Hair, just like skin, is a reflection of our overall health. No wonder, women lose a lot of hair postpartum and in menopause, which are the major transitions in life.
❌Unstable blood sugar, insulin resistance, and dysregulated cortisol upregulate the enzyme that converts testosterone into a more aggressive form, DHT, which can cause hair loss and greasy hair.
🚫 Low stomach acid leads to poor protein digestion and poor micronutrient absorption. You can’t make new hair without ‘bricks and cement’.
‼️Frequent use of OTC antacids (famotidine, Tums, etc.) and antihistamines (allergy meds) can decrease the level of stomach acid.
📛Disrupted gut microbiome whether due to overuse of antibiotics, consumption of processed foods, chronic stress, or gut infections leads to inflammation, and will further worsen already abnormal cortisol from other chronic stressors.
🛑 Rapid weight loss whether due to calorie restriction or a quickly titrated medication is a biological stressor, and can cause protein being used for energy production instead of building new tissues.
🆘 Low protein diet causes a global protein deficiency problem. The body needs protein (amino acids) not only to build new tissues but also to run all detoxification pathways. In a deficient state, the body will divert its’ resources to detoxification, and growing new hair will no longer be a priority.
♨️ Hormone imbalances are often secondary to chronic stress and poor gut health, which once again cause dysregulated cortisol, unstable blood sugar, low progesterone, high androgens, sluggish thyroid function, etc.
💯If you don’t sleep and don’t dream, you have deeper rooted health problems than just hair loss!
⚠️ On a side note, hair health during perimenopause and menopause is greatly impacted by the loss of estrogen and progesterone. However, there is more to a comprehensive health approach besides just hormone replacement.