Health » Are you worried about hair loss - Alva Carpenter

Are you worried about hair loss - Alva Carpenter

Alva2 gifThere are a number of reasons that can cause hair loss and it can be a very distressing condition. The good news is most hair loss is temporary and can be treated. The first step is always to identify the cause and then find the best solution.

 

Illness and surgery

About 3 or 4 months after an illness or major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is only temporary. 

 

Hormonal

Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment for thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss and this may happen naturally or with help from your doctor.

 

After pregnancy 

Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth begins again. 

 

Medicines 

Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. 

 

hairloss jpgStress and hair fall 

The condition of a person's hair can tell you a lot about stress levels in their lives.  So if you notice your hair is getting noticeably thinner you might want to look at your stress levels

Stress can be relieved by slowing down rather than speeding up. Slowing down can be achieved by talking to people about your worries, learning to relax, doing special exercises such as yoga and meditation, having a holiday or just taking it easy for a couple of days. Relaxation is a great way to fight stress; if work place stress is causing you to lose hair go to www.ardenhealth.com for lots of articles and solutions for work place stress.

 

 Male-pattern baldness  

To a degree, hair loss can be inherited from your mother or father’s genes. High levels of the male hormone testosterone in the blood is also largely to blame, so if you are losing your hair, you can also be extra confident, as it is an indication that you are many and virile. The main problem with male pattern baldness is not hair fall but new hair not growing.  So it is important to look after what you have got. Trichologists recommend that the best way to slow down hair loss and promote new growth is to massage your head with oil for a few minutes before you wash your hair. Gently massage the scalp to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles.  Permea Plus Hair Repair Massage Oil is unique combination of the 6 very finest oils and an essential weekly treatment for thinning hair. This can be massaged in to feed the scalp and improve the circulation to the hair follicles. Take special care to gently massage areas where the hair is thinning. You will see good results within months and feel strong healthy new hair growth.  Remember the skin on your scalp needs taking care of just like the skin on your face. Massage with Permea Plus brings good natural results. Products are available in most pharmacies.

 

Desalinated Water 

In the Gulf, most countries rely heavily upon desalinated water to provide the water that comes from our taps. The problem with desalinated water is that it can damage the hair follicle causing it to break off. So what is often perceived as hair fall is in fact hair damage, and fortunately the hair will grow again. Use hair products containing Anti-Sal formulations to stop minerals from desalinated water drying and damaging your hair. To check if the hair fall is caused by desalinated water look at the hair strand under a magnifying glass and if there is no hair bulb or root it is hair breakage probably caused by desalinated water.

 

Hair loss caused by poor diet 

Hair cells grow quicker than practically any other cells in your body, and so they require a continuous supply of nutrients. But because hair is not an essential body organ, it is low down on your own body’s list of priorities and gets the nutrients last. When you are eating a really healthy diet, your hair is the first to show it. If you talk to your pharmacist or doctor about thinning hair, the first thing they will ask you about is your diet. 

 

Vegetarians need protein for good hair

Hair is protein and it is therefore important to have enough protein in your diet. Vegetarians must be especially careful to make sure that they have sufficient protein in their diet, as insufficient protein can cause thinning hair. The incidence of women who have thinning hair is very high among those who follow vegetarian diets.

 


 

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“HEALTHLINES is a monthly column devoted to healthy living, diet and exercise. 

Reader’s questions (send them to alvafujairah@ardenhealth.com) are appreciated and a selection will be replied to in the column by Alva Carpenter, a nutrition and fitness expert with long experience of health problems associated with Gulf countries. Alva trained in optimal nutrition in London. She counselled ladies in Dubai on how to successfully manage their weight. She now has a counselling service on slimming, diet, and exercise, based in Somerset, England. Readers can visit www.ardenhealth.com for more information on healthy living.”

 

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