Can Exercise Help Hair Growth?

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Exercising routinely is one of the keys to living a healthy lifestyle. Those who work out typically have a strong cardiovascular system and good immune functioning. Exercise can even help people maintain a healthy head of hair. Exercising is a good way to get healthy while going through the hair restoration process.

Lower Stress Levels 

Stress is bad for hair. When someone is feeling stressed, his or her body produces a hormone called cortisol. Too much cortisol can lead to shedding and Alopecia. One way to combat stress is to exercise. When people exercise, their body produces a hormone called serotonin that helps reduce stress. A lifestyle that supports less stress, also supports a healthy head of hair.
Improved Circulation

In order for hair to grow, each hair follicle must receive nutrients and oxygen from the body’s blood vessels. Exercise can help hair grow because it increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body. An increase in blood flow means that more nutrients and oxygen are reaching the scalp. People can help nourish their hair follicles by performing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week.

DHT Reduction

Hair loss can occur when the body produces too much dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Excessive DHT is the leading cause of male pattern baldness and even causes hair loss in some women. One way that people can balance the amount of DHT in their body is to exercise. Moderate exercise three to five times per week helps regulate hormones and control DHT production levels. The key is not to over-do it. For example, extreme bodybuilding can increase DHT production.

Better Sleeping Habits

As people sleep, their cells regenerate. A full night of restful sleep leads to better cell regeneration. One way to get a full night of restful sleep is to work out. Regular exercise leads to better sleep and overall improved health. Those who get beauty sleep generally have greater resources to support good skin and a healthy head of hair.

Exercise improves blood flow to the scalp, which means that working out can help the hair restoration process. Keep in mind that exercise causes sweat, which can damage hair. Make sure to shower after a workout to avoid clogged hair follicles. Those who enjoy swimming should consider wearing a swim cap to protect their hair from chlorine. Exercising is a great way to maintain a healthy head of hair, but make sure to avoid over exercising.

 

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