Levels growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor are sensitive to many external influences. To increase levels of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor for healthier hair there are several lifestyle improvements that will help:
Get a blood test – Check if you may have an iron deficiency, low B12 or low levels of vitamin D. Look at haemoglobin levels, folate and check your thyroid function. Even if your blood test is ‘normal’ get it looked over by a hair loss expert who can pinpoint inadequacies in your nutritional profile.
Avoid refined foods that will spike your blood sugar – High levels of blood sugar will inhibit growth hormone. Concentrate on high quality protein, fresh fruit and non-starchy vegetables for stable growth hormone levels.
Eat a high zinc diet or take a supplement – A high zinc diet or supplementing over 15 mg of zing per day supports growth hormone production. Zinc lowers inflammation and indirectly increases vitamin D, preventing growth hormone inhibition.
Get pumped up – Exercise provides a strong physiological stimulus for the secretion of growth hormone. Cardiovascular and strength exercises both acutely increase growth hormone secretion.
Sleep well and sleep deep – Growth hormone peaks when we sleep and getting an adequate amount of deep sleep is one of the best strategies for increasing growth hormone in the long term.
Supplement with sulphur – Low levels of sulphur containing amino acids (cysteine and methionine) inhibit growth hormone signalling.