Everybody has a bad hair day now and then, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. But if you’ve noticed lately that your hair doesn’t seem as healthy as usual, it might be a good idea to look at the reasons why.
Changes to your hair — particularly hair loss — can have many causes, including age, genetics hormonal changes, illness and injury. Even day-to-day stress caused by work or traffic, for example, can take a toll on your body’s resources and impact hair quality.
1. Manage stress.
Stress can cause chemical changes that affect the hair follicles If stress is contributing to your hair loss, there are a few remedies you can try.
- Acupuncture is a reliable form of stress relief and may help by decreasing cortisol levels (your body’s primary stress hormone).
- Regular exercise and meditation are great strategies for managing stress. A few deep-breathing exercises a few times a day can help you relax and feel more in control.
- Scalp massage can be both relaxing and effective at stimulating skin and hair follicles. Once a day, gently rub the top of your head with your fingertips or work it into your regular hair washings.
2. See a physician.
Many kinds of hormonal changes and issues can lead to hair thinning. Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, menopause and testosterone fluctuations are all perfectly normal and healthy events, but they can cause changes to your hair. Some medications may also may affect the levels of hormones in your body or contribute to hair loss.
If you’re concerned about any of these causes, see a doctor. Your primary care provider or specialist may be able to help you identify ways to improve the appearance and health of your hair.
3. Balance your gut health.
Have you ever heard the phrase: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? It’s no secret that good nutrition can help prevent, manage, and possibly even overcome, conditions that affect your health — including your hair health. In fact, digestive imbalances can indirectly affect hair.
Regular water intake and a diet rich in healthy, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats are important for your overall — and hair — health.
4. Try an over-the-counter supplement.
Natural supplements and over-the-counter dietary aids may help improve hair health and contribute directly to hair regrowth by helping you manage stress and balance your digestive system.
The Nutrafol supplement line has formulas designed to help promote hair wellness and address the main concerns leading to hair loss. They contain vitamins and nutraceuticals to support hair re-growth, probiotics for gut health, and even supplements to help you manage stress. The Nutrafol system takes a holistic approach to hair re-growth — and they’re now available at ProMedica Natural Wellness Shop.
Remember, whatever path back to healthy hair is right for you, there are resources available to help you maintain your health and regain your confidence.
Always consult a physician before starting any supplement or diet changes.
Kylie A. Study, M.Sc, MSTOM, Dipl.OM is a licensed acupuncturist and natural wellness practitioner at the ProMedica Natural Wellness Shop in Sylvania, Ohio.