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Hair: A Revelation about Your Health


Introduction
Women take extra time to look great and feel great through their hair. They’d often have it cut or colored however they want it. And while women are busy with hair coloring, straightening, curling, blow-drying, and chemically treating their hair to accomplish the perfect style they seek, it is imperative to know what the hair may be suggesting to us regarding health.

A. Hair Loss
Have you been experiencing hair loss recently? Maybe you have seen huge clumps on your pillow when you wake up each morning or a strange amount of hair in your drain after taking your shower. The American Academy of Dermatology states that people tend to lose roughly 50 to a hundred strands of hair each day and roughly 250 strands when they wash their hair. Nevertheless, if you are aware of the fact that your hair has been falling out, this serves as a wakeup call that your body is sending you an important message. There are various conditions and circumstances that may trigger hair loss, and it is crucial to take note of the possible causes.

Improper functioning of the thyroid
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland situated in the front part of your neck. Its function is to discharge hormones that regulate metabolism and other bodily functions including breathing rate, heartbeat, core body temperature, cholesterol, and menstrual cycles. When the thyroid is not working well, a hormonal imbalance may lead to various health issues such as hair loss. Hair loss is a byproduct of hyperthyroidism, which is triggered by an overactive thyroid that generates too many hormones, or hypothyroidism, which is brought about by an underactive thyroid not making adequate hormones. So, if you have significant hair loss, particularly in addition to unexplained weight gain, memory difficulties, lethargy, and depression problems, an ill-functioning thyroid can be the culprit.

Infection
If you have hair loss, it is crucial to note that there are some infections that trigger this symptom. For instance, ringworm, primarily when it occurs on your scalp and head, can make its way into the hair fibers, causing them to fall out. Moreover, bacterial infections may trigger folliculitis or the inflammation of the hair follicles. This, too, may lead to hair loss.

You just gave birth
After giving birth, your body undergoes countless of mental, emotional, and physical changes. And for a lot of women, another reason behind hair loss happens following pregnancy, after giving birth. A condition referred to as telogen effluvium may occur, which is a significant loss of hair. This condition happens particularly during the first five months following pregnancy. This affects about 50% of women. The good news is that this is not permanent. Increased estrogen level may help your hair feel and look fuller.

Iron deficiency
Iron is present in various foods including kale, beans, red meat, and dried fruits such as apricots, cranberries, and raisins. However, if your blood does not have enough iron, this creates numerous health issues, especially in the red blood cells and their oxygen carrying capacity. Some symptoms of a poor level of iron include shortness of breath and lethargy. Hair loss is one of the telltale signs. Your hair follicles need iron for growth. Iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, particularly for those with a genetic propensity to lose their hair in the future. However, studies have demonstrated that hair loss may be prevented by taking iron supplements.

Stress
Women have various sources of stress including their families, their jobs, their social obligations, their financial responsibilities, and their outside commitments. When it feels as if the world is on your shoulders, it is not surprising that hair loss is one of the common side effects. When stress becomes so high that it is overwhelming, some people will suffer from alopecia areata. This is a condition in which the body attacks the hair follicles causing the hair to fall out. Also, when stress levels are high, it is common to find yourself pulling your hair out from your head. This is termed as trichotillomania, an undeniable urge to pull out the hair is triggered by isolation, depression, loneliness, and a significant amount of stress. It is often used to cope with painful and difficult circumstances.

Skin condition
If your hair is falling out, it is possible that you are experiencing some skin conditions. When this outbreak happens, hair loss is a common side-effect. Nonetheless, it is not permanent. Seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that causes scales, flakes, as well as red blotches, has hair loss as one of its outcomes when infection occurs on the scalp.

Menopause
When a woman is on her menopausal stage, she goes through a wide range of mental, physical, as well as hormonal changes, and it is common to find a woman’s hair thinning and falling out in large clamps. The hormones progesterone and estrogen are essential for hair retention and hair growth. So, when your body produces less of these hormones, hair loss is a common side effect. When estrogen and progesterone hormones are low, this leads to the production of higher levels of androgens, which are male hormones and may affect your hair follicles leading to hair loss.

Overdoing Vitamin A Intake
There are several foods that contain vitamins including carrots, sweet potatoes, fish, kale, collard greens, and spinach. Vitamin a is linked to some health benefits that are advantageous for the skin, bones, and eyes; however, too much intake of vitamin A may have an adverse impact on your health and result in hair loss.

B. Lackluster Hair
Having dull, brittle, and dull hair are frequent complaints about women regardless of their hair types. And while they do everything to add body, volume, shine, and texture to the nose, these attempts have not been active. As a matter of fact, over styling, overworking, and over processing of the hair may end up hurting it. But specific factors are overlooked. When your hair feels and looks unhealthy, it is imperative to look for possible causes. One of the following reasons can be attributed to your dull, brittle, and breakable hair.

Not enough protein
There is a strong connection between your hair and your daily diet. When your regular diet lacks protein, it affects your immune system, muscles, and overall health. But one of the many side effects is breakable, brittle, and weak hair. Each hair strand is made up of protein, which is why protein intake is essential for hair growth. If you do not have an adequate intake of protein, your hair will not grow properly. Adding more protein is not too complicated. It is found in a wide range of food products including dairy, fish, eggs, and meat. For vegetarian or vegan, they may get protein from beans, tofu, and soy.

Too much fast food
When you observe your diet more closely, you will realize that what you put in your mouth affects your entire body. Continually eating fast food products may have an adverse impact on your health in some ways. Ingesting foods that are high in carbs, sugar, calories, and saturated fat makes you at risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep disturbances, and high cholesterol. What you may fail to realize is how the wrong intake of foods harms your hair strands. People who eat fast foods have inadequate intake of fruits, vegetables, and other essential vitamins and minerals. When you eat excessive quantity of fast foods, you are missing out on essential nutrients that are critical for hair growth. So, if you want positive change in your hair quality, it is essential to eat nutritious foods.

Dangerous diet
It may appear counterintuitive, but eating the wrong foods may have the same effect on your hair as eating hardly anything at all. And while you may hope to fit on the dress or skinny jeans, if you embark on a crash diet and deprive yourself of adequate nutrition, your weight loss may soon be trailed by hair loss. Because of the cycle in which your hair grows, hair loss can happen roughly 3 to 6 months after losing over 15 pounds. Thus, it is not surprising that those with anorexia and bulimia have dull, breakable, and thinning hair.

Gray hair
Having gray hair can be devastating for some women because it signals old age. Nowadays, highlights, hair color, gloss treatment, and a lot more, whether you look for something that is ideal for your natural tones, or going bold with purple or red, it appears that the only colorless seen these days are gray. What cause your hair to turn gray are your genes.

Too much worrying
Constantly being stressed and worried can take a toll on your mental, physical, and emotional health. Some side effects include panic attacks, chest pain, uncontrolled shaking, lack of focus, and depression. When you are always anxious and stressed, this can accelerate your hair’s graying process because of the inflammation that the stress is causing all over your body. It is essential to exercise deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, and mindfulness.

References

  1. http://www.thelist.com/26738/hair-says-health/
  2. http://www.hairscientists.org/hair-and-scalp-conditions/nutrition-and-hair-health

 

 


   
 
 
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