What Can Your Hair Tell About Your Health – 5 Signs To Watch Out For

Do you sometimes have a feeling that your hair might be actually telling you something about your health? Or are there any signs your hair might be giving you, which concerns your health?

Your hair is the barometer of your health and if something is going wrong internally, there is a chance that your body is telling you about it through the health of your hair. Your hair may fall, break, change color, go thin or your scalp too may show certain changes which tell a lot about your health. It’s important not to consider them as routine hair problems every now and then and to understand what they are actually trying to say.

Thinning Hair

You may be forced to believe that this is nothing but signs of male pattern baldness any you may lose more hair gradually. Hey STOP ! Just think for a minute. What if something internally in your body has gone wrong and this might be the primary reason you are suffering hair thinning. Many people have not paid attention to the internal problems and just due to this they have lost a significant amount of hair. Hair once gone is gone.

Deficiency is the thing you should be looking for. If you would have consulted a doctor you might have saved a lot of hair by now. If you are not having a nutritious diet, your hair will actually fall out or shrink in diameter and will become less thicker than earlier. To stay healthy, thick and lustrous your hair needs iron, protein, zinc, vitamin  A and omega 3 fatty acids. A diet rich of these nutrients can boost your hair health and avoid thinning of your hair.

Do you feel stressed out lately? If yes, then stress can also do a lot of damage to your healthy hair. If you are experiencing stress from work or from a relationship you need to find a way out to reduce your stress levels.

Diabetes and some medications may also be a reason for hair thinning.

Hair Loss

If you are taking medications for chronic diseases, your hair may take the toll and thus you may be suffering from hair loss due to these medications. Many drugs that are used to control arthritis, diabetes , Parkinson’s and other conditions which are taken over a long period of time can cause your hair to fall.

You may easily mistaken the hair loss as patterned baldness, but if you are under long-term medication then you may be suffering form its side effects. Go to your doctor to analyse this condition and look for the alternatives that you can have for your medicines.

Brittle Hair

Dry brittle hair that break off easily can be a result of over chemicals or dyes that you might have used on your hair and less oiling of your hair. Chemical treatments can damage the cuticle of your hair which may allow the hair to break off easily even with little physical stress (like combing your hair or getting rubbed against pillow while you are sleeping). Not oiling your hair makes them less resistant to such physically stressful conditions.

Hormone like cortisol, which is secreted from the adrenal glands due to a disorder such as Cushing’s syndrome also leads to brittle and fragile hair.

You will have to get rid of the chemicals that you are using on your hair and oil your hair at least twice a week and follow a hair healthy diet to nurse your hair back to a good health. Talk to your doctor for advice to reduce the levels of hormones which are not good for your hair.

Dandruff In Yellow

You may experience yellow dandruff along with scaly itchy patches on the scalp. This happens due to chronic inflammatory condition of the scalp which is known as Seborrheic dermatitis, which causes the skin to develop scaly patches on the oily areas of your scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis is related to the hormones and fungus and you might need prescription shampoos to get rid of it or in some severe cases anti-fungal medication or steroids may have to be prescribed. So stop trying to get rid of it on your own and see a skin and hair specialist at the earliest.

Grey Hair

If you have been suffering from grey hair right from early twenties, you may have just dyed them to get your original hair color and must have blamed excessive stress levels for making your hair go grey. You may have thought correctly as according to a research stress may cause interference in the system which causes the hair follicles to transmit melanin, the pigment that gives color to your hair.

Start living a stress free life for maintaining better hair health. Take up yoga or meditation to reduce stress levels and have antioxidant rich foods.

Hair is very precious and it should be given that level of importance and if there is any change in the normal appearance of your hair then the problem should be addressed at once. Don’t think that it’s natural for your hair to behave in a particular manner. If there is anything wrong internally it shows on your hair most of the times.

So watch out for the signs that your hair has to tell about your health. If you have undergone such a situation and have nursed your hair back to a healthy state, please share your experiences in the comments below.

Photo Credits: Mynde Mayfield

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