There’s an important link between thyroid dysfunction and hair loss as the thyroid hormones fuel day to day function of the hair follicles which control hair growth cycles.
Consequently a drop in thyroid hormone activity triggers significant hair loss from all over the scalp. In addition, the hair can become dry, dull and brittle.
It’s a valid reason why hair health is a key indicator of thyroid wellbeing.
Could a more natural approach to help halt thyroid hair loss be effective in boosting hair health? Here are the top nutrients and superfoods you need to know about!
The Surprising Top Nutrients to Help Reverse Thyroid Hair Loss
This mineral is renowned as an essential nutrient to assist thyroid hormone production. The thyroid hormones play a key role within the endocrine system to support numerous metabolic processes, including hair growth. Naturally improving circulating thyroid hormone levels can help slow excessive hair loss and assist new hair growth.
Iron-deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia that occurs when body iron stores become low and it is often seen in women experiencing hair loss. Menstruation is the biggest cause of iron deficiency in otherwise healthy premenopausal women. Low iron intake is also associated with vegetarian diets, gastrointestinal disorders and some serious health disorders.
Serum ferritin levels is considered a good indicator of total body iron stores. This is a test you should discuss with your healthcare practitioner.
Zinc and Selenium
Zinc contributes to the maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails. For this reason, it’s often called the ‘beauty mineral’.
Zinc and selenium team up to assist conversion of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) to triiodothyronine (T3). This is an important step in maintaining optimal thyroid hormone activity. In fact, low T3 is associated with thyroid hair loss.
If you are experiencing significant thyroid hair loss it’s very important to check your ‘free T3’ levels. This is a simple test to discuss with your healthcare practitioner.
B-vitamins are easily depleted during periods of stress. It’s why they are termed the ‘stress vitamins’. A daily intake of energy boosting B-vitamins is crucial to support energy metabolism right down to a cellular level.
A day-to-day supplement is recommended as B-vitamins are mostly water soluble, and the body has a limited capacity to store these vitamins. The best nutritional supplements supply active forms of vitamin B6, B12 and folate.
Superfoods To Eat For Better Hair Health
Superfoods are not only nutritious, they also help you eat your way to better skin and hair health.
Vegetables from the sea such as wakame, dulse, and nori are a great addition to your diet. You may be familiar with these sea vegetables as they are regularly featured in Japanese cuisine.
You may already know that sea vegetables are a rich source of iodine, along with other important trace minerals. Using sea vegetables in your cooking may be a convenient way to boost your iodine intake naturally.
You can find mineral rich sea vegetable products at your local health food store, or supermarket. Select these vegetables from clean and wild sources such as Australia. Best quality products state the country of origin on the label.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
This heart-shaped root vegetable is cultivated in the high altitude regions of the Andes Mountains. The Peruvians have a long tradition of using Maca to enhance endurance and sexual function.
Maca is termed an adaptogen which means it can help restore healthy adrenal function. You may already be aware that adrenal fatigue is often linked to hypothyroidism.
It’s important to know Maca works best when taken in the morning. For example; Maca powder is perfect for blended in your morning protein smoothie. To boost your adrenal health you could consider taking 1 teaspoon daily. I personally do not take Maca day in and day out. I cycle it in and out of my diet every 3-6 months as it is not intended to be used for extended periods.
Maca is a cruciferous vegetable. This family of vegetables are not normally recommended when you have a low thyroid. However when iodine stores are adequate taking small amounts of Maca should not be a problem.
Your body requires dietary fats to store energy, to make important fat soluble vitamins, to manufacture hormones, and to build healthy cell membranes. All types of dietary fats, whether good or bad have the potential to be used by the body.
For this reason, choosing healthy dietary oils is crucial to your overall health and vitality. Coconut oil has become a popular dietary oil and for good reason. It is an amazing oil that offers a wide array of health benefits.
Coconut oil is a thyroid nourishing oil. It not only stimulates the body’s metabolism, it is an instant source of energy due to the high content of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).
Coconut oil is a versatile oil that can be added to smoothies, salad dressings, and can be used with baking and frying. It has a high smoke point which means it does not undergo adverse changes when exposed to heat. Look for coconut oil that is labelled organic, and cold pressed. If you are already a fan of this great tasting tropical oil you probably know coconut oil sold in glass jars is a better option than plastic containers.
If you suspect thyroid dysfunction is the underlying root cause of hair loss it’s important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare practitioner. It’s reassuring to know that once your thyroid hormone balance is restored and specific nutritional deficiencies are addressed you will finally see improvements. Your hair will look and feel so much healthier!