-Hair loss? You’re not the only one
It will not give you any comfort, but you are not the only woman who at one point is afraid that she is becoming as bald as a billiard ball, when she looks at the number of hairs in her hairbrush. After the menopause, no less than 40% of the women suffer from the thinning of the hair. Thinning does not necessarily mean that you are becoming bald. But no woman wants to lose her hair and we have, I think, seen a woman with such extremely thin hair that you could see her skull well. We do not allow any woman and certainly not ourselves. Yet? Fortunately, there is a big difference between ‘normal’ hair loss and ‘extreme’ hair loss, although many women quickly find that they fall into the ‘extreme’ category. And that’s what we all understand as a woman.
-Really extreme hair loss: mostly alopecia
Really extreme hair loss are the different forms of alopecia. There may be bald spots on the scalp or even general baldness, also elsewhere on the body. Alopecia probably belongs to autoimmune diseases, which means that the body attacks itself. In alopecia, the hair root bags are attacked, causing hair to fall out. Alopecia androgenetica is a form in which there are no bald spots but diffuse baldness; spread over especially the top of the head. (For more information see the site of the alopecia association)
Another form of baldness is called telogen efflivium. Here, too, there is diffuse hair loss over the entire head. This can occur acutely but also slowly. This causes are diverse, including many that I will mention below. (Click for more information about telogen efflivium here.)
Of course, both forms of extreme baldness begin with a worrying amount of hair in your hairbrush. This does not mean that you are suffering from one of these extreme forms of hair loss. It is also possible that you get (temporarily) a somewhat thinner head as a result of the menopause. But regardless of what it is, you want to get into action today, I guess so.
Is the decrease in female hormones the cause?
Because many women in the menopause suffer from thinning hair is often said that this is due to the decrease of female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Because these female hormones in your body decrease, there is, relatively speaking, more testosterone. This is the male hormone that would then possibly cause female hair loss. In my opinion, this is too short because of the bend.
All women, with no exception, are confronted with decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone during menopause. And you probably know, like me, women who, despite menopause, still have a jealous thick hair. In addition, 60% of menopausal women do not suffer from excessive hair loss. That the decrease of our female hormones is the cause is therefore not obvious. However, this does not mean that it can not be the result of hormonal changes in your body. But probably it is something else.
-The causes of excessive hair loss in women
The causes of excessive hair loss can be very diverse. Factors that are often mentioned are excessive stress or trauma. Hair loss does not have to occur immediately, it can also occur after the stressful period is over. Think also of undergoing surgery or a firm infection, that is also a form of stress for your body. So go back in time, a month or six, and consider whether stress can be the cause.
All kinds of illnesses or certain medications can also lead to hair loss; read the small print of the leaflet when you use medication. Pay attention; the pill is also a medication and can suddenly lead to baldness. Thyroid problems that lead to metabolic problems can also be a cause. Skin problems and then of course problems with your scalp may be the underlying reason. Also consider excessive use of chemical hair dye products or other unnatural forms of hair treatment.
However, what is often overlooked is that crash diets and all other forms of unilateral diets are also a major cause of excessive hair loss. In this case, your hair loss is a symptom of malnutrition. My advice: do not think too quickly that this will not be the case with you.
-Your hair is the last to turn
A veterinarian can see how sick or healthy it is to the fur of an animal. All cells in your body need nutrients that they need to get from your diet. Nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and thousands of other known and unknown substances. To keep you alive, the cells of your vital organs such as your heart, lungs and liver are much more important than the cells of your hair follicles. If your body’s nutrients are deficient, they will first be used for your vital organs, not for your nails, skin or hair. Lack of sufficient nutrients is a major cause of excessive hair loss in women who are often overlooked or underestimated.
-So ensure plenty of nutrients on your plate
Your body needs a large variety of nutrients. What is often mentioned in hair loss is lack of vitamins A, B6, B8 (= biotin) and B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, folic acid, iron, copper, silicon and zinc. Vitamin E is also mentioned, but that is scientifically controversial. If you are deficient in certain vitamins that your hair falls out of it, then you have usually received signals from your body that something is going on and your health is being lost. Is that right?
Your first source of nutrients is of course the food on your plate. Eat as much unprocessed food as possible, many vegetables (partly raw) and fruit, unroasted nuts, seeds and seeds, gluten-free grains, legumes, sprouts, organic eggs and to a limited extent (white) meat and fish. To absorb nutrients your body needs healthy intestines. Therefore, limit substances that can irritate your intestines: be critical of sugars, dairy and gluten and be careful with coffee and alcohol. Alopecia is also nowadays also associated with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. So keep your blood sugar level constant as much as possible.
If possible, supplement with supplements
Vitamins and minerals always work together; therefore, when taking supplements, it is always advised to do this with the meal. Do you have the feeling that you have been shorting nutrients for a long time? Choose a good, orthomolecular multi with vitamins and minerals. You can find my favorite with 100% natural fabrics here. This multi can complement you with a good vitamin B complex combined with extra biotin (B8). Vitamin C and vitamin D are also part of the basic supplementation for women, regardless of whether your hair falls out or not. If you suffer from heavy menstrual periods, supplementation of iron can still be recommended with vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron.
Swallowing supplements is not a panacea and it also takes time before you will see results. Especially when it comes to your head. That is why other forms of “supplementation” in the form of sufficient sleep, exercise and relaxation are at least as important. Here you can take an overdose of calmly and results can be felt within a few days.
In the end it is (always) about your hormones
Too much stress, too little relaxation and exercise, too many sugars, a fluctuating blood sugar level, poorly functioning intestines, too few nutrients, too many hormone disrupting substances: it all influences your hormone balance. A hormone balance that can be easily out of balance with women, especially if you get into the transition. For that reason extreme hair loss can indeed be the result of a hormonal imbalance. Therefore, pay attention also to hormone disrupting substances in your environment (including your cosmetics, hair and other care products). Finally, two herbs that can help you get your hormones back in balance.
A herb that is widely used in baldness is Saw Palmetto. It is nowadays increasingly used in female hormonal imbalances. The same applies to the superfood maca. Maca is part of Curmac, which can also help with adrenal exhaustion as a result of too much stress.
If you want more clarity about nutrients that you may be short of, ask for a blood test from an (orthomolecular) doctor (be aware that not everything will come out of the water). A mineral deficiency or stacking of this can emerge from a hair analysis. Do you really extreme hair loss then you can contact a dermatologist and together seek the cause of this. You can find more information and addresses from dermatologists on the hair foundation site. Be aware that medicines are never the real solution. Therefore, finally an inspiring story as you are used to.
“Why, learn to live with it?” An inspiring story
Molly Vazquez suffered from bald patches on her head at the age of 12. She was bald within a few months. Doctors told her that she had the autoimmune disease alopecia and that she should learn to live with it. Because she had received it at such a young age, the doctors considered the chance that she would still get her head back negligible. Molly decided not to accept this. She convinced her parents that they had to eat much healthier and together with her mother she removed as many hormone disrupting substances (cosmetics, household products) as possible from home. She also ensured sufficient sleep, exercise and drank plenty of water. The impact on her family was immense and as a bonus she got so much hair that she now regularly asks the hairdresser to thin her hair out. She has written a book about her experiences and two cookbooks.