Thyroid related Hair Loss and the Best Treatments
It's estimated that as many as 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disorders.
While the symptoms of thyroid disorders are challenging, many claim thinning hair, hair loss and the change in hair’s texture are some of the most difficult symptoms with which to cope.
The thyroid gland regulates our metabolism, including the rate of cell division within the matrix of the hair follicle. The hair follicle is responsible for nourishing and growing healthy hair.
Hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid, causes decreased cellular metabolism body-wide, including cell division within the hair matrix. This leads to growth of weaker, thinner hair that is brittle and more prone to breakage. Hypothyroidism also affects the hair growth cycle, with increased time spent in the resting stage and less time in the actively growing stage. Less hair is produced to replace that being shed, leading to a diffuse thinning over the entire scalp.
Individuals with hypothyroidism also produce less sebum from the sebaceous glands in the scalp. Sebum helps maintain proper pH of the scalp environment and protects the scalp and hair from loss of moisture. Decreased sebum also increases the risk of fungal infections of the scalp, which contributes to inflammation of the follicles and hair loss.
Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, speeds up the hair growth cycle. This causes more hair follicles to enter the resting (or shedding) stage, faster, with less time spent in the actively growing phase. As with hypothyroid, less hair is produced to replace that being shed, leading to increased loss of hair and diffuse thinning over the entire scalp.
The most common treatment for hypothyroidism is replacing the low thyroid hormone in the body with oral medication.
For hyperthyroidism, treatment options may include anti-thyroid medication, radioactive iodine, or even removal of the gland.
Once your thyroid hormone levels stabilize, natural supplements such as Hair Essentials™ can promote healthy new hair growth and help reverse the hair loss experienced. Even hair loss caused by some thyroid medications can be reversed. With proper nourishment, damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and revitalized, resulting in thicker, healthy new hair growth.
Unfortunately, some thyroid hormone replacement medications actually cause hair loss. Please read the drug information your doctor has provided to determine if hair loss may be a side effect of your thyroid medication.
In addition, some people with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism appear to more easily convert testosterone to the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT binds to receptors in the hair follicle and causes them to shrink, reducing the flow of blood and nutrients to the follicle. This results in progressively finer and thinner hair until the hair is too fine to survive. As well, as the hair cycle progresses in a DHT-laden follicle, it causes the growth stage to shorten and the resting stage to extend, leading to increased shedding with fewer hairs produced to replace those lost.
Absolutely! Once your thyroid hormone levels stabilize, hair loss can be reversed. Even hair loss caused by thyroid hormone replacement medicines can be reversed. With proper nourishment, damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and even reactivated, resulting in new hair growth. Also ensure you are eating a balanced diet rich in protein (for the amino acids necessary to build keratin, the protein that makes up the hair shaft), essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and minerals including iron and zinc. Consider supplementing your diet with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients!
The best way to prevent hair loss from either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is through early diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. And the sooner you identify the issue, the sooner you can also get nourishing your body with the hair-healthy nutrients it needs, to grow healthy hair. All-natural hair supplements like Hair Essentials™ can help by quickly delivering vital nutrients to the scalp to help restore healthy hair growth and nourish thicker, stronger new hair growth.
With any hair loss condition, it's also important to minimize exposure to chemicals in your personal body care products, especially shampoos and other hair care products. Chemicals in these can cause inflammation in the hair follicles and lead to further hair loss. Certain hairstyling practices can also put stress upon the scalp and follicles (e.g., straighteners/relaxers, coloring, extensions etc.).
Ensuring a balanced diet, managing the stress in your life, and getting a quality sleep each night are also key to healthy hair!
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These natural remedies can help encourage healthy hair regrowth.
Oats are a rich source of amino acids, B vitamins, and trace minerals, key nutrients essential for maintaining healthy hair. Plus, they also contain high amounts of soluble fiber, especially important for individuals with hypothyroidism, who often suffer from constipation.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs)
We're all familiar with the health benefits associated with omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), such as fish oils. Evening primrose oil and borage oil are rich sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a healthy omega-6 EFA that has been shown to reduce inflammation, especially of the skin and scalp. Inflammation in the hair follicles can lead to hair loss—so boost your healthy omegas!
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) has been well-documented for its many health benefits, including helping to regulate the thyroid gland and improve metabolism.
Some individuals with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism appear to more readily convert testosterone to DHT. Recently there has been some suggestion that Green Tea may provide an anti-androgenic effect in the body; studies have shown that a higher intake of Green Tea leads to higher levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein which prevents testosterone from converting to DHT.
Green Tea also contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which scavenge free-radicals that cause oxidative stress and damage to the hair follicles. Research suggests that Green Tea can help reduce inflammation, providing a healthier scalp environment for hair growth. By drinking Green Tea, using a Green Tea extract, or even rinsing your hair with Green Tea, you can benefit from its healing properties.
Consider going gluten-free
According to research reported in the medical journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, a significant number of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac disease. Celiac disease is a disorder that causes the intestines to react abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, and other related grains. According to a 2001 study, most patients with hypothyroidism normalized after a year of following a strict gluten-free diet. Researchers concluded that, “gluten withdrawal may single-handedly reverse the abnormality.” A growing amount of research suggests that when people adopt a gluten-free diet, not only do their celiac-related antibody levels improve, but their thyroid antibody levels also decrease. In addition, many clinicians report that eating a gluten-free diet may help improve thyroid function even if people do not have celiac disease. And did you know that Hair Essentials™ is certified gluten-free?
Chromotherapy color also know as color therapy, is based on the belief that color, particularly projected colored light, can be used to balance and regulate energy and dysfunction in the body. The color blue relates to the throat chakra, an area of vital energy. Associated parts in the throat chakra include the thyroid gland; through color therapy, the color blue is used to "jump-start" the metabolism (thyroid) and build physical vitality, while having a healing, cooling and soothing influence.