Lots of Hair Shed? Are You Having Symptoms of Thyroid Disease?
Hair loss is a complicated issue, and it is very important to look at all aspects of a person’s well-being when trying to identify the root cause. When someone is suffering with symptoms of hormonal imbalance and thyroid problems, most likely they are also shedding hair. Getting the proper diagnosis early on will help restart your hair growth journey!
Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Disease:
- Anxiety and Irritability
- Mood Swings
- Sleep disorders (too much or too little sleep)
- Irregular Menstruation
- Your body temperature is too warm or too cold
- Lack of focus or concentration
- Unusual weight changes
- Fatigued muscles
- Dry hair and skin
Why does the Thyroid Cause Hair Loss?
The thyroid is known as the “master gland”. This gland controls hormone production. When the thyroid is not regulating correctly, it affects other bodily functions. Development of the hair follicle falls into one of these major roles. Hair starts to shed resulting in thinning all over the scalp and possibly other areas such as your eyebrows. New growth may not happen until the thyroid is operating properly again. The amount of hair loss could be severe if the thyroid condition is not treated.
An autoimmune condition known as alopecia is quite often seen with thyroid disorders. Two other autoimmune conditions, PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome and lupus, may cause hair loss and can be connected to thyroid issues.
Your thyroid also controls your digestive process. A slow acting thyroid could cause your stomach to not produce as much acid as you need. This could hinder the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Minerals such as iron are crucial for oxygenating red blood cells. These red blood cells carry oxygen to the hair follicle. Lack of oxygen leads to hair loss.
How to Find Out More?
Subscribe and listen to our podcast series: Thyroid, Hair Loss Connection. It is also available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or Overcast. The hosts of this podcast are Kimberly Vaughn, a national trichologist, certified nutrition, and hair loss coach, along with Nataliia Sanzo, a registered dietitian, a.k.a Nashville Thyroid Expert®️.
Each week, you will learn practical solutions to hair growth, thyroid healing, and balancing hormones with holistic nutrition, quality supplements, and the latest treatments. They will discuss evidence-based models leading to the root cause of your hair loss and thyroid disease. The hosts will incorporate the importance of gut health, diet, nutrition, and lifestyle protocols. The episodes will feature industry leaders in functional and integrative medicine, experts in health and nutrition, and actual clients who will share their stories and practices that work.