Symptoms — hair loss
You don't have to put up with thinning hair!
Thick, healthy hair is a sign of youth, good health, and beauty. It can be devastating
to watch your hair fall out, not just because you might feel like you’re losing
your younger self, but also because you may worry that something even more serious
is going on with your body. As women, we understand that thinning hair or outright
hair loss is more than just a cosmetic concern. Besides being so important to self-esteem,
your hair is a reflection of your overall health picture — especially your thyroid
“After I lost 65% of my hair, I got on the internet to find out more about
what was going on. This is when I found Women to Women. Now my hair is growing back
— from the root! It’s thick and shiny and vibrant.” — Maureen,
Personal Program Member
Since it directs your overall metabolism, your thyroid gland produces the
hormones that stimulate hair growth. When your thyroid is out of balance, your hair
can become dry, brittle, and more prone to falling out. This is why looking into
your thyroid health is one of the first things to do when you notice hair loss.
However, many women discover that conventional lab tests may show normal hormone
ranges even while thyroid-related hair loss is happening.
Thyroid imbalances often occur slowly over time and will not show up on lab tests
until the problem is much further along. Paying attention to hair loss and exploring
other possible symptoms connected to your thyroid is the best way to gauge whether
you body needs support.
Supplementing with key thyroid-supportive nutrients as well as herbs targeted to
gently increase energy and balance your thyroid gland can help rebalance your thyroid
hormones and encourage thick, healthy hair.
However, if you don’t think your thyroid is involved, you should know that hair
loss may also be a sign of hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, or excessive
stress. Once you understand the underlying causes of your hair loss you’ll see how
a natural approach can both reverse thinning hair and improve your long-term health
Which profile best describes your hair loss?
- Thyroid imbalance. Thyroid hormones help keep hair follicles
in a healthy cycle of growing or resting. When the thyroid is imbalanced, more hair
follicles stay in the “resting” phase as opposed to the active growing phase. This
leads to more strands falling out and can also cause hair to become brittle, dry,
and prematurely gray.
- Hormonal imbalance. Hair loss during menopause and perimenopause
is common due to declining estrogen levels. As estrogen levels fall, the resulting
imbalance between estrogen and testosterone can cause thinning hair on certain areas
of the head that are sensitive to androgens, commonly referred to as male pattern
baldness. The same imbalance can also contribute to unwanted hair growth on the
chin and face.
- Nutritional deficiencies. Hair loss can also be a sign
of certain nutritional deficiencies, including deficiencies of vitamins A and D,
iron and protein. It should come as no surprise that one of the first recommendations
we make to women concerned with accelerated hair loss is to check their diet and
add a medical-grade multivitamin to fill any gaps.
- Stress. Elevated stress hormones can shock hair follicles
into their resting phase, causing hair to fall out at the slightest tug. Most women
we see at our clinic experience unremitting stress that doesn’t give the hair follicles
the chance to switch back into their active growth phase, leading to thinning hair
on the scalp.
What you can do today
Find a high-quality multivitamin-mineral complex that includes vitamin A, vitamin
D, iron, iodine, and selenium.
Why it works
This is a simple way to be sure you are getting the basic vitamins and minerals
needed for hair growth and the basic support for your thyroid gland.
A natural approach solves the cause of thinning hair
Extreme hair loss should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner. But in
the case of mild to moderate thinning hair, which is usually a result of thyroid
imbalance, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, or elevated stress hormones,
most women can get relief naturally — without having to resort to a new hair cut
or experiment with hair thickening creams!
The basic approach is to stimulate hair growth at the root by giving your body the
support it needs. Many women find that a nutrient-rich diet, high-quality nutritional
supplements and a little stress relief can do wonders. If you find your hair loss
is connected to a thyroid, hormonal, or stress imbalance, a specific herbal combination
product will help to rebalance your body naturally.
Our Personal Program — a holistic approach to healthy hair and more
Our Personal Program eases your body into its healthiest balance in the most natural
way possible. Our exclusive multivitamin-mineral complex and herbal support formulas
have been designed with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients specifically for women.
We’ve also created a guide with practical dietary and lifestyle guidelines — an
at-home version of what we offer to our patients at the clinic.
NOTE: If you think your hair loss is related to a hormonal imbalance, see our Personal Program for Hormonal Imbalance.
If you think your hair loss is related to a stress imbalance, see our
Personal Program for Adrenal Health.
We’re always here to answer your questions when you need answers about your health
issues. We’re real women right here in Maine and we understand how hair loss can
relate to your overall health and sense of wellbeing. Call us toll-free at 1-800-798-7902.
Last Modified Date: 12/05/2012