Mediterranean Diet for Heart Health

‘Heart Health’ month may be coming to a close, but a healthy heart is something we want to maintain every month of the year! Inflammation in the arterial blood vessels of the cardiovascular system is a leading cause of heart disease. It causes damage to the walls of the vessels, making them more susceptible to cholesterol (a waxy type of fat) being deposited along their lining, narrowing and eventually blocking them. Damage in the vessels from inflammation can also cause… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 5: Trichotillomania

Trichos derives from the Greek, meaning hair, with trichotillomania being the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair. The action of pulling or tugging can lead to noticeable breakage, hair of varying lengths, and hair loss, and has been strongly associated with stress, anxiety, and depression, though other events can also trigger it. The most common age of onset of hair-pulling is during preadolescence. It affects approximately 3.5 percent of females, though its prevalence is likely higher as many individuals may feel… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 4: Iron-Deficiency

Nutrient deficiencies are a common cause of hair loss and poor hair growth (thin, weak, brittle, slow-growing), with iron-deficiency being the most common in women of child-bearing age. If your body doesn’t have adequate iron, it’s unable to produce sufficient oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This is known as iron-deficiency anemia, and can occur with: • insufficient dietary intake of iron • decreased absorption of iron from intestinal tract due to gut inflammation (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 3: Hypothyroid

Hypothyroid-related Hair Loss A common cause of hair loss in women, especially as we get older, is hypothyroid (underactive thyroid). Oftentimes, however, this condition may not be detected if relying only upon standard TSH testing. The thyroid gland, a small, butterfly-shaped gland situation in our throat, is vitally important to overall health, as it regulates our body’s entire metabolism. When the thyroid is underactive, all cellular activity, body-wide, is decreased. This includes the rate of cell division within an area of… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 2: Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium: Is Your Hair Going Down the Drain, Literally? Anywhere from one to four months after an extremely stressful event or shock to your system, you may start to notice significantly more hair in the shower drain or in your hairbrush, or that your hair is suddenly “coming out by the handfuls.” Why does this happen? When the body experiences a dramatic shock, an increased number of hair follicles may prematurely enter the resting (telogen) stage, as the body… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 1: Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic/Androgenetiic Alopecia (also known as Hereditary Hair Loss or Female Pattern Hair Loss) According to the American Academy of Dermatology, androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in women. It typically occurs as women near or enter menopause, though it can begin much earlier. Both genetic and environmental factors, including declining hormone levels, play a role in the build up of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair follicles. Genes that signal for production of the hormone DHT may… Continue reading

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