Hair Loss In Women Doesn't Always Have To Be Permanent

Over the years women, have confided in me about those special times they would donate their locks for cancer patients, and then years later they themselves were feeling less then comfortable about their own thinning hair.  Is there a certain age where everything droops, puckers or falls out, they ask?   

Hair loss is a conversation that not too many of us talk about, unless you’re in the hair business or whisper concerns to your best friend.

I hear women say with a panic tone:  “In two months it will be the beginning of summer vacation and OMG…  my hair is falling out.  Why is this happening to me…?  ” 

Well the reason “Why” is a good question. 

Many well known factors include smoking, radiation, chemotherapy and aging.  But what if you don’t fit into any of those categories? 

If you knew some habits could contribute to hair loss would you make some changes?  

Hair loss Reasons and Tips to follow

  • Low levels of Vitamin B, and Thyroid disruption.  Do you live on sugar or are you addicted to wheat/gluten? These can rob you of Vitamin B’s. (7)
  • Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients.  Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss. (1)
  • A trauma that triggered an unhealthy and sudden weight loss can cause hair loss.  This can also be an eating disorder.  (6)
  • What  OTC’s and other medications do you take daily?   Do you have Depression? (2)
  • Abundance of unnecessary supplements.  Do you supplement instead of eating real whole foods?  Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Stress-Do you live on a diet of stress?  Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. (3)
  • Do you dye your hair or use toxic hair products?    Over the years these can cause endocrine disruption, thinning and hair loss.  It helps to read labels.  If you can’t pronounce it don’t use it.
  • Sugar- Thinning can be related to the changes in the hormone testosterone.  Sugar and alcohol can deplete testosterone levels. An abundance of sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals. 
  • Insomnia-What keeps you awake? Sleep is another “must haves” to help fight hair loss.  A sleep deprived body produces more stress hormones and hair loss.
  • Leaky gut-Poor digestion and utilization of protein can cause hair loss.
  • Oxidative Stress and free radical damage.  Avoid hours in the sun with an “unprotected scalp”. (8)
  • Candida can be linked to dermatitis or atopic dermatitis which can sometimes cause hair loss. (4) 

Healthy hair is a sign of overall good health, so it would make sense that we would want to keep it. Healthy hair thrives on real whole foods/real nutrient rich foods.

So How can we feed our hair? 

Some choices are Spinach, bananas, Brazil nuts for selenium and oysters for zinc. 

To achieve a more balanced healthy lifestyle and improve the health of your hair and scalp, ditch the chips, sugar and processed crap and shop on the outer aisles of the grocery store, or your favorite farmers market, where you'll find fresh organic fruits & veggies. 

With sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and keep it healthy.(5) 

Tips:

*Remember to remove toxic chemical laden shampoos and conditioners that can cause hair loss and replace with organic products.

*Ditch the refined sugar, sweets, wheat and processed foods.

*Develop good sleeping habits. Make an intention to get to bed at the same time every night.

*Address Candida and Leaky Gut issues.

* Add Exercise to your day- this helps to release stress.

*Eat more fruits, and green vegetables for depression and healthy hair.

Footnotes:

1- Shrivastava, SB.  (2009).  Diffuse hair loss in an adult female: approach to the diagnosis and management.  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 75(1):20-7

2- (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

3- Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen] see also Stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15304082)

4- (http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/3330/is-candida-connected-to-eczema-or-atopic-dermatitis)

5- [source: Osborn].  http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/885/Indian-Head-Massage

6- Crash diets, major surgery and hair loss (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

7- Gluten and Hair loss-To date, there have been 100′s of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases linked to gluten exposure for those with gluten sensitivity.  One of these little known diseases is alopecia areata (autoimmune hair loss). Source: Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 1999 Dec;45(4):283-5.

Gluten Can Cause Nutritional Hair Loss as Well…Aside from causing autoimmune hair loss, gluten can cause malnutrition leading to nutritional forms of alopecia.  One of the primary side effects of gluten is damage to the intestinal lining.  This damage can lead to malabsorption of vitamins and minerals

8- Extrinsic factors include smoking, ultraviolet radiation and nutrition and Oxidative stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555/) see also http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS2079057013010086

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Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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