Healthy Hair Growth and Autoimmune Diseases
The immune system, which includes our bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and white blood cells, is tasked with recognizing and eliminating foreign invaders and bad cells. When the immune system fails to differentiate between bad cells and normal healthy cells, however, autoimmune disorders can result.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, more than 50 million Americans have at least one autoimmune disease and the vast majority of them are women of working and childbearing age.
There are more than 80 conditions that are categorized as an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Graves’ disease can affect every part of the body, producing a wide range of symptoms, including hair loss.
Top Issues for Hair Loss due to an Autoimmune Disease
Below we address some common concerns regarding hair loss due to an autoimmune disease and natural alternatives to healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
Autoimmune diseases cause the white blood cells in our immune system to attack healthy cells in the hair follicles, damaging the follicle and diminishing hair production. Fortunately, the stem cells that supply the follicle with new cells are not targeted, so the hair follicles have the potential to regrow hair.
In truth, almost any disorder that has an autoimmune component can affect the hair or cause thinning, shedding, or loss. Some of the more common autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss include alopecia areata, lupus, Hashimoto’s disease, and Grave’s disease.
Treatment courses for autoimmune disorders are typically designed to reduce inflammation, and may include the use of antineoplastics, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressives. While effective for some, these pharmaceuticals often have the unfortunate side effect of causing more hair loss. In addition, the long-term effects of these drugs are still unknown, leading more and more people to turn to natural therapies as an alternative.
When considering your treatment options, remember that natural ingredients such as the herbs, vitamins, and minerals in Hair Essentials™, can provide excellent support for healthy hair growth. Unlike chemical medications that can be toxic, override the body's innate intelligence, and potentially cause damage to the system, the natural ingredients in Hair Essentials™ help restore balance to the body, encourage healing and naturally help reduce inflammation in the follicles, caused by the body's immune response, repair the follicles, and nourish healthy new growth.
Yes. Autoimmune diseases cause the white blood cells in our immune system to attack cells in the hair follicles, damaging the follicle and diminishing hair production. Fortunately, the stem cells that supply the follicle with new cells are not targeted, so the hair follicles have the potential to regrow hair.
With proper nourishment, damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and even reactivated, resulting in new hair growth. Hair Essentials™ proprietary blend of more than 20 ingredients, including 12 herbs and 10 essential nutrients, offers the most comprehensive nourishment for healthy hair growth.
A balanced diet, along with the hair-healthy nutrients found in Hair Essentials™, will provide your scalp and hair follicles with the building blocks they need for strong, healthy hair regrowth. Natural daily supplements, like Hair Essentials, can show results for women facing hair loss due to autoimmune diseases in the first few weeks of treatment. The supplements work within your body to repair damaged follicles and revitalize them with key nutrients that help women grow stronger, healthier hair.
The best way to prevent hair loss and damage from autoimmune diseases is through early diagnosis and treatment. The sooner you identify the issue and nourish your body with hair-healthy nutrients – the better! Some all-natural hair supplements like Hair Essentials™ pack a powerful punch as it relates to hair loss and quickly deliver vital nutrients to the scalp to help restore healthy hair growth and nourish thicker, stronger new hair growth.
With any hair loss condition, it is also important to eat a balanced, healthy diet, manage the stress in your life, get quality sleep each night, and reduce exposure to environmental toxins.
Natural Remedies for Autoimmune Disease Hair Loss
Try these natural remedies to help reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss and encourage healthy hair regrowth. It is important to consult your physician before pursuing these alternatives.
Add some spice - particularly tumeric.
Curcumin, an antioxidant found in the Indian spice turmeric, is currently of particular interest to the medical community because of its very powerful natural ability to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases. In fact, curcumin has been found to be every bit as effective as the pharmaceutical drugs cortisone, indometacin and phenylbutazone in clinical trials. And the anti-inflammatory effects are comparable in effectiveness to pharmaceutical drugs (such as phenylbutazone and indomethacin) but without the serious side effects. Tumeric has been used as an "herbal aspirin" and "herbal steroid" to relieve swelling and pain in the Indian Ayurvedic healing system for more than 5,000 years. By reducing inflammation within the hair follicles, hair will grow more easily and healthier.
Consume colored berries.
Polyphenols are anti-inflammatory phytochemicals found in highly colored berries like cranberries,blueberries and blackberries. These berries are also rich in anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid that is protective of hair follicles. New research indicates that it is best not to consume diary products like milk and yogurt at the same time as berries. The proteins (caseins) in dairy products have an affinity for the polyphenols in fruits, vegetables, tea, and coffee and may reduce their bioavailability.
Acupuncture promotes a free flow of life energy around the body, freeing the body of any negative energy and reconciling any energy imbalances that may affect hair health. To prevent hair loss and stimulate growth, acupuncturists focus on stimulating the kidneys, adrenals and lungs to encourage a detoxification and good blood circulation that supports healthy hair growth.
Supplement with Hair Essentials™.
With any hair loss condition, it is also important to eat a balanced, healthy diet, manage the stress in your life, get quality sleep each night, and reduce exposure to environmental toxins. You may also consider supplementing this lifestyle with Hair Essentials, which can promote active recovery from autoimmune disease hair loss and improve hair’s growth rate, strength and vitality. The more than 20 all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and go straight to the scalp where they work in combination to:
- Repair damaged hair follicles
- Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
- Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- Support healthy circulation to the scalp
- Boost hair cell division
- Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair