You are what you eat. This is especially true when it comes to your hair. No matter how many pills you take, how many laps you swim, or how many remedies you apply to your scalp. If you don’t eat right, you are never going to get your hair loss problem under control.
We’ve known about a link between nutrition and hair for centuries. You probably even remember your mother and grandmother chugging down gallons of milk because they believed the calcium in it would give them Hollywood quality hair.
While we now know the hormones in milk would make your hair loss worse, we also know there are other DHT blocking foods you can incorporate into your diet that will help restart hair growth.
It is important to think of these foods as not only anti-DHT, but pro hair. Some foods directly block DHT. Some foods promote a better hormone balance which helps counteract and control DHT.
Other foods promote hair follicle health, helping your follicles be more resistant to DHT. Then, there are other foods that are included in an anti DHT diet because they improve your overall health thus eliminating the negative issues which trigger the creation of DHT.
Obviously, you need to eat a variety of pro-hair foods to get the anti-DHT benefits. However, giving you a list of foods to eat is helpful, but it won’t really motivate you to eat better. And as millions of failed dieters will tell you, motivation is a key to winning the battle.
On the other hand, I believe telling you how to easily prepare those foods that block DHT into delicious, irresistible recipes is very motivational. You were introduced to some pro-hair recipes in The Hair Loss Black Book.
I am always researching hair loss and, of course, DHT blocker foods are a big part of that topic. So, I am also always discovering really great ways to prepare those foods and incorporate them into your diet.
The following recipes are some of my favorites. They have great flavor, which makes it really easy to get enough of them in my diet to keep my hair growing healthy and strong.
I really hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and they help you continue your Hair Loss Black Book success.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
When the Pilgrims came to the Americas, the Native Americans showed them how to make medicines out of local herbs and plants. One of their key ingredients was the pumpkin seed.
A pumpkin itself is naturally rich in vitamins, but the super-concentrated seeds were used to ease prostate issues. (If you remember, the prostate is one of the few body parts where DHT is stored and DHT is the most common cause of prostate problems and cancer.)
Later, female settlers noticed pumpkin seeds also alleviated their “feminine” issues when their hormones seemed to flux enough to interfere with their mood and livelihood. (Once again, when a woman is not producing enough feminine hormones the same androgen DHT which causes hair loss also causes hostility and discomfort).
Obviously, Pumpkin seeds can block DHT. There is a direct link. However, you will often hear pumpkin seeds being used to increase testosterone. This is also true.
DHT is a concentrated form of testosterone. Pumpkin seeds are believed to block the creation of DHT and this allows for more normal, healthier testosterone to be created.
The best thing about pumpkin seeds is they are readily available and easy to consume. You can buy organic pumpkin seeds in a store, but I highly recommend doing it the old fashioned way.
Buy an organic pumpkin, make a great soufflé or casserole out of its meat and then use this recipe to make the tastiest pumpkin seeds you ever ate.
- Rinse off the pumpkin seeds to get the extra pulp off. DO NOT shell the seeds, the shell is thin, flavorful, and fiber rich. Unless you are strongly opposed to it, you will get a greater benefit eating the roasted seeds in the shell.
- Put the seeds in a container and toss in either 2-3 tablespoons of organic, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil.
- Spread the pumpkin seeds out to a single layer on an oven-safe dish.
- Sprinkle generously with sea salt. Then sprinkle on approximately a tablespoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
- Roast the seeds in the oven at 350 degrees. After 8 minutes, use a spatula to flip them over and re-spread them out. Continue to roast them until they are brown and crispy, then enjoy them hot or cooled!
- They will keep for a while stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Green Tea Smoothie
Green Tea may be one of the closest things we have to a true “miracle food.”
It contains an extremely high concentration of flavoniods (an anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen “metabolite” which literally consumes bad organisms within your body).
Even traditional medicine and mainline organizations like the USFDA, which notoriously deny the benefits of any kind of natural remedy, are acknowledging the dramatically increased healthiness of people who consume flavonoid rich foods.
The key to green tea is to consume it in its most natural state. The average tea bag on the grocery store shelf is too over-processed to offer any real benefits.
You want to find a health-food store which sells unrefined tea leaves or green tea from Japan in a “sancha” or “metcha” form with is a ground form of the leaf which has not been exposed to chemicals or heat.
- Soak approximately 2 tablespoons of green tea leaves in boiling hot water for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Make sure the mixture is cooled completely, and then pour into a blender or mixer.
- Add in a cup of your favorite seedless or de-seeded fruit. If your fruit is really juicy, you may want to use less or your smoothie will get too runny.
- Add a teaspoon of raw honey and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Blend all the ingredients together to a smooth consistency. If you want more of a “frosty” type of smoothie, add in a ½ to full cup of crushed ice to the mix.
- You will want to drink this chilled. You can either pop in some ice cubes before you drink it or you may want to freeze the fruit beforehand.
Brazilian Spinach Puffs
Puffs, casseroles, and other bread products in general are normally not recommended if you’re trying to stay healthy and in shape. These starchy carbohydrates are definitely not on a strict diet of anti DHT foods.
This is especially true of wheat, grain, rice, or potato based foods because are filled with a lot of wasteful bulk and offer very little vitamins, fiber, or protein. These products are also difficult to digest and increase your blood sugar and acids dramatically.
In your previous life, you probably had a diet filled with bread products and it may be something you miss now. While researching bread alternatives, also known as gluten free, I came across a little South American secret that holds a lot of potential.
Tapioca, extracted from the cassava plant, was used across Latin America for bread making long before wheat ever came to the continent.
Tapioca is not grain based and the starch within it is easily digested in your body. It does not raise your sugar or acid substantially. It is also higher in protein than the alternatives.
As you can see, tapioca has a lot of pro-hair benefits to someone who is missing bread in their diet. Of course, too much of anything can be bad but this treat can be enjoyed more regularly.
This recipe is still popular in most Brazilian households. It is delicious and I enjoy experimenting with it by adding different cheeses, spices, and other greens. In this version, I included the flavonoid rich green, spinach, but you should feel free to experiment yourself.
- Mix together: 1 ½ cups of tapioca flour, 3 egg whites, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive or flax seed oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ a cup of a shredded raw cow cheese or a local farmer cheese.
- Blend the ingredients until they are smooth.
- Fold in a ½ cup of drained, finely pureed spinach.
- Pour into well-greased muffin tins until the cups are 2/3 full.
- Bake at 400 degrees until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm, it is rich and moist as is and will not need any additional butter or additives.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
I already explained the anti DHT, pro hair benefits of spinach. In the Hair Loss Black Book you learned the value of eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. This recipe brings that knowledge together into one fantastic combination.
- In a food processer, mix together 1 cup of hulled strawberries, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, 1 tablespoon of sesame or olive oil, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and a dash of salt and pepper.
This is your dressing, chill it until you are ready to serve.
- In a large bowl, toss together 5 ounces of chilled fresh baby spinach, ¼ cup of fresh goat cheese, ¼ cups of chilled sliced strawberries, and a ¼ cup of slivered almonds.
- Drizzle dressing on top of the salad and serve.
I hope you find these recipes as delectable as I do and continue on the right path to a healthy body and healthy hair. Enjoy!