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Hair Loss and Thinning in Women

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Women of all ages experience hair loss and thinning for various reasons. During pregnancy and menopause, hair loss is common due to a change in hormones. However, outside of these life stages, it’s hard to know the cause of hair loss and we’re unable to take the necessary steps to change and help heal the issue without knowing. Hair loss or thinning can be an undesirable symptom of a larger issue. 

Let’s take a look at what could be causing your hair loss and how to regrow your hair with natural herbs and remedies.

Causes and Risk Factors of Hair Loss and Thinning

Hair loss is often a symptom of another condition instead of a condition itself. The causes of hair loss vary from changes in hormones, illness, stress, nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition associated with eating disorders, medications, and even chronic diseases, the most common one being thyroid disease. 

Metabolic diseases such as Thyroid Disease is a major culprit of hair loss in women. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in severe cases can cause hair loss. Once these conditions are healed or managed, the hair will typically begin to grow again. Healthy habits and lifestyle choices play a big role in supporting thyroid disease. The Livingood Daily Lifestyle offers the support and resources you need to create a plan for your health. The Thyroid Training and Advanced Challenges, available with the Lifestyle membership offers step-by-step advice and meal planning. Along with building health, the  Livingood Daily Thyroid Support is formulated with natural herbs and minerals such as iodine, selenium, and ashwagandha to help support both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. 

Nutrient deficiencies such as a deficiency in biotin or in iron could be the cause of your hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies are more common since the nutrients that were once available in our food are no longer available due to current farming practices. Supplementation is needed to get the correct amount of vitamins and nutrients that our body needs. Nutritional deficiencies can also occur as a result of an eating disorder which may also cause anemia. A good multi-vitamin and clean, nutrient dense diet can help to get your vitamin levels up and promote overall wellness. 

Emotional distress can wreak havoc on every bodily process, even hair growth. It’s important to manage your stress and anxiety in healthy ways. While medications can be prescribed to synthetically lower stress hormones, it is best to get to the root cause of your stress. Most hair loss caused by stress is temporary. It can be reversed with the help of a healthy diet, supplementation, and stress-relieving activities such as deep breathing, meditation, exercise, and even counseling. 

Over-the-counter drugs or other medications such as antibiotics, thyroid medication, hypertension medications, mood stabilizers, NSAIDS, steroids, and immunosuppressants, can all have a side effect of hair loss. While medication in some cases is unavoidable, it is best to address the cause of your chronic disease or health condition to prevent further complications or lifelong prescription to toxic drugs. It is never safe to suddenly stop medication without the prescribing doctor’s advice. However, the Livingood Daily Lifestyle is a great place to start rebuilding your health.

Although less common, a change in hair products could also be the cause of hair loss or thinning. Some hair products contain forms of sulfate that can severely irritate the scalp or cause an allergic reaction. In this case, hair thinning may occur. An easy way to remedy this is to purchase hair products with the least amount of chemical or toxic ingredients. Look for sulfate and paraben-free products! 

Luckily, when any of these conditions are healed or reversed, hair regrowth can begin. Let’s look at the ways you can encourage new hair growth!

3 Herbs To Help Restart Hair Growth

No matter what your cause of hair loss or thinning may be, there are natural herbs you can take consistently to support the growth and health of your hair.

Collagen is the glue that holds our skin and connective tissues together. It is also a producer of our hair, skin and nails. A clean, grass-fed, and organic collagen contains the amino acids that bodies need to help regrow hair. Livingood Daily Collagen + Multi is a great source of bovine collagen, it also contains a full multi-vitamin with the necessary B Vitamins and biotin for hair growth. 

Biotin or B7 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in the health of your nails, skin and hair. If you’re not getting enough biotin from the foods you’re eating, supplementation is a great way to go. Like the Livingood Daily Collagen + Multi, the Livingood Daily Multi-Vitamin is also formulated with biotin and other B Vitamins. If more B Vitamins are needed, take both the multivitamin and the Livingood Daily Collagen + Multi. 

Manage your stress with Adaptogenic Herbs. Herbs such as ashwagandha can help to lower your stress up to 25%! Other stress fighters include meditation, journaling, breathing, and exercising. 

Summary

Hair loss is almost always an indicator of an underlying issue but, once you are able to diagnose and support the bigger issue, hair regrowth is possible. 

Sources

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12190640/ 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12190640/

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