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5 Suprising Remedies That Stop Hair Loss Backed By Science

5 Suprising Remedies That Stop Hair Loss Backed By Science

Hair loss isn’t just a man’s problem. It affects women, too. Hair loss in women is usually not as noticeable because women suffer from hair thinning instead of pattern baldness, and they can cover up their condition with the use of certain hair styles.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Many factors affect hair health and can lead to hair loss. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Stress
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy

Note that you can’t really avoid many of those. In addition, there is one major cause of male pattern baldness that you need to be wary of: excess DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body.

DHT is an androgen present in both men and women. Testosterone conversion results in the formation of DHT. Excessive DHT levels in the body directly affect the hair follicles. Hair follicles are the structures in the dermal layer of the skin responsible for hair growth. Excess DHT levels are often the result of another condition called estrogen dominance. Since the DHT hormone opposes the negative effects of estrogen, the body try to increase it to protect itself from the side effects of excess estrogen levels.

When there is too much DHT in the hair follicles, the cells in the area cannot efficiently absorb nutrients. This will lead to shrinkage of the hair follicles and eventual hair thinning, complete follicle death, and consequently baldness.

Understanding the causes are important because it makes it easier to make a plan on how to approach and treat your hair loss.

Using Chili Peppers To Stop Hair Loss

Chilli peppers contain capsaicin – the compound which is responsible for its hotness. This compound is also known to help promote better hair growth.

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More studies are underway to form a deeper understanding of exactly how this hot compound works. What is known is that it speeds up hair growth by stimulating the action of IGF-1. This insulin-like growth factor activates the sensory neurons in the hair follicles that promote faster hair growth.

Studies show that this effect is more evident if capsaicin is taken together with soy isoflavones.

You can’t really live on just Chilli peppers so hair loss wise, it would be a good idea to start with capsaicin supplements or topical creams instead.

Try Soy Isoflavones

Soy is an excellent natural source of plant-based protein. Including this food in your daily diet can help provide more protein that hair follicles can use for hair growth.

Recent studies found that isoflavones derived from soy could help with hair loss. Soy isoflavones are organic compounds that work like phytoestrogens. They nudge DHT out of the hair follicles, reducing DHT accumulation.

The phytoestrogens in soy isoflavones are weak – and that’s a good thing. This means that they can reduce how much DHT binds to the hair follicles but will not cause any hormonal imbalance or affect estrogen in the body.

The weak estrogenic activity of isoflavones competes with DHT at the receptors in the hair follicles. That means less DHT accumulates in the hair follicles which will leave more space for nutrients from the blood to pass through and nourish the hair follicles.

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This eases the burden on the hair follicles. The follicles will be better nourished and their function is not hampered by too much DHT attached to its membranes, leading to better hair health and reduced hair loss.

Soy is also a healthy food that can help improve your overall health.

Try Weight Loss Supplements Carnitine and Raspberry Ketones

You’d be surprised that some supplements traditionally used for weight loss have been found to have potent capabilities to stop hair loss in both topical and pill forms.

You know Carnitine as a weight loss supplement, but recent studies showed its mechanism may have positive effects beyond weight loss.

One such study was conducted in Germany, at the University of Lubeck. Carnitine demonstrated the ability to stimulate elongation of the hair shaft, reducing cell death and enhancing hair growth.

According to the study, carnitine was able to produce these effects by boosting the proliferation of follicular keratinocytes – the epidermal cells that produce keratin, which hair strands are made of. It also slowed down cellular death.

Prolonging the life and function of the keratinocytes within the hair follicles means you get to benefit from a healthier scalp and consequently, thicker hair.

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Carnitine helps transport fatty acids that easily enter the hair follicles. These fats are easily burned by the cells to produce energy. The increase in energy helps the hair follicles to function better, which can result in more hair growth and reduced hair loss.

Hair loss can also be an effect of oxidative damage. This is the destruction of the cells from exposure to toxins and free radicals. Carnitine may help in protecting the cells, including the hair follicles, from oxidative damage, guarding against hair loss.

Raspberry ketones are another widely known weight loss supplement. This substance is found in red raspberries, kiwis, strawberries and cranberries.

Like carnitine, raspberry ketones gained attention as a weight loss substance, having similar characteristics to capsaicin. One study in Japan was able to demonstrate raspberry ketones ability to grow hair. Around 50% of the participants in this study experienced hair growth after a 5-month treatment with raspberry ketones. The participants were suffering from alopecia or spot baldness.

Another study found how raspberry ketones work towards promoting hair growth. They work by stimulating the sensory nerve endings around the hair follicles. This stimulation leads to increased hair growth.

Use Essential Oils to Boost Hair Growth

Hair loss can also be reversed using essential oils. Long before science was able to isolate and study raspberry ketones, soy isoflavones, carnitine, and capsaicin, people were already using essential oils on their hair.

The top 3 essential oils recommended for reducing hair loss are rosemary, cedarwood and clary sage essential oils. Add these essential oils to your favorite hair loss shampoo for greater benefits.

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Rosemary oil enhances hair growth for thicker hair. This effect is believed to be a result of the oil’s positive effect on cellular metabolism.

Cedarwood oil increases blood flow to the scalp. More nutrients are delivered to the hair follicles that can help boost hair growth. This essential oil can help treat hair thinning and certain types of alopecia (baldness).

Clary sage oil balances scalp oils. It can help keep the hair healthy and shiny. Try not to use too much though because doing so can cause oily hair and other scalp and hair problems. Clary sage essential oil helps control the amount of scalp oil for healthier hair. This oil also works similarly to rosemary essential oil. It increases cellular metabolism for faster hair growth and has hormonal balancing properties that can help in controlling excess DHT.

Conclusion

Hair loss affects everyone. It can happen even as early as in your twenties. Try a natural remedy free of side effects, compared to pharmaceutical treatments. Do something about your hair loss before the problem gets out of control. Even small dietary changes such as a cup of tea per day can help improve your hair loss.

The key to success is to address hair loss early. Do not wait for bald spots to appear before you do something about it.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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