Dht is the male hormone that does all the heavy lifting during puberty and it's really important to really understand it and to understand the various ways that you can block dht and remove it from the scalp without experiencing side effects and at the end of the chapter I also want to share medications that can cause side effects.
Dht stands for dihydrotestosterone it's a hormone that's produced in the skin liver and testes dht is present in both men and women but dht-related hair loss otherwise known as pattern baldness is much more prevalent in men than women because dht is on the higher scale
Lemon Juice and Charcoal Scalp Scrub
This natural scrub is tough enough to remove DHT, sebum, dead skin cells, hair gels or sprays but it’s also gentle enough to not damage your hair follicles or scalp.
We’ll be making enough to last for about two or three weeks. Many trichologists suggest using a scalp exfoliant once per week.
You will need:
- A blender or juicer.
- Plastic bottle
- Plastic Funnel
And here's your shopping list:
- One whole lemon
- Himalayan Sea salt
- Powdered activated charcoal
Take the juice of 1 whole lemon and blend it with an entire cucumber.
Add around 100g of ginger and half a tablespoon of the Himalayan salt.
Add1 teaspoon of powdered activated charcoal.
Using your plastic funnel, add this mixture to your plastic bottle and give it a vigorous shake until it's well-mixed. Now you're going to need at least 10 minutes to spare.
Apply the mixture all over the scalp - paying particular attention to areas that are thinning, because this may be where DHT has latched onto your hair follicles and has started the miniaturization process.
So the aim is to gently massage the mixture in, don’t scrub roughly, as you don’t want to break or damage your hair or scalp. Massage is also a really good way to stimulate the scalp, it’s helping to wake up the blood vessels under the skin, so it’s improving circulation
Massaging the scalp is also good for reducing stress, it’s helping to lower your levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone, and this study actually found that stress can shift hair from the growing phase, into the shedding phase, so it’s important to reduce stress in your life, if you’re fighting hair loss.
Once you’ve gently massaged it in - leave the mixture to work its magic on the scalp for ten to fifteen minutes.
Rinse the mixture out with warm (but not hot) water. So after at least a month of doing this, you’re going to start noticing a real difference in the health of your scalp.
Also, don’t forget to keep it in the fridge.
Next up although they don't actually block dht I want to talk a little bit about essential oil massage for hair growth.
Various studies have found that massaging your hair with essential oils can be really effective to regrow lost hair.
This study on lavender oil found that lavender oil generated faster hair growth in mice lavender oil is rich in antibacterial properties they help to clear and prevent fungal conditions on the scalp so, it's great for getting rid of pesky dhtRosemary oil
This oil is a popular natural remedy known for its healing properties and relaxing fragrant scent. In a team of Iranian researchers found in this study that rosemary oil produced an increase in hair growth similar to minoxidil over the course of six months. Patients in the rosemary group also experienced less side effects compared to the minoxidil group.Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is derived from a plant native to Europe. Massaging peppermint oil into the scalp can increase blood circulation to the scalp and the act of massaging the scalp is great for encouraging blood flow vivifying hair follicles and promoting hair growth.
Peppermint also helps to cleanse and open up blocked pores.
Korean researchers studied the effects of peppermint oil on hair growth compared to minoxidil yoga oil and salt water moreover compared to minoxidil peppermint essential oil was found to have achieved more hair growth than minoxidilPumpkin seed oil
In this study researchers found that hair increased by as much as over the course of weeks tea tree oil this antimicrobial and antifungal oil can help to unclog hair follicles heal scalp conditions such as dandruff and nourish roots tea tree oil also has anti-androgenic properties which can block and reduce dht production choose your fighter
Snacks to block DHT
So for all of the snacks I’m going to mention, you’re going to want to eat roughly a handful each day. Keep them in your drawer at work. Keep them in your gym bag. Replace all your unhealthy snacks with these:Cashew nuts
Raw cashew nuts are great for two reasons! They’re rich in Zinc and Protein! Zinc is really useful. It helps to stop testosterone from converting to DHT in the first place. Zinc also helps to maintain healthy tissue growth and tissue repair. I’m going to talk a little bit more about protein at the end. Protein doesn’t block DHT but it does help to maintain healthy hair. Aim for 10 to 35% of what you’re eating every day to be protein-based.Almonds
Almonds are rich in L-lysine, which helps to stop DHT from forming in the first place. Almonds are also a great source of protein.Pecans
Pecans are high in gamma-tocopherol; which is a fantastic source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is also useful in soothing scalp inflammation and slows down any resulting hair loss. It’s also an ingredient that’s included in a lot of skin creams. Pecans are also packed with Iron, Manganese, and Selenium, Which are extremely useful in helping to maintain healthy hair follicles.Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of phytosterols, including one called beta-sitosterol. Research shows that Beta-sitosterol inhibits 5-alpha-reductase which as you know is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of Testosterone to DHT.Peanuts
Peanuts are one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, packed with Vitamin E, Fiber Folates Protein Omega 3 Omega 6 Fatty acids and this study found that peanuts could be a good supplementation for a hair growth diet in women experiencing hair loss,Flax Seeds
Flax Seeds are rich in Alpha-Linolenic acid, (ALA) which helps to regulate or inhibit 5-Alpha Reductase. Just while we’re talking about Flax Seeds - you can actually apply Flax Seed Oil to your hair, If you massage it into the scalp, smooth it from root to tip, keep it in for 15 minutes and then wash it out. The Omega3 Fatty Acids really help to add shine to your hair.
