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Stress and Hair Loss

We know that stress either causes or exacerbates a large percentage of all disease.  Not only heart attacks, strokes, and immune system breakdowns, but almost every disease known has been linked to stressful toxins in our life.  How does this link work? 

Well, stress causes our body to produce toxins, and toxins from the food we eat, the environment that surrounds us, as well as those that we produce ourselves when under duress compromise our well-being.  Work or family pressure, financial pressures, and never having enough time in the day are just a few of the many stressors that we face constantly.  

The biological changes that take place in relation to the perceived threats are called the stress response.  Our bodies can adjust for and counteract the mild forms of stress that we encounter.  As a matter of fact, stress can be good if we know how to use it to make things happen positively.  Pressure can make us face up to challenges with extraordinary skill and fortitude.  However, in the case of extreme, unusual, or long lasting stress - emotional, physical, and chemical - our stress response and ensuing control mechanisms can be quite overwhelming and harmful.  The overflow of stress hormones into our system can adversely affect our mind-body physiology, including our hair and skin.  

Dr. Fay stated, "when you’re under stress from illness or work, sometimes the circulation in the scalp is so constricted that the hair follicles lose blood supply, which causes them to atrophy and fall out." Dr. Fay is quick to add, however, it often grows right back when a person is no longer under extreme stress.

In essence, if we cannot manage the stress in our life, we are working our adrenal glands to exhaustion.  This is when skin and hair problems also become more apparent.  We are constantly consentrating our blood supply to our heart and lungs, diverting it away from the feeding and nourishing of the hair and skin.  

The first step toward healthly hair and living comes with becoming aware of the myriad influences stress has on your mind-body physiology. 

Here are some tips to destressing: 

Daily meditation and prayer
Deep breathing
Physical activity, including yoga
Optimizing your nutrition

Taking in positive experiences such as these will go a long way toward detoxification on the emotional, physical, and environmental levels in the body.