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It is normal to shed about 50 to 100 hair strands a day. With over 100,000 hairs on your head, losing 100 strands a day may not seem like a big deal. But if you’re shedding more hair than usual or you notice some thinning patches of hair, you are probably experiencing male hair loss.

Hair loss is one of the most common symptoms of aging. Although hair loss in prevalent in older adults, hair loss can also occur in younger individuals as well. Both men and women tend to lose hair as they age, but the problem seems to be more apparent in male. In fact, studies suggest that 25% of men suffer from thinning hair by the time they’re 30. 50% of them will either be bald or are suffering from male hair loss by the age of 50.

There are a number of factors that play a part in the in the development of male pattern baldness in younger men. Here are some of the most common reasons why young men start losing hair.

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Genetics

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 80 million Americans suffer from hereditary hair loss. This is the most common cause of male hair loss. You may be more vulnerable if either your mother or father or both your parents had hair loss. In some cases, they start losing hair in their 20s or 30s.

Androgenetic Alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused by a gene you inherited from your parents. The condition usually develops slowly. In most cases, it begins at the crown and temples and then progresses into an M-shaped pattern. It usually begins with thinning of the hair and then eventually progresses to complete hair loss.

Unfortunately, hereditary pattern baldness is permanent. Once you begin losing hair, there is no way you can reverse it. The good news is that you can slow down the process. Finasteride and Minoxidil solution may help slow further hair loss.

Stress and anxiety causes male hair loss

Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, several studies revealed that exposure to a moderate level of stress can push you to peak performance. It can build your brain power, boost memory, and improve alertness. Chronic much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health. It can weaken your immune system, rob you of mental clarity, and strain your heart. You may also notice some physical symptoms such as upset stomach, headache, tense muscles, pains, and even hair loss.

Typically, 80-90% of your hair follicles are actively growing, while the remaining 10-20% is in the resting phase. When you experience too much stress, your hair follicles can be pushed prematurely into the resting state. This condition is called Telogen Effluvium. It is often characterized by excessive hair shedding due to disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of the hair.

Telogen effluvium doesn’t have to be permanent. You are likely to grow your hair back once you get your stress levels under control. Keep stress from reaching severe levels. Take time each day to relax and do things that make you happy. By taking care of yourself, you can restore your hair’s natural cycle and promote healthy hair growth.

Serious health condition

Hair loss is a normal part of aging, with over 95% of adults aged 65 and up suffers from thinning hair. But sometimes, it may be due to an underlying medical condition.

If you aren’t stressed or you don’t have a family history of early onset male pattern baldness, a medical condition may be what’s causing the problem. If you notice that you’re shedding more hair than usual or if you have sudden or patchy hair loss, consult your doctor. Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Anemia, Crohn’s Disease, and Lupus are just some of the most common illnesses that cause male hair loss.

Not only can serious illness lead to hair loss, some of the medication and treatment methods may cause your hair follicles to die and fall out. If you notice that you’re losing more hair than usual, you can ask your doctor to incorporate hair loss treatment into your treatment.

Scalp condition

There are some scalp conditions that can cause your hair to fall out. Most of these scalp conditions cause temporary hair loss and can be treated well.

Psoriasis is a condition that causes scaling of the skin. Roughly half of the people with Psoriasis have it on their scalp. It can pop up as s single patch or can affect the entire scalp. Individuals with scalp Psoriasis usually suffer from hair loss. This, however, is temporary. The hair will grow back once the condition has been treated.

Folliculitis is another scalp condition that causes hair loss. It occurs when viruses, fungi or bacteria invade the hair follicles. You may notice some small bald patches. Hair loss occurs due to the inflammation in the hair follicles. Hair may grow back once the scalp condition improves. But in more severe cases, hair loss may be permanent.

Poor nutrition

Most people want to get thinner, but the last thing they want to associate the word thin with is their hair. If you have dull, dry, and thinning hair, it may be time to examine what you put on your plate.

