Health Q&a: Low-carbohydrate Diet And Hair Loss
Is there any link between diet and hair loss? I have been following a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet (a version of Atkins) for the past few months and although I have lost weight my hair has become thinner. Is there anything else I can do to help hair loss with either diet or treatments? THE GP Rupal Shah It sounds as though you have telogen effluvium, a common type of hair loss that can occur as a result of sudden weight loss. The good news is that it is reversible, usually within a few months. In the meantime, try to eat a balanced diet and avoid stress. Low iron levels can be linked with hair loss, so it may be worth checking that you are not anaemic. Consider seeing your GP for extra tests if the situation isn’t improving. THE NUTRITIONALTHERAPIST Melanie Brown About 10 per cent of people on carb exclusion diets experience hair loss, possibly due to a lack of nutrients like B vitamins and silica. Some believe that the 'stress’ of ketosis (the mechanism by which fat is burned) causes hair loss. When removing a major food group it is essential to replace nutrients found easily in grains and fruit and not just eat steak and cream! Take some dietary advice so you get it right. Related Articles Pull the plug on swimming pools and take the plunge in the great outdoors 10 Oct 2011 You’d be barmy to get your body embalmed 18 Oct 2011 Lifecoach: Should my child have a flu jab? 01 Nov 2011 How to keep on running 25 Oct 2011 Keep exercising in the winter months 25 Oct 2011 Would you choose the drip-fed diet to lose weight? 24 Oct 2011 THE REGISTERED DIETICIAN Nigel Denby Hair loss can be caused by a number of things including stress and anxiety, but the most likely dietary cause is a lack of iron. Your high-protien diet means you should have been eating plenty of re Continue reading >>
Does Low Carb/keto Eating Make Your Hair Fall Out?
So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot. However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would? But I needn’t have worried, they were lovely and we got to talking about the low carb diet (as I tend to do, I can’t help myself.) And she said that she only went on it for about 3 months and while she did lose weight, being in the hairdressing game, she did notice her hair become considerably thinner in that short time. Her cousin though had been low carbing for longer and lost at least half the volume of her hair. As I’ve mentioned before, it happened to me – I had visited my old Gold Coast hairdresser and she was shocked at how thin my hair had become. You could see tufts of it growing back along my hairline. And on Instagram, a lovely lady I follow, Simmy Tan, who has now shifted to Ray Peat style of eating after years of dieting, showed a photo of considerable bald patches forming on her head. (Her subsequent recovery is a great story to follow!) A quick look on the net reveals it has happened to loads of people on low carb with the explanation being that it is a response caused by metabolic or hormonal stress in the body. With some saying “don’t worry, stay on the diet, it grows back!” Are you kidding me? Keep eating in a way that stresses and damages yo Continue reading >>
Dear Masteries – 48 – Can A Keto Diet Cause Hair Loss?
, Can A Keto Diet Cause Hair Loss? — Keto Hair Please click on the video below to watch this episode of Dear Masteries. Have a weight loss, health or fitness question you’d like to ask Dear Masteries? We’d love to hear from you! Send us your letter on Facebook Messenger with your text, audio or video question. Plus, when you partner with Masteries, we’ll help you to lose weight, get more fit and healthy, and feel amazing! And, we’ll even guarantee your satisfaction with our 1-Year 100% Money-Back Guarantee – no questions asked It’s easy. With no risk. And it works. Guaranteed. Simply click here and you can see the many ways we can help you. Come back and join us again for tomorrow’s question, Adam Continue reading >>
Can Dieting Cause Hair Loss?
