When looking at Iron in the body, it seems so simple, you are either in the acceptable medical range or not. But there is a lot more to iron. Iron is an essential element for blood production. About 70 percent of your body’s iron is found in the red blood cells of your blood called hemoglobin and in muscle cells called myoglobin. Hemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues.
The immune system is dependent on iron for its efficient functioning and physical and mental growth require sufficient iron levels, particularly important in childhood and pregnancy, where the developing baby solely depends on its mother’s iron supplies.
Iron Studies and Hair Loss, the full picture:
- Transferrin or Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
- Transferrin Saturation
Iron is lost by the body through a variety of ways including urination, defecation, sweating, and exfoliating of old skin cells. Bleeding contributes to further loss of iron which is why women have a higher demand for iron than men. If iron stores are low, normal haemoglobin production slows down, which means the transport of oxygen is diminished and can result in symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and lowered immunity.
When faced with hair loss, hair thinning or autoimmune disorders, your total iron picture is very important. It may seem ‘normal’ in the medical world to support essential body functions, but may be out of order with highs and lows that affect the quality of hair growth, hair regrowth and autoimmune conditions. Iron deficiency does not always appear as a simple low iron level, all elements of iron studies and associated nutritional levels need to be considered and be within a normal range to support the immune system, the body and last but not least, the hair, skin and circulation.
Absolique Trichologist is finding many highs and lows in many client’s blood work indicating lowered immunity and poor storage not only of iron but of all the other associated minerals and vitamins. The human body is very complex and requires and equilibrium to function as designed.
At Absolique Hair Health Clinic we are holistic in our approach, therefore need to understand all symptoms and causes to help advise the best hair loss treatments for your individual circumstances, and the total blood work is becoming a very important part of understanding your body, your body reactions and achieving results, as that is always our focus.
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