This is a special announcement for all you ladies out there.Get your blood levels checked regularly
at the doctors office.
No I dont mean get your blood pressure taken, I mean get blood tests done.
Winter of my college freshman year I went in for a much needed physical exam. Seeing as I had been on blood coagulators months before, my nurse decided to perform a blood test to make sure all was ok.
She hands the blood results to the DR who looks at the test and says the iron level is awfully low, I don't think you got enough blood do it again.
Nurse repeats the blood test, this time making sure she nearly fills the tube and the DR looks at her again and says are you doing this right?
DR orders a full blood test and much to our surprise. The readings were correct
my Iron level just really sucked.
I was coached on foods that are rich in iron and advised to take iron supplements. While on them, I noticed my hair was growing drastically. I received complements on how healthy and strong my hair look. It had been brought back to life. And when I stopped taking it out of laziness my hair reverted right back to hair loss/breakage (iron levels dropped below normal range again). So here I am back on them again - I hope Im not forgetful or catch the "-itis" againThe Background:
- Iron deficiency is caused by either of lack of iron in diet, your body cant fully absorb it, or major blood loss
- Low iron levels can lead to anemia
- Anemia, a
reduction of red blood cells, that is often an undiagnosed cause of hair
women. (thats right undiagnosed means you dont even know you have it. this may be due to a lack of symptoms or that you/DR cant relate the symptoms and dismiss it as something else)
- Without enough iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin, a
substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. As a
result, iron deficiency anemia may leave you tired, weak and pale.
- Iron deficiency is detected by blood work which measure the amount of ferritin in the blood. Ferritin is a protein that plays an important role in iron storage. As a general rule, the less
ferritin in the blood, the less iron a body has stored up.
- Low iron levels can cause you body to literally stop producing hair
- Women are more prone to Anemia than men.
- Iron levels usually dip lower than usual around the time of your menstrual cycle whether before, during, after or any combo of the 3. This is because some women are heavy menstruation, hence there is major loss of blood
- pica ( an appetite
for non-nutritive substances: metal, soil, chalk, paper or abnormal appetite for ice, raw potatoes or rice, etc...)
- brittle nails
- weakened immune system
- pale skin or weakness
- difficulty breathing
- irregular heartbeat
- cold hands/feet.. or you constantly feel cold
- pricking, pin & needles sensations
- skin crawling/ tingling skin sensations
- Eat iron rich foods regularly for prevention/treatment
- If you do test positive for iron deficiency, dont just go out and buy an iron supplement unless directed by your physician. Excessive amounts of Iron can accumulate in the body and cause more harm then good such as increased risk to cancer and heart disease
- Take Vitamin C with Iron Supplements. Vitamin C helps your body absorb more Iron effectively
- Tannins and polyphenols (found in tea and coffee), execessively high fiber content, and spinach prevent your body your body from absorbing iron. So dont consume them together. Wait a few hrs before consuming any of these
- Iron supplements are not a cure for baldness. It prevents/reverses hair loss/breakage caused by lack of iron.
Though long, I hope you all (mostly ladies) benefited from this..