Your hair can be a valuable source of information, it can offer tremendous insight into your wellbeing. The health of your hair can change because of illness or it can be a warning sign, like a check engine light, that something is going on.
When hair starts to thin, dry out, or even fall out…there can be many causes. Here are the top five causes of hair loss.
1. A SLUGGISH THYROID
Your thyroid is the gas pedal for energy and metabolism which is why when it’s sluggish people feel tired and gain weight. Your hair follicles are regulated by your thyroid and they have a shorter lifespan and rapid turnover. When your thyroid is slow, your hair follicles don’t regenerate fast enough and you end up with hair loss.
2. HIGH CORTISOL
Cortisol is a hormone that’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress, which is why it’s called a stress hormone.
High cortisol also hurts your thyroid by directly lowering thyroid hormone production. This means cortisol can slow your thyroid down even more. That’s bad news for your hair.
High cortisol also directly decreases new hair growth and speeds up hair loss.
3. LOW STOMACH ACID AND DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
They say you are what you eat, but this is only partially true. You are what you absorb. When you don’t properly breakdown protein because of low stomach acid, your hair pays the price. Common symptoms of low stomach acid are bloating, especially following a meal, indigestion, chronic yeast infections, and heartburn.
4. NOT ENOUGH PROTEIN
You already know it’s impossible to have healthy muscles and bones without getting enough protein. You many not know it’s also impossible to have healthy hair if you don’t get enough protein.
Hair is made from protein. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body will shut off hair production in order to send the protein to more important areas.
5. Iron Deficiency
When hair follicles grow, they require a lot of iron. Most women struggle with iron deficiency, especially if they don’t eat red meat. Blood loss, hernia’s, pain meds, digestive problems are common causes of iron deficiency.