Why do we lose our hair?
When you think of hair loss, who do you typically think of? If you’re like most folks, you probably picture a man — usually middle-aged or older. It’s easy to understand why, as this is generally when men begin to lose their hair.
But did you know that hair loss is also quite common among women? It’s true. Hair loss in women is also associated with aging, but that’s an oversimplification of why people tend to lose their hair as they get older.
Regardless of gender, hair loss can be difficult for those experiencing it to accept, as it can reinforce negative perceptions of aging, personal appearance, and body image.
But you don’t need to feel trapped by these negative self-perceptions. There are things happening in your body beyond just age that are causing you to lose your hair.
The best course of action if you’re concerned about hair loss for yourself or a loved one is to learn more about what causes hair loss, and what you can do to preserve the hair you have while promoting the growth of newer, healthier hair.
What are the causes of hair loss?
Research shows that hair loss is associated with a variety of factors, including nutritional deficiencies, thyroid issues, stress, and hormonal imbalances.
Nutritional deficiencies and hair loss
Are you getting all of the vitamins and minerals you should be? Take a closer look at your diet. A lack of protein, iron, and vitamins A and D has been linked to hair loss. Consider adjusting your diet and taking supplements, like multivitamins, to ensure you’re getting the daily allowance of vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive.
Thyroid issues and hair loss
An imbalance in the thyroid gland can cause your hair follicles to rest, inhibiting growth, and leading to dryness, premature graying, and increased hair loss.
Stress and hair loss
Stress appears to be a contributor to poor health in men and women across the board, and that includes its relationship to hair loss.
Similar to what happens when people are experiencing a thyroid imbalance, elevated stress levels can inhibit active growth in hair follicles, promoting thinning and loss of hair.
Hormone Imbalance and hair loss
When women experience menopause and perimenopause, they typically experience a steep decline in estrogen. When estrogen falls, this imbalance between it and testosterone can foster hair loss, particularly in those areas most associated with male pattern baldness in men.
Similarly, this hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone in women can actually promote hair growth, though not in areas where women generally prefer it to be, as the chin and face are the most susceptible to this increase in hair growth.
But the dip in estrogen levels isn’t the only hormonal imbalance that promotes hair loss. In fact, an increase in testosterone, too much or too little thyroid hormone, and an overabundance of cortisol (a stress hormone) can all lead to hair loss in both men and women.
How can hormone replacement therapy promote hair growth?
If it is determined that a person has a hormonal imbalance, then hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might be a means of stopping hair loss and even reversing its effects.
The goal is to create a more balanced hormonal state, which can be achieved through a carefully controlled combination of hormone replacement therapy, good nutrition, and an emphasis on reducing stress.
But how do you know if you have a hormone imbalance? Well, the 10X Health System team can tell you all this, and more! Our goal is to help improve your health and wellness by giving you greater insight into what’s really happening in your body and providing you with natural ways in which you can take control of your health and enhance your human performance.
We exist to give you the means to treat you, not just your symptoms. Traditional medicine overcomplicates healthcare, often isolating those who need care the most.
Our approach to health and wellness is non-surgical and easy to understand so that you can finally feel empowered to take charge of what’s best for you, your health, and in this case, your feelings about your hair.
We use precision dosing as the primary approach to wellness. By focusing on achieving an optimal state, clients see the fastest results safely.
And because we know that treatment is only the beginning of the healing process and not the end of it, we provide all clients with their own medical concierge to help guide them and make adjustments as they progress with their individualized programs.
Are you ready to take the next step? Contact the 10X Health System team TODAY to learn more about how hormone replacement therapy might be the best choice for you. Don’t delay!