Stress and Hair Loss
Sudden Hair Loss: The Stress
Factor Part I
By Marvin Perry
Many people fail to realize how greatly stress affects one’s physical
health. In some cases, stress is beneficial, because it encourages some
people to remain focused, motivated to complete task and fulfill goals.
Some individuals need stress in order to function at maximum efficiency.
However, there are also negative sides of stress that can not only be
harmful but lead you down a destructive path physically and emotionally.
Stress, if not dealt with properly, could eventually lead to sudden mental
and physical illnesses and conditions. Often, our hair is one of the first
places affected when dealing with stress.
Sudden hair loss due to stress is called Telogen Effluvium. Telogen
Effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the
shedding of hair thus causing the hair follicles to be pushed prematurely
into the resting phase. Sudden hair loss can be noticed 2 to 3 months
after a stressful event has occurred. While it is normal to lose up to 100
hairs per day, stress related hair loss can increase hair shedding to as
much as 300 - 400 strands of hair per day and one can lose up to 70% of
scalp hairs. In most cases the sudden hair loss is temporary and the hair
recovers quickly. However, in some cases the sudden hair loss continues
until the underlying cause of the stress is fixed.
Identifying the cause of one’s sudden hair loss and treating it naturally,
is the best way to recover from stress related hair loss; but it is not
always the easiest thing to do. In some cases, stress has become such a
major and vital part of one’s daily routine that it can be very difficult
to separate oneself from the need for it. Statistics show that over 80% of
people are overstressed, in some capacity, and may be suffering from some
health condition because of it. Most Americans live such busy lives and
suffer from the weight of responsibilities with jobs and family that we
allow our health habits to fall. Sudden hair loss is not a direct side
effect of stress, but it comes as a result of an unhealthy diet and
lifestyle caused by the reality of stressful conditions in our lives.
Therefore, it is very important for every individual suffering from sudden
hair loss to understand what causes stress, how it affects one’s health,
and how to either get rid of or cope with one’s stress.
The following is a list of things one can do to cope with stress. In order
to completely get rid of your stress and cure it, one has to devise a list
of all of your problems and deal with them head on. Ignoring your problems
and disassociating yourself from stressful events only serves to bring
temporary relief but not a permanent cure. The following list are ways one
can cope with stress.
Researchers have discovered that regular exercise decreases the production
of adrenaline and will counteract the stress response. Physical activity
of any kind is an effective way to relieve stress and will usually leave
you feeling relaxed and rational about your problems. Researchers have
also found that those who exercise regularly sleep and relax better.
SLEEP \ RELAXATION
Having healthy sleep habits and relaxation rituals are a very important
part of eliminating stress. If you set aside at least 20 minutes each day
in a quiet room to relax your mind and focus on good thoughts, you will
notice a change in one’s attitude toward stress. You can also use this
time to pray and meditate on bible scriptures. Finding some time during
your day to quiet oneself can be very therapeutic in producing an
effective and appropriate response in stressful conditions. Proper sleep
is also important in coping with stress. Everyone knows how much sleep
they need, but too much or too little sleep can affect one’s health in
different ways. An abnormal sleep pattern can cause skin deterioration and
sudden hair loss.
Stress at home and at the workplace can have a drastic effect on one’s
eating habits. The abuse of alcohol, drinking coffee, and smoking are all
effects that stress can have in improper nutrition and diet. Lack of
certain vitamins and minerals in your diet can lead to iron deficiency or
anemia that can contribute to sudden hair loss. A fundamental principal in
natural hair loss treatment is that the same foods that are good for your
health, are good for your hair. Although sudden hair loss can be caused by
many other variables, lack of proper nutrition will cause hair loss in
most people. Foods that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and
have reduced fat content can help in maintaining healthier hair and
preventing sudden hair loss.
The list above is only a means to stress relief, and not a cure for stress
related hair loss, or Telogen Effluvium. The best possible way to treat
one’s sudden hair loss is by dealing with the root problem behind the
stress. Exercise, diet and sleep can never eliminate the problem but can
only help you cope with it in a positive and healthy manner. As a society,
we blame stress on everyone and everything except ourselves and the fact
is the only person responsible for your stress is you. Having the wrong
attitudes, and our fears\ phobias contribute to creating more stress in
our lives. Dealing with fears and anxiety with a positive attitude can
help you overcome the stress in your life. The good news is, that one’s
sudden diffuse hair loss can be dealt with and there are easy and
effective ways to deal with stress and thus prevent sudden hair loss.
Marvin Perry is the author of "Sudden Hair Loss: The Stress Factor Part I"
and is offering a hair loss guide to inform others about sudden hair loss
and natural forms of hair loss treatment. To receive this guide, go to
Marvin's Natural Hair Loss Treatment website.
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