Hair loss is one the most frustrating and embarrassing symptoms many of us experience with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disorders. Healthy hair not only makes you feel more confident, but it also shows everyone else that you care about your health and well-being
Although this is just a small part of one of the many symptoms that I have to deal with having hypothyroidism and I’m certainly not going to take this laying down.
In many cases the imbalance of your thyroid hormone is responsible for the hair loss. However, there are other root causes why we are losing our hair.
Also, human scalp hair does not grow continuously. Every hair follicle (the unit of hair production) undergoes phases of growth, during which hair lengthens, followed by a period of rest (the telogen phase). During telogen, the hair will shed and replaced by a new hair.
The good news is that in many circumstances you can stop the hair loss and it will start to grow back but the bad news is that it could take some time until after you’ve figured out what is the underlying reason for the hair loss and its not always just your thyroid hormones.
Here are some 0ther Factors Which Can Cause Hair Loss In Thyroid Patients
Sluggish thyroid which includes TSH/T3/T4/RT3 numbers being off
Hashimotos Disease which includes elevated Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies and Antithyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
Low Ferritin levels
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies (like too much vitamin A or too little vitamin D or iron)
Not eating enough protein or good, clean fat
Female hormone imbalances (pregnancy/menopause, etc.)
High levels of chronic stress
Blood sugar imbalances and surges
Improper hair care or toxic hair care
Medications (can be a side effect)
I do understand this can be quite overwhelming but with the help of a functional doctor you can certainly start to narrow down what is causing your hair loss. You will be able to restore and regrow your hair naturally. Here are a few tips and recipes that I have used.
Please understand that I am not a doctor or a medical professional. I’m just sharing the tips of things that has worked for me and with this shared knowledge I do hope that you will discover what works for you too. I’ve included links to the things that have worked for me. Always consult with your doctor prior to trying any new regime. We are all created unique and what works for me might not work for you.
I start using a boar bristle brush.
1.Boar bristle brush-The boar bristle brush gently massages the scalp, increasing blood flow and unclogging the hair follicles. One of the factors in hair growth is blood flow to the hair follicles. Without blood flow, your hair cannot grow. This can often be a cause of hair loss and slow growing hair. It’s also Conditions hair, Cleans hair, Prevents hair breakage and frizz, and Balances your scalps oil production.
I also use castor oil its rich in vitamins and fatty-acids, castor oil promotes better hair growth and helps nourish and hydrate the skin. 100% NATURAL AND ORGANIC: Produced with the highest quality standards using real castor oil, sourced directly from organic artisanal farmers in India.
2.With the help of my functional doctor I addressed my vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies that Cause Hair Loss. Come to find out I was low on iron, vitamin d and magnesium.
It’s not always possible to obtain all the nutrients you need for healthy hair from your diet, and if you’ve been suffering from an illness or stress, your hair may not be looking its best. In this case, the simple solution is to take a daily nutritional supplement, so that you can ensure you’re getting all the aforementioned nutrients in one easy-to-take product.
You also need
Vitamin C can help support hair growth by assisting with collagen production and with the absorption of non-heme iron.
8 B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12) that support a number of body functions such as the production of healthy cells. B vitamins, particularly biotin (B7), may support hair growth by strengthening the keratin structure of the hair shaft, the part the hair structure that is visible.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and a potent antioxidant that helps prevent damage to cells and tissues caused by free radicals. This vitamin helps support hair growth by promoting good circulation in the scalp and helping transport oxygen and other nutrients to the hair follicles.
Vitamin A supports hair growth by helping to keep the skin scalp in healthy condition. Keep in mind that too much of this vitamin may over stimulate hair follicles, causing hair to reach the end of its growth cycle prematurely.
Vitamin D is to maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood, vitamin D also strengthens hair follicles.
Iron supports hair growth by promoting healthy circulation and transporting oxygen and other essential nutrients to hair follicles.
Magnesium’s role in supporting blood flow it helps support optimal nutrient delivery to the hair follicles.
