I don’t mind telling you that in the last 5 or 6 years, my once long, thick, and (in my own mind) luxurious hair started to get dry, brittle and thin. No, really thin, as in falling out. The worse it got the more concerned I became. I started taking B vitamins, ate more jello, bought some better shampoo, stopped using certain hair ties, but nothing really helped. It was a losing battle, literally.
And if the hair loss wasn’t worrisome enough, I suffered from much more joint pain over the last year and I seemed to become more injury prone. I gotta be honest with you, at first I chalked it up to getting older because that’s what happens right? Or so we’ve been told and so I just thought it was normal. I’m losing a little hair and my joints are achy, so what? I just have to set my alarm a half an hour earlier so I can hobble to the bathroom and then say a prayer that I’d be able to run…..without a cane.
If you read my blog you may know that I also suffer from allergies and based on that fact I recently had some food allergy testing. I found out that I was allergic to wheat and soy and a few other things. My body reacts by attacking the allergen and then by producing histamines. The histamines cause an allergic reaction resulting in sneezing and itchy, watery eyes among other things, so it is better for me to avoid them.
Based on the food allergy findings and the fact that vitamin deficiency is common in patients who have them, my doctor decided to test me for vitamin deficiencies as well. She said that in people with food allergies that have gone undiagnosed for long periods of time, the stomach can be damaged and has a hard time absorbing vitamins and she felt that might be the problem. Turns out I do have a Vitamin D deficiency.
Did you know that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and even multiple sclerosis and from what my doctor said, it’s a common deficiency! It also causes thinning hair and joint pain. Go figure! And I thought I was just getting old.
So for almost a month now I’ve been taking vitamin D and Magnesium supplements (because Magnesium is essential for you to get the benefits of Vitamin D). It may take several months to get back up to the levels I should be at but I can already feel a slight difference. I’m nowhere near where I should be, but I do sort of feel like a superhero some days.
Unfortunately, we do tend to lose a little hair as we get older and we also tend to suffer from achy joints and we might also have a little more soreness than we used to, but don’t just chalk that up to getting old. Get it checked out.
Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent and it can have series effects on your health. My tests revealed almost no traceable evidence of Vitamin D! I wish I would have known about this sooner because it may take a full year for my hair to start to recover.
You can go here to find out about the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. I am not expert and only your doctor can tell you if you are deficient but if you feel you may be, get tested.
Now, my joints are feeling jumpy so I’m going for a run!
Do you have any vitamin deficiencies that you’re aware of?
Do you have food allergies?
Ever been tested for either of these things?