Are you on the Atkins Diet and now currently experiencing hair loss? You may not know it but the two are correlated. Going on any diet, especially after losing more than 20 pounds can really wreak havoc on hair growth. The hardest phase in the Atkins Diet, which is the ketogenic phase is the worst for your hair. This very low carb phase will induce ketosis where the body will turn to stored glycogen thus burning fat. As Dr. Atkins puts you on a strictly low carbohydrate diet, the body then turns to fats and other sugars in your body to maintain its regular requirement needs. Because of this low carbohydrate plan, the most prevalent side effect to this is baldness. The diet plan also limits the fruits and veggies that you take, resulting to more vitamin deficiencies which further cause hair loss. This is the reason why the Atkins Diet emphasises on adding vitamins and supplements to your daily diet. Vigorous dieting may lead you to lose out on essential nutrients and can adversely affect your regular bodily functions. So should you scrap the Atkins Diet altogether? Well, not really. If you are keen on following this method but terrified about its possible hair loss side effects, you can do something to make sure that your hair is fed with essential nutrients even while your body is on a diet. Nisim International has developed Nisim Biofactors range a shampoo, conditioner, and hair growth extract system guaranteed to minimise excessive hair loss for men or women. If you will be going on a strict diet, this herbal range will help combat hair loss. The best part about Nisim Biofactors is that it won’t interfere with your diet plan as it is not taken internally in the body. It’s just like using an ordinary shampoo, use Nisim Shampoo to deeply cleanse and feed the hair wi Continue reading >>
Can Low Carb Or Ketogenic Diets Cause Hair Loss?
A low carb diet reduces the intake of carbohydrates by eliminating foods like rice, pasta, and bread from your diet. This type of diet can also remove many fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Depending on the kind of diet selected, you may decide to eat large amounts of protein-rich foods and dairy products to replace the carbohydrate that is missing to fuel an Atkins diet. If following a high-fat dieting lifestyle for ketosis, you would need a much more significant percentage of calories from fats such as avocados, olives and coconut and MCT oil. Unfortunately, some people can complain of a low carb high-fat diet and hair falling out. Hormones change within in the body which results in metabolic stress that the body must handle. Reasons Your Hair Is Falling Out? Hair all over the body falls out every day. It is a natural process the body handles automatically. When hair falls out, it can be for many reasons. As we age, our hair strands become finer and lose pigmentation. It affects both male and female equally. Genetics play a big role in hair loss and is often unavoidable. Both males and females can expect to start slowly losing hair in their 30s and 40s. There is no rule here, and it can happen at any age even early to late 20s. Women after giving birth will have significant hormonal changes going through their body. Some women experience such drastic change that the thyroid hormone malfunctions and doesn’t produce enough thyroxine resulting in hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism effects rapid heartbeat, sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, and the condition of hair and growth. A blood test can assess the health of your thyroid gland. Losing and regaining weight over many years takes its toll on your metabolism and your hair. Long-term low-calorie diets are de Continue reading >>
Low Carb Diet & Hair Loss
Low-carb diets limit carbohydrate intake by removing foods such as bread, rice and pasta from the diet. These types of diet may also remove many fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Depending on the type of diet chosen, participants may consume large quantities of protein-rich foods, such as meats, eggs and dairy to compensate for the missing carbohydrates. A possible side effect of a low carb diet, according to After 50 Health, is hair loss. To understand how a low carb diet might cause hair loss, one should be aware of what hair is and how it grows. Hair Structure Hair is composed of two parts: the strand and the root. The root is a small bulb of living tissue that sits below the surface of the skin inside a pocket called a follicle. The follicle provides the root with nutrients and oxygen through a network of tiny blood vessels. The strand is the visible part of the hair and is non-living tissue. The strand is made of long chains of a protein called keratin and has three layers: the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair, it resembles layered scales and protects the cortex and medulla from damage. Hair Growth Hair has two growth phases: The anagen phase and the telogen phase. During the anagen, or growth, phase the hair grows steadily for two or three years. During this phase, the hair can grow as much as 1/2 inch per month, depending on heredity and other factors. During the telogen, or resting, phase the hair stops growing for up to three months. Approximately 10 percent of all hairs go into resting phase, while the remaining 90 percent stay in the growing phase. At the end of the resting period, the resting hairs go back into the anagen phase, where new hair starts growing and pushes the old hair out of the follicle. Dieting and Ha Continue reading >>
Losing Your Hair Over Pcos? Here’s My 5 Step Plan To Grow It Back
