As we generally know that too much of anything is always bad, this should help you predict the conclusion of our discussion at this juncture. Ideally, there is nothing in exercising or doing workouts, but the degree and what accompanies them is the problem.
Normal exercises can help promote hair growth as they improve blood circulation, help you deal with daily stress, improve your mood, and also help you control weight. The endorphins released during the exercises help keep one happy which limits the effect of chronic stress which leads to telogen effluvium.
Studies have found that people who heavily work out or exercise yet don’t follow a good diet, a proper lifestyle, have enough sleep, can find themselves battling hair loss since there is a competition within the body.
On the other hand, mild exercises, like jogging are known to reduce dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the actual cause of baldness in men.
General Causes of Hair Loss When It Comes To Workouts & Exercises
Heavy Or Excessive Workouts
Excessive workouts for an extended period of time can lead to Telogen effluvium, a condition where the hair follicles enter the resting phase earlier. This, in the long run, can lead to hair loss.
The Type of Workouts
Although different workouts can lead to hair loss, heavyweight lifters are prominent victims. Swimmers are other victims simply because the water in the swimming pools contains chlorine and other chemicals. These chemicals cause the hair to become dry and brittle hence leading to hair loss.
Excessive Intake of Powdered Protein Shakes with hormones and Growth Factors
It is generally good to have a protein shake to boost immunity, build the body and so on, but how much do you take? It should be noted that these protein shakes contain growth factors and hormones that can increase the testosterone levels in the body. The excess testosterone will then be converted to the DHT hormone which leads to hair loss.
The Use of Steroids
Individuals or athletes who use anabolic steroids to increase the effectiveness of their workouts can end up with hair loss.
As you workout, the body needs enough nutrients to replace the lost ones. Failure can lead to hair loss due to the increased usage of proteins in the body responsible for hair growth.
How To Prevent Hair Loss In This Case
There are various things you can put into practice to prevent hair loss because of heavy workouts and exercises. These include;
Have enough protein-rich foods such as milk, meat, beans and so on.
Get foods with enough iron, zinc, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids
Avoid stress; either mental or physical
Take good care of your hair