Skip to main content

Three Top Nutrient Imbalances that Cause Hair Loss

 
Have you ever felt you’re lacking or hoarding on some nutrients in your daily diet? It’s quite impossible to get all the nutrition you need when you’re living a busy lifestyle, with little to no time for proper meal planning. And it’s also possible to get much of one nutrient, especially if you’re fond of eating foods loaded with it.

But your bustling life shouldn’t be an excuse to forget all about your nutrition needs. Your body needs proper nourishment not just to keep it generally healthy, but also to keep hair loss at bay.

Indeed, certain nutrient deficiencies and excesses may cause hair loss problems in both males and females. This may take place regardless of age or race.

Our post for today will highlight three common nutrient imbalances that lead to excessive hair shedding and hair loss. We give you some tips on how to overcome them as well.

Get ready to assess the foods you frequently include in your daily fare. They just might be lacking or having too much of these nutrients, and it shows on your hair!




1. Imbalanced Vitamin A Levels

Vitamin A is a nutrient known to aid in proper growth and development of the body. It also has plenty of other functions, including: 

  • Maintaining healthy vision
  • Improving the immune system
  • Keeping the reproductive system healthy

Hair is touted as the fastest-growing tissue in the entire human body. And as such, vitamin A also plays a role in its growth.

Vitamin A triggers the skin glands to secrete sebum, an oily substance that lubricates the skin and scalp. This leads to a moisturized scalp and hair that grows healthier every day.

A deficiency in vitamin A could possibly lead to hair loss. There was a study conducted on rats that showed evidence of alopecia on those who were fed a diet deficient in the vitamin.

Likewise, too much vitamin A consumption can be harmful. It can cause hair fall by hastening the hair growth cycle, reaching the end of the growth phase too quickly and leading to a massive fall-out of strands. Thinning hair will result if your body doesn’t keep up producing new hair to replace the ones who quickly fell out.



Also, an overdose of vitamin A in the body could disrupt the balance of nutrients in the blood. Vitamin A is stored in the liver, and when an excess of it occurs, the liver becomes overloaded and the vitamin spills outside into the blood circulation. This renders the excess vitamin useless as the body cannot metabolize it properly when it spills into the bloodstream. All of these ultimately end up in unhealthy hair that’s prone to breakage and shedding.

Given these facts, it is important to regulate the intake of vitamin A-rich foods such as:

  • Carrots
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Supplementation with vitamin A must always be upon your doctor’s advice. Never go beyond the prescribed dosage and length of supplementation.

2. Biotin Deficiency

Biotin belongs to the family of B-complex vitamins. It’s also known as vitamin B-7 and vitamin H.

This vitamin plays an active role in:
  • Converting carbohydrates into glucose to create energy for the body
  • Metabolizing proteins and fats
  • Aiding in the proper nervous system and liver function
  • Keeping the hair, skin, and eyes healthy 
Biotin cannot be stored in the body, as it is water-soluble.

The nutrient is naturally present in the intestines, as the normal bacterial flora residing here create the vitamin. Several foods, mostly nuts and legumes, contain small amounts of biotin in it.

 
Rarely do people who eat a balanced diet get biotin deficiency. This is due to a wide range of foods that contain the vitamin.

Biotinidase deficiency (BTD) is a rare disorder where your body finds it hard to process biotin. This ultimately leads to a deficiency of the nutrient. BTD is an inherited disorder that affects one in 60,000 babies and is carried on through adulthood.

One of the main symptoms of this illness is hair loss or alopecia. Hair thinning may eventually progress to a generalized loss of hair across all possible body areas.

See your doctor if you think you have a biotin deficiency. Apart from hair loss, other symptoms of this illness include:
  • Brittle nails
  • Infections on the skin
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
Biotin supplements are often prescribed to treat a deficiency. You may also increase your intake of the following foods: 
  • Cooked egg yolks
  • Nut butters
  • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Sardines
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Bananas
As your biotin deficiency clears up, your hair should start growing back in.

3. Iron Deficiency

Iron is an important nutrient needed for healthy hair growth. It is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Iron is found in red blood cells, which then circulate through the body to deliver oxygen to the cells.

Inadequate iron in the body is a common nutrient deficiency that causes hair loss. This is because the blood that circulates throughout the body up to the hair follicles contain less oxygen, and therefore cannot meet the requirements of your body for healthy hair growth. Hair falls out at a fast rate as a result of this.


Women are especially at risk for iron deficiency due to the monthly loss of blood from their periods. It was found out that the levels of ferritin in the blood can influence the rate of hair loss in women. If left untreated, the condition may even lead to anemia.

Your doctor may prescribe iron supplements to help bring back your iron levels on track and fight hair loss. It is also recommended to increase the intake of the following iron-rich foods:
  • Red meat
  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Oysters
  • Clams
  • Lentils
Hair loss will slowly improve once good iron levels in the blood are restored. Adequate hair growth will start again because the scalp will now receive oxygen-rich blood, thanks to proper iron levels in the red blood cells.

Wrapping it All Up


Vitamin A, iron, and biotin all play crucial roles in keeping your hair and scalp healthy. Imbalances in these nutrients may cause hair to fall due to:
  • Abnormal acceleration of the hair cycle, leading to faster hair loss than it is replaced
  • Inadequate oxygen reaching the scalp and hair
  • Inadequate amount of glucose to fuel hair growth
Adding foods rich in these three nutrients can help counter a deficiency. Conversely, reducing the intake of vitamin A-rich foods can help slow the abnormally fast hair cycle that happens with vitamin A overdose, leading to restored normalcy in hair growth rate.