Most people fail to realize this, but your hair is actually a reflection of your health. What you feed your body will show on your hair. If your diet is usually composed of fast foods and processed foods, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have thinning and lacklustre hair. Lack of protein in the diet may also cause male hair loss.

Poor nutrition weakens the hair shaft, slows re-growth, and increases the shedding of the hair. Fortunately, your hair will grow back once nutrient deficiency is corrected. Make sure that your fill you daily diet with healthy and nutritious foods. Protein, Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Folic Acid are a must for healthy hair. Supplements are also beneficial if you can’t get all the vitamins and minerals you need through your diet.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause fatal diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, and COPD. But did you know that smoking can also lead to male hair loss?

Several studies have found a link between cigarette smoking and hair loss. In fact, the association is largely attributed to poor circulation. Your hair follicles need a generous supply of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to maintain healthy hair growth. Another cause is the toxins in cigarettes, which can harm hair follicles. Long-term smokers notoriously suffer from poor circulation. It reduces circulation to the extremities and pollutes the blood, which negatively affects the liver.

There is no shortage of reason to quit smoking. If you’re looking for one more good reason to throw that pack of cigarette in the trash, you may want to add saving your hair to your list.

Technological advances are continually helping us accomplish our goals. It’s hard to find an industry where this is truer than in the fitness world. It’s never been easier to monitor your heart rate or calories lost. You can track progress over weeks and months or discover new workouts. These individual technologies may change how we control or set up our workout routines. But they aren’t everything. The access technology as a whole, i.e., the internet & social media, is completely re-shaping how and why we work out in two major ways. Let’s take a look!

 

Community

Finding motivation and a sense of belonging are huge benefits of working out in groups or with a class. Technology is making these communities and classes easier to find and join. We all know the CrossFit craze that is continuing to dominate the group exercise scene. But it’s important to understand that this isn’t the only option. For most actually, it’s the wrong option, especially for people who want to get started. The decision of what classes to join or communities to engage with should be based on your personal needs, not the latest fad.

Many people find themselves stuck between going to their local gym and working out on their own or joining a massive movement that isn’t right for them. Before the internet and social media, they didn’t know any other options. Technology is thankfully bridging this gap. Many local gyms are beginning to offer virtual training sessions with a trainer or virtual classes. If you are intimidated by the gym but still want to experience a sense of community, Virtual Gyms like Les Mills or virtual personal trainers like Aaptiv are a great solution. Technology is allowing us to find other people at our skill level and form communities based on our health needs rather than what’s popular at the time.

We also can’t discount the impact of social media on the fitness industry. The ability to share photos, videos or text updates is becoming more and more popular. Online challenges on Facebook or Instagram help keep participants accountable and motivated. The community you belong to doesn’t necessarily have to be the those you are physically working out with. Instead, it can be those to whom you are “reporting back.” If we feel like others are counting on us, or at least expecting us, to perform at a certain level, we are much more likely to gut through a workout and achieve our fitness goals.

 

Personalized Diets

The other area technology is shaping the way we work out in the abundance of dietary information that is available now. The internet and social media have given everyone access to more health information than ever thought possible.

Because of this, we no longer think in absolutes when it comes to our diets. The flood of information about what works and what doesn’t have finally led most people to the conclusion that your diet needs to be specific to you and you alone. There are of course dietary rules like more calories consumed than burned will cause weight gain, but there is a much more nuanced understanding of what a proper diet should be. A proper diet is one that allows an individual to accomplish their fitness goals. It’s that simple.

What works for some people concerning their goals, body type or schedule might not work for the next person. The Ketogenic diet is an excellent example of something that can work for a lot of people, but, if your schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting, that’s okay! You’ll be able to find information on other options and individuals for whom it’s worked. If there is anything we’ve learned from all the studies, experiments and genetic testing that’s been done, it’s that your fitness goals need to be tailored to your body correctly.

 

“Fitness” has never been more accessible and community-driven than it is today. It’s also never been as customizable. As technology continues to advance, we’ll find more and more ways to find people who share our specific needs and hopefully achieve our fitness goals together!

