The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Hair Loss
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The most common cause of hair loss in women are hormone changes, illness, medications, iron deficiency and stress. You can make some simple changes to help prevent or treat hair loss or thinning hair. Many of these hair loss prevention methods are great for growing long healthy hair. But let’s talk hair loss…
How To Prevent Hair Loss?
First and foremost, avoid taking birth control pills or antidepressants if you don’t absolutely have to. Even if you think you do, seek another opinion and alternative first. If you are hormonally sensitive, and increasing numbers of women are (due to the amount of xenoestrogens in the environment and in food), then adding in synthetic hormones can further exacerbate a hormonal issue. In addition, it’s very critical to maintain a healthy diet – avoid fad diets, extreme detox programs, or experimenting with vegetarianism without guidance.
Physical activity is another fantastic preventative; it serves double duty both in promoting circulation of key nutrients to hair follicles and also in mitigating the hair compromising effects of the stress hormones on your body.
What If Your Hair Is Already Thinning?
If you’re finding yourself with hair that’s thinning, or dealing with a hormonal issue? Its important to learn what’s causing your hormonal imbalance and then to proceed through a healing process that addresses these underlying factors – including proper nutrition, support of the organs of elimination, and stress management. You can also go to your general physician or gynecologist and ask for a full hormonal panel. This way you’ll know if there’s anything you can work on in the short term – like an iron or thyroid issue. If it’s not thyroid-related or if it’s not a protein or an iron deficiency, then it’s really an indication that your elegantly complex endocrine system needs some attention. Start by cutting out sugar and caffeine to help your body respond to stress better, increase insoluble fiber to help the body efficiently process hormones through your bowel movements, and engage in a moderate physical activity that makes you feel happy – it does not have to be for weight loss – it’s more important that it puts a smile on your face as serotonin helps you with the impact of stress on your delicate hormonal balance.
In fact, it is more common than it is discussed. Although it’s normal to lose between 50-100 hairs a day, most people experience excessive hair loss at some point in their life. The good news is that most causes are temporary while only a few are permanent. The best news is that learning about how your body works, understanding how to properly care for your hormonal system, and then making that the basis of your healthy lifestyle is the easiest thing you can do as a woman to improve your health for the long term!
What about dandruff?
Dandruff is a major sign of hormonal imbalance. If you’re plagued by flakes, it probably means you have a more acidic pH and it’s time to rebalance your endocrine system and give your diet an adjustment. The suggestions below will also be helpful for you. You can also try the following suggestion:
Wash and condition your hair as usual. While still in the shower, tilting your head back so as not to get vinegar in eyes, pour 1/2 to 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar onto your scalp and rub into scalp. Then rinse off and style as usual. This routine can be followed every day.
Hair Loss Remedies
Here’s a basic protocol to get started improving your hair’s health. Try including some of the following:
Fruits and veggies – all contain flavonoids which protect hair follicles and encourage growth.
Brewer’s yeast, green peas, brown rice, bulgur, lentils, oats, soy, sunflower seeds, and walnuts – all high in biotin – an essential nutrient for healthy hair and skin.
Ginkgo biloba – improves circulation to scalp
Saw palmetto – helps with testosterone balance in a woman’s body
Inositol – vital for hair growth
Kelp – supplies needed minerals for proper hair growth – especially good if thyroid is deficient
BioSil – aids in hair growth and makes it stronger
B complex with biotin – important for growth of hair, deficiencies of biotin have been linked to hair loss
MSM (methylsulfonyl-methane) aids in the manufacture of keratin – a protein that is the major component of hair.