Here, we’ll look at some of the potential health warnings your hair could be trying to give you.
Health and hair loss: poor diet and digestion
Although diet and digestive problems aren’t the most common cause of hair troubles, it’s certainly possible they could be the trigger. Your hair cells have the second fastest growth rate of all cells within the body. This means they require a lot of energy, as well as nutrients, to continue to grow.
Protein deficiency tends to be the key cause of nutrition-related hair problems. This is because the hair is mostly made up of protein. So, if you follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, a deficiency in this valuable nutrient could be triggering hair loss and poor hair growth.
Poor hair health could also be caused by a type of bacteria in the body. The H.Pylori bacteria has been linked to hair loss in numerous studies. It is thought that the bacteria lowers the amount of acid within the stomach, impacting the digestive system, causing it to absorb fewer nutrients.
Health and hair loss: stress
High stress levels can trigger numerous forms of hair loss. As well as general hair loss, stress can lead to a condition known as Trichotillomania. This causes the sufferer to literally pull their own hair out.
It can also lead to excessive steroid production, which causes more oil to develop on the scalp; blocking the hair follicles. This type of hair loss typically starts to clear up on its own once the stress has been eliminated.
Health and hair loss: high cholesterol
Male patients suffering from premature baldness or greyness, could find they also have poor cholesterol. Recent studies have linked premature baldness to an increased risk of heart disease. Therefore, if you do start to go bald or grey before the age of 40, it is recommended you keep an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Health and hair loss: menopause
The menopause is known to cause hair thinning and hair loss in women, sometimes even years before its onset. The parting typically starts to widen before the hair thins all over. It is caused by the change in hormones, as oestrogen levels drop, and androgen levels take over.
It is rare for the hair to fall out completely, but the follicles do start to produce thinner hair, reducing its volume.
Health and hair loss: tooth infection
You may be surprised to learn that the hair and the teeth are actually very closely related. One surprising bit of research has revealed bald spots can lead to a tooth infection. It is thought the immune system becoming weaker within the infection area can lead to the nearby follicles to enter the resting phase.
Hair loss is a complex issue and the first step is always to identify the cause before treatment can be recommended.