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Low iron levels linked to hair loss – how to top up your levels of the mineral


Hair loss research is often stymied by limitations but, viewed in its entirety, conclusions can be drawn. The overarching conclusion is that hair loss is a complex phenomenon involving multiple variables. This conclusion may not seem helpful, but it is.

How to replenish the vitamin

According to Alkazraji, consuming iron rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish and green leafy vegetables can help improve low levels of iron.

There are a number of dietary decisions that can impede your iron take so are best to be avoided if you’re at risk.

According to the NHS, you should reduce your intake of tea, coffee milk and dairy to enhance iron uptake.

Foods with high levels of phytic acid, such as wholegrain cereals can also stop your body absorbing iron from other foods and pills, warns the health body.

“Large amounts of these foods and drinks make it harder for your body to absorb iron,” it explains.

General lifestyle tips to avoid hair loss

As Alkazraji explains, despite many claims certain products and treatments will help hair grow, maintaining our existing hair is extremely important.

“Consume a well-balanced diet, avoid hot styling, where possible allow hair to dry naturally and use a good shampoo and conditioner,” she advises.

Stay clear from harsh chemicals and bleaching as these can cause breakage to hair, she warns.

“Avoid styling which involves tension and pulling such as tight ponytails or braiding as these put strain upon the hair and scalp, equally avoid using elasticated ties as these can cause breakage to the hair shaft,” advises Alkazraji.

Lastly, it is important to remain guarded and vigilant as there are many sham products out there.

“The internet search engines can produce a magnitude of promising treatments, many of which can even be purchased across the internet without any professional advice,” explained Alkazraji.

She added: “Medically and financially it is important the public seek professional advice and are not lured into false promises of miracle cures.”



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