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July 15, 2013

Vitamin Deficiencies and Thinning Hair

What Does Thinning Hair Mean?

Though many people focus on their vitamin deficiencies as a cause of thinning hair, look at it a bit different. Realize that thinning hair is often a warning sign to you. In short, it often means that your body is lacking important nutrients it needs to function at its optimal, necessary level. How can this be?

Consider Vitamin D

One such example is with a vitamin D deficiency. If you are experiencing thinning hair in various areas, it may be due to a deficiency in this nutrient. Vitamin D is essential for various functions of the cell. However, when it is not there, it leads to alopecia, a term that describes hair loss.

If you have hair loss and learn that it is caused by a Vitamin D deficiency, realize that this could signal that you have the risk factors for other health ailments. That includes conditions such as the following:

• Stroke Risks
• High Blood Pressure
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Gum Disease
• Tuberculosis
• The Flu

Where is it coming from? Vitamin D deficiency is most commonly caused by the lack of sunlight exposure. Though, you may not want to have a sun tan that burns your skin, your body still needs sunlight in order to function properly. When you have a reduced amount of it, it can lead to a deficiency of Vitamin D, which may be directly related to hair loss.

What Other Deficiencies Could Be Happening?

You could have other vitamin deficiencies as well. Others that can cause hair thinning or hair loss in some men and women include the following:

• A lack of copper in the diet.
• Not enough zinc in the diet
• Lack of lysine, a type of amino acids

Most often, you can improve these vitamin deficiencies in two ways. First, work to eat whole foods. This means reducing the amount of processed foods you eat on a regular basis. Instead, eat foods that are fresh, uncooked, and otherwise natural based. This will ensure you get enough of the nutrients your body needs to avoid these vitamin deficiencies. Second, ensure you are taking a good quality vitamin each day. Look for a complete multi-vitamin formula that gives you 100 percent of the daily recommended doses of these and other nutrients.

Could it be Hormones?

Indirectly, a vitamin deficiency can cause hormone imbalances, which can lead to thinning hair. Your doctor can check to determine if you have any type of hormonal imbalance and then work to determine what that imbalance can occur. In women, hormones begin to change significantly and become out of balance by the late 30s. When this happens, you may notice either excessive growth of hair in places not normal, such as the upper lip or the chin. Additionally, some women see thinning of hair on the head. This will continue to worsen as the individual gets older.

Hormone testing can provide doctors with information about what is wrong. However, from that point, you need to consider the right treatment for your individual need. For example, some people will benefit from Low Level Laser Therapy as a tool to help slow the loss of hair. This treatment can help to reduce thinning hair or excessive hair shedding caused by these deficiencies.

If you have a vitamin deficiency and it is behind your thinning hair, do something about it. Your hair is not the most important factor here. The fact is, a lack of the right nutrients in your body will indicate other complex problems. Deficiencies put your body's overall health and well-being on the line. Find out if this is causing your thinning hair and, if it is, find a solution for replenishing your body of the necessary nutrients.