Has PCOS made your hair fall out? PCOS hair loss is one of the most distressing symptoms, and is something that many of my patients suffer from. I met Lisa* last week. She was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago and has been battling her weight and some hirsutism since then. She could manage that though. Then it got personal: PCOS started taking her hair. Her once luscious ponytail was now merely a few strands and she was starting to get bald patches on her temples. Every shower ended in heartbreak, with the tray lined with her long brown strands. “I’ve always been ‘Lisa with great hair,’ and now I’m going bald. I could deal with the weight and the few chin hairs because my hair made me feel feminine. And now I don’t even have that.” I’ve had hair-loss, but not like Lisa did. No, mine was more of a particularly bad blonding experience, which ended in my hair self-layering. That was a case of “shouldn’t have been tempted by the cheap Groupon voucher alopecia”. Entirely self inflicted. Lisa has Androgenic Alopecia. What is Androgenic Alopecia? It’s the kind of hair loss where it’s falling out at the roots. This is a really demoralising symptom of PCOS for many women, and I have huge sympathy for anyone going through it. It’s caused by the same thing that causes men get a receding hairline, androgen hormones. In women, the hair usually thins all over. But I’ve also seen it cause widening of the middle part, thinning at the temples, and thinning behind the front hairline. This article will provide an in-depth look at the cause of PCOS hair loss, but if you just want to just to get to the ‘doing’ then download my 5 Step Plan to Grow Back those Luscious Locks. It doesn’t include any ‘miracle’ shampoos or quick fixes! It’s a 5 Step Plan to Continue reading >>
Paleo For Healthy Hair
Who doesn’t want a head full of thick, shiny hair? In women, it’s a sign of beauty and radiant health, and in men it’s often considered a reflection of their masculinity – men who start to go bald often feel that their manliness is somehow threatened. Browsing the “hair care” aisle in CVS shows what modern beauty standards recommend for any kind of hair problem: endless pots, bottles, and spray cans of soaps, shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, relaxers, and styling products. But for truly healthy hair, it might be time to spend less time focusing on what you rub on your head, and more time on what you put in your mouth. Thinning Hair, Stress, and Malnourishment Look around any long-term hospital facility and you’ll see plenty of thin, brittle hair with no shine or bounce. This kind of hair thinning is a sign of extreme mental stress or physical malnourishment, and it’s not restricted to long-term inpatients. Anorexic patients see their hair become frail and brittle and fall out in huge chunks. Crash dieters are plagued by hair loss, because the cycle of binging and restricting doesn’t leave much room for proper nutrition. Thinning hair is a common aftereffect of a traumatic life event, like a death in the family or a chronic illness. This is also why so many vegans experience hair loss and brittle, dull hair – they aren’t getting enough nourishment without nutrient-dense animal products in their diet. The scientific term for this is telogen effluvium: essentially, extreme stress disrupts the normal cycle of the hair follicles, causing them to grow more slowly and spend more time resting between growing hairs. Although it can be psychologically devastating, this type of hair loss is clearly beneficial from an evolutionary perspective. If your body Continue reading >>
6 Home Remedies For Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss
6 Home Remedies for Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss Because We’ve Been There Let’s start off by saying that we’ve got personal experience with keto induced hair loss (Paola here! ). You see, a couple years back I suffered from a bout of excessive hair loss (i.e. losing roughly 1k hairs per day… yup, I counted!). And then guess what? A bad hair dye job finished it all off, and I lost two-thirds of my hair. Not fun to say the least. But guess what? After a couple months of trying everything and anything related to hair loss, I finally found a regime which worked. And within just two weeks, my hair stopped falling in chunks. It literally went form 1k to just 30-50 (at least those that I could count!). A year later, and my mane was back in full swing. And most importantly, do not despair! As you probably know already (and I know, it probably doesn’t help me saying it again!): stress also causes hair loss. So if there ever was a vicious cycle, this is it. An important note is that excessive hair loss can be caused by a thyroid malfunction, so it’s worth getting a quick workup to check that that’s not the underlying issue. Otherwise you’ve got options. So here are 6 home remedies you can try for keto induced hair loss. With an MSM supplement most definitely at the top of our list. 1. MSM If there’s one treatment for hair loss you really (and absolutely!) must try it’is a simple intake of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). And forget the scary name, it’s simply a sulfur-bearing compound naturally found (in very small amounts) in several fruits, veggies, animal products, and algae. You see, MSM helps to create several of the chemical links that you need in order to form several types of structural tissues in your body. Including connective tissues such as arti Continue reading >>
The ‘anti-balding Diet’: Can You Eat Your Way To Thicker Hair?