Coffee Exfoliant scrub
Coffee really is an unsung hair hero in your kitchen cabinet. Lots of men in particular may not know that caffeine treatments are extremely useful if they’ve started experiencing hair loss. In this 2012 study, researchers found that caffeine can even help to suppress male pattern baldness in the laboratory environment. And a number of scientific studies also highlight that when caffeine is applied directly to the scalp it can help stimulate hair growth:
Caffeine helps to stimulate the blood vessels beneath the scalp, encourage healthy hair growth, slow down hair loss and can also help to keep hair shiny and soft.
The Best Foods to Block DHT
Now let's talk about the best foods for blocking DHT
Watermelon is high in lycopene, it creates the red pigment in certain fruits like tomatoes and watermelons and it's fantastic for blocking DHT. Watermelon is also a rich source of Vitamin C, B12 and B6 and citrulline which helps to eliminate excess dht from the body
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Next up are carrots also extremely high in Lycopene.Carrots help to inhibit dht so we recommend eating at least one raw carrot per day which helps to reduce DHT levels in the scalp. Rumor has it that the darker the carrots the more lycopene it's likely to have.
Other foods that are high in lysine are guava, tomatoes interesting fact tinned and processed tomatoes have a higher lycopene content than fresh tomatoes. Stock up on tinned tomatoes or processed pasta sauces that you can get from the shop. They are better for you for your hair than fresh tomatoes - who knew!
Other foods that are high in lycopene include
- pink grapefruit
- red bell peppers
- red cabbage
- and mangoes
Some of the highest lycopene foods by nutrient density:
- sun-dried tomatoes
- pasta sauces,
- rose hips
- canned minestrone
- manhattan clam chowder
- and papaya
As well as being useful in helping to block DHT, lycopene has been found in some studies to help to:
- reduce the risk of certain cancers
- protect against heart disease and
- Reduce the risk of macular degeneration
White mushrooms are high in zinc and pantothenic acid both of which help hair follicles remain healthy. A great snack if you want to block DHT are pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called Delta Seven Uterine which can help to prevent the buildup of dht in the hair follicles .Another handy snack are peanuts these contain l-lysine which is a helpful DHT blocker.Oysters
If you like oysters then i've got some fantastic news for you because oysters are a fantastic DHT blocker. Oysters are one of the richest sources of zinc - a mineral that can help to reduce the production of DHT. Oysters also extremely rich in potassium and magnesium.
Other foods that are also extremely high in zinc are:
- Cashew nuts and
- Wheat germ
I also wanted to mention a nutrient that doesn't actually block dht but it's fantastic for keeping your hair and scalp healthy because when your scalp is healthy it's the best environment possible for healthy hair growth and that is biotin!
Foods that are high in biotin include:
- Wheat germ
- Swiss chard
- Legumes as well as
You want to have as many of these as possible in your daily diet to ensure that your scalp is as healthy as possible.
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I do also feel that it's really, important to mention that even if you are taking on sort of a DHT blocking diet it's not going to be as effective if it's not part of a larger healthy balanced diet. You need to really aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night Sleep helps to repair all of your cells - including cells at the scalp.
Aim to do at least one bit of exercise per around 30 minutes per day of cardio helps to reduce DHT levels in the blood- I've got a previous video on this where I talk about how dht can increase with certain types of exercise.
