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Hair loss is just one of those things that happens as we age. Hair is made out of protein, and every single strand has a normal life of about two to seven years. On average, hair grows about a half inch per month or six inches yearly.
Of course, this will vary greatly depending on genetics, age, endocrine disorders, chronic stress levels, hormonal health, and nutritional deficiencies. As we age, old hair gradually gets replaced with thinner and thinner strands until hair loss becomes significant.
Some people can keep a full head of thick hair well into their older years. However, as we become a generally more stressed and unhealthy society, the likelihood of people keeping their hair starts looking grimmer and grimmer.
According to this study from 1998, the proportion of men with moderate to extreme hair loss was 16% for men 18-29 years of age, but up to 53% for men ages 40-49. Fast forward to more recent day statistics, and it turns out that by age 35, approximately 66% of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss.
Yikes—just another trend quickly headed in the wrong direction.
Hair loss affects both men and women
Many people believe that hair loss only affects men, but that is not the case. It is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss. While hair loss in women is most common after childbirth or in menopause due to hormonal changes, other causes are much more preventable.
This takes us right back to one of the first things we mentioned; hair is made of protein. Especially in women, protein deficiency can be a leading cause of thinning or losing hair. After all, it would make sense that if you do not get enough protein, your body will correctly prioritize sending whatever you are getting to your organs and muscles and not your hair.
Generally speaking, crash diets, juice cleanses, and all other restrictive eating methods that women tend to gravitate towards to lose weight aren’t going to do your hair any favors. Not getting enough fat in your diet negatively impacts hormonal health, and not getting enough protein in your diet negatively impacts the rebuilding of new hair strands.
The key takeaway? No one wants to lose their hair, yet the prevalence of hair loss is another trend moving in the wrong direction. While there are plenty of expensive shampoos and treatments with inflated claims on how well they can solve the problem, for most people, hair loss is just another symptom of an inadequate diet combined with high-stress levels.
If your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs in order to thrive, hair will be the first thing to go. Want to keep a full head of thick hair for years to come? Make sure you are getting a whole-foods-based and balanced diet, skip the juice cleanse, and turn off the news. That would be a great place to start.
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