If you’re struggling with hormonal hair loss or thinning, I can completely empathize with you.
Your doctors, family members or friends might be telling you “I can’t even notice” or “it could be so much worse” but I get it! Because to you, this could be absolutely devastating, so bad that you’re spiraling into anxiety, depression and shifting every day activities around because you don’t want to be in public.
You shouldn’t have to put a halt on your life because of hair loss. As someone who struggled with PCOS in the past, I definitely did. And I don’t want you to do the same. You deserve to live every day fully and in the moment. So, here are some tips, tools and remedies to help you gain control of this hair loss.
Hair loss is typically on the top of the head right along the hairline.The reason this could be happening is because of an imbalance of testosterone, progesterone, estrogen or cortisol in women with PCOS.
Zinc Rich Foods: These foods can help reduce the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. By blocking this pathway, levels of androgens and testosterone can be lowered. This can contribute to decreased hair loss and overall improvement. Zinc rich foods include pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax.
Low Impact Exercise: High impact exercise for long periods of time can contribute to increased stress on the body. This contributes to high cortisol levels. Incorporating low impact bodyweight exercises can be a better approach to movement.
Blood Sugar Balancing Meals: At the root, PCOS can be an imbalance in insulin. High carb meals can contribute to hormone imbalance, contributing to higher testosterone levels and imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. Making sure protein, fiber and healthy fats is always present at each meal is key!
Iron Levels: If you have hormonal imbalance or PCOS, you may struggle with heavy periods. This can lead to low levels of iron and contribute to hair loss. Be sure to get your ferritin levels checked, as it is the most effective way to check your iron levels.
Adaptogens: These herbs, foods and plants can help to reduce cortisol and help bring the adrenal gland back into balance. When cortisol is in balance, testosterone levels can get in check. Check out this youtube video to learn more about adaptogens!
Distract Yourself: Personally, when I struggled with PCOS related hair loss, I had compulsions to look in the mirror multiple times a day. I truly believe the stress can make the issue worse. Plus, stress creates an increase in cortisol. So hormonally, it makes sense. Make a goal to limit the time you spend daily talking & analyzing it and focus on hobbies, tasks, deep breathing, cooking (and so much more! you have a life to live!).
Most importantly, be patient with yourself. Hair regrowth takes time. If you need additional support, please visit this link here of other resources I offer!