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What is the connection between the liver and hair loss?

When we think about hair loss causes the first things we think about are hormones, stress and diet. Although you may not realize it, the liver is a crucial part of that puzzle, connecting all of these elements.

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Last updated: Sep 21, 2023

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An enzyme called co-enzyme A processes fat and androgen hormones in the liver (see here for details). However when co-enzyme A levels are insufficient, some excess fat is sent to the skin to be released through the skins pores as sebum. The skins largest pores are found on the face, back and of course the scalp. This is where we commonly find highest sebum excretions.

By increasing co-enzyme A in the liver it is possible to achieve a distinct decrease in skin sebum levels:

Skin sebum levels before and after co enzyme a increase

For more information on increasing co-enzyme A see here.

On the other hand, by decreasing fat and hormone inputs to the liver we can also decrease skin sebum, by decreasing the amount of work co-enzyme A has to do in the liver. Based on this logic it is easy to understand how by decreasing your consumption of fat (for example by eating less burgers and pies) you can decrease skin sebum levels — since there is a connection between fat input to the liver, co-enzyme A and skin sebum. However there is far more to it than that…

How we Cause Our Own Hair Loss (in the Western World)

Refined Sugars, Grains and Dairy

Refined grain products like bread and pasta are probably one of the largest parts of our modern diets. When consumed, refined grains and refined sugars cause a rapid and large increase in our blood sugar levels. The body reacts by producing large volumes of hormones, including insulin and androgen hormones. These hormones must be processed by the liver.

Why this Causes Hair Loss

My hypothesis is that high fat, sugar, grains and dairy consumption may all be a major underlying cause of increased DHT in the scalp. Consumptions of these foods increases hormone production in the body, including androgen hormones, which may lead to an increase in DHT, affecting hair growth – whether through fibrosis, inflammation or some form of auto-immune response triggered by DHT.

Could Liver Strength be the Genetic Factor in Hair Loss?

Based on the above hypothesis, every day the vast majority of Westerners are giving themselves daily doses of hair loss causing hormones by consuming the precise foods that spike hormones – and we’re doing this throughout the day, every day. It’s almost like taking medication every day that causes hair loss, day in day out for years and years. If this is the case it seems to be reflected in the amount of hair loss occurrences in the Western World, correlating with a diet and lifestyle that affects hormonal balance and liver health.

But Wait, not all Westerners Have Hair Loss

So why do some people suffer from hair loss while others don’t, despite following similar diets?

It’s likely that (based on natural variation) some people are lucky enough to have strong or large livers and therefore don’t experience visible affects of the hormonal surging as quickly as others. On the other hand people with smaller, weaker or overworked livers would experience the visible symptoms of hormonal surges much faster. On the other other hand (from the arm of the guy standing next to the first guy) it’s quite possible that another hormonally influential organ – the brain – is the more important variable in the equation.

If some people have genetically inherited strong or large livers, they are likely to be able to “deal with” large hormone spikes better than people with weaker or smaller livers. So it’s possible, based on the hormone input hypothesis that liver strength and/or size are actually the genetic determining factors in hair loss levels.

There May be More to it Than That…

Hair Loss Research

Let’s take this hypothesis a step further. If the liver deals with hormone inputs and hormones are produced to deal with blood sugar increases, what if we add a third input – stress.

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Let’s examine acne sufferers (another extremely common condition affected by hormones and diet). Certain tribal people in Papua New Guinea who only eat raw unrefined organic food (no sugars or grains), rarely if ever experience acne. In fact, and correct me if I’m wrong, they also tend to have thick shiny hair well into middle age.

The Kitava Study from 1989, which studied tribes in Papua New Guinea… …discovered that these societies had no stroke, heart disease, diabetes or hypertension.

These tribal people who don’t have TV or Internet also have far fewer mental inputs compared with us Westerners – less media consumption and less information consumption – in 2008 it was estimated that Americans consume approximately 36 gigabytes of information per day through Internet, television and other forms of media! The outcome for the tribal people is most likely less mental stress.

Overall, from 1980 to 2008, the number of bytes we consume has increased 6 percent each year, the researchers said, adding up to a 350 percent increase over 28 years. At this rate, it won’t be long before we’re marveling at the next level of bytes: yottabytes.
NY Times

From my personal experience and from observing others who have suffered from acne and hair loss, stress is almost certainly a major factor in both. People who live in Western society are also often marketed junk foods wherever they go and succumb to the marketing messages due to a lesser ability to resist as a result of stress. If we’re stressed at work we buy chocolate bars and fizzy drinks. If we’re stressed out in general or short on time we buy quick satisfying foods like Chinese takeaway and pizza.

