We regularly receive e‑mails from women who (sometimes) almost panic: “I suffer from extreme hair loss. Help, what can I do before I am completely bald?”
- 1 maximum time for an article about more than normal hair loss in women.
- 2 Really extreme hair loss: usually alopecia
- 3 The causes of excessive hair loss in women
- 4 “Why don’t you learn to live with it?” An inspiring story
maximum time for an article about more than normal hair loss in women.
hair loss? You’re not the only one.
I’m sure it won’t comfort you, but you’re not the only woman who is afraid that one day she will go bald as a billiard ball if she looks at the number of hairs in her hairbrush.
By the way, the fact that your hair is thinning does not mean that you are going bald. But no woman wants to lose her hair, and I think we have all seen a woman with such extremely thin hair that you could see her skull very well. We are not going to let this happen to any woman, let alone to ourselves. Do we? 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 as women, I think we all understand this.
Really extreme hair loss: usually alopecia
Really extreme hair loss are the different forms of alopecia. These can include bald spots on the scalp or even general baldness, even on other parts of the body. Alopecia probably belongs to the autoimmune diseases, which means that the body is attacking itself. In alopecia, the hair root follicles are attacked, causing the hair to fall out. Androgenetic alopecia is a form in which there are no bald spots, but rather diffuse baldness; it spreads particularly over the upper part of the head. Another form of baldness is called telogen efflivium. Here, too, there is diffuse hair loss on the whole head. This can be acute, but also slow. These causes are manifold and include many, which I will mention in the following.
Of course, both forms of extreme baldness begin with an alarming amount of hair in your hairbrush. This is not to say that you have any of these extreme forms of hair loss. It’s also possible that you will (temporarily) have slightly thinner hair as a result of the menopause. But no matter what it is, you would probably prefer to get into action today.
Is the decrease in female hormones the cause?
Since many women suffer from thinning hair during menopause, it is often said that this is due to the decrease in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Because these female hormones decrease in your body, there is more testosterone in relative terms. This is the male hormone that would possibly cause female hair loss.
In my opinion this is too short. All women, none of them excluded, experience decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels during menopause. And you probably know, like me, women who still have a jealous thick head despite the menopause. Besides, 60% of women who go through menopause do not suffer from excessive hair loss.
So it’s not obvious that the decrease in our female hormones is the cause. However, this does not mean that this cannot be the result of hormonal changes in your body. But it is probably something else.
60% of menopausal women do not suffer from excessive hair loss.
The causes of excessive hair loss in women
The causes of excessive hair loss can be very diverse.
Excessive stress or trauma are often mentioned as factors. Hair loss does not have to occur immediately, it can also occur after the stress phase is over. Think also of surgery or a severe infection, which is also a form of stress for your body.
So go back in time, about six months, and consider whether stress can be the cause. All kinds of diseases or certain medications can also cause hair loss; read the small print of the package insert if you are taking medication. Be careful; the pill is also a medicine and can suddenly lead to baldness. Thyroid problems that lead to metabolic problems may also be a cause.
Skin problems and, of course, problems with the scalp can be the cause. Think also of the excessive use of chemical hair dyes or other unnatural forms of hair treatment. What is very often overlooked, however, is that crash diets and all other forms of unbalanced diets are also a major cause of excessive hair loss. In this case, your hair loss is a symptom of malnutrition. My advice is not to think too quickly that this will not be the case with you.
A veterinarian can tell by the coat of an animal how sick or healthy it is. All cells in your body need nutrients that they need to get from food. Nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and thousands of other known and as yet unknown substances. To keep you alive, the cells of your vital organs like heart, lungs and liver are much more important than the cells of your hair follicles.
When your body runs out of nutrients, they are used first for your vital organs, not for your nails, skin or hair. The lack of sufficient nutrients is a major cause of excessive hair loss in women, which is often overlooked or underestimated.
So make sure you have enough nutrients on your plate
Your body needs a variety of nutrients. What is often mentioned with hair loss is the 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 this is scientifically controversial. If you are so deficient in certain vitamins that your hair falls out, then you have usually already received signals from your body that something is wrong and you are losing your health. Is this correct?