Being in your 20s is a time for planning, learning, and adventure. It’s worth using this time to prepare for your future. After all, it is the defining decade of adulthood. How you spend your 20s will define you.

Whether you’re in your mid 20s or you’re all set to hit the 30s, you need to take life a little more seriously. Now is the time to tick off some big hitters off of your bucket list.

Here are 10 things every man should do before he turns 30.

Break the bad habits

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Growing up means breaking a lot of bad habits. Try to get rid of all the bad habits that have been dragging you down.

Quit using your credit card when you’re out of money. Stop ignoring your parent’s voicemails. Drop the habit of drinking caffeine all day and start drinking water. Don’t be afraid about what other people think. Let go of grudges and learn to forgive.

Cook one meal that is impressive

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Let’s face it. Cooking is something of a mystery to most men. Some can even get away with not cooking their entire lives. Many of them prefer something that is quick and convenient, so they won’t think twice about ordering from a fastfood or a restaurant. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can at least whip up a decent meal or two?

Stop ordering out every night and learn how to cook decent meals. Not only will you eat better; women find men who are comfortable in the kitchen hot.

Volunteer

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We work in order to put food on the table and maintain a roof over our heads. But if you have extra time and money, we encourage you to do some volunteer work.

Volunteering gives you the chance to gain real world, insightful experiences that no amount of money can buy. You’ll also gain a range of skills that can help boost your career. Knowing that you’re doing something good for others and the community gives you a sense of pride, accomplishment, and purpose.

Streamline your wardrobe

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With the increasing popularity of online shopping, it’s hard to resist the temptation to buy things. Those things accumulate over time. You probably have a closet full of clothes you no longer wear or have never worn before. Your wardrobe can benefit from streamlining.

Go through your closet and pick out your most worn pieces. Look for classic pieces that will carry you throughout the year. Then, get rid of all the things you no longer use. Now that you have downsized and de-cluttered your closet, you need to shop less.

Having more clothing options is good, but sometimes it can harm your productivity. By limiting your choices, you’ll have more time for more important things.

Be financially independent

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As a mature individual, you shouldn’t be carrying the spending mistakes of your past into your 30s. Pay off your debt, most especially your student loan. Stop making impulse purchases. Your goal is to stay debt-free. Pay your bills on time and maintain a good credit history.

Save money and establish an emergency fund. If you have extra money, start an investment portfolio. You can start with something simple like mutual funds and then invest in stocks later on. Instead of putting all your money in your savings account, have it diversified.

Know when to call it a night

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When you were younger, you probably drink till you’re blackout drunk. Mature men know when to call it a night.

If you know that you have a meeting, an appointment or a presentation the next day, resist the urge to order one more drink. Although saying no to booze is no fun, thinking about the future is a mark of mature and responsible man.

Have a place you can call home

Buying a house has always been considered as a significant part of the American dream. Considering how big of a financial obligation buying a house is, you may want to put off plans of buying until you’re financially ready.

You may not be a homeowner, but we hope you do have a place you can call your home. A place that makes you feel safe and relaxed as you open the front door. That’s good enough for now.

Start a workout routine

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Many of you are probably sitting in front of your computer, staring at the screen, typing furiously all day. When you get home from work, all you do is eat dinner and watch TV until bedtime.

Living an active lifestyle is more important as you age. Regular physical activity will not only help lower you risk of certain diseases, it also makes you look and feel younger. Plus, it makes you stronger, boosts brain functions, and gives you a boost in confidence.

Taking good care of yourself is a part of growing up. It’s time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It’s never too late to get started.

Learn another language

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English is the universal language. As a native English speaker, you could get by and communicate with people wherever you go, but that’s boring.

It’s not easy learning a new language, but it does come with several benefits. For one, it allows to have engaging conversations with people abroad and even establish deep connections with them. Learning a new language also gives your brain a boost. Ultimately, it opens up a world of job opportunities.

Live abroad

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Everyone should experience living abroad at least once in their life, be it for work or to study. Living abroad will give you a different perspective on the world. It will be a life-changing, life-affirming experience that no amount of passport stamps will ever satisfy.