We often think the appearance of our hair is based on genetics or lush treatments that we put on top.
While some changes are natural, differences in our hair’s texture or thickness can be signs of underlying health concerns, stress, and nutritional deficiencies.
Thyroid imbalances, such as hyperthyroidism, can increase hair shedding and alter hair’s appearance. In addition to thinning hair, it can cause symptoms of fatigue, cold intolerance, joint pain, muscle pain, puffiness in the face, and weight gain. A Functional Medicine practitioner can help assess the cause of your symptoms, conduct proper testing to diagnose the condition, and map out treatment to resolve the disorder.
Alopecia aerate is another hair-loss condition that can be caused by certain thyroid disorders. This autoimmune disease can be treated with the help of specialized test that reveal underlying disruption to the immune system.
Cushing’s Syndrome is a condition caused by too much cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone. While this is a rare condition and there are many symptoms, brittle hair is an indicator.
Excess shedding of hair could be a sign that your body is low in iron and may be a good reason to get a blood test. People who follow a vegetarian diet or women with heavy periods may be at greater risk for anemia. Functional Medicine can help you determine the best course to supplement and adjust your diet, which can help reverse related hair loss.
Changes in hormones
Sudden changes in estrogen can also result in hair loss. This is sometimes noticed after pregnancy or a change in birth control.
If you are protein deficient or have problems digesting protein, you may have a challenge with hair growth. Working with a Functional Medicine practitioner, can help you better understand your body’s exact nutritional deficiencies and current demands.
Dandruff is another one of those topical concerns that often reflects an underlying condition. Many patients discover that these skin problems are related to digestion, food sensitivities – like gluten intolerance, deficiencies with essential fatty acids, and even inadequate hydration.
If you’ve experienced unexplainable changes in your hair, this isn’t necessarily something you have to live with. Meeting with a Functional Medicine doctor can help you assess your current health concerns and get to the underlying cause. We are here to help you thrive – from the inside out.
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