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What nutritional deficiencies cause hair loss?

A lot of people assume the worst when they are losing their hair; they think they must be suffering from an irreversible condition. In reality, sometimes nutritional deficiencies caused by changes in lifestyle (like dieting, exercising, or not doing enough of either) are the real cause of hair loss.

Here are some of the common causes and types of nutritional deficiencies that often result in hair thinning and the loss of hair:

  • Lack of protein: Hair is made up of a series of proteins, especially one called keratin. It makes sense, then, that a lack of protein could result in significant hair loss. If you’ve recently cut protein from your diet (for weight loss or otherwise), you may try eating more eggs, nuts, poultry, seafood, or meat to avoid hair loss or hair thinning.
  • Low iron levels: Another common nutrient deficiency that causes hair loss is having below average iron levels. Iron helps carry oxygen through your bloodstream – the less blood flowing through your head, the longer time it will take to grow your hair and the more shedding will likely result. If you find yourself weak, overly tired, or abnormally pale, you may have an iron deficiency that could result in hair loss.
  • Too small calorie/nutrient intake: It’s great that you want to take charge of your fitness, but if you diet irresponsibly, you might lose your hair and other vital vitamins and nutrients. If you consume too few calories or drastically drop your calorie intake, your body may go into “starvation mode,” where the body puts all of its focus and energy into maintaining life-sustaining organs. This means that without enough calories, your body may stop supporting hair growth in favor of protecting your kidney or heart. Always be sure to consult a dietician before dieting in order to avoid adverse side effects like hair loss.

If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, it’s important to contact a doctor to discuss medical treatment.

Some of these conditions can be moderated, but if you are permanently suffering from any of the above conditions, you may need a more long-term solution. Hairline Ink provides the only, completely permanent hair loss fix. You are only one or two treatments away from never having to worry about hair loss concerns again. Call our office today at (585) 250-0835 to schedule a consultation.

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