We all want hair that looks healthy and looks as full and luscious as possible. However, the reality for most is that despite our best efforts there can be times when our hair just is not at its best.
There are many different causes of hair loss for both men and women, including, stress and anxiety, hormonal issues and medical conditions. Many people are continually searching for the best hair loss remedies on the market.
Hair loss medication is a huge market, however, many people are turning to natural hair remedies to try and solve their hair loss issues. Today, we’re taking a look at probiotics and if they can help with hair loss issues.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the body, mostly used to help with the digestive system and to keep the gut healthy. Usually, these types of germs are thought to cause diseases, but the body is full of bacteria both good and bad. Probiotics however are known as ‘good’ bacteria.
It is believed that probiotics work by helping to replace ‘good’ bacteria in the body when it is lost, for example when taking antibiotics they can help replace them. If you take them regularly they help to balance out the good and bad bacteria to keep the body working the way it should.
Can probiotics help with hair loss?
By helping your body balance the good and bad bacteria, the body can react in several different ways, and some of these changes can actually help your hair. Here are a few different ways that probiotics can help with hair loss;
- It is thought that probiotics can help to combat skin inflammation, which, is a common reaction to stress, which, although temporary, is a known cause of hair loss. Probiotics also reduce stress and anxiety levels by bringing down the presence of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body.
- Probiotics help to increase the release of anti-inflammatory T-cells which improve the functionality of the immune system by fighting off unhealthy germs, viruses and bacteria. A lack of these cells can lead to decreased blood circulation to the follicles which can over time lead to conditions such as alopecia areata.
- Hormone imbalance is another cause of hair loss – mostly seen in women. Probiotics help build a lining of good bacteria around the intestines, which can help the performance of the thyroid gland as well as improving metabolism. As an effect of this, this can help to balance out hormones and help hair growth.
Will probiotics help with hair growth?
Although probiotics have a number of different properties that have positive impacts on the body that can, in turn, result in healthier hair they can’t promote hair growth for hair that you have already lost.
Probiotics are a great option for those who want to keep a healthy body and ensure they have healthy hair, however, they are not miracle workers and will not cause more hair growth.