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Have you noticed that you’ve been losing a lot of hair recently? Perhaps you’ve seen large clumps left on your pillow when you get out of bed each morning or an unusually large amount in your drain after you shower. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people tend to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair every day and up to 250 strands on days when they wash their hair.

However, if you’re aware of the fact that your hair has been falling out in clumps, let this be a wake-up call that your body is trying to send you a critical message. There are many different medical conditions and circumstances that can bring about hair loss, and it’s important to take note of the wide array of possible causes. To that end, if hair loss is something you’re experiencing, one of the following health issues may be to blame.

STRESS AND TRAUMA

Stress produces increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair growth cycle. Stress and trauma can also constrict the blood supply to the capillaries, causing a lack of oxygen and nutrient uptake, as well as poor vitamin and nutrient absorption of the hair follicles

NUTRITION AND DIET.

Poor nutrition, rapid weight loss, a high consumption of animal fats and deficiencies in biotin, iron, protein and zinc can reduce vital amino acid and vitamin absorption needed for hair growth.

HEALTH

Thyroid diseases, as well as the side effects of the medications used to treat these diseases, are the most common health- related causes of hair loss.

MEDICATION

Everything from birth control to steroids, as well as many blood pressure, diabetic and heart disease and acne medications can cause temporary or permanent hair loss

AGEING

Unfortunately, as we age, our follicles can deteriorate and cause hair loss

LIFE CHANGES

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to temporary hair loss that can last from six months to up to a year after childbirth. Menopausal women can also experience hair loss due to hormonal shifts. Once you start noticing your hair falling off Consult your hair therapist.

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