Stop and Reverse Magnesium Deficiency Hair Loss

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Hair Loss and Other Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is a major biochemical cause of hair loss in women. It affects the thyroid, metabolism, the heart, nervous system, muscular-skeletal system, digestive system and more. Magnesium deficiency is call, Hypomagnesia. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

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Thinning at your hair part is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

  • Hair turning gray or white, especially prematurely.
  • Thinning of the hair.
  • Partial hair loss.
  • Massive hair loss.
  • Facial hair growth (in women).
  • Anxiety.
  • Asthma.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • Depression.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • High blood sugar.
  • Leg Cramps.
  • Persistent nausea.
  • Severe PMS.
  • Vertigo.

Note: You may not suffer from all of these symptoms, but if you have one or two symptoms as well as any type of hair loss, a magnesium deficiency could be the culprit.

Prematurely graying strands of hair can be the first sign of magnesium deficiency.

Common Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

  • Magnesium deficiency is more common than most of us think, as we are getting less nutrients from the soil thanks to industrial agricultural practices.
  • Water treatment plants remove the unwanted lead, pesticides and nitrates from our drinking water, but at the same time they remove magnesium and other desirable minerals like calcium and magnesium that our bodies need. This means drinking water is not as mineral-rich as it used to be.
  • Gluten-intolerant individuals, or those suffering from leaky gut syndrome, may not be able to absorb magnesium and thus suffer from a magnesium deficiency.
  • Antibiotics deplete stores of magnesium in the body.
  • Antacid consumption disrupts the proper absorption of magnesium in the body.
  • Drinking too much alcohol causes a depletion of magnesium in the body.
  • Supplemental calcium and foods with added calcium can cause hair loss because calcium needs to maintain a balance with magnesium.
  • Washing your hair in hard water may cause your hair to become magnesium deficient, resulting in thinning hair

Industrialized agricultural practices have depleted the soil of magnesium an other nutrients.

Steps to Stop and Reverse Magnesium Deficiency

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    Make sure you are getting enough magnesium.
    The recommended daily dose for adult males is 270 to 400 mg a day while teens and adult females need 280 to 300mg a day. If you have been diagnosed with a deficiency, your doctor might recommend a supplement of 535 mcg of magnesium chloride a day as a therapeutic dose. If you are severely deficient, you might be given magnesium intravenously over a period of 3 hours. {
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    Don't drink more than one alcoholic drink a day.
    Alcohol interferes with the breakdown of nutrients and the absorption of magnesium into the bloodstream. A drink is considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor.
    Limit your alcohol consumption to one drink a day to prevent hair loss due to magnesium deficiency.
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  3. 3
    Limit your caffeine intake.
    Drinking coffee sabotages your body's ability to absorb both calcium and magnesium, causing symptoms of magnesium deficiency and possible hair loss.
    Drinking coffee can cause magnesium deficiency.
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  4. 4
    Consume bone broth.
    Bone broth is a kind of meat broth that your grandmother used to make. Bone broth is made by stewing the bones of chicken or beef in boiling water, making a soup that is rich in minerals and beneficial amino acids, such as glutamine, that helps deliver calcium and magnesium in proper amounts into your body. Bone broth can also help cure leaky gut syndrome, which is also related to magnesium deficiency and hair loss.
    Bone broth is a good source of magnesium and other minerals essential for healthy hair growth.
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  5. 5
    Eat fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
    Fermented foods introduce beneficial bacteria into your digestive system that help keep it healthy and helps with the absorption of calcium and magnesium into your body. This in turn, helps prevent hair loss.
    Fermented foods like sauerkraut help your body absorb magnesium and prevent hair loss.
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  6. 6
    Eat pumpkin seeds.
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of the richest sources of magnesium you can eat.
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are a tasty source of magnesium.
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  7. 7
    Add more cooked spinach to your diet.
    Raw spinach can deplete calcium levels in your body, so it's important to eat it cooked, which also increases the bioavailability of the iron in the spinach that is also beneficial for hair growth.
    Cooked spinach is a good source of magnesium and iron; both minerals encourage hair to grow.
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  8. 8
    Make quinoa and millet your main grains.
    These whole grains are richer in magnesium than other grains and is a great treatment for magnesium deficiency.
    Millet bread is an excellent source of magnesium.
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  9. 9
    Eat more wild halibut.
    Halibut baked in milk in the oven will provide you with a proper balance of calcium and magnesium needed to stop hair loss and boost your hair growth.
    Halibut is an excellent source of magnesium and is also a rich source of protein.
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  10. 10
    Eat almonds as a snack.
    Just seven or eight almonds a day can provide you with ample amounts of magnesium as well as the good omega 3 fats that hair follicles need to grow healthy hair.
    Almonds are a balanced source of calcium and magnesium and help regrow hair.
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    Eat sunflower seeds as a snack.
    Sunflower seeds, especially organic ones, are a good source of calcium and magnesium and if they are salted, they are also a good source of iodine, which helps keep a thyroid compromised from a magnesium deficiency, balanced[.
    Sunflower seeds nourish the thyroid with iodine and magnesium and prevent hair loss.
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  12. 12
    Eat dark chocolate.
    Dark chocolate is a rich and tasty sauce of magnesium. Be sure to buy chocolate that is soy-free and GMO-free.
    Dark chocolate is a delicious source of magnesium.
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  13. 13
    Apply magnesium oil to your skin or scalp every day.
    You can buy magnesium oil as a spray and apply it every day to areas of hair loss. You can make your own magnesium oil at home by mixing ½ cup magnesium chloride flakes with ½ cup boiling water - purified or distilled water, Allow it to cool, and then put it in a glass spray bottle.
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  14. 14
    Take baths in Epsom salts.
    Epsom Salts are actually magnesium sulfate flakes. Add a cup of Epsom salts to a warm bath to allow the mineral to be absorbed through your skin.
    Espom salts are an excellent source of magnesium that can be absorbed through the skin.
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    Avoid dying, perming or straightening your hair until your magnesium levels are normal.
    These chemical processes weaken the roots of already distressed hair follicles and will cause your hair to fall out faster.
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you are using magnesium oil on your hair, use more conditioner on your hair as it will leave crystals on your hair that may cause it to curl.
  • Applying magnesium oil to your hair after every shampoo may help restore color to gray or white hair
  • You are most at risk for hair loss due to depleted magnesium after taking a round of antibiotics, so make sure to take supplements and pay extra special attention to your diet for at least three months after taking them.
  • Bone broth is now available at many gourmet butcher shops saving you the trouble of having to make it yourself. Be sure to buy bone broth that is made from pasture-fed animals for best results.
  • When you supplementing with magnesium you may find yourself sleeping better at night.
  • Some people find there is less need for deodorant when they are supplementing with magnesium.

