Seasonal Hair Loss: Why It’s Affecting Us At This Time Of The Year
Losing hair is part of our normal daily life. You will see hairs on your floor, clothes, shower, and brushes. But what if you are noticing that your hair is falling out more than usual? As you probably already know, it’s completely normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day. But most of us, who have healthy hair and scalps, will lose less than that. About 50 to 60 hairs is the actual average. However, from time to time, you will notice that there are more hairs in your hairbrush than usual. You might start to panic, and fear that you will go bald. Thankfully, that’s most commonly not the case. Seasonal hair loss is a common occurrence in many people. That means that a person loses more hair than usual during a certain season of the year. For most people, that season will be late fall to winter. No, you’re not going to lose your whole head of hair, most of that will be growing back once spring arrives. However, there are a few things to consider when experiencing higher shedding rates during the winter.
Vitamin D deficiency
Did you know that a deficiency in vitamin D can cause hair shedding? Vitamin D also called the “sunshine” vitamin, is an incredibly important nutrient for us humans. It regulates the health of our bones, immune systems, and many other parts of our bodies.
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world. An adult human should consume at least 1,500 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day. However, getting it through food alone is a pretty difficult thing to do. And due to the fact that there isn’t a lot of sunshine in the winter months, getting it that way isn’t possible either.
If you have excessive hair loss, muscle pain, you feel exhausted, and your immune system isn’t as powerful as it used to be, we would suggest getting your vitamin D levels checked. But make sure that you aren’t taking vitamin D supplements before talking to your doctor first.
As we have already explained, getting all of your nutrients is incredibly important for the overall health of your body, but also the health of your hair, skin, and nails. The winter season can be a bit challenging for our bodies. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet.
It’s so easy to indulge in our comfort foods once the temperatures start to drop. While it’s completely normal to indulge in delicious foods from time to time, you should also make sure that you have enough proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats in your diet.
Treat your scalp
Besides hair loss, are you also experiencing an itchy, red, and irritated scalp? Well, then the real reason for your excessive shedding could be that. A healthy head of hair can only grow from a healthy scalp. So make sure you care for it as well.
You can try scalp treatments, scalp exfoliators, or brushes. Depending on your issue, a visit to the dermatologist may also be helpful. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp issue that can cause hair loss, but it can be easily treated by using a medicated shampoo.
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