This Is What Your Hair Can Tell You About Your Health

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To BE hairy or not to BE hairy that IS the question. (VO: back to normal)
Well, it might be the question, but really what choice to we have? Sorry to say but it’s already kind of decided
whether or not you’re gonna have a lot of body hair, if you’re going to go bald early
or how soon the grey’s will appear. Can all this hair be trying to tell us something
about our health? Should we be paying more attention to what
our hair is doing? We’re gonna answer these hairy questions
and more in today’s video. Before we continue, subscribe to bestie and
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until the end. First of all, having lots of body hair, or
a certain type of hair on your head doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy it’s more about
your genetic makeup. What the hair on your body and head can do
is give you an idea about what’s going on under the surface. Here’s some things your hair might be trying
to tell you. You’re Getting Older. Going grey is a common sign of getting older
and we think you should wear it as a badge of honour! Sometimes we go grey really early, and that’s
just because of your genetics. If you are going grey before your time, maybe
take a look at some old photos of your parents or grandparents. You might be surprised to find that they too,
have probably gone grey early too. Have you heard that plucking out your grey
hairs will make even more grow back? It’s not true. Plucking one grey hair, will only result in
another grey hair growing back in its place. You hair turns grey because the pigment cells
die. It’s actually recommended you don’t pluck
the greys from your head as that could lead to bald patches, or infection. Imbalance In Your Hormones. Hormones can do all sorts of things to a person’s
body and when they’re out of whack you’re going to notice. Experiencing a boost in testosterone levels,
which both men and women possess, can increase hair growth on the body and on the face. While this may be more noticeable to women
who don’t usually grow a lot of hair on their faces, men can experience this too. The condition of unwanted male-pattern hair
growth on women in known as hirsutism. Male pattern is hair that grows above the
belly button, the chest, upper back and face. On the other hand, raised levels of testerone
in women can also cause baldness in women, too. This sometimes happens when menopause begins,
and estrogen levels naturally decrease. Like we said when your hormones are off the
charts, you’re probably gonna notice. Adrenal Gland Disorder. This disorder is very rare, and is also known
as addison’s disease. Your adrenal glands can be found just above
the kidneys. When these glands produce too little cortisol
or aldosterone, that’s when addison’s disease can develop. The onset of this disease is usually very
slow, and can take many months until you notice symptoms. This can make identifying this disease even
harder because it’s often mistaken for just being stressed out. Symptoms of this disease include the loss
of body hair, but also a strange craving for salt, feeling extremely tired, weight loss
and many other hard to diagnose symptoms. Autoimmune Problems. Again, this is another rare one, but losing
hair on your head or body in weird circular patterns could be what’s called alopecia. This can mean hair loss of the scalp, or hair
loss on your body, including your eyebrows and even your eyelashes. Unfortunately there is no known cure for this
disease, but it doesn’t actually damage the hair follicles and isn’t contagious. Researchers believe this could be the result
of an autoimmune disorder that makes your body attack your own hair follicles, which
then will make your hair fall out. Scientists are still trying to figure out
how someone develops this disorder, while they do believe it can be caused by problems
with your immune system, it’s also said that it can be genetic. If both parents carry the gene they can possibly
pass it down to their kids. There’s also the idea that someone’s environment
can play a role in hair loss as well. There was a study done that showed when looking
at twins, it’s possible for only one of them to develop alopecia, which means it has
to come from an outside source if not genetic. However we still don’t know what these specific
environmental triggers are, researchers think it’s probably allergens, hormones, toxins
or all of the above. You Could Be Low in Iron. This happens to women more than men because
of that glorious time of the month, and the fact women can lose a lot of blood. It can also happen when folks are on certain
diets that omit foods rich in iron like red meat, dried fruits, and kale. Not having enough iron in your body can create
all sorts of health related issues including, you guessed it, hair loss. Hair loss is actually one of the most common
symptoms of an iron deficiency. Basically, without enough iron, your body
can’t produce enough of the protein hemoglobin in your blood. This hemoglobin carries oxygen to your cells
and helps with growth and repairs. Hair needs oxygen to grow and if there’s
a lack of it, these cells that take care of hair growth can’t do their job. This could also mean that you’re eating
too much fast food. There’s very little in the form on nutritional
value when it comes to a happy meal, and if you eat fast food on a regular basis, you’re
probably missing out some key vitamins and minerals your body needs. If this happens you body can react in negative
ways like hair loss, but also can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and
cardiovascular disease among other things. Hypothyroidism. Hypo..wha?? Hypothyroidism. Your thyroid is a gland that sort of looks
like a cute little butterfly in the front of your neck. It releases hormones, regulates your metabolism,
heartbeat, breathing rate, body temperature, menstrual cycles (if you’re a woman) and
cholesterol among some other things i’m sure we didn’t mention. It’s really important and when it’s out
of whack, it can cause some real problems. Problems like a hormonal imbalance and eventually
hair loss. It’s said that everyone has a “hair cycle”
which is a time of year that you shed more than others, and it’s different depending
on the person. But when the hair loss becomes worrisome on
your head or body you could have a thyroid issue. Symptoms can be losing the hair on your head,
but also the eyebrows. You can have your blood tested to see how
your hormone levels checked out if you’re worried. Other symptoms that go along with this hair
loss can include weight gain, problems remembering things, eye trouble, and fatigue. If you’re experiencing anything on this
list that you’re worried about make sure you talk to a medical professional. Your hair could be one of the first things
to notify you when something funny might be going on under the surface of your body. Maybe we should be giving the hair on our
bodies a little more credit? Did anything on this list surprise you? Let us know if your hair has ever given you
a hint when it comes to your health in the comments section below.

16 thoughts on “This Is What Your Hair Can Tell You About Your Health

  1. Did anything on this list surprise you? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  2. I love you so much besite but please can you tell me how to have a long hair because my wedding is so soon and I need to have a long healthy hair.

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