Thinning on top has been linked to low self-esteem, anxiety and in some cases feelings of isolation and depression. A recent study found over half of British men are willing to sacrifice a range of luxuries for a full head of hair, including a promotion and a supermodel wife. One in ten men even admitted to losing sleep over the issue. From products to procedures, there are a number of anti-balding treatments on the market. But what you put on your plate can also play a role in maintaining an enviable mane, according to experts. Trichologist Iain Sallis from Hairmedic told Express.co.uk: “Diet is a big part of hair health and if you are deficient in certain nutrients it can cause your hair to thin.” The likes of vegetarian and vegan diets eliminate food groups including dairy, meat and fish. And according to Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, a Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Private Clinic, this can be detrimental. Dr Kouremada-Zioga told Express.co.uk: “These particular food groups provide the body with key vitamins and nutrients which contribute to the growth of healthy hair. “Poor nutritional diet can also contribute to hair thinning and a scaly scalp. It is normal to lose around 100 hairs per day, however, it is often the case that vegans will lose more than this.” What should you eat to hold on to your hair? A protein-rich diet is key, according to Harley Street Trichologist Sara G Allison. Below are Dr Allison’s key foods to include in your dietary regime to boost your chances against balding. 1. Eggs Eggs are great as they contain omega 3, vitamin D, selenium (a vital mineral for hair growth), Choline, Iron, Vitamins A and B and iron. They can be poached and had with toast, included in a breakfast smoothie or even eaten hard-boiled on their own. 2. Quinoa The Continue reading >>
Does Diabetes Cause Hair Loss?
What diabetes can do to your body If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin, doesn’t use it effectively, or both. Insulin is a hormone that moves the sugar from the foods you eat from your bloodstream into your cells to be stored or used as energy. When you don’t have insulin or it isn’t used effectively, sugar can build up in your blood. That excess sugar can damage organs all over your body, including your eyes, nerves, and kidneys. It can also damage your blood vessels. These vessels carry oxygen around your body to nourish organs and tissues. Damaged blood vessels may not be able to deliver enough oxygen to nourish your hair follicles. This lack of oxygen can affect your normal hair growth cycle. Hair usually goes through three phases. During the active growing phase, which lasts for two years or more, hairs grow at a rate of 1 to 2 cm per month. Hair then goes into a resting phase, which lasts for about 100 days. After this phase, some of the resting hair falls out. Diabetes can interrupt this process, slowing down your hair growth. Having diabetes can also cause you to lose more hair than usual. That hair loss isn’t only on your head. You can lose hairs on your arms, legs, and other body parts, too. When hair regrows, it does so at a slower-than-normal rate. People with diabetes are more likely to have a condition called alopecia areata. With alopecia, the immune system attacks the hair follicles, leading to patches of hair loss on the head and on other parts of the body. Diabetes itself can lead to hair loss. You may also lose hair as a side effect of stress from living with a chronic illness, or from medicines you take to treat your diabetes. Some people with diabetes also have thyroid disease, which can contribute to hair loss. Speak wit Continue reading >>
7 Things Everyone Should Know About Low-carb Diets
Last week, my staff nutritionist Laura Schoenfeld wrote a guest post for my blog called “Is a Low-Carb Diet Ruining Your Health”. Perhaps not surprisingly, it has caused quite a stir. For reasons I don’t fully understand, some people identify so strongly with how many carbohydrates they eat that they take offense when a suggestion is made that low-carb diets may not be appropriate for everyone, in all circumstances. In these circles low-carb diets have become dogma (i.e. a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true). Followers of this strange religious sect insist that everyone should be on low-carb or even ketogenic diets; that all carbohydrates, regardless of their source, are “toxic”; that most traditional hunter-gatherer (e.g. Paleolithic) societies followed a low-carb diet; and, similarly, that nutritional ketosis—which is only achievable with a very high-fat, low-carb, and low-protein diet—is our default and optimal physiological state. Cut through the confusion and hype and learn what research can tell us about low-carb diets. On the other hand, I’ve also observed somewhat of a backlash against low-carb diets occurring in the blogosphere of late. While I agree with many of the potential issues that have been raised about low-carb diets, and think it’s important to discuss them, I also feel it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that low-carb diets can be very effective therapeutic tools for certain conditions and in certain situations. With this in mind, here are 7 things I think everyone should know about low-carb diets. #1: Paleo does not equal low-carb, and very low-carb/ketogenic diets are not our “default” nutritional state, as some have claimed. Some low-carb advocates have claimed that mo Continue reading >>
