What Does Your Hair Says About Your Health?
They said that the condition of your hair reflects the condition of your health. If this is the case, it is probably time to take a close look at your hair, especially if you are having more than your fair share of bad hair days.
Unusual hair fall
Shedding 80 to 100 hairs a day is normal. Losing more than these should cause you to pay attention to your health.
According to health experts, if you are losing more than what is normal for you could be a sign of telogen effluvium, a form of alopecia characterized by hair thinning or shedding. It usually happens when hair follicles prematurely enters its resting state called telogen.
Telogen effluvium can be caused by physical or psychological stressors, like mental depression, illness or pregnancy. If it happens to you, make sure to give your body and mind the rest and care they need. Get at least eight hours of sleep a day, do stress-busting activities, and supplement your diet your with hair food such as biotin. Your hair will grow back after three months or more.
Dull, brittle, thinning hair
If your hair looks lifeless, lacks sheen and moisture, and breaks easily, it may be time to pay attention to what you’re eating. Dull, brittle, and thinning hair is usually a sign of nutritional deficiency, a result of highly processed diet. A burger and fry combo can easily drain the moisture out of your hair, causing it to become dry and brittle.
So, for healthier hair, go for whole foods, add more fruits and vegetable in your diet, and include some fish in your meals. Salmon, sardines and mackerel, in particular, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that boost hair growth and keep hair shiny and full of life. You can also never go wrong with yogurt. It is rich in vitamin B, or pantothenic acid, which may help against hair thinning and loss.
Loose anagen hair syndrome
Have you ever tried pulling out your hair and they easily and painlessly get extracted? You could be suffering from loose anagen hair syndrome (LAHS) in which hair becomes easily pluckable. LAHS is caused by mutations of important hair protein, known as keratin, which also put affected individual prone to teeth cavities. Keratin is known to be essential in the formation of tooth enamel, so issues with keratin may give individuals tougher time fighting decay-producing bacteria.