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When you get your blood test results back you should be looking at the ferreting and not just the iron. The problem is that most gp's don't explain blood test results to their patients and when you go back home it's all simply medical terminology and a heap of numbers which at the end of the day don't mean much.

More people are now finding out that their iron stores need to stay above 70 for at least 3 months to see a significant decrease in the shedding rate and for hair in the growing phase to be restored to its normal rate.

What a lot of people dont know is that levels need to be between 125 - 150 for optimal metabolic and liver detoxification functioning. Your liver is an important organ and if it's not working at an optimum level then that can make you feel sluggish and lack energy among other things too. Low energy, dry skin, dull hair, sensitivity to the cold, difficulty in swallowing, pale complexiong, heart palpitations and breathlessness can all be common when it comes to iron deficiency. Not every person will have all those symptoms, but it is possible to have some or all.

In my case i could understand being low in iron if i was vegetarian or had a bad diet. But i cook my own meals, rarely eat take away, i eat meat virtually daily, i have my fruit and veg too. So for me it's a big mystery to find out how this could have happened.

Some people can have a system which is simply poor at absorbing iron, but it can also be connected to your digestive system, your liver, your spleen as all your bodily organs are interconnected and work like a machine. If one organ isn't functioning at the correct level then it affects production of all the other organs.

The other factor is that of all the vitamins and minerals you consume, your body uses up what it needs and your hair gets the leftovers. If there are no vitamins/minerals or insufficient of them left over then your hair gets an insufficient amount or zero.

Since initially seeing my trichologist and starting on this super powerful supplement, my levels have gone up by 20. I have just over one month to go on the supplement but i doubt i'll be up to 70 by then so i can see myself being on this supplement for a bit longer. If my body can't get to 70 or is struggling, my trichologist will have to find out why this is happening. Some people lack enzymes for food digestion and this causes iron and even other vitamins to not get absorbed properly so in that case i may need an enzyme supplement when eating meals. On the other hand it could be poor liver function, which again could be due to poor digestion if that's what i have.

My issue is that my previous gp and my current gp have never been able to explain any of this to me. They are all simply clueless or simply not educated when it comes to this matter. I'm glad i found someone who specialises in this or i would hate to think what would have become of me and my hair.

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