Stress & Hair Loss
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Stress can and often does result in hair loss due to a number of factors. One of the main reasons is that stress, through a convoluted route, can increase your body’s production of adrenaline. This can then be converted into cholesterol, which is capable of raising your body’s levels of testosterone. Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) that has huge implications on hair growth, frequently causing hair loss and/or thinning in people who have follicles sensitive to circulating levels. However, too-high levels can also impact the hair growth cycle, especially in women.
Another important point is that when we are stressed we often do not look after ourselves as we should. For instance, we may skip meals or eat more processed foods than usual – which while convenient have little nutritional benefit. Diet has wide-reaching implications on hair growth, with improper nutrition being a leading cause of hair loss in women. This includes vitamin imbalances, iron deficiency, inadequate protein intake, and meals that contain too few calories. Stress also impacts digestion and the absorption of vital nutrients, reducing their effectiveness.
Furthermore, stress affects our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness. Like diet, general health is closely linked to hair health, with the flu, high fevers and systemic upsets often triggering hair loss approximately 2 months later. Stress can also trigger dandruff in individuals who are prone to it - and research is increasingly showing that flaky/itchy scalps can worsen or lead to hair loss.
Treating Stress Related Hair Loss
Unfortunately, there is no absolute cure for follicle sensitivity, and so the best ways to tackle and improve stress and stress related hair loss is to use preventative measures. We suggest reducing your stress levels with yoga, meditation, pilates or moderate exercise. Mindfulness has also shown to be very effective, providing tools for coping with day-to-day stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. You may also want to talk to your doctor about alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or herbal remedies. In relation to products, the TRICHOTHERAPY® Regime has been created specifically to help with reduced volume and hair loss. The regime consists of three innovative products, a protein spray, scalp drops and nutritional supplement, to help maintain optimum hair and scalp health from the inside out. Customer results have been incredible with 79% of women finding their hair thicker and fuller after 12 weeks. Used in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle the complementary trio gives the appearance of more volume and is ideal for stress related hair loss.
In terms of diet, do not skip meals and try to eat at regular intervals with a snack in-between. Well-formulated nutritional supplements can also be very helpful, providing your body with a boost of essential vitamins and minerals. These may also aid in immune system function. While there is no fool-proof method of preventing illness and the spread of germs, if your doctor approves get a yearly flu shot.
It is important to note that stress will not cause hair loss straight away. Any hair loss you experience will present itself anywhere from 6 - 12 weeks later due to the nature of your hair growth cycle.