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Health Q&a: Low-carbohydrate Diet And Hair Loss

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 >>

Supplements And The Ketogenic Diet

Supplements And The Ketogenic Diet

When I first started eating a Ketogenic Diet, I researched as much as I could. For some reason, I think I thought that the more knowledge I had, the more successful I would be. Honestly, I don’t know if that is the case. But I do know, that I gained a ridiculous amount of Keto knowledge in a relatively short period of time. I gathered information from books, from internet articles and from Social Media. You know what I found? Everyone had a different answer for everything! But the one thing I found that every self-proclaimed Keto expert (and I’m joining in now) agreed upon, was vitamins & supplements. The Ketogenic Diet is a great diet. I love it. I plan on following this way of eating forever. That being said, the shortcoming with the Ketogenic Diet, is that it is very hard to get all the vitamins and electrolytes that your body needs strictly through diet alone. Yes, it can be done. But the amount of planning and calculating that would need to go into getting your micronutrients aligned with your macronutrients would drive a person bat shit crazy. So enter the world of supplements! And while most Keto’ers agree that you need to supplement vitamins and electrolytes, there isn’t much agreement on what or how or how much. So, with this blog post, I thought I would go over important elements that should possibly be included into your Ketogenic Diet. I will do my best to give some explanations as to why you need certain things, what kinds of side effects you might feel if you are lacking certain things and how to go about adding it to you diet. In addition, I’ll share a little about my supplement routine and how and why I came up with it! I don’t plan on getting science-y. I’ll keep it pretty basic and make the headings easy to see. So feel free to read all t Continue reading >>

Does Low Carb/keto Eating Make Your Hair Fall Out?

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 >>

4 Month Update On My Ketogenic Diet

4 Month Update On My Ketogenic Diet

My next 90 Day Keto Challenge starts soon. Would you like to join me? It includes weekly webinars, meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here. Did you notice that I took off the word “experiment” in the title? I’ve decided this is no longer an experiment, meaning something that is temporary and only done for a trial period. After the life altering health improvements I’ve experienced, I’ve decided that this is my new way of life. Who would ever want to go back to feeling miserable all day and night? This month, along with my normal report of health improvements and challenges, I’ve included some Frequently Asked Questions that I have been getting recently. In some ways, month four was quite different from months one through three. The biggest difference was that my weight loss slowed considerably. I also started to exercise a lot more, incorporating weight lifting and lots more walking. In most other ways, month four was business as usual for my keto life: I continued to experience health benefits and improvements, plus I’ve noticed even more. The slowed weight loss did begin to play mind games with me, since my weight loss up to this point had been relatively effortless. I had times where I questioned if I was doing something wrong, if I might be sliding back into old habits and underestimating portions, if this wasn’t working any more, if I’d ever be able to lose any more weight, etc. A friend pointed out that I was addicted to big scale losses! And she was right. What I had to realize was that since I added three times per week weight training, plus I was walking a couple of miles per day (my car broke down and I had to walk everywhere), the slowed weight loss was likely due to body composit Continue reading >>

Hair Loss And Exante: Why Exante Isn’t Causing Your Hair Loss

Hair Loss And Exante: Why Exante Isn’t Causing Your Hair Loss

So stressed that your hair is falling out? We know diets can be stressful but we also don’t believe they should make your hair fall out! Here at Exante HQ we receive numerous queries relating to hair loss, particularly when people are on our Total Solution plan. So, as always we want to ensure we’re listening to all of you lovely people and helping you understand what might be causing hair loss while on your new weight loss plan. A biotin deficiency can often lead to hair loss, therefore biotin is a vitamin that is commonly recommended for hair growth. Therefore there are many biotin supplements out there aimed to prevent hair loss or thinning. This is why we’ve included biotin in our products as we know the importance of healthy hair (and skin) as well as a healthy lifestyle. So what is causing my hair loss? We are all aware of the benefits of a low-calorie diet, how it can reduce body fat and in turn reduce the risks of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, this rapid reduction in calories can also stimulate other changes in our body which are less desirable. The British Thyroid foundation discusses that many different conditions may lead to hair loss; some hair loss is part of normal life. Women after childbirth and at the time of the menopause can lose hair and almost every man will lose some hair by the time of reaching adulthood. Elderly males and females will develop baldness of various degrees, which is largely determined by genetic factors. Along with this, human scalp hair does not grow continuously. Studies demonstrate that calorie restrictive diets can inhibit thyroid function, and it is thyroid function that is linked to our hair health. The thyroid is your body’s center for hormone regulation and if there is a Continue reading >>

