Why Hair Falls Out

You nat­u­rally lose 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. But much more than this might sig­nal a prob­lem

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Health - BY JAMIE SCH­MID

YOU’RE HIGHLY STRESSED Feel­ing anx­ious from time to time is un­likely to cause your hair to fall out. But a life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis or the death of a loved one can trig­ger hair loss. Your hair can grow back once you con­trol your stress.

YOU USE HARSH HAIR PROD­UCTS

Guilty of us­ing hot tools for sleek, shiny hair, or straight­en­ing chem­i­cals? You may be rais­ing your risk of hair loss. In­stead try to buy nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts.

YOU STARTED A NEW MED­I­CA­TION

Cer­tain drugs can lead to hair loss. Read over the drug la­bel warn­ings to check. But don’t stop any med­i­ca­tion with­out first con­sult­ing your doc­tor.

YOUR DIET IS LOW IN PRO­TEIN

A lack of pro­tein can cause your hair to fall out. Women should get at least 46 gm of pro­tein per day and men at least 64 gm. Pro­tein should come from a va­ri­ety of sources. Beans and legumes are ideal.

YOU’RE DE­FI­CIENT IN IRON

A diet low in iron may lead to hair loss. Women aged 19–50 should get 18 mg of iron per day; males and women 51 and older, should get 8 mg. Add iron-rich foods to your diet, such as kid­ney beans, soy­beans and spinach.

YOU HAVE A THY­ROID PROB­LEM

Both an over­ac­tive and a un­der­ac­tive thy­roid can cause hair loss. If you have ab­nor­mal hair loss and other symp­toms of thy­roid dis­ease, seek your doc­tor’s ad­vice.

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