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Underlying Causes of Hair Loss


When it comes to thinning hair, there are many different factors that can come into play including genetics, age, hormones, your environment, and your lifestyle to name a few. Both men and women can suffer from hair loss and finding the root cause (pun unintended) of your problem is the surest way to find a focused treatment that will yield results.

Here are the some of the most common causes of hair loss:

1. Androgenic Alopecia

This hereditary condition also known as “pattern baldness” is, by far, the most common reason why people start losing their hair. While androgenic alopecia is generally referred to as “male pattern baldness”, women can also inherit this genetic trait. This condition is caused from the excess testosterone in the blood stream being converted in dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Also known as androgen, this hormone makes it way to the scalp where it causes swelling in certain areas, choking off the blood supply to the hair follicles, killing them off.

2. Nutrition

A healthy diet has a lot more to do with healthy head of hair than you might think, even in those people who may be genetically inclined to lose their hair. Your body needs certain vitamins and minerals in order to build healthy skin tissue and to ensure the delivery of vital nutrients and oxygen to your scalp. Being deficient in iron, magnesium, copper, zinc or the vitamins E,C,B and A can be very detrimental to a healthy head of hair.

3. Being Overly Acidic

Maintaining a proper pH balance within the body is one of the best things that you can do for overall health and longevity. Our cells and tissues are bathed in fluids (mostly blood) and when these fluids become overly acidic, cellular breakdowns occur. These cellular breakdowns then lead to a host of health problems such as cancer, obesity, acne, fatigue and, of course, premature hair loss. You can find out more about the acid/alkaline problem by reading Dr. Robert Young’s book: “pH Miracle”.

4. Hormonal Imbalance

Having your hormones out of balance can also lead to hair loss. This condition can be triggered by a large number of factors including post traumatic stress, drinking, drug use, medications, pregnancy, nursing, birth control and menopause. If you find yourself suffering from inexplicable hair loss, it is important to examine any recent changes that may have occurred in your life and how it may be affecting your body’s hormones.

Discovering what may be the underlying cause of your hair loss will help set you down the right path to treating the problem. Even if your problem is hereditary, taking preventative steps can help you stave off thinning hair indefinitely. You do not have to sit back and accept your hair less fate. You can do what countless other men and women are doing, and take action to treat your hair loss and restore your youthful look.



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