Oh, those early days of generously applying “Hair So New,” in an attempt to tame my tangled masses of curly locks. No more…
Nowadays, I feel more like a survivalist protecting what remains, while purging the landscape from invaders popping up in the most unusual of places.
Time to get to the root of things. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, we typically lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. It only becomes noticeable when new growth isn’t replacing what we leave behind.
I found out that there are plenty of determining factors that play a role in our hair health, even including what we eat!
Family history: Perhaps the most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that happens with aging (heads up to my adult daughters). It involves a sort of slow, gradual go, beginning with thinning hair along the scalp. Checking in with your physician can help rule out the influence of underlying conditions like an over/under-active thyroid or low iron levels.
Hormonal fluctuations: Our hormone levels shift throughout our lifetime. Temporary or permanent hair loss can be attributed to changes due to menopause. The slightest increase in androgens (sex hormones) or an imbalance between our male/female sex hormones – which we all have – can result in more hairs in places we may not expect, like our chin. Speaking of that pesky “peach fuzz.” Each week my bargain Flawless Hair Remover collects enough “lint,” I swear, I could knit my dog a sweater (if I knew how to knit).
Medications: Hair loss can be a side effect of certain drugs – especially those prescribed for battling cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure. Your doctor knows best, so keep communication open.
Stress factor: Many women experience general thinning several months after an emotional or physical shock. The good news is this type of hair loss is usually temporary. But if stress is a constant, your hair really feels the impact.
Hair-Strengthening Menu Choices:
Omega-3 fatty acids help keep hair sleek and hydrated, reducing inflammation of the scalp and naturally moisturizing hair follicles. (Walnuts; Chia Seeds; Flaxseed; Avocados; Salmon; Oysters; Firm Tofu)
Antioxidants can help protect hair follicles against damage. Vitamin-rich foods and veggies are loaded with beneficial compounds and minerals essential for hair growth. (Strawberries; Spinach; Sweet Potatoes; Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts; Cauliflower)
Since our hair is primarily made of a protein called keratin, proteins aid in our hair growth and nourishment. (Eggs; Red meat; Whey Protein; Legumes; Chickpeas; Black Beans; Lentils)
Foods that contain lots of magnesium help our bodies fight stress. (Almonds; Leafy Greens; Whole Grains)
I find that when I know why things are happening and what is/isn’t within my control, I’m more appreciative of the human experience and what a gift this life is, random hairs and all…
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