Deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamins A, E, D, iron, B vitamins and L-lysine may cause thinning eyebrows as well as thinning and weak hair. Fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and D all help to stimulate and support healthy hair growth and are found in spinach, carrots, bell peppers, kale, sunflower seeds, almonds, fish and eggs. Iron deficiency is diagnosed by measuring blood levels of ferritin and may be accompanied by frequent infections, brittle or spoon-shaped nails and decreased exercise ability. Sources of iron include meats, legumes, beans and whole grains. B vitamins are essential for metabolic functions in the body, and help the body cope with stress that can lead to hair loss. B vitamins are found in whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and legumes. L-lysine is an essential amino acid that appears to slow hair loss. Food sources include legumes, meat, fish, eggs, cheese and nuts. Therapeutic supplementation with the above vitamins requires consultation with a naturopathic doctor due to the potential for toxicity.
Menopause skin changes occur due to less collagen and elastic fibres being produced. Collagen is the supportive protein structure of the skin and elastic fibres provide the ability to bounce back. The drop in collagen and elastic fibres accelerates wrinkling and sagging and is known as Elastosis. The decrease in B-Estradiol during menopause is one of the offenders in the aging of the skin. We know that menopause is caused by age related changes in our ovaries which causes levels of estrogen and progesterone production to decline which results in skin changes.