You may know by now that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that, when we have a high level of it, causes baldness. Since it’s a product of testosterone, we need it – however, the DHT hormone, when converted to an enzyme, lowers that testosterone. So, we need to slow down the enzyme, or else hair loss occurs. Hair loss isn’t a direct result of having a high level of DHT. Hair loss is usually our hair and scalp’s sensitivity to DHT. Here are 5 natural ways to reduce your hair’s sensitivity to DHT, while lowering the levels of the hormone safely.  

1. Balance Your pH

A diet high in acidic foods (such as cheese, meat, shellfish) throws our body’s pH balance for a loop. When this happens, an unspeakable amount of “carnage” is let loose in our bodies. One travesty is hair loss. The solution for this is to have a high alkaline diet, emphasizing on fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are a few:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lettuce

Note: this doesn’t mean following a strict alkaline diet. Incorporating just one of the foods mentioned above as the majority of your food source into your existing diet is a naturally healthy way of balancing your body’s pH levels and reducing hair loss.

2. Supplements

You need to get your hands on pumpkin seed oil. Both men and women benefit from a healthy amount of pumpkin seed oil, which has a high number of unsaturated good fatty acids, high antioxidative substances, a high content of carotenoids, and more. It reduces inflammation, encourages healthy well-being mentally, fights hair less, and even helps keep diabetes under control. You can incorporate it easily into your diet through cooking recipes.

3. Reduce Allergies

Allergies make our hair follicles more sensitive to DHT. When sensitivity levels are high enough, hair loss occurs. While food allergies are commonplace, you may not know enough about delayed allergic reactions (DAR). DAR occurs hours or days after you eat a certain food, which makes it problematic to diagnose the cause of your allergy reactions. Isn’t it horrible to be allergic to a food and not knowing it? That’s why if you suspect you have a food allergy, to eliminate certain foods from your diet for 2 weeks or so. Once enough time has passed, reintroduce the food into your diet. If you have a reaction, even a couple days later, you’ll know which food is the culprit. This knowledge will help you keep your DHT levels at their base level.

4. Relax

Working hard all day with no play increases stress levels. This, in turn, revs up your DHT levels. The solution? Block out half an hour or more, each day, where you are focused on something you enjoy doing. Something that brings you unrelenting excitement. Have fun. Hop in the shower and turn on hot water and stand there for a longer amount of time. Relaxing in the shower, while using DHT blocking shampoo, is a great way to reduce stress.

5. Snacks

L-lysine and zinc are two minerals that inhibit DHT growth. Two healthy foods you can snack on all day are walnuts, cashews and pecans. You can also find a hearty amount of zinc in leafy greens such as kale and spinach.

Conclusion

The goal isn’t to reduce hair loss or to eliminate DHT levels completely. Men need DHT in order to be men. In order for our genital tissue to be optimally healthy, a steady supply of DHT is necessary. Follow this guide to keep your DHT levels in balance.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "5 Natural Ways to Reduce DHT Levels," in Medicalopedia, April 18, 2019, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/7422/5-natural-ways-to-reduce-dht-levels/].