Can Low-carb Diets Cause Hair Loss?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the natural hair growth cycle means you shed between 50 and 100 hairs daily. If you're experiencing far greater shedding than this, it could be a result of outside stressors, including a dramatic change in your diet. A low-carb diet may temporarily increase the rate at which your hair sheds as your hormone levels adjust and your metabolism shifts to burning more fat. If you're not just losing hair but experiencing serious breakage or bald patches, consult your physician to determine the cause. Video of the Day Hair Growth Cycle The life of a single hair has four separate stages. The anogen phase, when your hair is actively growing, usually lasts between two and seven years. The short 10-day catagen phase is when the hair follicle shrinks and growth halts. Next is the telogen phase during which the hair rests for about three months; it stays attached to your head, but a new growth begins underneath it. The final phase is the exogen phase in which the hair finally detaches from your body and is shed. About 10 to 20 percent of your hair is in the telogen stage at any given time, while the rest is actively growing, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Low-Carb Diet Effects on the Hair Cycle Your hair's normal transition from the anagen to telogen phase is sometimes expedited due to stress. A stressful event, like the death of a loved one, certain medications, serious illness or a major dietary change can prompt more hairs to reach telogen faster, so you experience greater hair shedding than usual. This is called "telogen effluvium" and, if related to your low-carb diet, should be temporary, lasting just two to three months. It's subtle enough that others won't notice that you're losing hair; only you will see ext Continue reading >>
Low Carb Diets Causes Hair Loss (keto Side Effect)
A low carb diet reduces the intake of carbohydrates by eliminating foods like rice, pasta, and bread from your diet. This type of diet can also remove many fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Depending on the kind of diet selected, you may decide to eat large amounts of protein-rich foods and dairy products to replace the carbohydrate that is missing. A possible side effect of a diet low in carbohydrates is hair loss. To understand how a low-carb diet causes hair loss, one must understand what is hair and its growth. Hair Loss Resulting from a Low Carb Diet Hair structure Hair is composed of two parts: the root and the strand. The root is a small bulb of tissue below the skin surface within a pocket called a follicle. The follicle provides the root nutrients and oxygen through a network of small blood vessels. The strand is the visible part of the hair and is dead tissue. The strand is composed of long chains of a protein called keratin and has three layers: the cuticle, medulla, and cortex. The outside layer of the hair which is the cuticle is like scales layers and prevents the medulla and cortex from damage. Hair growth Hair growth has three phases: the telogen, catagen, and the anagen phase. During the growth phase or anagen, hair grows steadily for two or three years. During this stage, the hair can develop to about half an inch per month, depending on several factors and heredity. When the anagen phase finishes, the catagen phase begins lasting roughly ten days. In the resting phase or the telogen, the hair stops growing for a maximum of three months. Almost 10 percent of all hairs enter resting phase, while the remaining 90 percent stay in the growth phase. At the completion of the resting phase, the hair goes back to the anagen phase, where new hairs will begi Continue reading >>
Can A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss?
Hair goes through 3 stages of growth: active, resting and shedding. During dietary changes, specifically calorie restriction, hair stays longer in the resting stage, then once the body has recovered its balance hair will move rapidly into shedding before actively growing. For a few people this distortion of the cycle can make it seem like lots of hair is lost at once, when in reality it is the same amount of hair as you would normally loose but maybe a week’s hair loss (100 hairs per day) is experienced at once. Another possible cause of hair loss, or lack of active hair growth, is not eating enough protein. Aim to eating 0.6-1 gram of protein for every kilogram of lean body mass. Finally, it could also be caused by an autoimmune disease, especially hypothyroidism, which requires support from a healthcare professional. Consuming more vitamins and minerals such as zinc, biotin, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and vitamin E can also help you get stronger and healthier hair. Reducing toxins, found in most commercially available shampoos and conditioners, will also protect your hair and scalp – choose natural and organic products made from plant-based ingredients to minimize chemical exposure. Continue reading >>