Here it comes – part 2 of our series “Common Causes of Hair Loss” by Donna Kim-Brand.

Pregnancy, Female Hormones and Anemia

While strands of hair may begin to show up in your shower while pregnant, the bulk of hair loss takes place in the 3-6 months following the trauma of  birth when a woman’s hormones are on a roller coaster rampage. There’s not much you can do other than try to keep your stress levels down, and wait for a return to bodily stasis and your tresses with it. By then your baby should be just about old enough to grab onto your locks, which creates a hair loss situation of a different sort!

Female hormones also fluctuate during times of life when using birth control pills, so one option is to try different methods of contraception.  Also when entering menopause, hair follicles begin to shrink, causing hair to fall out. This tends to be a temporary phase, so be kind and gentle with yourself or anyone in this situation. Hair loss might be only one of several often shocking symptoms hitting a woman all at once.

Anemia is also a common condition for one in ten pre-menopausal women and can cause hair loss. Since the most common cause of anemia is lack of iron, both the anemia and resulting hair loss, fatigue, headaches and pale complexion can be alleviated by taking iron supplements. Again, pay attention to optimal dosage so you don’t create more problems in the process.

Excess Vitamin A & Deficiency of Vitamin B & Protein

People seek health by dosing up on vitamins and supplements, not realizing that sometimes there can be ‘too much of a good thing’. While talking Vitamin A is good for a healthy immune system, vision and cell growth, an excess of it can trigger hair loss. Supplements often carry 2-3 times more International Units than is good for you, so look for Vitamin A with 5000 IU’s per dose. Once you normalize your dosage of Vitamin A, hair should stop falling out.

On the contrary, lack of Vitamin B can also cause hair loss, which can be rectified by taking in more of it. So ramp up your intake of Vitamin B through supplements, or better yet through fresh fish, meat, non-citrus fruits and starchy vegetables.

In related fashion, lack of sufficient protein intake can cause the body to ration protein to the hair follicles, triggering eventual hair loss some two to three months later. You can prevent or halt this type of hair loss by increasing your protein intake with a healthy diet or supplementation.  Eating more protein and ‘happy fat’ foods like nuts and avocados adds to the sheen of your hair while also restoring its growth.

Anabolic Steroids

Bulking up your body and muscles with anabolic steroids can have the side effect of causing hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  The reaction in the body triggering hair loss is reversed when you stop using the offending drugs. So for those who have this reaction, you may have to choose another way to beef yourself up if you also want to keep your hair.

Hypothyroidism

If you suffer from an underactive thyroid, thus lacking the hormones critical to maintaining your metabolism and normal growth, hair loss may show up as another symptom.

If tests reveal this as the cause of your hair loss, medication can rectify both the hypothyroidism and your hair loss. Appropriate medical support will treat your overall health so you both look and feel better.

Stay tuned for next week’s part 3 of this series!

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