Could too much physical activity lead to hair loss? That’s a common question people have, because they’ve either experienced it themselves or have heard about it from others.
The simple answer is that adequate exercise can actually boost the health of your hair and prevent hair loss. Regular activity promotes healthy blood circulation, which in turn keeps your scalp and hair follicles healthy too.
But as with anything in life, moderation is key. There can sometimes be too much of a good thing! Excessive exercise is damaging to your health for a variety of reasons. (And there may be other issues surrounding exercise that may cause hair loss if you’re not mindful.)
To prevent hair loss and yet still maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, be sure to pay attention to these things...
Too Much Exercise can Cause Chronic Stress
Highly intensive physical work for long periods of time can lead to chronic stress, which is usually the cause of the condition known as Telogen Effluvium (TE). TE is a form of hair loss that’s triggered by stress and physical trauma, among other things.
If you’re unsure whether or not your exercise routine is right for your health condition, please be sure to consult with your healthcare provider.
Too Much Sweat Buildup or Chlorine on the Scalp
If you sweat a lot and don’t wash it off after exercising, you could be doing a disservice to your scalp. Be sure to clean off the sweat from your head soon after working out, since too much sweat on your scalp could negatively affect your hair follicles.
Additionally, people who swim will want to ensure that they wash their hair after a dip in the pool. Chlorine is a great product to control bacteria in the pool, but it’s also damaging to your hair.
Taking Steroids to Build Muscle
Steroids are a drug that some may use to quickly improve muscle and athletic performance. They act similar to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, a sex hormone that occurs more frequently in men. High levels of DHT are a common cause of hair loss, and there are products on the market that combat this specific issue.
Wearing Your Hair Up While Working Out
This is a hard one to avoid, since most people with longer hair want to tie it up to avoid it falling in their face and causing distractions while working out. However, too much pulling and tugging at the hair and scalp can damage the hair follicles and cause your hair to fall out. Because of this, you should try tying your hair in a lower position and not tie it too tight.
Lack of Proper Nutrition
Many people who are exercising to lose weight or build muscle oftentimes follow a diet that makes it difficult to get proper nutrition.
These diets don’t tend to be well-rounded, and they lack in a variety of nutrients and minerals which are needed for other functions of the body like hair growth. For instance, those on a low-carb diet might miss out on the vital nutrients from fruits like apples and bananas. Be sure to speak to a nutritionist for the best information for your specific needs.
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