Your hair can let you and your doctor know whether you’re stressed, have a nutritional deficiency, a thyroid problem, or other health issues.Hair is a non-essential tissue, which means that hair has no function in keeping us alive. our strands are often the first part of us our body neglects when anything is amiss internally.
Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health? Some medications and conditions affect your hair as well as your body. No matter the products you use, a poor diet or not keeping check on your general health and stress levels can cause a great impact on your hair’s health.” Know that your body could be trying to tell you something if you have hair-fall and thinning, or a flaky, itchy scalp,
Problem: Excessive daily hair shedding
This is a reactive hair loss condition caused by an internal disruption. Typically, it occurs six to 12 weeks after the event that caused it. It can be short-lived or long-standing and recurring. The condition is usually caused by a one-off blip, like the flu, food poisoning or a high fever, and will not require any treatment. However, hair fall that continues or recurs should be thoroughly investigated. The most common causes for chronic hair fall are iron and ferritin (stored iron) deficiency, Vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiency, hypo or hyperthyroidism, high stress levels impacting how your body absorbs nutrients, crash dieting and energy deficits and high mercury levels in the body.
Problem: Hair thinning
This type of hair loss is slow and progressive. Specifically having a genetic predisposition that causes hair follicles on your scalp to be sensitive to normal levels of androgens (male hormones). When you have this sensitivity, hair follicles on your scalp gradually miniaturise, and produce finer and shorter strands. While reduced hair volume usually isn’t the sign of a health condition, conditions that impact your hormone levels can make hair thinning worse, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), being on an androgenic oral contraceptive, or androgenic HRT, high stress levels and Lupus and Cushing’s Syndrome.
Problem: Brittle hair
The growth of weak, brittle hair can be caused by not eating enough protein. Adding at least a palm-sized portion of protein to your breakfast and lunch may help. Good examples are eggs, oily fish, shellfish, lean meat, low-fat cheese, quinoa, tofu and nuts. Zinc deficiency and hyperthyroidism can also cause the growth of brittle hair. Foods high in zincinclude oysters, chickpeas, lean sirloin steak, hemp seeds and cashew nuts.
Problem: Flaky, itchy scalp
While usually not the sole cause of scalp irritation, a lack of omega-3in your diet can exacerbate scalp conditions. Omega-3 can be found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, walnuts, eggs, sprouts and flaxseeds. Stress can also cause an itchy scalp. Extreme changes in temperature can also be a factor.
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