Questions and Answers

I'm 87 now, for about 2 years, hair is falling with every brush or combing. Have Heart issues, so take a bunch of Magnesium. Threonate as well as the oil to rub on belly?

Thought I just did! Take NO PHARMA at all, handle my 5 chronic diseases with non-toxic vitamins, minerals and amino acids for Heart, COPD, Arthritis and Alzheimers of 12 to 15 years. Doing fine over all. My hair is long, pretty and healthy, but is falling. I believe it is a lack of something I don't know about or I am not doing it right.

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It looks like I have ALL of the symptoms on the list here,?

It looks like I have ALL of the symptoms on the list here, and my income is very low so I have been living poorly for many years. I have to be frugal in all of my shopping, in fact, it took me many moths to manage to buy a used mattress for my bed! any low cost options for improving my health and my hair would be good. I have lupus, leaky guy, and allergy to wheat, rice and avoid all grains. I have tried: I have not found much help, I took prenatal vitamins for a while since they are full of good things, but my hair is continuing to fall out and break. I am almost 62 years old. I think it was caused by: Poverty, obviously, and possibly tramadol I take for chronic pain

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Hello Donna. I began loosing my hair when I was 48 and going through a divorce. I went to a doctor and he said I had alopecia. I am now 69 and my hair has become very thin. My daughter who is 48 , is going through hair loss. No divorce. What to do. I am so embarrassed?

Hello Donna. Have had hair loss since 48. Went to Dr. Who told me I have alopecia. I am now 69 and have very thin hair. What to do. It really has hurt my self esteem. Thank You

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Do I have to ask my doctor to test me for magnesium deficiency first or can I still take a supplement?

I am currently suffering from hair thinning and hair loss I have used several products and have had many tests done but up to date I still don't have any answers. I also have a problem with facial hair (I am female), poor memory, irritable and depressed. I cannot lose weight and often get heart palpitation, please help, regards. I have tried: Different shampoo's for hair loss and tablets. I think it was caused by: Stress mostly I think, all of the tests that have been done were negative including goiter etc.

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