Omega-3 fatty acid supports hair growth by supporting a healthy inflammatory response and improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles.
Zinc supports hair growth by promoting the health of hair follicles. Studies show it may also help to promote hair re-growth in some cases of alopecia.
Selenium supports healthy hair growth by maintaining healthy hormone levels and boosting the immune system.
3.Reducing my over all Stress and started Addressing my Spiritual Health
Stress can hinder your healing process. I know its hard to do but try to stop holding on to bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment. I’ve been hurt by family members and friends who I just had to let go because of their toxic relationship. You see, toxic family members or friends are negative energy – they drain you of your happiness and love to create drama, often at your own expense. Sometimes the best way to cope with this is to completely cut ties and walk away forever. A bond between family members or friends should be supportive, enduring, loving and respectful not two-faced, back stabbing or argumentative.
You can also Identify Your Stress Triggers where you can start to learn to manage those that area. Get Some Exercise, meditate and Create a place of Gratitude.
4.Getting my thyroid medication correct
You really must get your Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos under control and making sure your TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3, and Antibodies are stabilized. Hair loss is directly affected by these hormones. Thyroid hormone also has a direct effect on the cycling of hair called anagen, catagen, and telogen. I use to take Synthroid which later I found out that it has fillers in it that I am allergic to and it also has dairy, GMO sugar and different colored food dyes in different dosages. Taking this medication triggered inflammation in my body because I just couldn’t tolerate the dairy or any of the synthetic chemicals and certainly not anything with GMO’s that was laced in it.
5.Adding Lots of Bone Broth and Collagen
Bone Broth is nourishing in so many ways. Bone broth is a great source of collagen, a protein your body needs to accelerate healing from the inside out. Collagen is the protein best known for keeping your skin looking young, and maintaining healthy bones, joints, and teeth.
I also added organic apple cider vinegar and MCT Oil derived only from Coconut Oil. This helped to give my body the extra fatty acids that is was lacking plus the gut health :MCT’s (in particular Lauric Acid) have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help promote gut health. Another great thing about MCTs is that they are capable of reducing “bad bacteria” without harming or removing “good bacteria.” That’s important, considering we need the good kind for intestinal health and digestive functioning.
By adding a little apple cider vinegar you adding some amazing compounds that will increase hair growth. The gelatin and collagen that is in the broth are what promotes hair and nail growth. Broth is also jam-packed with vital nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulfur and phosphorus in very absorbable forms. Glycine present in broth will help you sleep and all of the above nutrients will help your hair to grow thick and appear very shiny as well as rejuvenate your skin.
6.I am careful with my hair products now. No sulfates, no gluten etc. I use a shampoo that has biotin and collagen in it. I only wash my hair every 3rd night.
8. I am a strict AIP protocol diet regime.
Your health doesn’t have to be a difficult situation but a positive realization that things need to change. This new lifestyle change has many parts to it and I hope you will embrace not only the physical but the spiritual awakening. Common food intolerances that are known to trigger inflammation are eliminated in this Keto AIP protocol are Nightshades, Eggs, Grains (gluten), Dairy, Legumes, Corn, Soy, Dairy and lectins.
9. Check out the medications you are taking some medications promote hair loss. it’s written in the fine print or simply google it.
10. Hair regrowth spray
16oz. bottle with spray nozzle
1 TBSP of witch hazel
7 drops of lavender oil
7 drops of rosemary oil
3 drops of Thyme oil
3 drops of cedar wood oil
8 oz. filtered water
spray on roots and scalp before bed. Massage through.
11. Hair growth mask
3 drops of rosemary oil
5 drops of lavender oil
3 drop peppermint oil
7 drops of lemon oil
mix and leave on hair for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water
12. overnight hair growth spray
1 cup witch hazel or organic aloe vera juice
4-8 drops rosemary essential oil
4-8 drops lavender essential oil
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tsp of pure argan oil
in a spray glass bottle, add each essential oil one after the other. Add in witch hazel.