Did you know that if you do weights - lifting it can increase DHT levels in conjunction with taking Whey Protein or Creatine. This is something you'd want to bear in mind if you're genetically predisposed to Balding, but in my previous video I share that if you're genetically predisposed to balding, Whey Protein and things like Creatine accelerate the rate of hair loss. So for example if you're in your mid-20s your hair could start shedding as if you were in your 50s. Avoid whey protein and creatine and stick to natural sources of protein and creatine for example eggs, red meat and fish. It's also a really good idea to reduce stress levels.
Cortisol which is the stress hormone can shift hair follicles out of the growing or resting phase and into the shedding phase which is why when we're stressed hair can seem to shed much faster and can start to go gray. So as far as possible reduce your stress levels and take on stress coping mechanisms, for example meditation and doing something you enjoy - even if it's just reading or going for awalk and watching a program that really makes you happy like, I really likeArrested Development and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and that just puts me in my happy place!
As well as these foods, it's a great idea to incorporate certain drinks especially Green Tea. Green Tea is extremely high in antioxidants which help to slow down the conversion of Testosterone to DHT. You can also do a green tea rinse so boil a little pot of green tea, let it cool and you can rinse it through your hair before or after washing and that helps to block DHT on the scalp.
Finasteride acts as a specific inhibitor of type 2 5-alpha reductase treatment with finasteride may have some effect on type 1 5-alpha reductase which is predominantly expressed in sebaceous glands of most regions of skin including the scalp and the liver. Lowering the body's levels of dht may correct hair loss but problems arise because the sex hormone is also important for maintaining the structural integrity of nerves smooth muscle connective tissue and signaling pathways in the penis.
Finasteride has been around for almost 30 years extensive testing has been done on this drug and it's largely considered safe and effective in treating hair loss. For one in 20 men who take finasteride there are going to be some long-term and potentially permanent side effects the most common of which include impotence ,loss of interest in sex, trouble having an orgasm, abnormal ejaculation, swelling in your hands or feet swelling or tenderness in your breast’s dizziness weakness feeling like you might pass out headache runny nose or skin rash
In some men finasteride may decrease the amount of semen released during sex this is a harmless side effect but has continued in some men even after they've stopped taking finasteride. This may become more of a concern for you if you want to start a family if this happens to you it's important to tell your doctor immediately if the side effects get worse or persist. So how can you avoid the side effects of finasteride? There has been some discussion online that it's not necessary to take one milligram of Propecia per day. Dr Vikram J Aprakash and Dr Russell Nudson point out that finasteride can stay in the skin for up to 30 days and they advise to take it three times per week which is enough to mop up five alpha reductase without causing any permanent or long-term side effects.
If you do experience side effects it's likely that your doctor will lower your dosage or stop you from taking finasteride all together so before I close off I just want to highlight again that the side effects of finasteride are relatively low. So around five percent of men will experience short-term side effects but they'll gently ease off once you stop taking finasteride it's important to remember that finasteride can stay in the body for up to 30 days so each tablet stays in the skin and the scalp for around 30 days and you build up a level of finasteride in the body. So if for example you've been taking finasteride for three months and then start to develop side effects it could take another three months for the finasteride to really drain out of your system.
It may take much longer or less time but it's really important to speak to your doctor once you start experiencing the side effects of finasteride. It's also important to tell your doctor if you experience any of the serious side effects including nipple discharge, breast tenderness, a lump in the breast, breast enlargement, pain in the testicles or inability to urinate.
An allergic reaction isn't likely but it does require immediate attention. The symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include itching or swelling especially in the face throat a rash trouble breathing and severe dizziness. The sexual side effects of Propecia may continue after you stop taking it it's always important to speak to your doctor before you start taking finasteride. Propecia may also decrease in blood prostate-specific antigen or psa levels and can affect the psa blood test.
It's extremely important that any pregnant women do not handle the finasteride tablet. Studies show that finasteride can cause birth defects in particular in male fetuses it can cause a birth defect that affects the development of male genitalia. Finasteride should also not be handled by any breastfeeding women
Propecia is available in the strength of one milligram tablet the recommended dose of Propecia is one tablet taken daily and apparently president trump has taken Propecia for many years in general, daily use for three months is necessary before hair growth is observed. Before using Propecia also be mindful to tell your doctor about your medical history especially of prostate cancer liver disease infections and urinary problems the vast majority of men who do experience side effects notice that the side effects stop once they stop taking the medication I also feel it's important to reiterate that these side effects are in fact rare.