Reverse Your Hair Loss with These Simple Steps
Is your hair receding around the temples? Do the parts in your hairline reveal more scalp than they used to? According to The Doctor Oz Show, hair loss can be a symptom of disease that you can reverse with some simple steps that will regrow your hair and boost your health at the same time.
In a recent online episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Truth Tube participant “Shawn” goes to Dr. Oz for help as she realizes that despite her best efforts to control her hair loss, that she is going bald at an early age. In fact, so bad was her hair loss that she had to resort to wearing a hat whenever she went out.
According to Ox expert Dr. Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, this is a typical complaint that women come to her with every day. The good news, however, is that hair loss is often due to medical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that can be stopped and reversed through changes in lifestyle and diet.
The following is a summary of what Dr. Boham says could be the cause of your hair loss and what you can do about it.
Hair Loss Solution Step #1: Get your thyroid checked
Some hair loss is a normal part of your hair follicle cell growth cycle. (Here is a simple test you can do at home to see if you are losing too much hair.) But when hair loss is not normal―such as with an underactive thyroid―according to Dr. Boham, that hair loss is typically caused by and usually one of the first signs of an underactive thyroid.
Because the thyroid plays a pivotal role in your metabolism and cell growth, when it slows down, your hair loss speeds up. Fortunately, many cases of a depressed thyroid can be remedied nutritionally by eating these types of thyroid health foods.
But if it takes more than a change in diet to get your thyroid hormone levels up where it should be, you will then need to see your physician to measure your thyroid hormone levels and possibly take medication to supplement your diet.
Hair Loss Solution Step #2: Find out if you are pre-diabetic
If you are pre-diabetic this means that you may have Impaired Glucose Intolerance―a medical condition where you have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not quite high enough to qualify you as a patient with Type 2 diabetes.
A pre-diabetic condition can lead to many hormonal symptoms such as tiredness, increased belly fat, and thinning of the hair. Furthermore, increased inflammation from pre-diabetes can also contribute to and accelerate hair loss.
Dr. Bonham tells patients that one of the most powerful tools for helping someone put their hormones back into balance and at the same time support their hair growth, is by getting started on a low-glycemic and low-inflammation diet.
To fight inflammation, she advises pre-diabetics to remove inflammatory foods such as simple carbohydrates, added sugar, alcohol and dairy from their diet. Then, tackle the impaired glucose issues by eating foods that are high in fiber, healthy in fats and high in protein. These foods will slow down the digestion process and in turn result in a decrease in glucose and insulin spikes after each meal.
Adopting a low-glycemic and low-inflammation diet will not only help balance your hormones and give you a healthier head of hair, but will also leave you feeling fuller longer and help you lose weight.
Hair Loss Step #3: Pump up your iron
An iron deficiency is a very common cause of hair loss in women and Dr. Bonham recommends going to your physician and asking for a full iron panel if hair loss is one of your concerns.
Other essential nutrients for a healthy head of hair includes biotin, which you can get from eating two eggs a day; and, vitamin D that can come from added sunshine or recommended supplements—just be sure not to take more vitamin D than that recommended by Dr. Oz.
OTC Help for Hair Loss
According to Dr. Boham, hair loss over-the-counter help such as minioxidil does work, and can be used to promote hair growth while you are beginning to take care of the aforementioned health issues that may be responsible for your thinning hair.
So, if you believe that any of the above conditions may apply to your hair loss problems, go see your doctor for some simple blood tests to find out if your hair loss is a symptom of disease that you can then easily reverse with just a little help and a change in diet.
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Image Source: Courtesy of The Dr. Oz Show
Reference: Dr. Oz's Truth Tube “Shawn's Hair-Loss Struggle”