What Your Hair Is Saying About Your Health
Your hair does more than just make you look good, it also offers an insight into your health and is an indication of the health problems you might have without being aware of. Your hair says a lot about what is happening inside your body, as long as you can recognise the signs anyway. Here are four of the most common hair troubles and what they really mean. Read through and keep an eye out for these symptoms, and make sure you take action if you recognise any!
Thinning – Stress
Hair falling out can be a perfectly natural process and it usually happens when the hair stops growing. However, there are some people who experience thinning hair during their peak years, which is primarily caused by stress. Stress disrupts proper bodily function, causing bald patches and spots.
It can take up to six weeks for your hair to start thinning. If you notice thinning, then you should try to remember recent stressful situations. After determining the root cause of the problem, find some method of dealing with the stress in the future to avoid similar situations. Don’t forget that stress can lead to even more serious health problems!
Brittle and Dull Hair – Nutrition Problems
If your diet has a lot of processed foods, then the nutrients that you get are taken straight to the crucial areas of the body such as your heart and other organs. As such, the nutrients that your hair needs to stay healthy aren’t going to get there. This can cause dull and brittle hair. You won’t have brittle hair from eating just one burger, but if junk food is a regular part of your diet, then it’s an inevitability. Hair can also be damaged by not getting enough dietary fat as it is needed for the hair to absorb nutrients such as vitamin D. Get plenty of healthy fats in your diet – such as omega-3 fatty acids and monosaturated fats. Pay special attention to how much water you get because being dehydrated can cause you to lose your hair. A solid quarter of hair is water, and it is the primary source of energy for hair cells.
You need to have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to keep your hair healthy and long.
Crown Hair Loss – Too Much Dihydrotestosterone
Combinations of symptoms such as losing patches of hair around the crown and gaining stomach fat are an indication of having abnormally high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that converts male testosterone into DHT. While the process is completely normal, some men have a sensitivity to the hormone and it attacks their hair follicles, causing them to lose hair in their crown. This also happens in women thanks to DHEA, hormone that converts testosterone into DHT.
There are a number of natural DHT inhibiting foods you should consider consuming, including:
• Saw palmetto
• Green tea
• Pumpkin seeds
• Giant dodder
Random Bald Patches – Trichotillomania
Trichotillomania is a condition where people feel compelled to pull out their hair. This is an impulse control disorder that is primarily caused by stress and feelings of failure.
Some people dealing with trichotillomania might even be unaware that they are tearing their hair out as it can be unintentional. If you notice random bald patches then it’s a good idea to keep your eyes on your hands when you get stressed. You could even surprise yourself!
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