My hair is thinning. What can I do to thicken it?
Hair thinning is a common issue that I see among both men and women. It’s not pleasant to see what used to be a full head of vibrant hair begin to fall out and/or lose it’s lustre. The hair on your head is part of what you see everyday when you look in the mirror. It is part of the impression you see as you.
What I have come to learn about health is that there are so many factors to take into account when understanding the body and how different parts are connected. Wholistic medicine is common sense medicine. We must look at how different systems in the body are relating to each other, and also take into account the mind-body connection as we cannot separate the mind from the body when we seek healing.
The first step in stimulating hair growth is understanding why your hair is thinning to begin with. This is critical in being able to come up with a plan of action that is more likely to produce results. How do you do this? Get assessed.
There are many things to take into account: diet (especially protein, mineral and vitamin status), hormone health (including stress hormones and sex hormones), digestive health (ie. rule out gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, candida or leaky gut syndrome for example) and immune health, for example.
Hair loss is often a sign something else is going on, and it’s smart to figure out what that is.
Here are some of my favorite remedies to help:
1. Massage your hair with cold-pressed castor oil. Since it has a high viscosity, it coats the hair which can help prevent it from falling out. Since it is also high in vitamin E and fatty acids, it also stimulates the growth of hair.
2. Take your vitamins (or better yet, eat them!).
Vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss and a lack of hair growth. You may be deficient in the following:
-zinc, selenium, magnesium, iron, calcium, biotic, B6, B12, B2, vitamin A, vitamin D (just to name a few!)
Testing your vitamin and mineral status is worthwhile.
3. Boost your protein:
I review a lot of diets and more often then not, more so in female patients I see protein deficiencies. Knowing your weight, activity level and health status can determine an appropriate amount of protein for you to ensure your body is functioning optimally.
This blog post gives you a taste of some areas of focus that can help you in understanding how to grow thicker, healthier hair.
In the name of your best health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta
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