What Vitamin Deficiency Causes Hair Loss? 

What Vitamin Deficiency Causes Hair Loss? 

There are plenty of common myths and misnomers about what causes someone to start losing the hair on their head. While many rumors are false, there a couple of things for certain that can affect growing hair follicles. Even vitamin deficiency causes hair loss.

At Denver Hair Surgery, we’re here to set the record straight. Little do people know that one of the most significant contributors to hair loss is vitamin deficiency. But, which vitamins are at the source of all of this? And if you were to start giving yourself the proper amount of vitamins each day, would it help your hair grow back? 

Read on to find out!

What Vitamin Causes It All? 

There’s one vitamin that your body needs to continue growing a full head of hair:

Vitamin D. 

Without enough vitamin D, your hair follicles are not stimulated enough to grow new hairs. Eventually, the growth of your hair will be stunted until you start giving your body the full dose of vitamin D it needs. According to a study performed by Dermatol Online, vitamin D is the essential vitamin needed to continue with new, healthy hair growth. 

Other Risk Factors

Vitamin deficiency causes hair loss, yes. But, hair loss isn’t the only thing a lack of vitamin D can contribute to. In fact, the British Journal of Dermatology reports that a lack of vitamin D can also make you susceptible to alopecia, which is a disease responsible for creating bald patches all over your body. As an autoimmune condition, if left untreated, alopecia can lead to total hair loss as well as other symptoms that compromise the immune system. 

Thankfully, there are many ways that you can easily recover from your risk of hair loss. Vitamin D is available in a lot of different forms and supplements that you can introduce into your daily routine to form healthier habits. 

Not only will your hair thank you, but your entire immune system will be better for it!

Recovering from Risk of Hair Loss

If your doctor prescribes you a huge dose of vitamin D, there are many ways to go about fulfilling this prescription. You can take supplements or multivitamins, which will add a hefty amount of vitamin D to your body. But, those are still not enough to help your hair follicles regain all of their strength. 

Vitamin D is available in many of the foods we eat every day. If you haven’t already, consider adding the following food items to your diet: 

  • Fatty fish – especially salmon and tuna
  • Cheese
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cereal
  • Soy milk
  • Orange juice

The best way to get a strong dose of vitamin D, however, is to increase your exposure to the sun. Most people try to stay out of the sun for risk of getting sunburned (or worse, damaging your skin due to the sunlight), but staying out of the sun is not the proper solution if you are looking to keep your body healthy and happy. 

You need sunlight in order to absorb vitamin D into your body, but that doesn’t mean you need to stand outside until your skin is fried like a baked potato. We recommend taking a 15 to 20-minute walk outside on a sunny day just to enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays before they start to burn you. You can even enjoy the sun inside while standing next to an open window. 

Regrow Your Hair the Natural Way!

At Denver Hair Surgery, we have many different methods for helping our patients regrow their hair. Whether due to a medical condition, improper health, or other damage, hair can cease growing for many reasons, and it’s our duty to help you figure out the best way to get it back. 

For more information about the best solution to treat your hair loss, contact us online, or give us a call at (720) 759-2124 to speak with a friendly representative. 

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