Dry, brittle nails and hair loss can be symptoms of a number of things. Certain nutritional deficiencies can cause the nails and hair to deteriorate, as can several health conditions and diseases. Stress can cause these symptoms, as can menopause, hormone imbalances and certain medications. Heredity can be the culprit, or use of harsh chemicals in hair care and manicures can be the source of ill health in hair and nails.
Dry, brittle nails and hair loss can be signs of hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce adequate amounts of certain hormones.
Left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to the development of a number of health conditions, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Other symptoms that can occur with hypothyroidism includes fatigue, mental sluggishness, increased sensitivity to cold, unexplained weight gain, muscle pain and weakness, depression and pale, dry skin.
Those experiencing such symptoms should seek the advice of a medical professional to rule out hypothyroidism as a cause of dry, brittle nails and hair loss.
Nutritional imbalances can affect the condition of hair and nails. Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can cause brittle nails and hair loss, as can overloading the system with certain nutrients.
Deficiencies in vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc can contribute to brittle nails and hair loss, as well as a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet.
On the other hand, overdosing on many of these same nutrients can cause ill effects that include brittle nails and hair loss among other, more serious health consequences, so avoid mega-dose supplements of vitamins and minerals.
For women, hormonal changes can be the source of dry, brittle nails and hair. Hair loss due to changing estrogen levels after delivery commonly causes hair loss, as can hormone changes that stem from discontinuation of birth control pills.
Brittle nails and hair loss can also occur with menopause or peri-menopause, due to changes in estrogen production. Sudden weight loss due to crash diets or illness can disrupt hormonal balance, leading to brittle nails and hair thinning or loss.
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