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Which Vitamin Deficiencies Causes Hair Loss?

There are a few different vitamins that play an important role in maintaining a full head of hair. When your body is deficient in certain vitamins you will notice significant effects; whether it be hair loss or another symptom. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important; therefore making sure your body is absorbing all the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals is just as important. By sustaining a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet, you should be able to get the necessary amount of vitamins in your food. 

Let’s take a look at which vitamin deficiencies could be causing you to lose hair and how to fix it. 

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is the most common culprit that causes hair loss. Since Vitamin D stimulates the hair follicles and plays an important factor in maintaining the thickness of our hair, it is important that we do not let our bodies get low on this vitamin. You need to be careful of certain medications as they deplete your Vitamin D levels. Not only could you be experiencing hair loss with Vitamin D deficiency, but you might also feel fatigued, have high blood pressure, loss of bone mass, mood changes, muscle weakness, and potentially be infertile. In order to raise your Vitamin D levels you should try and eat foods that are high in Vitamin D. For example, try increasing your fish intake or include nuts, eggs, avocado, and other foods that are high in Vitamin D. I would recommend taking a Vitamin D supplement and increasing your sun exposure to a healthy amount. 

Depending on why your body is deficient in Vitamin D, you might have to speak with your physician to figure out an alternative solution on why your body is being depleted of this vitamin in the first place. 

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is known for keeping your locks healthy while supporting the immune system, skin, bones, and reproductive system. If your body is running low on Vitamin A you could also experience hair loss. Another interesting fact is if your body is consuming too much Vitamin A, you could also experience hair loss. If you notice high toxicity in your body, you could be consuming too much Vitamin A. You might also notice your eyes and skin are drier then usual as this is a sign you are deficient in Vitamin A or your intake is too high. An easy fix for Vitamin A deficiency is consuming more red, yellow, and green vegetables as well as dairy products. Again, certain medications could be the main cause of why your body is diminishing these vitamins faster then they should be. 

 

Iron

Do you feel tired or anxious? Maybe you suffer from restless leg syndrome or you have odd cravings? Iron is crucial in order for our bodies to function properly. When you have an iron deficiency your body will go in survival mode. Iron is essential in directing oxygen to our organs and sending nutrients to our hair follicles. If you are experiencing any iron-deficient symptoms, you should increase your intake of Vitamin C foods like berries, poultry, and leafy greens as well as take an iron supplement. You do not want your body to be depleted of iron for too long or you could experience more severe symptoms then hair loss. 

If you are wondering how you can pinpoint which vitamin you are deficient in, ask your doctor to do a simple blood test. The blood test will help determine which vitamin you need and you can figure out the best approach moving forward. Sustaining a healthy lifestyle goes a long way but regular check-ups at the doctor’s office are also recommended.

Have you experienced a vitamin deficiency, and if yes, how did you handle it? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Sources:
  • https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/iron-deficiency-signs-symptoms#section8
  • https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-deficiency
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