Hair loss has been linked to several imbalances in the body: low stomach acid, low levels of sulfur, estrogen dominance and problems digesting grains.
Victoria Botenko, in her book Green For Life, states that low hydrocholoric acid (stomach acid) causes many symptoms, one of which is hair loss. She shares that participants in a study found that their levels of stomach acid increased and their digestion improved from drinking green smoothies each morning for several weeks. Green smoothies are made from raw fruits and greens (see previous blog post) and so the enzymes are more prevalent to aid with digestion. So, I need to add my green smoothies more often back to my diet and remember to take my Essentialzyme tablets to assist my digestion.
Sulfur is the third most common mineral in the body and is needed for many bodily functions. It can assist with keeping blood vessels flexible, nails and hair strong and improving joint comfort. I have heard that taking Sulfurzyme (MSM mixed with wolfberry powder) can assist these areas and promote hair retention.
Hair loss has also been linked to low thyroid and estrogen dominance which can often be caused by all the estrogen foods (especially soy) and chemicals that we are bombarded with. I could do a whole post on the thyroid and balancing hormones, but for now just a reminder that chlorine is brutal on the thyroid, as is airplane travel, and cosmetics and personal care products are often culprits in the hormonal imbalances that are epidemic in our world today. Things that interfere with a women's menstrual cycle -- like medication, illness, infection, or chemicals -- have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly.