One fourth of each of your hair strands is made up of water, and a significant amount of water is needed in order for hair follicles to grow. Believe it or not, your body has priorities when it comes to water usage. If you’re not drinking enough water, your body will use what little water it has on its most vital processes such as heart, lung, and kidney function, while other things like hair growth get put on the back burner. You can be thankful knowing that the water you drink is keeping you healthy, but if you aren’t drinking enough, you may be unhappy with the results. In addition to this, if you’re properly hydrated, your skin will be healthy and be able to produce hair follicles more easily.
Improve Your Diet
The food you eat is a crucial part of the overall health of your hair. Second only to intestinal cells, the cells in your hair are the fastest growing cells in your body. Additionally, there are around 120,000 hairs growing on your head at any given moment. Similar to how your body prioritizes its water usage, your body doesn’t see your hair as a vital part of the body when it comes to nutritional needs either. The problem here is that it isn’t just a lack of nutrients that results in hair loss, it’s a lack of the right nutrients. A lack of iron and ferritin is known to result in hair loss, in addition to an excess of vitamin A.
Another problem that could cause hair loss is a diet that isn’t balanced. For example, a diet with a lack or excess of protein could result in hair loss. Your body’s cells need a combination of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, iron, and protein in order to function at its best and there’s no exception when it comes to keeping healthy hair.
See A Dermatologist
Of course, if you’re experiencing hair loss, what better way to treat it than to visit an expert who specializes in it? Although a dermatologist will fully analyze the cause of your hair loss and make recommendations for treatment based off your situation, there are certain treatments you’ll only be able to receive from them. This includes something called Rogaine (minoxidil) foam or solution. This is an over-the-counter drug that is applied directly to your head twice-a-day but is more effective at growing hair on the crown than the front of your head which is what concerns many men.
Finasteride, also known as propecia, is another prescription pill that a dermatologist may recommend. Sometimes this will be used in conjunction with Rogaine in order to achieve the best results, but it must be used consistently in order to see the best results. Your dermatologist will most likely advise against other topical treatments because they can have unintended side effects on your the health of your hair.
Contact Charleston Men’s Clinic
There’s no shame in seeking help for health issues as you get older. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we understand that some health conditions such as erectile dysfunction or low testosterone can be difficult to seek treatment for and even downright embarrassing at times. As medical specialists, we understand these issues and want to provide you with treatment for them. Our process is simple: just give us a call and we’ll set up a consultation with you where we’ll discuss your sexual health and well being. If we determine that there is an issue, we’ll provide you with a whole host of options for treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference.