Intro to Vitamin A and Perimenopause Hair Loss
Perimenopause is marking the end of the reproductive years in which your body makes the natural transition to menopause. Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is also called the menopausal transition. It is a biological process all women eventually go through.
Women start perimenopause at different ages. Some notice signs, such as irregular periods, in their 40s and some as early as their mid-30s.
The level of estrogen rises and drops irregularly during perimenopause. Estrogen and progesterone are responsible for keeping the hair in the growing phase, allowing it to grow faster and stay on the head longer.
When estrogen and progesterone levels drop, it triggers an increase in male hormones called androgens, responsible for shrinking hair follicles.
With a decrease in estrogen and progesterone and an increase in androgens, the result can be a slowing in hair growth and an increase in hair loss.
Hormonal in nature, as your body resets from childbearing, many other things are going on that may be exacerbating the hair loss, especially in the cascade of hormonal fluctuations!
Many overlook how important vitamin A is to our body, including our hair and skin.
Vitamin A is essential for cells to grow. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body, therefore, vitamin A helps hair grow. Skin glands also use vitamin A to produce sebum. Sebum keeps the scalp moisturized and hair healthy.
During your perimenopause period, you must do all the right things to ensure the health of your hair follicles to maximize hair growth.
Vitamin A and Perimenpause Hair Loss
Before you continue reading, it’s important to note that we are not medical professionals, so we don’t give medical advice or make claims.
The most common sign of vitamin A deficiency is the inability to see in low light called xerophthalmia. If left untreated, it may cause blindness.
A long-term deficiency of vitamin A can also lead to a higher risk of respiratory diseases and infections. It can also cause anemia (a condition in which the red blood cells do not supply enough oxygen to the body).
Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods and is added to some foods, such as milk. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin A by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
1. Some types of fish, such as herring and salmon
2. Beef liver and other organ meats
3. Green leafy vegetables and other green, orange, and yellow vegetables, such as spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and winter squash
4. Fruits, including cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots
5. Dairy products, such as milk and cheese
It’s important to know that an excessive intake of vitamin A can cause hair loss.
Conclusion to Vitamin A and Perimenopause Hair Loss
If you are concerned with your vitamin A levels, contact your doctor to have your levels checked.
The best defense against hair loss is to eat various nutrient-dense foods. To ensure you are growing your best hair possible, you must use gentle, natural, and nourishing hair care products. Make sure they are SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free and chemical-free and nasties free.
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