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Water & Hair Loss

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A healthy head of hair usually means moist and vibrant tresses. But, washing with contaminated water (and repeating) can literally wash away those locks.

There are several water contaminants that can cause hair loss.

1. Selenium

An element found in other ores. Most commonly, this element gets into the water system from run-off from petroleum refineries and from mine discharge. However, this element is also found in compounds that make photocopier equipment.

2. Mercury

This element is found in fish. Experts know that hair loss can be attributed to hair loss, but they aren't exactly sure why. If hair loss is being experience and one is a sushi addict, it may be best to steer clear of seafood. However, if hair loss is occurring in someone who does not consume fish regularly, it may be time to get the water checked for mercury. Mercury poisoning can also be detected by nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, difficulty concentrating, weak spells, dizzy spells, tingling sensations in the hands and feet, unexplained headaches and fatigue. All of these can point to too much mercury coming from the tap.

3. Lead poisoning

Water traveling from old lead pipes to the shower head may be a prescription for hair loss. Zinc is also a contributor. So is aluminum. There are also literally ways to poison your hair: traces of arsenic and thallium in water can also cause hair to fall out. It should be noted that while losing hair is often a difficult experience, many of these contaminants can also cause damaging health effects.

So, to keep your head of hair thick and healthy be sure to be washing it with the purest water possible. And in the meantime, you could also be protecting yourself from serious disease!