Thinning hair and minimal hair loss are a natural part of life. At certain transitional periods, however, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause hair growth ebbs and peaks. Genetics history, medical health, and damaging chemicals and dyes can increase damage to hair over the years. Menopause, however, can be the most debilitating juncture because of the effect of waning hormones on skin, body functions, and hair. Managing weight, healthy eating, exercise and caring for the body, keeps women healthy with a full head of hair long after menopause.
Whether hair loss comes in clumps in the bathroom drain or in wisps on the hairbrush, hair loss is devastating. Stress creates hormones that increase weight, reduce digestion, and draw hydration from skin and hair. Meditation, yoga techniques, stretching and relaxation therapy established in early womanhood decrease stress levels in the body for a women’s entire life.
Birth control can be unavoidable when managing family planning but long-term use can affect the body’s normal production of estrogen and progesterone. Women, who smoke, drink excess amounts of caffeine and alcohol while using birth control also increases the debilitating effects of hormone therapy.
Healthy Eating and VitaminsSome women require vitamins throughout their lives to maintain a healthy immune system. A few women require the boost that vitamins bring to unhealthy eating habits. Still other women’s bodies demand additional vitamins and minerals as they age to support healthy skin, hair vision, heart health, digestion, and joint health. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, poultry, and dairy decreases hair loss and increases Multi-vitamins are designed today, to meet the needs of women at all points in the spectrum of health. Foods that include vitamin B and folic acid can make women’s hair strong. Fats and sugars, however, clog hair follicles, reducing oxygen flow to the scalp.
Water avoids Hair LossDrinking for hydration may seem a common sense idea, however, by the time a woman is thirsty she may already be dehydrated. With a large portion of the body made up of water, there is little to spare for skin hydration and hair follicle support. Water, specifically helps the body to detoxify and hydrate. Fluids that include sugar, caffeine and chemical dyes and additives are digested, broken down in several sections of the colon leaving no hydration for skin and hair. Water rushes through the body removing toxins and settling under the skin and along hair follicles.
Hair CareWomen should brush hair gently, avoiding excessive tugging or pulling to detangle. To avoid premature hair losses use a detangling conditioner. Using hair dryers, curling irons, heat treatments, and chemical dyes can reduce hair strength and increase shedding.
Chemical treatments such as perms and all-over-hair-color leave hair chemically damaged. Chemicals in hair care products can also clog hair follicles and reduce hair growth.
Exercise Prevents Hair LossExercising 30 minutes each day reduces the symptoms of waning hormones, increases heart health, immunity, hair and skin health as well as maintaining weight. Exercise reduces stress that can thin hair and lead to shedding. Most women who eat healthy, exercise, and reduce stress can maintain healthy hair, and increase overall health.
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