Healthy Hair Growth and Hormonal Imbalances

Hormones are some of the body's most important, and powerful, chemical messengers. They are secreted by endocrine glands and travel, via the bloodstream, to tissues or organs where they have an effect upon many different processes, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction, and yes, hair growth. It takes only a very small shift or imbalance of hormones to cause dramatic changes in cells, organs, or the entire body.

Hormonal imbalances can occur in women during menopause and perimenopause, pregnancy, or with endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). They also occur in men during andropause, and are a common cause of hair loss in both men and women.

Top Issues for Hair Loss due to Hormonal Imbalance

Below we address some common concerns regarding hair loss due to hormonal imbalance, as well as offer natural alternatives for healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.

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Natural Remedies for Hair Loss due to Hormonal Imbalance

Try these natural remedies to help reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss and encourage healthy hair regrowth. It's important to always consult your physician first, before pursuing any alternatives.


Stinging nettle.

Stinging nettle has long been used as a hair tonic to stimulate new hair growth. Research indicates that nettle root may prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT, especially when combined with other herbs such as Saw Palmetto. Nettle leaf tea is extremely nutritive and provides many trace minerals and other micronutrients that may help reduce or prevent hair loss. Rinsing the hair with nettle leaf is a traditional remedy for helping to restore the hair back to its original color.


Reduce omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are types of essential fatty acids (EFAs) - meaning we cannot make them on our own and have to obtain them from our diet. Both are polyunsaturated fatty acids, meaning they contain carbon atoms which have double bonds capable of accepting hydrogen atoms, but differ from each other in their chemical structure. 

In modern diets, the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids are from cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod, and bluefish. Vegetarian sources include walnuts, flax seeds, or chia seeds, which contain a precursor omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) that must be converted in our body to its beneficial DHA and EPA metabolites; however, this conversion is very inefficient (very little conversion naturally occurs), thus marine omega-3 sources (cold-water fish, algae, chlorella, and spirulina) are more practical choices. 

By contrast, sources of omega-6 fatty acids are numerous in modern diets. They are found in many seeds and nuts, as well as the oils extracted from them. Refined vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, canola oil, or palm oil, are used in most of the processed snack foods, cookies, crackers, and sweets in the American diet as well as in "fast food." 

The body constructs a wide variety of hormones/chemicals (prostaglandins, leukotrienes, eicosandoids, and others) from these fatty acids: Those from omega-6 fatty acids tend to increase inflammation (an important component of the immune response), blood clotting, and cell proliferation; while those from omega-3 fatty acids tend to decrease those functions. Both families of these hormones must be in balance to maintain optimum health.

Many nutrition experts believe that before we relied so heavily on processed foods, humans consumed omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in roughly equal amounts. But to our detriment, most North Americans and Europeans now get far too much omega-6, which are pro-inflammatory, and not enough omega-3. Chronic inflammation can lead to a host of degenerative conditions.

Try to reduce the use of vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, and palm oil, margarine and shortening, or other chemically altered fats. Choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, and olive oil, and consume higher levels of omega-3 rich foods.


Limit caffeine.

Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system, especially if there are other hormone stressors involved including toxins, a fat imbalance or stress. 


Get enough sleep.

If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are at risk for a hormone imbalance. Restorative sleep not only improves hormone balance, but can lead to a longer life, reduce your chance of disease and help maintain optimal weight.


Consume phytosterols.

Phytosterols, plant-derived sterols that are structurally similar to human cholesterol, may inhibit the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, and block the production of DHT. Foods with high levels of phytosterols include soy, wheat germ, peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, Brussels sprouts, olive oil and rye bread.


Supplement with Hair Essentials™.

With any hair loss condition, it's also important to eat a balanced, healthy diet, manage the stress in your life, get quality sleep each night, and reduce exposure to environmental toxins. You may also consider supplementing with Hair Essentials, which can improve the growth rate, strength, and vitality of hair. Its more than 20 all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the scalp where they work in combination to:

  • Reduce the production of DHT
  • Inhibit the binding of DHT to hair follicles
  • Stimulate inactive hair follicles
  • Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
  • Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
  • Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
  • Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair
  • Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
  • Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth