For a lot of people, hair loss can be quite an unpleasant and even traumatic experience. There are many factors that can lead to hair loss or reduction in hair quality and volume. To combat hair loss or any related issues, we must find out what the cause is. This way an effective solution can be found and implemented. Today we’ll look at hormonal imbalance as a potential cause and how to fight it.
Hormonal balance can be one of the main reasons for hair loss. Our hormonal cycles vary during our lives, going lower or higher, and can at these times have visible effects on our hair. This is commonplace for many people. Women can also experience hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. Different women are affected differently, but it’s very normal for the hormones to act up during a pregnancy and throw the balance off completely. This can then cause hair thinning or loss during the pregnancy. These types of pregnancy-related issues most often are resolved after a woman gives birth and the hormones settle down. Another condition that may affect hormonal balance and hair in women specifically is menopause. The body again goes through big changes, the hormones can flare up and this can show in your hair. However, there are effective ways to counter hormonal imbalance and its impact on your hair. The three hormones that have the biggest influence on hair growth are thyroxine, estrogen, and progesterone.
Hair loss – who’s to blame?
Hair loss or baldness is known as androgenic alopecia. It can show up in both men and women and it is a fairly common balding pattern. It was believed that the condition is caused by heightened levels of testosterone. However, recently it has been proven that another hormone is responsible for this type of balding – dihydrotestosterone (DTS). An excess amount of this hormone can cause hair follicles to die off, so if your hair starts showing signs of thinning or falling off, it would be best to consult an endocrinologist first. More often than not, the problem lies in the DTS quantities present in the body.
Hair growth – notable issues?
Having covered the basics of the usual suspect and culprit for hair loss, we will now look at the different hormones which influence hair growth. Some hormonal imbalances can cause excess hair growth. For example, a higher concentration of male or androgen hormones in women’s bodies can lead to a condition known as hirsutism. This is a rather awkward condition, as the hormones that cause it, cause male pattern baldness and excess body hair growth. While health-wise, this isn’t a threatening condition, it can be annoying and embarrassing for most women. Not to mention, it can be quite expensive to treat or try to fight.
Another possible hormonal condition that can affect hair growth is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is not an uncommon issue and it results in increased facial hair growth. It can also somewhat negatively affect the hair on the scalp. Other possible issues related to this condition are menstrual problems and a drastic weight change.
Hair growth – who’s responsible?
We talked about some conditions that can influence hair growth and loss differently, so now we’ll move on to how things should work normally and which hormones are responsible for that. Hormones play very important roles in a normal hair growth, both by direct involvement or indirect affecting.
Thyroxine – this hormone doesn’t have a direct influence on hair growth or quality. But, a lower level of thyroxine in the body leads to a condition called hypothyroxinemia. While researchers have yet to find a satisfactory explanation for how this condition is linked to hair loss, there is a strong possibility that it does cause it. The link between the two has been studied and established, and all that’s left is for it to be officially confirmed.
Androgens – these types of hormones have a direct influence on hair growth. They are a group of male hormones, produced in both men and women, albeit in different quantities. Increased production of androgens can lead to male and female pattern baldness as well as cause increased hair growth all over the body.
Gonadotropins – another important group of hormones for hair growth. The gonad produce the hormones which stimulate the follicles and the luteinizing hormone, thus having a direct effect on the production of both testosterone and estrogen in men and women. These hormones also influence hair growth indirectly. They can interact with progesterone, which then can in turn influence the way hair grows.
Another big influencer when it comes to hair growth is our diet and lifestyle. In order to grow properly hair needs protein, so a diet lacking in proteins may lead to hair loss or lesser quality. Stress can also negatively reflect on hair growth. When combined with a poor diet, it can cause the stomach to secrete less hydrochloric acid. This, in turn, means that the pH of the stomach cannot be lessened enough to metabolize protein. The body then doesn’t get enough protein and hair growth is negatively affected.
What to do?
There are several simple and effective ways you can battle hair loss. These have mostly to do with your general health and maintaining healthy habits. Living a healthy life will reflect positively on both your hair health and growth.
- Drink enough water
People who don’t supply their bodies with enough water during the day face hormonal imbalances more often. The perfect amount to counter this 10 to 12 glasses of water a day. It’s important that you drink water before and after a workout, before and after sleep. It helps because it eliminates all toxins from the body and gives you a fresh feel.
- Give up unhealthy habits
We’re all guilty of one or two unhealthy habits such as alcohol, smoking, foods with extra fat, salt, and carbohydrates. And an unhealthy lifestyle can negatively affect the whole organism, hair included. So, by eliminating these habits your whole body will be cleaner and feel better.
An exercise routine is essential for a healthy body. You should try to workout for 30 to 40 minutes, five days a week. For best results combine cardio with strength training. This helps your hair by increasing blood circulation to the whole body, and more importantly, the scalp.
- Sleep well
A good nights sleep every night is important for maintaining hormone balance and stopping hair fall. Around 7 to 8 hours is enough for most adults. Not only will you feel fresher and better, but you will also see positive changes in your hair.
- Clean up your diet
More vegetables, whole wheat grains and lean meat and less red meat and alcohol is a great way to better your diet. By implementing this you can help your body maintain hormonal levels, which will keep your hair healthy and prevent any loss or thinning.
- Take women’s Rogaine
Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), rogaine is an excellent way to treat hormonal imbalance and hair loss. It can be purchased online and be used as a shampoo try thrice a week. Another way to use it is to apply it directly to the scalp, massaging it carefully. When using it like this, do not apply more than a milliliter. Apply the solution twice a day. However, for best results, first see if there are any instructions on the bottle and follow those.
– Remove sugars, processed foods, and dairy products from your diet, they can make hair loss worse.
– Silica-rich foods, such as celery, sprouts and bell peppers are a great addition to your diet.
-Consuming eggs whole, not just the egg white, is a great way to ensure biotin is properly metabolized.
– Apple cider vinegar combined with protein-rich food can prevent hair fall and encourage hair growth.
-Soak nuts and grains in water with a few drop of apple cider vinegar for about 8 hours before eating.
-Berries, hemp protein, coconut milk, brown rice and organic eggs are another great addition to your diet.
Following all this advice is a great first step to preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth. However, should the issue persist or if you think your hair falling off excessively, do see a dermatologist for an expert’s opinion.
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