daria howell
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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!

1Most of us may not have long and legendary locks, but we’re pretty darned attached to what we do have! And, you may have noticed that as hormonal shifts start to happen, some (or maybe a lot) of our hair decides to fall out.

I find this somewhat annoying, as the fallen strands tend to tickle my arms or décolletage – or even end up in my husband’s dinner. It’s always his serving that gets that bonus!

Lately my husband has been refinishing the wood floors in our post-WWII bungalow. The final step in the process involves applying several layers of finish. And sharing space with me also means you have to constantly be on the lookout for fallen hair strands.

WHICH dear husband found in the freshly applied floor finish!

Luckily, he saw them in time to extract them before they became a permanent part of the floor design.

It’s a bit frustrating to be shedding hair all the time, and for many women it can become alarming when the hair in the shower strainer looks as large as a small rodent, while the hair on the scalp gets thinner and thinner.

Here are some possible causes of excessive hair loss:

  • Thyroid imbalances, usually underactive
  • Low iron levels
  • Insulin resistance
  • Side-effects of certain medications
  • High testosterone levels
  • Adrenal imbalances

Obviously, it helps to find the root cause for your particular case, as the fix will depend on what’s out of balance.

3It’s safe to say, however, that paying attention to good health practices such as

• Eating a high-veggie, low-glycemic diet
• Proper supplementation
• Mindfulness practices to manage stress
• A fitness routine that doesn’t raise cortisol
• And bodywork that keeps all your systems functioning more smoothly…

will go a long way toward preventing or reversing this alarming trend.

There’s always the necessity to keep paying attention, as what may be working for a time may quit working as life circumstances intervene. I’m keeping a close eye on my own tendency to shed, and my locks, while not legendary, are holding their own so far!