Why Am I Losing My Hair?
On a daily basis women lose, or shed a few hairs here and there, it's been calculated that a normal head of hair is about 100,000 hairs, and the average hair loss can be about 100 daily. That seems like a lot to lose every day, but it's typical for most women.
We see a lot of hair loss, receding hairlines, or balding in men, but women are not immune to it either...it is much more common than you might think, as well as very frustrating for the women who experience it. Hair is very important to a woman...how it looks, how it represents her, and how it makes her feel.
Hair loss is an outward sign of an internal problem...
Hair loss is a sign of an internal deficiency or imbalance.
When excessive hair loss occurs, it is called alopecia and can be caused by:
- Hormonal issues
- Insulin resistance
- Thyroid imbalance: - Hypothyroidism, (an under-active thyroid) - commonly known as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, or Hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid)
- High testosterone or androgen (male hormones) which can be caused by stress
- High cortisol - your body's natural alarm or stress system that controls fear, mood and motivation
- Estrogen dominance
- Nutrient deficiencies such as
- Vitamins B12 and B7
- Silica - a mineral
- Essential Fatty Acids - sources are: nuts, grains, dairy, legumes, flax seeds, dark green vegetables
- Conditions cause by the environment
- Toxicity from heavy metal
- Chemical hair treatments
- Autoimmune conditions such as Alopecia areata
- The aging process - hair loss can be a normal process as you age
What can you do?
There isn't always a cure or a treatment to reverse hair loss, but if you are experiencing what seems to be more than normal loss, you should consult with your naturopathic physician (who works in functional medicine to treat the problem not the symptom), to see what the underlying causes might be and begin treating them to ensure you are healthy and possibly see improvement.