I am guilty of consuming too much caffeine, and have a theory based on my personal experience that too much caffeine can potentially lead to hair thinning.
For the past three years, I have been drinking coffee in the morning, pre-workout in the afternoon/evening, and occasionally another cup of coffee or an energy drink to power me through assignments or work. Yikes.
My hair has thinned out greatly compared to how it use to be just a couple years ago- and you know something is wrong when those closest to you tell you that they’ve noticed too.
Lately, every time I run my fingers through my hair, a strand is left in my fingers; or in the shower I am left with watching many, many strands of my hair go down the drain.
I don’t know what else could be the cause because my diet has been great the past couple years- I’m getting plenty of vitamins and other nutrients; and when I wasn’t years ago, I still had ridiculously thick hair at 18 that people would go crazy over. I know I shouldn’t be having both coffee and pre-workout in the same day- it’s bad. It’s too much caffeine; especially in combination with an energy drink.
So, I have decided to try and go on somewhat of a ‘caffeine detox’ for a month and see what happens. It’s going to suck. I’m already dreading the morning headaches; but I am curious to find out if caffeine is the reason behind why my hair has been thinning out so much.
In addition to cutting out coffee and pre-workout, I have decided to also stop taking supplements (l-Arginine and creatine) for awhile. However, I will continue taking my vitamin D because it’s winter; and start taking Biotin again to help aid my hair with growth, and therefore, thickening.
If you’re new to the fitness scene, please don’t freak out and think that you can’t take pre-workout or any supplements because your hair is going to immediately start falling out. Like I said, I have been taking pre-workout almost daily, along with coffee, for about 3 years now and believe this effect is from not cycling off every now and then.
Has anyone else experienced this issue from drinking too much coffee or pre-workout over long periods of time? I am very curious to hear your experience.
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