In this article you’ll discover why tap water and heavy metals can cause hair loss. You’ll also learn exactly what to do to stop the effects and give your hair the best chance to recovering.
Tap Water and Fluoride
If you don’t filter your water, you are the filter. So if you drink tap water then your body is essentially filtering out all the organic and inorganic impurities that have been left there or are put into the water on purpose.
Depending on where you live and the quality of the tap water there, this can mean a gradual build-up of chemicals such as sodium fluoride, which is the active ingredient in rat poison, chlorine and aluminium along with some heavy metals like nickel, lead and cadmium that are far from beneficial to have in the bloodstream.
Drinking plastic bottled water isn’t that much better either since chemicals have been shown to leach into the water through the plastic. The larger the bottle the less severe this is, so avoid small bottles and buy gallon bottles for use at home if you have to, or go for glass.
However, bottled water (natural spring mineral water) is definitely preferable to tap water as you won’t be getting the fluoride.
Luckily there’s an easy way to get water that’s ideal for drinking and that is to use a device that attaches onto the kitchen tap called a Micro-Water Generator.
This device first filters water through an activated charcoal filter to remove larger suspended particles and microbes. The water then enters a chamber which electrolyses the water, drawing the nasty acidic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and the heavy metals to one side for disposal, and the alkalizing minerals in a now alkaline solution to the other.
Not only does this remove the harmful chemicals which are most likely contributing to hair loss but it alkalizes the water that can be used to balance bodily pH which we know from previous chapters helps stop hair loss.
The device also ionizes the water making it a potent antioxidant which then scavenges damaging free radicals in the body.
If that wasn’t enough, micro-water also which forms clusters of water molecules about half the normal size, which then pass more quickly into the tissues providing the benefits of alkalization and mineralization more swiftly.
I personally don’t have a micro-water generator in my home (it is quite expensive) but if you have the money it can be a great investment.
Heavy Metals Found In Tap Water
Heavy metals are very potent little things with an excellent capacity to act as biocatalysts. In greater quantities than we’re used to heavy metals can wreak havoc because they can speed up and sometimes even completely alter the natural bioelectric reactions that take place continuously inside the body on a cellular level.
Some heavy metals that enter the body can act as intermediaries between biological reactions that take place with our hormones. Higher concentrations of heavy metals than we have evolved to function with could be increasing the production of hormones that should only exist in very low quantities inside the body.
Unnaturally high quantities of heavy metals, and one in particular could be speeding up (catalyzing) the transformation of Testosterone into DHT by making it much, much easier for 5-alpha-reductase to bond to the testosterone.
Types of heavy metals
Cadmium was found to be one of the most potent heavy metal biocatalysts. The others such as arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, mercury and silver all increased the speed of reaction as well, but it was cadmium that he found to be particularly powerful.
Before we look at how to reduce the levels of cadmium and other heavy metals back to their natural levels let’s take a look at how they got there in the first place.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave in a mountainous region in Nepal and eating wild nuts and berries your whole life, chances are you will have an unnatural amount of heavy metals inside your body.
There’s a few ways they can get in there and these include, medications, vaccines, certain foods (heavy metals are bio-accumulative, meaning they’re passed up the food chain), tap water, personal care products and air pollution.
What happens is they tend to accumulate inside the body instead of being flushed out, because our ‘sewerage systems’ aren’t working very well and our bodies aren’t used to such high concentrations in our environment.
This is where the idea of detox comes in handy. When we detox our bodies have a chance to eliminate many of the heavy metals that were previously stuck deep inside the cells and organs.
Our bodies don’t have to spend energy digesting food so their energy is focused on getting rid of all the crap that’s been built up over time. Fortunately we can drastically increase the rate of heavy metal detox and specifically cadmium using what are known as chelating agents.
Chelating agents are awesome little things that travel round the body and bind to the heavy metals. (You might remember that I mentioned heavy metals are very potent catalysts)
Well this also means with that they bind very easily with the right chelating agent (but it has to be the right one) and are then much more easily flushed out of our bodies.
I personally don’t recommend EDTA which is a powerful synthetic chelating agent, unless you have significant exposure to heavy metals due to the nature of your work or some similar reason. In fact nature has provided us with the right ingredients. These are cilantro and chlorella which can be taken in a supplement form.
The real trick here is to combine a juice fast or water detox with the cilantro and chlorella supplements. If you take the supplements by themselves they don’t really work as well. (It’s better than nothing though. Remember to focus on progress not perfection!) And it would take a long time with detox alone.
I personally recommend Planetary Herbals’ Cilantro metal detox liquid with chlorella, but most supplements containing cilantro or chlorella either together or separately will work well.
Admittedly some of the research in this area is in the early stage which makes it hard to tell just how significant heavy metals are in the unnatural production of DHT in men.
But it’s certainly a promising and interesting area of research for biologists and chemists.