Are you losing hair? Do you need to clean your hair brush more often because it is filling up faster?
The American Academy of Dermatology says that 40% of us will have thinning hair by the time we are 40.
In fact, hair loss happens to two out of every three women.Tweet
Though you may think that you’re losing your hair as a result of aging, that is probably not what’s happening.
Our hair gets thin as a result of an underlying health problem.
A lot of times it is a result of either a nutritional deficiency or an imbalance in hormones.
That means that when you take the right steps and make some lifestyle changes, you may be able to reverse the process.
So what causes hair loss and thinning?
One of the top causes is a thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism. Our thyroid makes hormones known as T3 and T4. They are responsible for hair growth. They also are what gives our hair its color.
When our levels of T3 and T4 get too low, it can do a lot of harm.
It can slow our metabolism and make us gain weight. It can make us feel that we are losing energy. It can turn more of our hair gray. It can also make us lose hair on our head, and from our eyebrows too.
Another thing that can cause hair loss is stress.
The loss of hair from stress is also caused by a hormonal imbalance. In this case, the problem is high levels of cortisol.
Our bodies are only built to withstand cortisol in short burst. When it is present on a constant basis, it can lead to a number of health concerns, including metabolic syndrome and blood sugar imbalances. It can also cause hair loss.
So what’s a person to do?
The first step in dealing with each of these issues may be to talk to your doctor.
- You should be tested to see if your thyroid is off kilter, as there are medications that can help.
- You also want to make sure that your stress levels have not gotten so high that they are threatening your overall health.
- There are also lifestyle changes that you can make to address each of these issues.
If you are stressed, try yoga, meditation, and exercise. Turning to a diet that includes more plants can also help to lower cortisol levels.
You can also try these natural remedies for hair loss:
1. Increase the amount of protein you are eating. You can add more chicken or salmon. Or try adding legumes, nuts, and high-protein grains like quinoa.
2. Vitamin B-3 (also known as niacin) is said to increase blood flow to the scalp. Foods high in B-3 include chicken and tuna.
3. Vitamin E is also good for circulation and can boost blood flow to the scalp.
4. Try a scalp massage using essential oils like lavender or rosemary. They are good for blood flow and stress at the same time!
Yours in health,
P.S. Please share this info. with your friends and I love hearing from you in the comments below. Have you been faced with hair loss or thinning?