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Hair Loss: Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Thicker & Stronger

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Upwards of 66% of women experience hair loss. Fortunately, there are ways to promote regrowth and even make your hair stronger and thicker.
Air Date: 4/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS
Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, is a women's natural health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 30 years.

With degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, she is the author of eleven books including A Smart Woman's Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman's Guide to Weight Loss.

She is also an internationally known lecturer who educates people on how to combine the best of mainstream medicine with scientifically backed nutrients and diet changes to achieve optimal wellness.

She has a free monthly newsletter and her website – www.hormonehelp.com - has over 4,000 pages of helpful nutrition information along with FREE books.
  • Book Title: A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman’s Guide to Weight Loss
  • Guest Twitter Account: @asklorna
Hair Loss: Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Thicker & Stronger
A recent report indicated that 66% of women experience some form of hair loss, from thinning to bald patches.

But even with that staggering statistic, there are still very few options for women when it comes to hair loss... certainly not as many options as there are for me.

And, many doctors don't know how to properly diagnose the root cause of hair loss in women.

In this segment, special guest, Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, discusses how you can overcome all of these obstacles.

For instance, two of the biggest causes of thinning hair or hair loss in women are low iron levels and low thyroid levels. Now, it can be troubling to correctly diagnose these causes, because you can still be in the "normal" range for both and suffer from the effects. 

Low iron can result from heavy menstrual periods, a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, exercising a lot or you just aren't eating a diet that includes some of the major sources of iron (red meat and egg yolks).

To truly find out whether or not you are iron deficient, you need to have both your hemoglobin and ferritin levels tested. Ferritin is essential for proper hair growth.

If you do find out you're iron deficient, you need to get your levels back up. Many iron supplements of the past caused horrible side effects such as black, tarry stools, constipation and general stomach upset. But newer supplements are available that don't have these side effects and which can actually raise your ferritin levels quite quickly.

Biotin is also good for rebuilding hair and for making your hair thicker and grow faster.

In men, testosterone can convert into DHT, which causes hair loss. Guys can combat this by taking things like zinc, saw palmetto and pumpkin seed oil. In fact, the same things linked to hair loss in men are also linked to prostate issues so if you find a good prostate supplement, you'll also be benefiting your hair as well.

Is there a way for hair to grow back once it's been lost?

In women, it's possible... especially if the hair loss is due to low thyroid or low iron.

In men it's a little different, because more men than women have the true Alopecia, which means the hair follicle has already been damaged and cannot be rebuilt.

But, if you can catch it soon enough, you can start taking those specific nutrients to help prevent even more hair loss.

Join Lorna in this very informative segment as she shares all the ways you can prevent and treat hair loss in both men and women.