Aside from making you fabulous, your hair can also reveal a lot of health issues inside your body. Continue reading and know these common hair troubles and their interpretation.
Crown Hair Loss – Too Much Dihydrotestosterone
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. It can be found in the skin, hair follicles, and prostate. The actions of DHT, the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT, and an abnormally high levels of DHT are what causes hair loss.
There are foods that are naturally DHT inhibitors and some of them are:
· Green tea
· Saw palmetto
· Giant dodder
Thinning Hair – Stress
Actually, hair fall is just normal. Everybody loses hair from their head every day. Hair fall usually starts happening long after the hair stopped growing. However, when you are experiencing emotional stress or anxiety, your hair can possibly start thinning at the same time while it’s growing and this could end up with bald spots and patches.
Stress makes your body produce what’s known as the ‘fight or flight response’. This is when your body is making extra hormones to prepare itself to deal with whatever it thinks of as being a potential threat. This change in your hormone levels can have effects all around your body. When these extra hormones are made, they can affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles on your scalp.
If you are noticing that your hair is starting to thin, then try to remember stressful situation you have encountered in the past for you to be able to deal with stress in a better way and avoid similar situations. You have to put in mind that stress can only cause you many health-related issues, such as heart diseases, headaches, accelerated aging, diabetes and a lot more.
Random Bald Patches: Trichotillomania
Trichotillomania is a condition wherein a person has an irresistible urge to pull out his hair, especially when he is stressed, as a way to try to soothe himself. This happens unintentionally.
These only means that if you see random bald patches on your hair make sure you watch your hands in times of stress, you might be surprised!
Dull, Brittle Hair – Nutritional Deficiency
Your hair needs nutrients like iron, folate, and vitamin C. Nutritionists confirm that people with certain nutritional deficiencies tend to have dry, stringy and dull hair, and sometimes experience hair loss.
Wendy Bazilian, a nutrition expert says:
“If you’re eating a highly processed diet, any nutrients you do get are shuttled to your body’s crucial operations, like your heart and other organs.”
This means that all those nutrients which your hair needs to stay healthy won’t get there if you always consume unhealthy foods. Aside from this, dietary fat deficiency can also prevent your hair from absorbing nutrients like vitamin D. Always consume healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and mono-saturated fats. Also, drink plenty of water because it is the primary energy source for hair cells.