On this episode, Dr. Labbe delved deep into the topic of hair loss, which despite not being one of society's most pressing issues, is an important health concern that deserves attention.
Here are the key points discussed:
- The Body's Prioritization: Our bodies, in their wisdom, divert energy and nutrients from hair, skin, and nails to vital organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, and thyroid in order to optimize overall health.
- Alopecia and Other Conditions: We explored various reasons for hair loss, such as alopecia, an autoimmune disease that can cause hair loss in patches or completely, which is often linked to thyroid issues like Hashimoto's. Other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and untreated celiac disease can also contribute to hair loss.
- Role of High Testosterone: PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or high testosterone levels can contribute to hair loss. Imbalances like insulin resistance, or an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, or even high cortisol may be at play.
- Hormonal Fluctuations: During menopause and perimenopause, fluctuations in hormones may lead to hair loss. Also, the quantity of active thyroid hormone (T3) can have an impact on hair growth.
- Medications and Their Side Effects: Medications can sometimes cause hair thinning, or other unpleasant side effects, and there's a need for caution in using products like Rogaine whose long-term effects are unknown.
- Natural Approach: We discussed the benefits of a natural approach to hair loss, focusing on restoring balance to the body's hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.
- Science-backed Remedies: We discussed a range of remedies such as evening primrose, biotin, green tea, checking iron levels, lysine, arginine, Saw Palmetto, MSM, zinc, and stinging nettles.
- Importance of Diet: An anti-inflammatory diet filled with healthy fats, quality proteins, and lower glycemic foods can support hair health and aid in thyroid conversion.
- Stress Management: High stress levels and consequent high cortisol can contribute to hair loss. We highlighted the importance of finding stress relief activities that work for you.
- Positive Mindset: The power of positive thinking and its impact on the body's response was also stressed.
Remember, reversing thyroid hair loss takes time, usually six to nine months, and it's usually the last thing to return when your body is regaining balance. But with time, patience, and the right approach, you should be able to see baby hairs coming back gradually.
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