Hair is a finicky thing, isn’t it? One day it looks amazing, the next terrible and other days just okay. But despite our trials and tribulations dealing with the way it looks, did you know that the overall feel and texture of your hair can reveal things about your health you may have not even known? Genetics aside, there are several tell tale signs that could indicate you may be suffering from other ailments that you weren’t aware of.
If you have suddenly begun to notice that your hair feels drier and is thinning out more than normal, it could be an indicator of Thyroid disease. When your Thyroid gland is not working properly, it can cause the hair to shed more frequently and change the way it looks. Iron deficiency and Anemia also causes the hair to shed significantly more than usual. Those who are vegetarian, or those who suffer from heavy menstrual cycles may notice excess shedding, and they should be tested for iron deficiency. Once diagnosed, iron supplements (chelated iron, not iron oxide) and foods that are richer in iron may help remedy the problem. However, excess hair shedding is also a common occurrence when there is a change to a woman’s estrogen level, which is noticeable during pregnancy and when changing birth control.
When your hair thins, it could also be an indicator of protein deficiency. For most Americans, getting one serving of protein a day isn’t an issue, which is about the size of a deck of cards. However, those who suffer from gastrointestinal issues or have had gastric bypass surgery may have difficulty digesting protein properly. To strengthen your hair follicles, you can eat foods containing iron, such as dark green vegetables, beans and legumes, lean red meat or take an iron supplement. Under supervision of your doctor, this issue can be managed and bring your hair back to life. Unfortunately, the cause of most cases of hair thinning, even in women, is genetic.
So the next time you think you’re having a bad hair day, pay a little bit more attention and make sure that the overall condition of your hair is in good shape as it could reveal something deeper about your health and is not just subject to the temperament of the weather outside.