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What your hair reveals about your health
Hair is a curious thing. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are more than 189,000 hair studies underway in 190 countries. These studies address a number of hair related issues.

If you are experiencing a problem with your hair that goes beyond the occasional "bad hair day," perhaps one of the following health issues is the reason...

Dehydration: When hair looks dull, dry, and is brittle, it is often a sign that you are not getting enough water. You could be dehydrated or close to it. In some cases, dull looking hair in women is also accompanied by hot flashes and night sweats so watch for those signs as well. The remedy is as simple as making sure you consume at least 2.7 liters a day from beverages and water-rich foods.

Too much testosterone: Extra weight around the waistline and hair sprouting in places you never had hair before isn't necessarily a sign of aging. If you notice dark facial hair suddenly appearing on your upper lip or hair thickening on your arms, as well as your waistline getting wider, it might be too much testosterone.

Excess fat stores testosterone and stimulates hair follicles that cause hair growth that you would normally see in men. It is important to keep in mind that the same signs such as unwanted hair growth, plus irregular periods can be a symptom of a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. In this case, seek medical attention.

Eating the wrong foods: Aging changes our hair; it can cause it to thin, become more coarse, dull looking and breakable, but if your hair has these features and you are relatively young, you need to take a closer look at your diet. And no matter your age, a healthy diet can help your hair.

Nutrient rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your hair. Foods that are processed are not so good. Now, don't go overboard. If you eliminate fat completely from your diet, your hair can become weak and lackluster. A little fat helps your body absorb key nutrients. Foods with omega 3s and monounsaturated fats are best, like fish and avocados.

Stressed out: Both dermatologists and psychiatrists confirm that thinning hair can be brought on by major stress. This could include illness, the death of a loved one or a period of deep depression. Normally the hair loss takes place three to six months following the event or stressor. The good news is that the hair will grow back.

Over the last 10 years, scientists have realized hair can tell us much more than they ever imagined. A few years ago a joint Israeli-Canadian study examined stress hormone in hair samples and discovered that the hair was a significant predictor of heart attack

Jun 12, 2015 @ 09:43 am

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Thanks for the important information blubie! I've read up on this in the past since my mom had issues with her health that related to her hair as well.

Low iron and anemia can also cause hair to thin and fall out, so if you have a heavy period or think you aren't getting the right nutrients, your hair may be giving you signs to go see your doctor.

Childbirth can also affect a woman's hair and many experience hair loss afterwards, which your doctor can help reverse with iron supplements, if need be.

Let's not forget our fingernails/toenails as they are also a telltale sign of good or poor health.

Great topic!

Jun 12, 2015 @ 11:07 am

interesting topic

This was such interesting reading for me. I have noticed since I am and have gone through menopause that my hair has half the thickness it used to be which as really been worrying me. So thanks for sharing this article it was really interesting reading I am going to look into a better diet for myself and go to the health food store and see if maybe their are extra vitamins I can take to help with my hair loss.
Jun 12, 2015 @ 11:54 am


There is no mention of post-partum hair. Too bad there is not more information about that I bet a lot of new Moms would appreciate it.
Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:21 pm


Thats verry interesting!!
Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:53 pm


here is some more info i found .All new moms experience hair loss, though some lose more than others.

Here's why it happens. During pregnancy, changes in your hormone levels cause your hair to stay in a resting phase for longer, so you lose less hair on a daily basis. (You may have noticed that your hair seemed thicker than usual.)

After you've given birth and your hormones have settled down — usually at about 12 weeks after delivery — more hair shifts into a shedding phase. You may be alarmed to find hair coming out by the handful.

Normally, you lose about 100 to 125 hairs a day, but after delivery, you may be losing about 500 a day. This can be very disturbing, but try not to worry too much — you won't go bald!

There's little you can do about the shedding, other than to be patient. The shedding tends to be most noticeable when you're shampooing or brushing your hair, so you may find that shampooing less frequently or letting your hair dry naturally instead of brushing and blow-drying helps slow the loss.

On the other hand, it's going to fall out at some point, and you might prefer that it happen in private. Regular washing and brushing may help you avoid leaving a trail of shedding hair behind you all day. Try using a thickening shampoo if you feel your locks are getting too thin.

You may notice fine "baby" hair growing along your hairline at the top of your forehead once the shedding phase has ended. Having bangs can do a lot to camouflage this wispy new growth while it's growing out.

Within another six months or so, your hair should be back to its normal pre-pregnancy thickness, but you may find that the texture of your hair is never exactly the same. It may be wavier or straighter or more dry or oily than it was before pregnancy. This is probably due to the hormonal upheaval you've just been through.

If the hair loss doesn't seem to be slowing and you're still losing lots of hair six or so months after delivery, check in with a dermatologist or your healthcare provider. It may be a sign that you're low on iron, which is not entirely uncommon for new moms.
Jun 13, 2015 @ 11:58 am

Interesting read

Great read! I know that when I am consciously eating healthy and properly hydrating my skin looks 1000x better and I have so much more energy. Makes sense that the same logic would apply to hair.
Jun 13, 2015 @ 08:37 pm


good article thank you for posting
Aug 10, 2015 @ 09:51 am

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