I was recently watching a TED talk about how our diets have changed from our paleolithic ancestors and how this was affecting our health in the modern day and age. One point that I found very interesting was about the amount of preservatives that we now eat every day.
Preservatives that have been snuck into our food to make it last longer both for the benefit of the consumer and the producer/distributor. Unfortunately, when we look at the purpose of preservatives it becomes apparent that we could be doing real damage to ourselves by eating foods containing them.
Preservatives are essentially chemicals that kill bacteria and microbes, it stops them eating our food instead of us! But when we eat foods with preservatives in we are eating foods that contain chemicals that are meant to kill bacteria.
Well our gastrointestinal tract is full of healthy and hugely beneficial bacteria that aid in the efficient digestion and assimilation of food. If we eat foods containing preservatives surely we are damaging these healthy bacterial colonies?
Another thing is that our modern diets contain so many starches and sugars that are poorly digested in incompatible combinations and can become a feeding ground for unhealthy bacterial growth in the digestive tract.
This got me thinking about if the bacteria or ‘microbiome’ in our gut could have anything to do with male pattern balding.
At the moment all I can do is speculate, but in the coming months I plan to do much more research into gut flora, good and bad bacteria and learn about the chemicals that the bacteria excrete.
If I still suspect that the bacterial balance in our guts might be connected with hair loss then I hope to carry out a full detox cleanse with colonic irrigations to remove any bacterial colonies and use probiotics to bring back the healthy bacteria, and see if we can notice any difference with rate of shedding, or hair regrowth.
It’s clear that environmental circumstances do play a determining role in hair health – because we see that indigenous populations don’t suffer from male pattern baldness in any way similar to Western men.
So, yes, genes do play a role in hair fall, but that is only the predisposition to pattern baldness.
If our bodies are becoming sterilized by the consumption of antibiotics and preservatives (found in most processed foods) then how can the correct and balanced microbiome exist in our body?
Preservatives are by definition chemicals meant to kill bacteria, so eating preserved foods will alter gut bacteria.
Could this be affecting the way our hair follicles respond to DHT, or could some chemical be released that is causing higher levels of DHT? So what are some things you can do to correct your bacterial balance?
Secondly, you need to reset your microbiome, and one way to do this is by going on a 3+ day juice fast, where only natural vegetable juices are consumed. At first your body will hate the vegetable juice – this is a sign that it is doing some good.
There is bacteria in your gut that feed on processed carbohydrates, like candida, and these bacteria crave the yeast and glucose, from white bread say. When you’ve completed the juice fast your intestinal bacteria will be ‘reset’ to a certain degree. (This also makes it much easier to start eating very healthily.)
Thirdly, try taking a probiotic, or making your own. This will introduce the correct (so called ‘friendly’) bacteria back into your system.