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Is your hair falling out?

Is your hair falling out?

I’m getting more and more enquiries from folk – especially ladies – who are experiencing hair loss.

Expensive creams and hair lotions don’t work, no matter which huge fashion brand makes them.

Hair loss happens on the outside, but the cause is always on the inside.

Losing hair usually a sign of low thyroid function, which itself has many possible causes (lots of which are linked to your gut!)

Thyroid 101

Your thyroid gland makes hormones that essentially go round your body switching on energy production, a bit like putting the key in a car ignition and switching on the engine.

It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about a skin cell, ovary cell or kidney cell – they all need adequate thyroid hormone.

Trouble is that society has a pandemic of sluggish thyroid glands.

Medical tests don’t look at the right hormones when they run thyroid testing, or, to be more accurate, they don’t look at enough hormones to get the full picture.

More on that shortly.

Why thyroid glands don’t work properly

Nutrient deficiency

Your thyroid needs plenty of tyrosine (an amino acid), iodine, vitamin A and other nutrients to make its “T4” hormone.

Thus, any shortage of those nutrients can cause problems. Vitamin A is a common nutrient deficiency according to the tests we run on clients.

In fact, protein deficiency – which is very common in my clients – is a major cause of sluggish thyroid.

Food choice and gut function directly influence nutrient status.

If you have bad bugs in your gut, you won’t digest and absorb your food properly.

In fact, when we analyze client stool test results, at least 50% show signs they’re not digesting protein and absorbing fat from their meals.

This leads to deficiencies in the likes of protein and vitamin A (vitamin A has to be absorbed into your body with fat, so if you’re not digesting fat effectively, you’ll likely become deficient in vitamin A!).

Toxic Foods

Vegetable seeds, nuts and their oils such as flax seed oil, sunflower, corn oil, soybean oil and others are toxic to the thyroid, and even fish oil is damaging – as society we’re eating far too many of these oils.

Undercooked vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also suppressive of your thyroid.

Stress and hormones

Stress in all its forms causes increased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.

These stress hormones directly slow down thyroid function, and prevent its hormones being used properly.

Having bad bugs in your gut – along with the inflammation they cause – is seen by your body as “stressful”, so here’s another mechanism by which your gut affects your thyroid.

(Bad bugs cause inflammation, which in turn cause hormonal stress, which in turn affect thyroid, which in turn affects your hair).

Is it any wonder that your gut plays such an important role in maintaining healthy tissue such as hair, skin and nails?

Estrogen suppresses thyroid function, and many common foods are estrogenic, including vegetable oils, soy, tahini, etc.

Not only that, but endotoxin (toxins from bugs in your gut), are also estrogenic and suppress thyroid function.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.

If you’re losing hair, it’s going to be due to poor gut function, stress, nutrient deficiency and low thyroid.

Thus, the first steps to restoring healthy hair are:

1. Optimize your diet (we can help you with that, of course)

2. Get a stool test done to see what’s going on in your gut (I’m biased, but this is absolutely critical – if you want healthy hair, skin and nails on the outside, you’ve got to have health on the inside first).

Don’t forget, a stool test is done in the privacy of your own home – you just send of a sample in the packaging provided.

And if it comes back blank, you get a full refund.

You can arrange a test, or find out more about one, here.