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This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Hair Loss

This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Hair Loss

People generally find something unusual with their body that they are not familiar with. Symptoms like hair loss, pimples, obesity, weakness etc are some of the signals that our body gives us that directly mean that something isn’t right with the body. Our body works in a perfect equilibrium and when this equilibrium is disturbed, our body gives visible signs before it’s too late. Like many other symptoms, hair loss is also related to many deficiencies.

Have you ever thought why, suddenly, your hair stopped growing and there’s no new hair in sight? Usually, you link hair loss to dietary factors, a bad lifestyle that includes junk food, hair color, bad haircut, hair sprays, hair gels, too much experiment with hairs, bad hygiene etc. But the reality is that hormone imbalance causes hair loss. Hormones constantly change during each stage of life and it adapts and helps you in different ways.

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Hormonal Imbalance and Hair Loss

Hair loss largely happens because of hormonal imbalance. Hair loss is not as common in women because women have more estrogen than men and estrogen helps in balancing out the effects of androgens, that is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), that typically leads to female hair loss. Other hormonal imbalances like thyroid and genetic hormones result in autoimmune conditions that also cause hair loss and premature balding in women.

Emotional Stress and Hair Loss

Although women don’t have as much testosterone as men, but when women undergo intense stress, the adrenal glands become overworked due to an increased demand for the “stress hormone” known as cortisol. This causes the body to produce more adrenaline and testosterone, and DHT, a stronger alternative of testosterone. The over production of these hormones can sometimes cause thinning of hair due to the outcome of hormone imbalance. Stress is not only bad for our body, but for hair too; nowadays, people are taking pain treatments because of all the stress they have on their lives.

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy

It’s normal for every woman to experience hair loss after pregnancy when her hormones are not in particular order. Hormones take a time to come to a normal condition after delivery, so it’s quite common for post-partum mothers to experience thinning of the hair and even bald patches. In cases such as these, the hair loss due to hormonal imbalance is only temporary and treatment sometimes isn’t required. After delivery, women can expect hair to re-grow naturally after a few months. But if the hair fall continues after one year, there are chances of something else going on.

Hair Loss and The Pill

Many medications can also have a negative effect on the health of your hair. Once again, it can be traced back to hormonal imbalances as medications are known to affect this. Perhaps the most common in women is the contraceptive pill. These days, millions of women use the contraceptive pill each year to avoid unwanted pregnancy. It is recommended that women should consider using a low-androgen index birth control pill to avoid the effects of DHT, especially women with a predisposition to hair loss. To avoid hormonal imbalance, women should exercise caution with any hormonal medication or therapy, as they all induce prompt hair loss.

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Treating Hair Loss in Women

If you’re having hair loss and your age is above 40, or are blessed with a baby, chances of hormonal imbalance are higher than normal. In such conditions, you should do your hormone imbalance test at home UK: estrogen, testosterone, thyroid hormones and cortisol are the hormonal tests that can help you to identify if your hair loss is hormonal or genetic. Your diet may also have an effect and your overall lifestyle can contribute to the problem of hair loss due to hormonal imbalance.

If you are experiencing sudden hair fall or something unusual like thinning of hair despite maintaining a good lifestyle, then you must turn to professionals who can tell you the exact reason behind your query.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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