Alopecia areata happens when the immune system starts to attack the hair follicles causing them to significantly minimize hair production and triggers hair loss.
For some, it will start with small patches only on the scalp, this is called “alopecia totalis”. But some cases are more severe and it affects the whole body and this is often referred to as “alopecia universalis”.
Both children and adults can get it and I’ve seen both cases multiple times in my private practice. It is said to be hereditary but is that really the reason? Your genes? I don’t think so…
CAUSES OF ALOPECIA AREATA
Aside from your genes, there are many other factors that can cause alopecia areata and one of them is stress-related.
Are you stressed from work, family, or other life challenges? Even things like a lack of sleep and being stuck in traffic can elevate cortisol levels and therefore trigger alopecia.
Too much cortisol is equal to inflammation and that is when imbalances start which can then lead to autoimmune diseases.
Then we have gut issues like yeast or candida overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and even H-pylori.
Poor food, tap water, antibiotics, birth control, artificial sweeteners and stress can all cause imbalances in the gut!
You may even have a leaky gut (aka increased intestinal permeability) and we all know how autoimmune issues start right there.
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It is quite obvious that alopecia happened because of an imbalance inside the body. The immune system is attacking everything inside, the good and the bad so we have to take control of it!
Your body may have everything it needs to function normally, but a little help goes a long way, and managing stress is the first step. Even if you fix your gut, if cortisol levels are not within check, you will continue to cause yourself inflammation.
My guided meditations in Synergised Nutrition (SN) are very effective for managing stress levels. There are even 10 minute guided meditations so perfect for your busy schedule! The STRETCH workouts in SN are also incredible to lower cortisol levels because it is a mixture of meditation and gentle movements that helps your body shift to a parasympathetic nervous system state.
If you’d like to dive in deeper and find your underlying root cause of imbalances, working with a professional such as myself is the way to go!
When it comes to alopecia, I usually ask clients to run a few lab tests before the consultation so we know exactly what is going on with the body.
Keep in mind that it is always better to test than to guess!
It all boils down to rebalancing the body and switching to a healthy lifestyle. It is normal to have stress every day but it doesn’t mean that you can’t manage it and just let it take over your whole well-being. If you’re too busy to meditate or exercise, then schedule it! These are the things that you have to add to your routine if you want vitality and longevity.
I strongly believe that alopecia areata can be healed. Your body is amazing to the point that it can heal itself, you just have to remove toxicities and replace nutrient deficiencies.
It is not going to be an easy process and it may take some time before it fully heals, but with proper guidance and a healthy lifestyle, you will definitely get there!
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