Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Experiencing hair loss?

It’s totally normal to lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair a day. Considering there’s an average of 100,000 strands of hair on a person’slosing-my-hair head, that loss is barely noticeable. New hair grows in its place and is eventually shed too, continuing the hair growth cycle.

But if you notice an unusual amount of hair in your brush or shower drain, extra hair on your pillow, or perhaps more obviously, bald or thinning spots, there may be something more going on. Sometimes hair loss is hereditary, but here we'll go over some of the other causes of excessive hair loss.

Hormonal Changes

Hormones are involved in every major body process and they're one of the first things you should get checked if you’re losing your hair.

Hair thinning, along with dryness and coarseness, can be an early sign of a thyroid problem. In women, fluctuating hormones during pregnancy or perimenopause can lead to temporary hair loss.

Insulin resistance is also linked to hair loss in men and women. But there's good news! You CAN reverse insulin resistance by watching your sugar intake, staying active, and losing weight.

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With autoimmune disease, your body mistakenly attacks itself. That means it could attack your hair follicles. If that happens, you may see thinning or bald spots.

Many autoimmune diseases can lead to hair loss, including alopecia areata, lupus, Hashimoto’s disease, and Crohn’s disease.

Vitamins and Nutrients

It’s always important to maintain a healthy diet, and it’s no different when it comes to maintaining healthy hair. Certain vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can lead to hair loss, like low levels of iron, protein, or vitamin B.

But too much of a good thing can also lead to hair loss. Excess vitamin A for example, which can happen if you’re taking a supplement, can trigger hair loss. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of these vitamins and nutrients to get your hair growing normally again.

Stress

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Much like a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, keeping stress in check is important to your overall health. Too much stress can actually affect your hair.

A physical or emotional shock to the system, like a sudden change in weight, surgery, having a baby, or even extreme emotional stress can lead to hair loss.

To make matters more complicated, you might not have any hair loss until a few weeks or months after a stressful event, so it can be hard to pinpoint the cause.

Fortunately, this loss is usually temporary. Let your body heal and find ways to reduce your stress to get your hair back. Meditation, exercise, and other types of self-care can help reduce your stress.

Hairstyling

Hairstyles that pull tightly on the roots, including tight ponytails and braids, can lead to hair loss. Make sure to loosen up those styles or let your hair down completely. If the hair follicles become damaged, that loss could be permanent.

With so many possible causes for hair loss, it can be hard to navigate on your own, nor should you have to feel alone. If you’re worried about hair loss, I can help you get back on the road to healthy hair growth. Click here to schedule a consultation today!

To your health,

Dr. Laura

The content on heartroothealth.com is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.