Stop and Reverse Hair Loss During Perimenopause
Using Natural DHT Blockers vs By Making Lifestyle Changes vs By Changing Your Diet ... and 1 more

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Perimenopause refers to the hormonal changes that take place gradually over a period as long as fifteen years before a woman experiences actual menopause. During this time two-thirds of women will start losing more hair than they can grow which results in the thinning of hair.

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Here are some natural methods you can use to address perimenopausal hair loss.

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Method 1: Using Natural DHT Blockers

Hair loss in perimenopausal women is the result of diminishing estrogen levels. Estrogen dampens down the effect of testosterone, which in turn produces the sex hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT has the odd effect of discouraging hair growth on the head and encouraging hair growth on the face. Thankfully, you can block an overproduction of DHT by taking the following measures.

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    Eat cooked Swiss Chard.
    Swiss Chard contains two very powerful DHT blockers including betalin and syringic acid which help the scalp follicles heal themselves of DHT and grow new hair.
    Cooked Swiss Chard is a natural DHT blocker that helps perimenopausal hair loss.
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    Eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day.
    Pumpkin seeds contain a steroid that is a natural DHT blocking agent and that helps clear the hair follicles of excess sebum.
    Pumpkin seeds contain a natural steroid that helps with perimenopausal hair loss.
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    Eat a handful of nuts that are rich in the amino acid L-Lysine every day.
    Almonds, cashews, pecans and peanuts contain L-Lysine, which is a natural DHT inhibitor. Nuts also contain protein, which helps build healthy hair, as well as healthy fats that keep hair flexible and strong. These DHT blocking legumes are also rich in amino acids; the building blocks of healthy hair strands.
    Cashews help mitigate hair loss from perimenopause.
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    Eat foods that are rich in biotin every day.
    Biotin is a natural DHT blocker that is found in bananas, chicken, egg yolks, Brewer's yeast, halibut, tuna, turkey, yogurt, buttermilk, strawberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and avocados.
    Turkey is rich in biotin, which is a natural DHT blocker.
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    Eat foods that are rich in zinc every day.
    Zinc is a bioavailable mineral that is an effective DHT blocker. These foods include kale, white mushrooms, lobster, crab, pork shop, roast beef, chickpeas, Swiss cheese and oatmeal.
    Lobster is rich in zinc which helps stop perimenopausal hair loss.
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    Eat foods that are rich in lycopene every day.
    This includes tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, grapefruit, sweet red peppers, red cabbage, mango, cooked asparagus, carrots and sweet potato.
    Roasted red peppers are an excellent source of lycopene, which helps grow hair.
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    Rinse your hair three times a week with raw apple cider vinegar.
    Apple cider vinegar is a natural DHT blocker because it is so alkaline. Mix four tablespoons of the raw apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of warm water in a squeeze bottle an apply the mixture to your hair. Do not rinse it out.
    Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar prevents perimenopausal hair loss.
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    Rinse your hair with home made brewed Basil Leaf water.
    Basil leaves are effective, natural DHT blockers. Brew basil leaves in water as you would make a tea and then dispense into a squeeze bottle. When you are ready to rinse your hair after a shampoo, pour the rinse over your locks and massage it into your scalp.
    Make Basil Leaf Tea and use it as a rinse for your hair.
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    Massage your hair with Emu Oil.
    Emu oil contains linoleic acid, which halts DHT production. It is rich in fatty acids that promote hair growth. Simply massage the oil through clean dry hair and leave it on all day. You can also rinse it off if you like but try to leave the oil on your hair for at least an hour.
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Method 2: By Making Lifestyle Changes

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    Avoid emotional dramas, anxiety and stress.
    If you are losing your hair it is time to eliminate all drama in your life and try to find some inner peace by just spending some time with yourself in meditation, taking a walk or simply doing something you enjoy. Too much emotional stress produced cortisol, which tells the endocrine system to produce testosterone and the result is a build-up of DHT on the scalp.
    Avoid emotional dramas to help prevent hair loss due to perimenopause.
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    Take an hour walk once a day.
    If you can't manage taking a stroll every day then try for at least once a week. Walking helps reduce cortisol levels in your body, which in turn decreases the production of DHT on your scalp. The less excitement and physical stress you have in your life during per menopause, the better.
    Taking a stroll every day can really help women lower their risk of hair loss.
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    Stimulate your scalp every day by vigorously massaging it.
    This can be done with your hands or a scalp massaging device. Massaging your head helps increase circulation to the hair follicles, which in turn helps them repair themselves and grow new hair.
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    Wash your hair with a dandruff shampoo every three or four days.
    Perimenopausal women have issues with dry scalp and clogged hair follicles. A shampoo that combats dandruff, like Head and Shoulders, contains selenium, which clarifies the scalp and encourage new hair growth.
    Using an anti-dandruff shampoo can help perimenopausal women keep their hair.
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    Avoid traction damage to hair by avoiding hairstyles that pull on hair follicles.
    This means no braids, ponytails or buns that can pull or stretch hairs in ways that cause them to be unrooted from the scalp or break at the root.
    Tight braids can cause hair weakened by perimenopause to fall out.
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    Stop chemically processing your hair by dying, straightening or perming it.
    Not only do many of the processes cause traction damage, but they also cause thinning hairs due to perimenopause to fall out faster.
    Dying your hair stressed out the thinner hair strands and less secure follicles that can be a symptom of perimenopause.
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    Avoid using hair products with too many chemicals.
    Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Oleyl betain and mineral oils are ingredients on hair product labels to be avoided. They can cause hair follicles that are already overworked from perimenopausal stress to become even weaker.
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    Use aromatherapy with Frankincense oil to help yourself relax.
    Studies have shown that frankincense oil is one of the most effective natural aromatic sedatives available. Simply disperse the essential oil in a burner or vaporizer to promote deep breathing and calmness.
    Frankincense resin oil, made from the bark of the Frankincense tree, helps prevent cortisol production and excessive DHT production.
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    Be sure to get a good night's sleep.
    The hormonal disruptions that can come with the onset of perimenopause can include restlessness and insomnia. Be sure to sleep in a cool ventilated room and do not skimp on sleeping time. Perimenopausal women need at least eight hours of sleep a night to help balance their hormones and feel relaxed.
    It is essential for perimenopausal women to get enough rest or risk hair loss.
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Method 3: By Changing Your Diet

