We grow and lose hair every day; but most people also regrow what they lose.  Over time, though, many things influence this process and eventually the body is not able to grow hair back as quickly as it lets it go.  But there are several other things—aside from aging—that can speed up this process; fortunately, some of these causes are directly related to your health habits. With proper capilia hair loss prevention strategies you may even be able to reverse some hair loss.

Here are the most common causes of hair loss:

NOT ENOUGH PROTEIN/IRON (ANEMIA)

A diet rich in iron is important for energy and muscle management. Animal protein is the easiest way to consume iron, but you can also get it from organic sources like vegetables and nuts.  Not enough iron/protein in your diet can also increase risk for hair loss, obviously, because healthy hair needs protein to remain strong and vibrant.

NOT ENOUGH VITAMIN B

While this is not a very common cause for hair loss, vitamin B deficiency has been associated with hair loss.  The good news is that, like those with anemia, those who lose their hair from a vitamin b deficiency can easily reduce their risk and even prevent future hair loss through taking supplements or consuming more vitamin-b rich foods. These might include:

  • ocean fish
  • starchy vegetables
  • non-citrus fruits

DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS

Weight loss is a good thing, right? Well, this is true for people whose weight puts them at great risk for extreme health conditions.  Most people can afford to lose a few pounds (or maybe just convert their existing weigh to reduce body fat percentage and increase muscle mass). For those who undergo weight loss surgery or who lose weight quickly through a training program, it can result in massive hormonal shifts and other changes that the body needs time to adapt to.  This can cause hair loss—in both men and women.  Of course, hair loss is extremely common to women who lose a significant amount of weight, as that is often a consequence of bulimia or anorexia.

MEDICATIONS

All drugs have side effects and sometimes those side effects include hair loss. Unfortunately, there are many classes of pharmaceuticals which carry this trait; commonly blood thinners and blood pressure regulators (beta-blockers).  Other drugs that can result in hair loss include:

  • lithium (to treat bi-polar disorder)
  • methotrexate (inflammatory conditions)
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS—ibuprofen, etc)
  • some antidepressants

Obviously, some of these drugs have parallel substitutions so if you experience hair loss and are regularly taking any of these drugs you can ask your doctor if there is something else you could take or if there are any other alternatives. Even just a lower dose of the same medication might be all you need.

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