More work = more stress = more money = less time = spend more on consumable solutions like Rogaine, rather than properly treating the underlying cause. This may benefit the bubbled economy but it doesn’t benefit our health, or arguably our long-term wellbeing.

Acne and/or hair loss sufferers tend to both be stressed and consume processed foods often.

An all encompassing hypothesis

Stress and anxiety cause spikes in adrenaline and androgen hormones. Processed foods cause spikes in insulin and androgen hormones. On top of this some people have above average testosterone and/or DHT levels (whether due to genetics or perhaps due to psychosomatic reasons). Finally, some people may have genetically inherited weaker or smaller livers — or weakened livers due to years of drinking, taking medication or following poor diets.

Liver and hair loss

So we have four major contributing factors to hair loss (all relating to the liver). It’s likely that an individual doesn’t need problematic levels of all four of these problems, but perhaps just two. For examples:

  • Average Western diet + high stress levels = acne as teenager, hair loss as adult
  • High stress levels + weak liver – clean diet = acne as teenager, hair loss as adult

You can see how scenarios like these examples could develop through your life. For example you might eat terrible junk food and consume lots of alcohol in your late teens and early twenties. You may not experience much acne, but the toxic build-up would weaken your liver. Then when you reach your late twenties – early thirties, the androgen component of the equation would kick-in combining with the already weakened liver component to result in hair loss.

So what can you do about all of this?

Action plan

Reduce stress levels

You can either try to avoid stressful situations or you can train yourself to deal with stress better. The latter is by far the better solution.

To help with that I’ve created a method for training your mind to be calm, focused and energized. You can download the instructions for free in the link below (skip to the chapter about stress to get the free audio downloads and instructions):

Download the instructions and audios here

Avoid refined grains

Avoid eating bread, wheat pasta and white rice to avoid insulin spikes that burden your liver.

Avoid dairy

Dairy products contain hormones that also burden the liver.

Avoid sugar

Avoid any refined sugar, sugar-syrups, processed foods containing sugar as they cause insulin spikes that burden the liver.

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What else can I do to improve the health of my liver and kidneys?

These organs play essential roles in detoxification, filtering waste products, and regulating various bodily functions. Here are some general tips to help improve the health of your liver and kidneys:

For Liver Health:

Eat a Balanced Diet: Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of processed foods, saturated fats, and sugary beverages.

Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water helps your liver function properly by aiding in the removal of toxins from the body.

Limit Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol intake can damage the liver over time. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation, or consider quitting if you have a history of alcohol-related liver problems.

Manage Your Weight: Obesity is linked to fatty liver disease, which can harm liver function. Maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Exercise Regularly: Engage in regular physical activity to help improve liver health and maintain overall fitness.

Avoid Overuse of Medications: Some medications, when used excessively, can be hard on the liver. Follow your doctor’s instructions and avoid unnecessary medications.

Limit Exposure to Toxins: Minimize exposure to environmental toxins and chemicals that can harm the liver. Be cautious with household cleaning products and pesticides.

Practice Safe Sex: Hepatitis B and C are viral infections that can damage the liver. Use protection during sexual activity and get vaccinated if appropriate.

Manage Chronic Conditions: Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can affect liver health. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for managing these conditions.

Get Vaccinated: Vaccination against hepatitis A and B can help protect your liver from these viral infections.

For Kidney Health:

Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential for kidney function. Drink enough water daily to help flush out waste products.

Monitor Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can strain the kidneys. Maintain healthy blood pressure levels through diet, exercise, and medication if necessary.

Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a diet low in sodium, saturated fats, and processed foods. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit your intake of red meat.

Limit Sugar and Salt: High sugar and salt intake can contribute to kidney problems. Reduce your consumption of sugary beverages and processed foods.

Control Diabetes: If you have diabetes, manage your blood sugar levels carefully to protect your kidneys.

Avoid Overuse of Painkillers: Over-the-counter painkillers, when used excessively, can harm the kidneys. Follow dosing instructions and consult a doctor if you have concerns.

Exercise Regularly: Regular physical activity helps improve overall health, including kidney function.

Avoid Smoking: Smoking can damage blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the kidneys, so quitting smoking is essential for kidney health.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol can stress the kidneys. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation.

Manage Chronic Conditions: Conditions like kidney stones and urinary tract infections can affect kidney health. Seek prompt treatment if you have symptoms or a history of these conditions.

Remember to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and to address any specific concerns about your liver and kidney health. Regular check-ups and screenings can help detect and address issues early, leading to better outcomes.