The Hashimoto ‘s thyroiditis affects health in different ways. From chronic pain (especially in the calves and shoulders) to weight gain and swelling on the face, hands and feet, through hair loss.
It may be a mystery for many years to come to understand that every new and strange symptom in the body is a side effect of Hashimoto. Stop the case, when a normally thick and healthy hair slims, it may take some time to realize what is happening. You can lose so much hair as to cover the drain of the shower, until you have to consider how and why Hashimoto’s thyroiditis could be the cause.
If you are noticing changes in your hair, read on to know if the thyroid may be the cause and what you can do to reverse the process!
Is hair loss normal? For many women suffering from autoimmune thyroid disease, one of the most noticeable symptoms at some point is hair loss.
The following hair changes may be symptoms of thyroid problems:
Dry and brittle hair
Loss of hair on the eyebrows, especially the outer third
Hair loss all over the head or in areas
If you are struggling with any of these changes, please know that you are not alone. Hair is a very real part of our identity. We often associate it with youth, vitality and beauty.
Have you had a bad day due to hair loss? We all have it, and it affects our mood. On top of the many other symptoms of Hashimoto, hair loss affects physically, mentally and emotionally. Feelings of discouragement, frustration and sadness are common. However, there is hope!
If hair loss is a new symptom, or you’ve been struggling with hair loss problems for some time, it’s never too late!
When your thyroid works properly, your hormones regulate your metabolism optimally. If the thyroid is above or below its normal functioning, thyroid levels are unbalanced and cause different symptoms in the body.
T3 and T4 thyroid hormones control the growth and resting phases of the hair follicles. The hair loss occurs when hair follicles enter a phase of “rest”. Energy is redirected from the hair to focus on critical functions of the body. Thinning hair on the scalp or the outer third of the eyebrows is one of the earliest signs of this change in thyroid levels. Although it can take several months due to the length of the hair cycle.
The deficiencies of the following nutrients:
Low levels of ferritin
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC)
Amino acid L-lysine
Low levels of serum albumin can affect the health of our hair
They can cause hair loss.
While there are many reasons to think about zinc deficiency as one of the main reasons for hair loss. There is insufficient evidence to support zinc deficiency to cause hair loss. The deficit ferritin is usually given when it comes to hair loss. And although their lack may be associated with hair loss, researchers still have to define an absolute optimum level. However, a ferritin level of 70 is recommended in conjunction with a normal sedimentation rate (SR) of less than ten.
What can I do to stop hair loss?
If you are experiencing hair loss, one of the first steps to take is to assess your thyroid levels.
A complete basic thyroid panel consists of the following laboratory markers:
Thyroid Antibodies: Tyroperoxidase (TPO) and thyroglobulin (TG)
This blood test will help determine if the thyroid is producing the right amount of hormones or not.
Be sure to request these specific markers when you see your doctor, unfortunately, many traditional doctors by default test only T4 and TSH. Ultimately you can order a full thyroid examination yourself if the doctor does not want to order a complete panel. Do not think so much about the price, your health is much more important than the money. Make sure you review the results and explore the options with your doctor.
It may be appropriate to initiate or adjust the current dose of thyroid medication. Some people improve with naturally dried thyroid like Armor and others like Naturthroid, Westhroid-P when dosed correctly. It is also important to understand that only with replacement hormone will not completely prevent hair loss.
Although it can help with hair recovery and many other symptoms associated with Hashimoto, the replacement thyroid hormone is just one more piece of a complex puzzle. It is essential to assess nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle and also diet.
My hair still keeps falling!
Many people with Hashimoto have consulted with doctors, specialists and other experts for help with limited results. Unfortunately, this may be due to the fact that they have other underlying problems.
Autoimmune secondary conditions such as, permeable bowel syndrome, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivity, and much more. For this reason it is always best to work with professionals trained in the model of functional and integrative medicine.
The official medical stream is mainly structured to treat symptoms only. They do not necessarily address issues such as the root of the problem and the care of “the whole body.” An example of a common secondary autoimmune condition is alopecia areata, a condition in which the body attacks its own hair follicles.
Symptoms of alopecia areata include:
Small patches of baldness
Tingling or pain in the area of hair loss
Thinning of the hair in areas of the scalp
Pronounced nail bites
If you suspect you are experiencing this or any other mystery symptom, be sure to keep a diary or list of symptoms and share it with your doctor. Finding a professional with the right knowledge and health equipment is essential. As a reminder, iron and other nutrient deficiencies can also cause hair loss.
One of the best ways to prevent this is to test (not assume!) Deficiencies and eat an anti-inflammatory diet based on food sensitivities.
Hair loss and blood sugar levels
It is also important to be aware of your blood sugar level and eat regular meals throughout the day to avoid spikes. Blood sugar imbalances can lead to inflammation, hormonal imbalance, thyroid and adrenal problems.
They all affect hair health!
On the other hand, it is preferable to use natural organic products for hair! Standard shampoos and conditioners contain gluten, sulfates and many chemicals that can damage hair and inhibit future growth. Prefer non-toxic products.
I hope you have found these helpful tips to reverse hair loss and accelerate your growth!
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