Hair loss due to the thyroid is quite common but wreaks havoc on the person who is suffering from it. This type of hair loss is not that easy to treat but can definitely be controlled with little care. In today’s post, I will not talk about the obvious but some underlying causes that may be the reason for your hair loss and some ways to treat them.
Do you have adrenal fatigue?
Many hypothyroid people also have adrenal fatigue which happens because of extremely stressful conditions. If you are stressed and have symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, weight gain, joint inflammation, gastrointestinal issues etc then you might be suffering from it. This is a major cause of hair fall in thyroid patients.
You can get tested for it and can go for adaptogenic herbs, including Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, and Schisandra to relax in stressful conditions.
Do you have low stomach acid?
If stomach acid is low then it means protein isn’t efficiently digested and we all know that our hair and nails are made up of protein. So if we are short in supply of protein, the hair or nails are the first to get affected. Also, low stomach acid results in malabsorption of iron which is necessary for maintaining our hair and many other essential nutrients. Drinking warm water with lemon every morning can definitely help with the issue.
Take hair loss supplements
Biotin is a very popular supplement which really helps with excess hair loss and growing those hair back. There are so many brands available in the market nowadays. You can definitely ask your doctor before choosing one for yourself.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body found in your skin, hair, bones, and tendons. It is not only essential for our hair but also for skin and nails.
Evening primrose oil
If a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern then, the problem is there is an excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at the level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So you should take multivitamins with this oil in it.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Again omega 3 fatty acids are great for regrowth of hair. You can take cod liver oil capsules after consulting your doctor. If you want to go the natural way then you can use flax seeds to sprinkle on your salads and cereals.
You should consult your doctor before taking anything.
Control your blood sugar levels
Blood sugar swings encourage the conversion of T4 to reverse T3. Reverse T3 is an inactive hormone that blocks the body’s utilization of T3, resulting in increased hair shedding. So an excess of processed sugar is not only bad for your health but also for your hair. So try to limit your sugar intake and increase the intake of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet.
Look at the drugs you take
Acne medications, antibiotics and antifungal drugs, antidepressants, birth control pills, high blood pressure medications and even some thyroid medications themselves are known to be the reason for excess hair loss. So if you are facing excess hair loss then do have a look at the medications you take.
Get tested for nutrient deficiencies
Testing should include iodine, zinc, vitamin D, B12, and magnesium as these nutrients are responsible to keep those hair strands intact on your scalp. Take a balanced diet as it is really essential for the overall and optimum health of your body.
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