Hair Loss

 

Top 7 Reasons for Hair Loss

 

A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes through her entire course of life. These changes can at times be a contributing factor in hair loss. But in order to treat this problem, we first need to figure out the root cause of it so that the appropriate treatment method can be suggested.

1. PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome

In this condition, male hormones or androgens are secreted in excess and they form small fluid-like sacs in the ovaries, which are known as cysts. PCOS is caused by diet! Too many fats and animal foods in your diet cause your body to become resistant to insulin, which in turn creates male hormones (DHEA and/or Testosterone) to build up in your body… which negatively affects your hair growth. While you may notice more hair growth on your body, it can trigger hair to fall from your scalp.

2. Anemia

Anemia is a result of low iron, low B12 and/or low B6 intake in one’s diet. Many women may be anemic due to heavy menstruation or inadequate folic acid in their body. This results in low production of hemoglobin, which means less oxygen to your organs. When oxygen does not reach your hair follicles, they tend to be weak and break easily. This results in hair falling out at a rapid rate. Checking not only your serum blood iron panels but also a FERRITIN test is important.

3. Menopause

Hormones throughout your life will contribute to hair growth and hair loss. A lot of changes take place in a woman’s body once she enters menopause and one of them can be hair falling out. This is because estrogen hormone levels are low in the body or estrogen and progesterone might be imbalanced. Hormones can make the hair dry and also cause hair loss if due care isn’t taken. It is essential to use mild shampoos and condition your hair as well as eat right. Low vitamin D3 (which is technically a hormone) can also contribute to hair loss.

4. Protein, Minerals, Vitamins

Our hair is made of a protein called keratin. When we do not eat protein-rich foods, it depletes from our body making the hair brittle. This leads to weak strands, which fall prematurely. Getting your protein from plant sources is ideal (instead of coming from milks, eggs, & meats from animals).

Ensuring that your minerals and vitamins are also in balance and present in sufficient quantity (not too much, not too little) contributes to hair growth.

5. Medications

Women who are on birth control pills can have side effects like hair falling out if they abruptly stop using them. Other synthetic hormonal pills and therapies can have a similar effect. Chemotherapy sessions also result in hair loss.

6. Thyroid issues, autoimmune diseases, etc.

Your thyroid is responsible for secreting triiodothyronine (Free T3) and thyroxine (Free T4) hormones which are needed for proper growth and development of our body. When a person suffers from hypo or hyperthyroidism, there is either an excess or low secretion of these hormones which can lead to hair loss. Hair loss is one of the complications due to various changes taking place in your body. In any autoimmune disease, our body creates antibodies against our own cells and tissues. They attack the hair as well as other organs resulting in hair loss.

7. Anxiety and STRESS

Hair loss is not the only symptom of anxiety but it can be the most stressful one for some women. The key issue between anxiety and hair loss is tress. Temporary stress will not cause hair loss… but chronic long-term stress can certainly lead to hair loss. Stress can cause many conditions that lead to hair loss:

A. Alopecia Areata – sudden loss of large clumps of hair around your scalp. This type of hair loss is actually stress related AND considered an autoimmune disease condition in the body.

 B. Telogen Effluvium – this is a condition where more hairs than normal fall out. This occurs when your body tells the hair to stop growing. Hairs have a growth cycle of two years before stopping and falling out about 2 months later. If your body “tells” more hairs than normal to stop growing, two months later more hairs will fall out. It’s a delayed reaction to stress.

C. Trichotillomania – this is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs (sometimes without even realizing that’s what they are doing!).

If you are experiencing hair loss and don’t know why…  there are a number of good supplements just for “Hair, Skin & Nails” that might help… but taking a hair supplement won’t really do the trick if you are undergoing chronic stress, have imbalanced hormones, aren’t eating properly, etc.

Give us a call and let us help you sort it all out! First step is getting tested properly with a saliva hormone test , a HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANAYLSIS & proper blood panels ordered. We can assist with all of that!

 

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