It is important to see your doctor to confirm a nutritional imbalance before taking specific supplements for hair growth. Seeking consultation first ensures that a targeted supplement, dietary change, and lifestyle modification will be tailored according to your symptoms and hair fall needs.

Always remember that nutrition is important for keeping your body healthy – including your hair. So, find ways to boost your diet’s nutrition levels and get ready to see fuller hairs on your head in no time.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mintop forte 5% user review

Today i am going to share an user review about an amazing product available in India for hair regrowth.Most of the doctor's suggesting this product nowadays.You might came to know about this product if any of your friends have hair thinning & hair loss problem.I asked opinion to one of my friend who is already using this product for  last 5 months.I just sharing the important point's which i got from him.

Mintop forte 5% review: Mintop forte is an amazing product for most of the people.After 3 month of use i can notice the difference.It not only stopped my hair fall,it also helps for new hair regrowth.
Like you i also did many research before applying this into my scalp and finally i bought it.
Why i bought ?
Minoxidil is clinically proven to help re-grow hair Revitalizes hair follicles New, easy-to-use applicator
Beware of all the fake review and ads for other hair products. Minoxidil is the only stuff that has been proven to work.
How to use it ? Apply it twice a day(mo…

Dandruff and hair loss problem in banglore solved

Last 6 months because of dandruff and itchy scalp problem,I lost most of my  hair. I used many anti-dandruff shampoo available in super markets  to control my hair fall ,nothing works well. Even  natural products also not given any improvement after the use of a month. After several failure attempts i found a shampoo which removes my dandruff completely.



I talked about my problem to one of my friend who is dermatologist in banglore ,karnatka . He suggested to use a shampoo which contains ketoconazole 2% to stop dandruff and itchy scalp.He also suggested  Tarry Shine shampoo for this.

On next day I went to chennai for a business trip. Morning I went to a medical shop  and bought  Tarry Shine shampoo. My friend told don't use ketoconazole 2% regularly  (basically I won't use chemical products regularly for my hair) . So I started using this shampoo on alternative days. After 10 days all my dandruff and itchy scalp problem is cured. I used only one bottle of this shampoo ,after …

Hair loss treatment for men

Thinning hair is embarrassing and not every man wishes to shave complete hair and sport a bald look. A bald look is not wrong, but can always know if there are options to grow your hair back. Medications are available ensuring re-growth of your hair, but may include risk of side effects. Going for a natural treatment is much safer and affordable option. Baldness in men is partial or complete. The pattern of hair loss is not specific; some go bald in 15 to 20 years, while some in just 5 years. Common Reasons  Hair comprises of hair follicles under the skin's surface that the hair grows. They keep shedding and reappearing as a regular process. This hair growth, shedding, and new growth process continues throughout the life. The changes in male hormones, testosterone are one of the main causes. This is also associated with other medical conditions such as prostate enlargement, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Even age and heredity proble…

How to Use Curry Leaves for Hair Growth

Curry leaves are the popular culinary herbs and the most favored of Asian origin. Different people have different opinion about curry leaves and most consider it to be useful for hair growth. Curry leaves are renowned to boost hair growth and thereby to prevent hair loss. Curry leaves is widely used by South Indian women along with other herbs to strengthen their hair and to impart quality in them.


Ways of using Curry Leaves1. The simplest way of reaping the best benefits from curry leaves is by including them in your diet. Add fresh curry leaves or curry leaf powder to your rice, curries and dals (pulses). This not only prevents hair loss, but also helps in getting rid of other problems related to health.

2. Grind fresh curry leaves into fine paste. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk and mix well. You can apply this paste for 20-30 minutes on your scalp. Rinse it using your regular shampoo. You may repeat this twice a month.

3. Massage your scalp with fresh paste of ground curry leaves and yo…

All the fact about Hair Loss and Baldness Cures

Hair loss has become a common condition now and it affects people at some point or time of their lives. However, hair loss due to hair shaft breakage is different in comparison to the hair loss that occurs with the decrease in hair growth.Especially, the hair loss in midlife is found common in men and women and this has psychological and emotional effects.The point here is that can baldness be cured as advertised by these magical remedies.
Women hair loss is to forty percent and this may be devastating at times. Men are also not spared and they also suffer in midlife the hair loss problem, but yet are not looking bad, but in case of women, it seems to come to an end. This has made women susceptible to look for various cures to solve the hair loss problems. Thus, they are spending money in lots, besides time and there is a big lot of investment done on ineffective treatments.
Recently I read a book called The Hair Loss Cure. Here is the few points I got from the book. It is said that eve…

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a lotion that is rubbed on the scalp daily. It is available without a prescription.
The medication contains either 2% to 5% minoxidil. It is believed the stronger version is more effective. However, the stronger version also includes side effects, such as itchiness or dryness in the area it is applied. Minoxidil also shows results only on using it for several months. The balding process resumes on stopping the minoxidil treatment.

How to Use Minoxidil is an application lotion to be rubbed on the scalp. It widens the hair follicle by causing thick strands of hair. In this way, it prolongs resulting in higher and longer number of hair strands.  Though, the physiological basis is not known exactly, it has shown evidence to be effective and safe on using properly. There is hair density increase of 10% to 12%.

Remember to follow exact dosing as per the instructions. Wash your scalp using mild shampoo, before use so that your scalp and hair is dry prior to applying the minoxidi…