Have you noticed that you are losing a lot of hair lately? With everything happening in the world right now, stress is at an all-time high for many people. Does the world make you want to pull your hair out, figuratively? …Or are you losing your hair for real?
Maybe you’re finding hair everywhere–on the floor, on your clothes, in your car. Or maybe you’re losing handfuls in the shower when you wash your hair. You can see a bit more of your scalp peeking through than usual, and you’re starting to get worried.
Hair loss affects our self esteem, our mood, and how we feel about ourselves when we look in the mirror. Here’s how it usually manifests in women:
- A widening of the part
- Thinning hair all over the scalp, or over large portions of it
- Losing hair in patches
- Hair breaks easily
- Complete hair loss
Hair loss is important to address sooner rather than later, but sometimes, getting the proper solution for female hair loss can be challenging.
Common Approaches to Hair Loss in Women
When you visit your doctor with concerns regarding unusual hair loss, it can be frustrating because you may get a response that has no solution. For example, you may be told:
- “This is just a normal part of aging.”
- “This is what happens during menopause.”
- “Don’t worry; it’s normal to lose hair at your age.”
Equally familiar are the medications offered or special shampoos that are supposed to turn your hair woes around. Medications can have unpleasant side effects–and special shampoos can be filled with chemicals. No, thank you.
So what’s the alternative?
Pinpoint the Root Cause
It’s impossible to effectively treat hair loss in women without understanding what’s causing it in the first place. In order to prevent and reverse hair loss, we need to uncover the root of the problem. When it comes to hair loss, there are multiple possible root causes.
Some potential root causes of hair loss in women include:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Poor Diet
- Digestion issues (Do you have enough enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break down your food? Are you absorbing your food?)
- Low Ferritin levels in blood (this indicates low iron stores in the body)
- Food sensitivities or allergies
- Not enough protein in the diet
- Insulin resistance (this is when excess blood sugar is unable to get into the cell, where it can be used as energy)
- Low Iron
- Hormone imbalances
- Selenium deficiency
- Stress, leading to endocrine imbalance (thyroid, adrenal, etc.)
- High toxin load in the body (heavy metals, chemicals, BPA, pesticides)
- Vitamins A and D deficiency
You can see why it can be frustrating trying to figure out your specific cause. There are many factors that can be contributing to the problem.
If your diet is to blame for your hair loss, there are a number of reasons what you’re eating might be affecting you. Consuming gluten, sugar, junk foods, or other inflammatory foods causes inflammation in the gut. This, in turn, affects your ability to properly absorb nutrients.
It’s also possible you’re not eating enough protein–or, that you’re eating protein, but not digesting and absorbing it properly. Digestive issues such as leaky gut syndrome, enzyme deficiency, and low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) in the gut could also lead to nutrient deficiencies.
One of the biggest culprits behind female hair loss is underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism. This can be caused by an autoimmune condition or endocrine imbalance. Common things you may notice will be an overall thinning of the hair; the hair is brittle; the texture is dry; and the outer one-third of the eyebrows will be missing.
What Can You Do to Combat Hair Loss Right Now?
Start addressing your hair loss now–even before you get to the root cause. There are steps you can take immediately. Here’s what you may want to consider:
- Remove processed sugar from your diet
- Decrease or eliminate processed grains in the diet (if you’re overweight, decrease all grains–not just processed)
- Use glass or stainless steel water bottles rather than plastic
- Get your BPA level checked through a urine test
- Eat 3 Brazil nuts a day (excellent source of selenium)
- Eat complete proteins (These are proteins that contain all 9 essential amino acids. All animal proteins are complete proteins.)
- Consider adding enzymes and/or HCL (hydrochloric acid) with your meals
- Decrease overall toxin exposure by cleaning up your beauty products (the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is an excellent resource to help you assess the toxicity of your products)
Once you’ve implemented some or all of these simple changes, it’s time to move forward with a little more support.
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