Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

July 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow                                                                            

If you are losing more hair than usual, don’t neglect to think thyroid. The thyroid gland hormone is critical in cell division at the hair follicle. Cell division at the hair follicle affects both the initiation and rate of hair growth and hair loss. ¹

Plus an overactive or underactive thyroid can lead to dry, brittle and slower growing hair.  This is because it may produce less sebum from the sweat glands in the scalp.  Less sebum also puts people more at risk of fungal infections of the hair follicles.   In severe thyroid imbalances, hair loss can even spread over the scalp and cause the loss of the outside third of the eyebrows.¹

A simple blood test panel of the thyroid hormone levels will identify if there is a chemical evidence of a hormone imbalance.  In addition to the blood test, Dr. Bernstein recommends the hair health check at the Advanced Wellness Center, using the Digital Response Technique (DRT).  This will give you a broader, more complete diagnosis of the root cause for the imbalance.

You’ll want to know if unhealthy hair strands or hair loss may be a reflection of any other factors such as estrogen deficiency, toxins or genetics in which the presence of an isoform of testosterone in the follicles prompts normal hair cycling to cease 2.   A lack of key nutrients, such as protein, iron, and essential fatty acids (found in fish oil supplements and wild salmon for example), will also impact just how strong and vibrant your hair is.  A deficiency in protein in particular, will force the body to conserve it (protein is the building block of all the body’s cells, including the hair) by shutting down hair growth.3    Also, stress can significantly deplete your B vitamins and reduce the   growth rate of your hair, and cause hair loss.

If not treated, thyroid imbalances can progress to more serious symptoms.  However, once the underlying cause is diagnosed, thyroid imbalances are generally treatable and result in the resolution of symptoms.

The sooner you get to the bottom of the hair loss, the better.  It’s the new hair growth, that will tell the real story, so it will be several months before you can tell how well your strategy is working.

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Sources:

¹ The Hair Foundation, Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism by Lisa Lambert, 1/19/09

2 The Hair Foundation, Hair Science: How and why Hair Grows, James L. Breeling, 1/14/2008

3 MSN, Health and Fitness, What Your Hair is Telling You About Your Health?, Sally Wadyka

 Hairboutique.com

Associated Content, LifeStyle, More About Hair Growth, Emelyn Lucinda, 7/26/10

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