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Sneaky Hormones: Hidden Sources Of DHT And Hair Loss


If you have been following The Hair Loss Black Book, then you have probably been keeping a sharp eye for DHT.

If you are like me, the more success you see the happier you are, except you worry that something might go wrong and throw you off course.

That thought is what motivated me to keep researching even after I wrote The Hair Loss Black Book and the latest topic I’ve been digging into is the everyday ways DHT can sneak back into our system.

In case it has been a while and you’re asking yourself what is DHT again, here is a brief recap. DHT is the super-dense form of testosterone that causes both a toxic imbalance of hormones and hair loss.

Healthy men naturally generate a very small amount of it and it is not naturally present in healthy women. DHT hair loss becomes a problem when you aren’t healthy and you are producing A LOT of DHT.

Your body stores the excess in an “unnecessary” body part, your scalp. The DHT slowly erodes away your hair follicles, drowning them in hormones and oil until they die.

Obviously, this toxic testosterone hair loss problem is enough to make wary. We certainly don’t want to work to eliminate DHT within our bodies, but inadvertently increase it all the same.

In this super-hyped, super-fast, super-processed world DHT could be and is lurking everywhere. Fortunately, I’m sharing the DHT sources I’ve identified and how to identify potential threats yourself.

DHT Lurking On The Shelf

Forgotten Dairy

Dairy ProductsYes, I warned against dairy in diet bonus to The Hair Loss Black Book. “Raw” dairy has some probiotic and biogenic properties to benefit those of us struggling with DHT hair loss.

However, most of us don’t have a cow in the back yard and are forced to consume the ultra-pasteurized, ultra-homogenized “safe” product on the grocer’s shelf that has had all of the benefits literally cooked and processed out.

But, you knew this already. You have probably already cut out that glass of milk at breakfast, though you might still be opting for the healthier cultured dairy options like Greek Yogurt and soft goat cheese.

However, listening to peers speak and reading online discussions I discovered that many people think all yogurt is created equal.

With the recent trend of a yogurt shop popping up on every corner, it is important that you know “raw” or cultured Greek yogurt is truly beneficial all other yogurts are essentially overcooked, over processed milk fats with oils and other fillers added to give it that yogurt texture. It is just as DHT building as a glass of grocery store milk.

The same goes for weight loss shakes, the lightener in your coffee, the smoothness in your chocolate bar, and the “creamy” sauce on your pasta. In that “oh so good for you” butter substitute, there is still dairy. The “sauce packet” in your ready-made meal in a box, that’s dairy too.

It is the worst kind of dairy and if you’re struggling with DHT and hair loss. It isn’t really hiding, it’s listed right there on the label but sometimes we forget about the dairy in our favorite foods. Next time, check the label before you chow down.

Soy, Soy Everywhere

Soy Products

If you recall, a soybean is almost the equivalent of a super-potent artificial hormone pill. Many of the pills used to treat hormone deficiencies are soy based, but a healthy person consuming a soy product is essentially taking a magic hormone imbalance pill.

If you want to create a lot of DHT in your body, you only need to eat a little bit of soy. But, do you remember the last time you ate a soybean?

You probably don’t remember but I bet you had them sometime in the last 24 hours. Have you had Chinese food recently? Was it doused in soy sauce because it takes about 20 soybeans to make 1 teaspoon of soy sauce.

Do you love sushi, because the tofu soup you were served beforehand is 100% pure bean. Are you a French fry or fried chicken lover, that “healthy” canola oil is 100% soy. The main ingredient in your non-dairy substitutes, that’s soy too.

On any given grocery shelf more than half the products you see will have soy in the ingredient list. Fortunately, there is almost always a non-soy alternative sitting right next to it.

Energized DHT

No Energy DrinksAn alarming growing fad is the quest for that extra energy boost to help you get through the workday, through a workout, or through a blow-off-work night.

Energy drinks, like an adrenal gland in the bottle, promise to get your body pumping when you otherwise would have been dragging.

The problem is, unlike your adrenal gland that pumps out a hormone easily counteracted within your body, these energy drinks are made of ingredients which are completely foreign to your body and difficult to expend.

Energy drinks used to be made with caffeine. In fact, they had somewhere between 400 – 700% the amount of caffeine in a tea or cup of coffee. While this is enough caffeine to cause plenty of internal issues, our bodies can normally (eventually) remove the caffeine from your system.

Unfortunately, newer energy drinks are caffeine free? How do they give you a super energy boost without the caffeine? By making extra concentrated combinations of exotic plant extracts from all around the world.

The problem is, your body has never encountered combinations like this before and has a very difficult time metabolizing the chemicals out of your body.

This means the “energy boost” stays in your system longer keeping your heart beating at a higher rate, keeping your brain active when you should be resting, and keeping your kidney and liver preoccupied with metabolizing the chemicals instead of removing and preventing DHT.

If you are suffering from the hormone diseases that cause hair loss then it should be rather clear you need to avoid energy drinks and try to boost your body naturally through a healthy diet and exercise.

Lessons Learned

Hair Loss bookAs you can see, DHT is hiding everywhere throughout your everyday life. It can be rather easily avoided if you pay a little extra attention to how you shop and what you consume. Don’t let anything throw off your Hair Loss Black Book success.

Remember to check back here regularly. This blog is how I’m going to keep you on track. When I learn a new hair growing secret, you’ll learn it too. If you stay updated you will be armed with the latest knowledge to keep your scalp healthy and your hair growing.

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  • Walter November 4, 2017, 11:19 am

    It’s not right, what you wrote about soy, fermented soy like miso and tempeh decrease dht , it’s a very alkaline food and extremely good for health except for the high content of sodium in miso.

    But i do agree with you for non-fermented soy, it’s extremely acidic.

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