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    Eliminate sugar from your diet.
    This includes fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose and glucose. Substitute Truvia or Stevia instead. The reason this is so important is because perimenopausal women are prone to blood sugar imbalances that trigger hormones to overproduce DHT. This can eventually cause baldness.
    Women in perimenopause self-medicate with sugary treats to feel better but sugar consumption causes hair loss.
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    Stop using artificial sweeteners.
    Artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Sweet 'n Low, Splenda and Sugar twin provoke hormonal disruptions that can cause hair loss.
    Artificial sweeteners cause DHT overproduction and hair loss in perimenopausal women.
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    Stop drinking coffee and drink tea instead.
    Both green tea and black tea contain constituents that block DHT. Coffee disrupts your endocrine system and suppresses estrogen, which in turn causes and overproduction of DHT and hair loss.
    Drinking black tea instead of coffee helps prevent hair loss in perimenopausal women.
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    Eat a high protein, no-carb, low carb diet.
    The recommended diet for someone suffering form thinning hair would be the Paleo diet in which you avoid eating all white foods such as dairy, potatoes, bread, rice or potatoes and stick to eating foods that are high protein and brightly colored as those are the foods that are most nutritious for you.
    An example of a Paleo Diet entree that consists of meat and vegetables and no white carbs.
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    Avoid all refined, processed and packaged food.
    This is called "eating clean." The chemicals in junk foods, packaged baked goods and pre-prepared foods cause hormonal disruptions that in turn cause balding.
    The chemicals in prepackaged food causes hair loss in perimenopausal women.
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    Drink pure, filtered or distilled water and avoid tap water.
    Urban water supplies are polluted, toxic, and often contains estrogens and other hormones that can aggravate perimenopausal symptoms and provoke balding in females.
    Water from the tap can provoke hair loss in perimenopausal women.
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    Avoid drinking alcohol.
    All alcohol consumption raises blood sugar levels too fast and depletes B vitamins needed to maintain a healthy scalp. Alcohol is also a endocrine system disruptor that can cause DHT build up on the scalp.
    Drinking can cause hair loss in perimenopausal women.
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Method 4: By Taking Tea and Supplements

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    Take Evening Primrose Oil every day.
    This is a supplement that contains fatty acids and that is known for balancing female hormones. This balancing can also help reduce perimenopausal related hair loss.
    Evening primrose oil can help balance perimenopausal symptoms in women.
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    Drink Stinging Nettles tea or take Stinging Nettles in capsule form.
    Brew raw nettles in a pot to receive the benefits of enzymes in the tea that help clear DHT from the scalp and encourage new hair growth. Supplements are available but the brewed tea is the most powerful way to remove DHT.
    Drinking brewed nettle tea helps prevent the DHT that causes hair thinning in perimenopausal women.
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    Take Pine Bark supplements.
    Also known as Pygeum, pine bark has the ability to prevent testosterone from binding to the scalp and sabotaging hair growth. Take two to three capsules or as directed on the supplement's bottle.
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    Take the supplement MSM.
    MSM stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane. As we age we produce less of the natural substance in our bodies and supplementation helps the perimenopausal individual repair cells damaged by DHT production.
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    Take the amino acid N-acetyl Cysteine.
    This acid helps control DHT overproduction that might come with the elevated blood sugar levels that are experienced by women with per menopause.
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    Take Saw Palmetto supplements.
    Saw palmetto blocks the enzyme that causes DHT levels to build up on the body so that new hair growth is possible.
    Saw Palmetto is a natural DHT blocker that can help women in perimenopause regrow lost hair.
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Tips and Tricks

  • Do not worry about your hair smelling odd after you use an apple cider vinegar rinse as the smell will dissipate as your hair dries.
  • Tomatoes and greens that contain lycopene are more effective as if you cook them first.
  • Perimenopausal hair loss can be more severe in some individuals than other and depend a lot on heredity.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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