Does body hair tell something about your health !

People of different ethnicity have different amount of body hair. An average adult male body have 5 million hair follicles, out of them one million are on scalp. The color and thickness of hair on scalp and body changes as we age. This change is an indication of your overall health. Some changes such as graying of hair is normal as we age. But some changes indicate lack of some nutrients or some underlying medical condition. Here some facts about your hair will make you look again at them.

We will start with some fun facts about our hairs. Most of you will be amazed to know them. These facts will also make you understand the importance of hairs for human body.

  • Hair is the fastest growing tissue of human body.
  • Hair cells in the inner ear convert sound wave into electrical signals to send them to brain.
  • In a life time the nose hair can grow up to 6 feet (2m) .
  • The body hair stop growing in length after reaching certain length while the hair on scalp continue to grow.
  • A single human hair can support up to 100g of weight.
  • An average human shed 50 to 100 strands of hair on each day.
  • Beard is the fastest growing hair on human body. It can grow up to 30 feet in a lifetime.
  • Some researches found that higher amount of body hair means more intelligence.
  • In women the sense of beauty and self esteem is found connected to their hair.
  • Hair color is used by 11% men and 75% women in America.
  • Shaving does not increase the thickness or hardness of hair, as some people believe.
  • Goosebumps in humans is an ancestral property which made them look bigger in size when they get scared of something. The only difference is that now we have shorter body hair, which makes us incapable to look bigger.

Facts for better Hair Health


  • Sulphur is the third most necessary mineral for body after Calcium and Phosphorus. Sulphur is necessary for our hair. Its deficiency can cause brittle hair. The protein keratin is made by body by using sulphur in our diet. Dietary sulphur can save your hair and make them strong.
  • Hair can also stop growing as a result of lack of blood circulation. So if you keep your weight / fat / cholesterol in check then you may have better hair.
  • Lack of vitamin B-12 can cause early graying of hair.
  • Rough or dry hair can result due to lack of lack of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism).
  • Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can also cause early graying of hair.
  • Iron deficiency can also lead to hair loss.

Body Hair and IQ are connected

Dr Aikarakudy Alias, a psychiatrist, researched on relation between a hairy body and intelligence for past 22 years and concluded that people with more body hairs are comparatively of higher intelligence. A similar study done in Kerala, India concluded the same, where hairy people were in higher proportion among the doctors and engineers while in less proportion among the labor class. Those who have more hair on back as well have comparatively higher IQ. Garry Kasparov and Charles Darwin were most famous hairy men of higher intelligence. But that does not mean that people with less or no body hair will have low IQ. Albert Einstein had no body hair.

The above information must have increased your knowledge about body hairs including the hair on your scalp. The present condition your hairs tell a lot about the nutrients that you might be lacking. Feel proud of your hairs even if they are on your back and do comment in the comments section on what you feel about body hairs.
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