At my Chichester practice in West Sussex, I often get enquiries from women who are in perimenopause (= the time before the menopause) or in menopause who are concerned that they are losing hair when they have always had good and strong hair growth before.
Why does hair loss occur during menopause?
The reason why hair loss in women can occur during menopause, and in some cases also during perimenopause, is that with the loss of your period, you are also losing a valuable detox facility.
During your period, your body discards the monthly buildup of the lining of your uterus (womb) so that menstrual blood and tissue can flow from the uterus into the vagina. Together with your menstrual blood and tissue, your body also discards any toxins that are stored in your system. So once you no longer have your period, toxins and cell debris that would normally be eliminated now stays in the body and is being stored in the fatty tissue of your body, for example the breasts, the thighs and the belly. Once these toxins build up, the liver and kidneys have to work much harder to eliminate waste and toxins, and that is when hair thinning and/or hair loss occur.
In a situation where an excess of toxins has accumulated, the body uses any energy which is coming into your system via the food you eat to keep your heart and brain going as a priority; in other words, your body switches into emergency mode. While we women treasure our hair, your body could not care less! It just wants to keep us alive.
So what’s the solution?
During my 23 years of dealing with men’s, women’s and childrens’ hair loss issues, I found that the best way of helping my clients is to find out which toxins in the body are causing problems problem and which food intolerances are present. I can then test for a tailormade supplement plan which will help to initiate a detox process. These supplements, all available in health food shops and online, help produce clean and nutritious blood supply to go to the roots of your hair and to the follicles so hair can grow normally again.
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