Your first source of nutrients is of course the food on your plate. So eat as much unprocessed food as possible, lots of vegetables (some raw) and fruit, unroasted nuts, seeds and kernels, gluten-free grains, legumes, germs, organic eggs and to a limited extent (white) meat and fish. In order to absorb nutrients, your body needs a healthy gut.
Therefore, limit substances that can irritate your intestines: Be critical of sugar, dairy products and gluten and be careful with coffee and alcohol. Alopecia is now also associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. So keep your blood sugar level as constant as possible.
Administer supplements, if possible
Vitamins and minerals always work together; therefore, when taking food supplements it is always advisable to do this with a meal. If you feel that you have suffered from nutrient deficiency for a long time, choose a good orthomolecular multi with vitamins and minerals. My favourite, with 100% natural substances, can be found here.
This Multi can be supplemented with a good vitamin B complex in combination with additional biotin (B8). Vitamin C and vitamin D are also part of the basic supplementation for women, regardless of whether your hair is falling out or not. If you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, iron supplementation together with vitamin C can still be recommended.
Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron. Taking supplements is not a panacea, and it will take some time before you see results. Especially when it comes to your hairstyle. Therefore, other forms of “supplementation” in the form of sufficient sleep, exercise and relaxation are at least as important. You can take an overdose and the results will be noticeable within a few days.
food supplement with zinc and millet extract
The Doppelherz Haar Vital capsules are ideal for daily use and support healthy hair. The contained substances Biotin and zinc make a positive contribution to maintaining normal hair, while copper supports normal hair colour. Just by the stubborn Due to the strain on our hair, it needs special protection. While zinc has a function in cell division, pantothenic acid is normal energy metabolism of the cells. One tablet can be taken daily unchewed and with sufficient liquid.
Too much stress, too little relaxation and exercise, too much sugar, fluctuating blood sugar levels, poorly functioning intestines, too few nutrients, too many hormone-disrupting substances: All these things affect your hormone balance.
A hormone balance that can easily get out of balance in women anyway, especially if you are going through menopause. Therefore, extreme hair loss can actually be the result of a hormonal imbalance. Therefore, you should also pay attention to hormone-disrupting substances in your environment (including your cosmetics, hair and other care products).
Finally, two herbs that can help you rebalance your hormones. One herb that is often used for baldness is saw palmetto. Nowadays, it is being used more and more for female hormonal disorders. The same goes for superfood maca.
Maca is found in Curmac, among others, which also helps to reduce stress and a normal menstrual cycle. If you want more clarity about the nutrients you may be lacking, you should have a blood test done by an (orthomolecular) doctor (note that not everything will come out of this).
A hair analysis may reveal a mineral deficiency or a pile-up of minerals. If you really suffer from extreme hair loss, you can contact a dermatologist and look for the cause together. You can find more information and addresses of dermatologists on the website of the hair foundation.
Be aware that medicines are never the real solution. Therefore, I will conclude with an inspiring story as you are used to hear it from me.
“Why don’t you learn to live with it?” An inspiring story
Molly Vazquez suffered from bald spots on her head when she was 12 years old. Within a few months she became bald. The doctors told her that she suffered from the autoimmune disease alopecia and that she had to learn to live with it.
Since she got it at such a young age, the doctors thought the chance that she would get her head hair back was negligible. Molly decided not to accept this. She convinced her parents to eat much healthier food and together with her mother, she removed as many hormone-disrupting substances (cosmetics, household products) from the house as possible. She also ensured that they got enough sleep, exercise and drank plenty of water.
The effects on her family were immense, and as a bonus she got so much hair that she now regularly asks the hairdresser to thin her hair. She wrote a book about her experiences and two cookbooks.
You can find more information and inspiration on her website www.alopeciaandwellness.com. All this under the motto of the Energieke Vrouwen Academie:
You can do much more than you think yourself! Girl, go for it!
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