Are you afraid of losing your hair? Most people are, but they think it’s just something that happens when they grow older, and that there’s nothing they can do to prevent it.
That is not the case.
There are three environmental factors that help contribute to hair loss in both men and women.
We’ll list each factor below and then talk about what you can do about them.
The three factors that contribute to hair loss are:
1.The water you use to bathe
2.The water you drink
3.The foods you eat
Hard water hassles
You’ve heard of “hard” water and “soft” water.
Hard water is high in minerals such as calcium carbonate and magnesium. It can damage your plumbing – as you’ll know if you’ve ever had to deal with mineral scale buildup inside your water tank or drains.
Just as soap “sticks” to the minerals in your hard water and is one of the causes of plugged drains, shampoo sticks to those minerals and remains in your hair even after you’ve rinsed it off – with more hard water.
Over time, this mineral buildup on your hair makes your hair brittle, thus causing your hair to break more easily.
But there’s more. These minerals, and in particular calcium carbonate, build up on your scalp as well, causing “scalp calcification” which in turn leads to hair loss.
We haven’t mentioned chlorine – but chlorine is a chemical added to water to kill germs, good to ensure your water is free from bacteria– not so good for your hair. Make sure the water filters for faucets and shower heads remove chlorine as well.
Drinking water warnings
You’ve removed “hard” water to protect your hair from that exterior hassle. But, ironically, the trace minerals that you’ve just stripped out – calcium and magnesium - are minerals that help promote healthy hair growth when you drink water that contains them.
There are several vitamins and minerals that promote health in general and help ensure healthy hair as well, such as Vitamin C, B-Complex, Vitamin A, iron and so on.
Magnesium is important for blood flow – and blood flow to the scalp is essential to prevent hair loss. Calcium performs many essential tasks inside the body as well – including keeping our bones and teeth healthy. ( 2)
Since you’ve removed the minerals from your hard water to protect your hair externally, the solution is simple. Drink mineralized alkaline water, such as Santevia water that provides your body with the trace minerals it needs not only for general health but also to promote healthy hair growth and help prevent baldness.
Click here to learn about Santevia’s safe, healthy, great-tasting mineralized alkaline water.
We are what we eat. Yes, that’s a cliché. It’s also very true. One of the metaphors that food experts use is to compare our bodies to a high-performance car. If you put poor quality gasoline into a high-performance car, that car won’t perform very well. By the same token, if you put poor quality food into your body, your body won’t perform well.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, author of 20 books on healthy eating, refers to our diet as the Standard American Diet colloquially known as SAD. She points out that this diet is high in animal foods, white sugar and sugary foods, fried foods, prepared and processed foods – each full to the brim with food additives, fat and sugar. And that’s not including soda or pop, which is really nothing more than liquid sugar.
Is it any wonder so many people battle diseases like diabetes, obesity and cancer as a result of a poor diet?
But apart from disease, this diet can also affect hair loss, and even cause our hair to turn grey prematurely. That’s because all the fatty stuff in that diet interfere with a substance called glycosphingolipids – we’ll call it GLS for the sake of our sanity – which in turn affects many processes in our bodies – including keeping our hair healthy. ( 3)
Lifestyle improvements to combat baldness
We’ve already talked about using water filters to remove trace minerals from your water that can harm your hair and help cause baldness.
Removing processed foods, fried foods and white sugar from our diets may seem daunting at first, but some of that is simply because of the convenience that these foods provide.
Preparing fresh food in advance and then freezing it so that it can be accessed quickly and easily, “on demand,” eases the transition to healthy eating, healthy hair, and a healthy life.
Drinking great-tasting mineralized alkaline water instead of tap water or bottled water from the grocery store is yet another easy way to stay healthy, and keep healthy hair.
Visit Santevia’s Hair Loss Crisis Centre for more health tips and information on hair loss.