Healthy hair is easy to spot. It’s full of body, shine and frizz.
“But what,” asks Mother Nature Network, “about when your crowning glory isn't quite so glorious?”
Well, warns the site, it could be a harbinger of health problems
Here’s what common hair problems could be warning you about your health
Hair problem #1: Limp, dry hair
If you blow dry your hair often or spend hours in the pool on the weekend, it’s likely dry, limp hair is just that.
But if these factors don’t apply to you, your limp, dry hair could be a sign your metabolism is slow because of an underactive thyroid, warns The Huffington Post. This is especially true if you experience sudden weight gain, unexplained fatigue and feel cold all the time.
And, if you don’t get this treated, it could increase your risk of heart disease.
Hair problem #2: Dandruff
If you constantly find unsightly white flakes on your black shirts, you have dandruff. And this could be a sign that you’re suffering from stress or have skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, says webMD.
Hair problem #3: Hair loss and thinning
On average, you lose around 100 hairs a day! That’s completely normal. But, if your hair starts to look thinner and you start losing it in clumps, watch out.
It could point to thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances or a protein deficiency, explains MSN’s healthy living site.
Hair problem #4: Brittle, damaged hair
Brittle hair is another tell-tale sign of thyroid issues. It could also be a sign that you need to pay more attention to your diet.
So what can you do to keep your hair (and body) healthy
To keep your hair in tip-top condition, eat foods rich in:
These not only help you maintain scalp and hair health, they’re good for your overall health too.
Bottom line: Don’t ignore the warning signs! By paying close attention to your hair, you could spot and treat health problems long before they become a serious health issue.