What your Hair  is REALLY trying to tell you: from low IRON levels to PROTEIN deficiency


Hair loss ? What your Hair  is REALLY trying to tell you: from low Iron levels to protein deficiency

  • Your hair can often show off the results of a diet low in iron and good sources of animal protein.
  • Hair loss can be a sign of a poor diet and bad digestion, or crash dieting.
  • Nutritional deficiencies affect the overall density of the hair shaft, which can make the hair become weak and brittle.
  • A simple blood test can tell you if you have an iron or protein deficiency
  • Treatment for Iron deficiency can be Oral or intravenous

Your hair might be telling you many things from low iron and deficiency of good sources of animal protein. From a ponytail getting thinner, more brittle hair or your hair not growing as quickly or as long as it used to.

iron may not only play a role in hair loss, but it may cause hair to fall out in a fashion similar to that of genetic male- and female-pattern baldness. Hair follicles are made up of cells that require hemoglobin as well, which means that low iron levels often result in hair falling out and slow hair growth. When you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t produce the hemoglobin in your blood. Hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that stimulate hair growth. With treatment, you can help reverse both the iron deficiency and the hair loss.

The skin on the scalp is an extension of the skin on your face. It’s covered with 120,000 hair follicles which are in an activated state of growing and hungry for iron, proteins and essential oils. hair cells are the second fasting growing cells in the body, they are dependent on every part of the body working synergistically and optimally together to provide the best possible hair growth.

Hair loss or thinning is a common consequence of somebody who does not provide the hair follicles with the correct amount of nutrition they require to function at the optimal level.


if you have any scalp issues, such as persistent flaking, oiliness or itching, you will see some improvement if you start shampooing more frequently along with Iron an essential Amino acids( the building blocks of protein).

The hair growth cycle will most often be the first thing to be affected in the setting of Iron deficiency and the last thing to recover when you have it

Telogen Effluvium – or excess hair shedding – is the hair loss pattern you are most likely to see. With abrupt metabolic changes in the body, hair loss can start in few days, though it might start a few weeks or two to three months after the change. Normally 10 percent of the hairs on a scalp are in the resting telogen stage, but in metabolic hair loss, 20 to 50 percent of the follicles are in the telogen stage, leading to increased hair loss. Medically, the condition is called telogen effluvium.

However, long-term most nutritional deficiencies can also cause poor quality new hair, as the hair is not being replaced “like for like”. Nutritional deficiencies affect the overall density of the hair shaft, which can make the hair become weak and brittle.

If you’re not a fan of meat and fish sources of iron, then make sure your hair is getting the adequate nutrients by opting for some eggs, pulses and beans and whole grains in your diet.

Add foods high in vitamin C to your diet. These foods allow your body to absorb iron in a more efficient manner. Be sure to eat more oranges, strawberries, melons, broccoli, and tomatoes.


Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are related to decreased oxygen delivery to the body and may include:

  • Unusual paleness
  • Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss


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