Saturday, December 1, 2018

Iron deficiency may have an effect on hair loss and growth


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Iron Deficiency and hair loss

Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss

Hair loss can be caused by various factors in life. It can be caused by medications, stress, nutritional intake, or a variety of reasons. If you are experiencing hair loss & protein treatments are not working to correct the problem, you may want to see your physician to get a health check-up. A doctor may need to check to see if you are getting a sufficient amount of nutritional vitamins that are needed for you to have a healthy body, hair, skin, and nails.
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The hair follicles can die from lack of nutrition causing hair loss.


If the body experiences extremely high levels of stress or lack of an adequate amount of nutrition it will trigger survival mode. This means the body will save nutrients for vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, etc.)  instead of, using it for the hair, nail, & skin. This leaves the hair malnourished and began to cause extreme hair breakage. The hair follicles can die because of this lack of nutrition causing hair loss.

Effects Of A Lack Of Iron

Check your eating habits and recheck it again, because you may be lacking just a few vitamins. Sometimes the lack of proper vitamins doesn't show up until later. According to the World Health Organization, as much as 80 percent of the world’s population may have an iron deficiency. Lack of iron effects a lot of women, especially in childbearing age. It is called iron deficiency Anemia. Research shows that "If you do not have enough iron, your body makes fewer and smaller red blood cells. Then your body has less hemoglobin, and you cannot get enough oxygen." As we all know oxygen is important to live.

Iron is an important factor in producing hemoglobin. It is a protein that helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissue. Without an adequate oxygen supply, you can become fatigued and it can lead to anemia. This can cause your vital organs, hair, nails, and skin to suffer. At first, symptoms can go unnoticed because its only a mild deficiency in iron levels, but it is important to see a doctor before it becomes worst.

Livestrong  state: "Along with hair loss, iron deficiency anemia may occur with symptoms such as pale skin, fatigue, headaches, irritability, cold hands and feet, brittle nails, poor appetite, and weakness."

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Lack Of Iron can Effect Your Hair growth Cycle

Lack Of Iron can Effect Your Hair growth Cycle

Some hair stages for Growing long and healthy hair are Anagen (growing), Catagen (intermediate), and Telogen (resting and shedding). Hair goes through a variety of stages. One stage is Telogen which is when the hair sheds. If the scalp is in an unhealthy state, malnourished (a lack of proper iron and other vitamins), it will stay in this shedding stage for a prolonged amount of time. According to Everyday Health, "Stress is known to be a trigger for telogen effluvium and risk factors that can cause this type of stress include:
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • A significant physical injury
  • Getting  Vaccinations 
  • Malnutrition from an unhealthy diet or excessive fad dieting
  • Antidepressants"

Foods High in Iron

Try to eat foods high in iron or if your doctor suggests an iron pill, follow the directions carefully. Here are a few foods that are high in iron.

  • Liver
  • Spinach
  • Red Meat
  • Broccoli
  • Turkey
  • Pumpkin seeds
 Sometimes people take iron & don't have enough vitamin C to absorb the iron. So if you are experiencing hair loss; & the oils & protein don't work, you may need to see a doctor to see if there are any vitamin deficiencies or illnesses that need to be taken care of. Keep your body properly nourished, so it won't need to go into survival mode. Be safe with your body & hair !!

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Author: Arica  Hart (Arica G) is Founder and Editor of  Inveigle Magazine. She created a premiere Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty Magazine to entice you towards positive change and increase the quality of life. With Arica's love for writing and informing the Universe about a variety of topics, Inveigle Magazine was born. Follow us @ Twitter & on FB . Follow me on LinkedInView more articles by Arica Hart

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