Lori van Echtelt from the Netherlands
One of the biggest causes of hair loss is stress. Stress caused by moving, loss of a job, death of a loved one, health problems, etc. can result in hair just laying all over the house. It is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. We also lose hair right after giving birth with the fluctuation in hormones. This is to be expected. This type of hair loss will immediately rectify itself once the hormonal balance returns to normal. So there is no need for concern. However stress will affect your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are little kidney like organs that sit right above your kidneys. These little powerhouse glands produce cortisol. Cortisol in excess sends your body into a fight/flight response. The adrenal glands produces 50 other hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc. When you are under constant unrelenting high stress, this increased level of cortisol will affect your fertility, immune system, thyroid function over time. Stress is no laughing matter.
This is why it is important to be conscious of the stress that one is experiencing. If you feel that you have been under a heavy load of stress, that may be the cause of your hair loss. Do not despair, there are a couple of things that you can do:
Ask your doctor to test your cortisol levels. The best way is through a 24 hour urine test.
You can also take a look at your lifestyle. Which parts of your life needs a tune up? Are you a priority in your life? Martydom is so passe.
Do you feel utterly exhausted? How much sleep are you getting? What can you cut back on so that you can get yourself to a calm, peaceful state?
Are you eating lots of fried foods and foods high in sugar? Do you crave sugar? Try supplementing your diet with protein; lentils and mung beans are wonderful sources of protein. You can sprout them and add them to salads. Replace table salt with sea salt. Increase your intake of dark leafy vegetables. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Take a multivitamin.
Breathe. Be aware of your breathing throughout the day.
Get a hobby to lower your stress levels.
Most important, slow down….we will often find that we can get everything done but at a slower relaxed place.
The benefit of the above practices will not only make you feel great but also stop the hair loss if stress is the cause.
I practice the above techniques and my nails are also loving the benefits.
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Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.