Our hair is an extension of our body. In fact, it can clue you in about your overall health. If you know what to look for, your hair can let you know whether you have a thyroid problem, nutritional problem or other health issues.
Listed below are 4 red flags that would indicate that you have to pay more attention to the health of your hair.
While dandruff is usually linked with dry skin and other conditions that cause dry skin like eczema and psoriasis, the most common cause of dandruff is having too oily skin. Consuming foods that are high in fat and sugar or low in Vitamin B and zinc may be a factor. Additionally, neurological disorders, a weak immune system and stress may also lead to the development of dandruff.
Dry, limp, thinning hair
Swimming in chlorinated water, regular use of hair blowers and hair dyes are just some of the factors that can lead to over-dry hair. But if you notice a significant change in hair texture that makes your hair feel finer with less body, this may be a indication of an underactive thyroid. The condition is called hypothyroidism.
Other signs of hypothyroidism include slow heart rate, weight gain, fatigue and feeling cold all the time.
Shedding about 100 to 150 strands a day is normal, but if you notice more hair strands in your towel or brush after taking a shower, you should be concerned.
Physical or psychological stressors like job loss or divorce are the most cause. Diabetes and anemia may also cause the hair to fall out suddenly. Hair shedding may also be noticeable after pregnancy or stopping birth control pills.
It is a well-known fact that stress causes gray hair. People who have watched presidential hair from campaign to campaign know this. Though modern science cannot fully back it up yet, there are a number of studies that associate premature graying to stress.