Fitness is a vital part of looking after your health, and naturally going to the gym for exercise. While going to the gym to work out is a great way to keep yourself in shape, some people want to be more than just healthy; they want to look as fit and muscly as possible.

Besides lifting weights, drinking protein shakes are a popular method of helping your muscles both recover from your workout or an injury and to build mass. Protein shakes are common amongst fitness enthusiasts, not necessarily just professional bodybuilders. Protein is a macronutrient, meaning it does not remain stored in the body, so in order for people to achieve their fitness goals, a regular supply of protein needs to be consumed.

While it is, of course, great that these people are taking care of themselves, not many people seem to be aware of how frequent protein consumption can cause hair loss. This is due to the testosterone production in the body, in particular, a testosterone by-product called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT binds to the hair follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline in adults with a genetic predisposition to these hereditary conditions. Over time, DHT crushes the hair follicles, causing the outward appearance of thinning hair. This tends to affect men more than women, as men can also develop receding hairlines and possibly baldness.

How protein shakes can cause hair loss

Hairlogica provides a hair regrowth treatment that can restore lost hair. However, we want to educate you on why protein shakes can be bad for your hair. Besides possibly having a genetic predisposition for hair loss, protein shakes are accelerating the process. The three main ingredients used in protein shakes have been linked to hair loss, which are whey protein, creatine, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Whey protein contains all nine amino acids, as it is a complete protein made by cheese production. Whey protein is great for building muscle mass, as it increases the body’s testosterone levels, along with doing muscle-building exercises. However, it is known to accelerate the hair loss process because of all this testosterone running through the body.

Creatine is an ingredient in whey proteins that are used as a high-intensity fitness performance-enhancer or muscle-building supplement, which is great for fitness purposes. However, this is believed to accelerate hair loss. Although it is intended to increase testosterone for the user to perform better at sports, it does not raise the level of testosterone at all, but does increase the level of DHT.

DHEA is believed to influence the body’s hormonal balance, increasing testosterone production. This is bad for men with a genetic predisposition towards male pattern baldness, raising the risk of losing hair.

What can be done to treat your hair

In terms of protein consumption for fitness purposes, it is recommended that fitness enthusiasts regularly eat meat instead, as they contain protein in a solid form, as opposed to being a liquid. This is because protein is broken down slower and at a more manageable rate than with liquid forms, such as protein shakes.

Besides this, anyone experiencing hair loss should seek professional assistance as early as possible. Hairlogica have helped previous clients with our hair regrowth treatment that can help to stabilise shedding and promote hair growth. Contact Hairlogica today on (03) 8844 9600 to book an appointment with one of our consultants.