Shake well and your hair growth spray is ready. Spray this on your scalp and hair and massage/comb through before bedtime or Spray thoroughly on towel-dried hair.
Comb through and style as desired.
Reduce your inflammation
Chronic inflammation can spread and have more harmful effects than just one area in your body. Your body can experience things like higher blood pressure , allergies, create autoimmune issues, experience joint pain, cause heart problems, harmful swelling, bone loss, it can lower your iron levels and it just have a negative impact on your entire well-being. Did you know that chronic inflammation can also raise your reverse T3, which means this might be the reason why your hypothyroidism was created in the 1st place. We must get the inflammation under control. Cut out foods like gluten, sugar, refined carbs, fake foods, soy, and vegetable oils and add in fresh whole fruits, healthy fats and fiber. Start creating your own body lotions and cleaning supplies.
Environmental chemicals and toxins, pesticides, BPA, thyroid endocrine disruptors, iodine imbalance, other medications, fluoride, overuse of soy products, cigarette smoking, and gluten intolerance. All of these play a very important role in your thyroid health. A nonprofit group called Beyond Pesticides warns that some 60 percent of pesticides used today have been shown to affect the thyroid gland’s production of T3 and T4 hormones. Commercially available insecticides and fungicides have also been involved. Even dental x-rays have been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disorders.
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil of your choice
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. Melt your coconut oil & shea butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix all ingredients (the baking soda and arrowroot powder) with the oil. Pour into clean small mason jar. Add your essential oil to the mason jar; close with the lid. Give it a good shake to combine the essential oil with the other mixture. By doing it this way, you can still use that bowl to eat with. Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils. Let cool.
Natural Peppermint Toothpaste
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 Tablespoons of baking soda
15 drops of peppermint food grade essential oil
Melt to soften the coconut oil. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. Place your mixture into small glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. When ready to use just dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.
** Start making your own all natural Cleaning Supplies.
Fix your gut
Probiotics can help to begin repairing the lining in your gut. This also aids in helping to balance your hormones. if someone has leaky gut syndrome it allows undigested food particles to leak through your gut into your bloodstream and in return creates disease-causing inflammation that will have a impact on your body — especially your thyroid glands where they are very susceptible to inflammation. Did you know that your gut is the largest component of your immune system? It introduces friendly bacteria into your digestive system that helps to keep illness’s at bay and they are rich in live bacteria that help us absorb nutrients along with maintain proper microbiome gut balance. Research has proven that gut health could affect inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disorders in the body as a whole. Around 1,000 different species of bugs live in your gut. Your gut has been linked to contributing to weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.
Gut-Healing Vegetable Broth
- 12 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 red onion, peeled and cut in half
- 1 garlic bulb smashed
- 1 chilli pepper roughly chopped
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger roughly chopped
- 2 cups of watercress
- 3-4 cup mixed chopped vegetables and peelings I used carrot peelings, red cabbage, fresh mushrooms, leeks and celery
- 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1/4 of a cup dried wakame seaweed
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 2 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- A bunch of fresh parsley
Simply add everything to a large pot. Bring to a boil then simmer, with the lid on, for about an hour.
Once everything has been cooked down, strain the liquid into a large bowl.
There are different types of probiotics. Some are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria and will help to replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are more of a nature type of probiotic. They carry live bacteria plus many other crucial nutrients. Many cultures all around the world has its own recipes for fermented foods.
Address Food sensitivities
If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses. For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.
Avoiding Food Allergens*
Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens. In this book, you will find all the recipes have been created and catered around these common food allergens along with being Keto. I’ve taken them out. After 1 month you can slowly add some back in and see how you react. This certainly wasn’t an easy task but one that I am most proud of.
Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:
You can find great inflammation and recipes in my book Beyond the Bite: The Keto Autoimmune Protocol Healing Book for Women.
Lastly, start eating a nutrient dense diet, finding what food allergies you have and adjusting to feed and fuel your body. Reduce your environmental toxins, and get some sleep!
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