Mirror, mirror on the wall, what does your hair tell about your health?
Many of us worry about the style of our hair more than anything. But experts now say that people are missing clues about what their hair reveals about their health. The changes in your hair’s texture, thickness, or overall look can be a sign that there is underlying health condition. When your hair is telling you something, you ought to listen.
Your Hair Has Become Flat and Brittle
If your hair breaks every so often and it does not bounce the way it used, perhaps you are not getting enough protein and iron from your diet. Iron is probably the most important mineral that you can give to your hair. Without it or not getting enough iron can result to thinning hair, most especially around your temples and can also cause you to have anemia.
Your Hair is Prematurely Gray
While some people have gray hair even though they’re still young because of their genes, most individuals have gray hair due to stress. Stress does not just come from your everyday problems and worries, but also pollution from the environment and many others that contribute to oxidative stress. When the body goes through oxidative stress, this can affect the cells that produce pigment.
Your Hair is Really Dry
This could mean that you have been using too much dandruff shampoo on your hair. You’re probably happy now that the flakes are gone, but your hair’s natural moisture goes away with your dandruff. While your shampoo may be effective against those stubborn flakes, they also have medicinal chemicals, such as those with antifungal properties. These are generally not efficient in keeping your hair glossy. Limit the use of dandruff shampoos to only twice a week to get back your hair’s shine.
Your Hair is Thinning and Looks Lackluster
If your hair is dull, brittle, or just lost its beauty, you may want to rethink what you put on your plate. You could be eating too much junk food and it is affecting your hair. Of course when you eat one burger and some fries, this will not result to dull hair. However, if you turn this into a habit, you will eventually find your hair more brittle. Avoid processed foods and start eating healthy to get your hair back to shape.
You need to take care of your hair like you would with your body. Listen to what your hair tells you and you will eventually see that it gets back its natural shine and volume, which means you are on the right track.