What does your hair say about your health?
To many, the hair is a separate part of the body. However just like the nails, it is another extension of the body and can be used as an indicator of good health. This piece takes a look at what your hair could tell you about your body.
Did your hair suddenly turn fine and limp after years of being thick and lustrous? You need to take a look at your most recent habits. If you have been swimming in chlorinated water or dyed your hair recently, you have you answer for the lost shine. Otherwise, you may be dealing with hypothyroidism. It is a situation where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Your metabolism slows down when this happens. Limp hair isn’t enough sign of hypothyroidism. Other symptoms you need to watch for include sudden weight gain, being cold all the time, unexplained fatigue. If you experience all or some of these symptoms, you should see a doctor for tests and medications.
Dandruff is common and easily treated with some anti-dandruff shampoo. However, if you notice that your own case of dandruff has turned into thick scaly patches, you may be suffering from psoriasis. This condition ramps up the skill cell turnover process and is mostly seen in people with other autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.
The average person loses about 100 hairs a day. This is normal and wouldn’t increase the thinness of your hair. If you notice that your hair comes out in clumps especially when using a hairbrush, it may be time to take a look at your health. In many cases, hair loss can be attributed to stressors such as a divorce or job loss. In some cases however, it could be as a result of hormonal imbalance. Birth control pills and antidepressants can also cause hair loss as a side effect. You should therefore be ready to see a doctor if you notice unusual hair loss. The doctor will recommend other medications if it is established that one of your current medications are behind the hair loss.
Dry, brittle hair is another good example of a health concern. This condition causes your hair to break easily. Your hair is made up of keratin which is a protein. When you are not getting enough protein in your diet, your hair could become weak. See a doctor to confirm the lack of protein. You may be directed to a nutritionist that will help you draft a protein rich meal plan that should restore you hair back to normal.