Zinc And Hair Loss

Zinc And Hair Loss

Testimonies of the Day Another great 30 day Accelerated testimony: “I got compliments on my HAIR today at work. There is NEW hair growth, it’s not as lifeless. I laugh now and feel happy. I’m firing on all cylinders for the first time in I don’t know when, I’m losing weight and have energy but most important my mood is the best it’s been in, forever. It took such a huge leap of faith to buy your services. I’ve been down the rabbit hole so many times I could cry! I went off the HCG early to start your program and boy, I am glad I did. Now I eat and feel full. I feel awake when I should feel awake and sleep great when I need to. Today my time of the month came and NO pms which was awesome. It dawned on me when I was at the grocery store the other day, I thought to myself, wow….I don’t need or want half of this stuff in here anymore!! I really like this and feel like the recipes you supply are enough for me to sustain on and be happy with. I think people at work are wondering why I’m so chipper and laughing a lot too. Haha” – Donna Photo Testimony: Do you or someone you know suffer from an auto immune disease? Alopecia is an auto immune disorder is close to my heart. One client really sticks out in my mind. Kiki, was a middle-aged woman who came into my office. I saw her often in the weight lifting class that I take three times a week, but I never talked to her. It was impossible to ignore that she always wore a bandana on her head, but I never knew why. Her story is that in her 20’s she started losing her hair and by the time she came into my office, it was completely gone. I love this story because Kiki was a professor so I never saw her at the gym during the school year. After 6 months of my anti-inflammatory, keto-adapted, gluten free diet, Ki Continue reading >>

Losing Your Hair Over Pcos? Here’s My 5 Step Plan To Grow It Back

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 >>

13 Hair Problems And What They Mean

13 Hair Problems And What They Mean

13 Hair Problems and What They Mean Although healthy individuals can lose up to 100 hairs a day on top of their heads, hair loss, graying and changing hair signs may be a cause for concern. Understanding the signs that manifest in the hair on your head can help you understand if you have an underlying health problem. The issues with your hair may be one isolated problem, but most commonly are a combination of related issues. The following health issues can cause any number of hair problems such as hair thinning, brittle hair, premature graying and hair loss. 1. Lack of Protein Keratin is a protein that makes up hair. This means that protein is an essential part of your hair growth and must also be in your diet. Poor protein intake can cause brittle, easily broken hair that is hard to grow. Weak hair at the top of your head may break easily resulting from chemical and heat treatments, leading to shorter top layers. One can have a lack of healthy protein and amino acids in their diet. This may be the case with people who under eat and vegans. It can also be a problem if one has an inability to digest protein effectively due to leaky gut and low stomach acid levels. The latter is discussed at the bottom of this article. Add in a variety of healthy proteins to your meals daily. Include 100% grass-fed beef, organic poultry, pasture sourced eggs and wild caught fish like salmon. Additionally, using high quality protein powders such as bone broth protein can help improve the assimilation of amino acids needed to produce keratin. If you are a vegan, consuming high quantities of single celled algae like spirulina and chlorella can be very helpful as well as doing pea or hemp protein powders for easy to digest proteins. 2. A Lack of Vitamins and Minerals Many nutrients are requir Continue reading >>

The “not So Hard” Truth About Hair Loss

The “not So Hard” Truth About Hair Loss

READERS SUMMARY: WHY EARLY HAIR LOSS MIGHT BE A GLUTEN/GLIADIN PROBLEM? WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE A NUCLEAR WEAPON TO TREAT A MOLEHILL? WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF PLAYING A BIOCHEMIST ROLE IN THIS PATHWAY? WHEN TREATMENTS ARE WORSE THAN THE ORIGINAL CLINICAL PROBLEM? WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I HAVE HAIR LOSS BEFORE STARTING DRUGS? Every so often, I have decided to post a blog about an interesting clinical picture that I think may help our community out. Today we are going to cover a clinical topic that came up a while back on Paleohacks about a young male patient about his recent hair loss. I think this topic is timely because of the recent literature that is now coming out about the drugs that disturb the distal androgen pathways, and how they can wreck the Hypothalamic Pituitary axis on a permanent basis. I have heard many doctors on public radio shows (Sirius Doctor Radio to be exact on their dermatology show recently) and in blogs say that these hair sparing drugs do not cause any long term problems with a males fecundity or libido. In a nut shell, I am calling bullshit on that. This statement can only be made in the context of not knowing anything about the brain and pituitary gland. I have seen many men come to see me with back and neck problems get diagnosed with low free and total Testosterone and signs of metabolic bone disease, loss of energy and inability to sustain an erection. Then I see their medication lists, and see a bunch of hair loss meds. These meds are used to solve a cosmetic issue by using a tomahawk missile to change their appearance. If men knew what they were gambling with, to get a head of hair, this problem would vanish overnight. The problem is few men are getting told the correct story. Once you understand the biochemistry, you would never opt Continue reading >>

Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning Hair?

Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning Hair?

Short Answer: Maybe but it is very rare and usually reverses in a month or 2 I first became aware that hair loss was possible for some people on Keto when one of the women in our 28 Day Challenge room complained of it a few months ago. I thought it was an odd symptom but significant enough to begin to do a little research on how common it is or at least if other people complained of it and what I found was interesting enough to merit a blog post so let’s take a look. What is the Science? The first thing I did was to go looking for a few scientific papers on the phenomenon and they are very tough to find. The only one I can see where hair loss is suggested as a side-effect of Keto was The Ketogenic Diet: Adolescents Can Do It, Too, an incredibly interesting paper where teenaged epileptics were put on a Ketogenic diet to see what would happen to the frequency of their seizures. While it appears that the results were overwhelmingly positive, in the side effects section, we get this paragraph: Two individuals reported an increase in seizure activity; two, thinning hair and/or hair loss, both of which were corrected with vitamin supplementation; two, increased bruising or bleeding; and two, subjective reports of stunted growth. (This was out of 45 participants) Why did this happen? Here’s what we know. Any Dietary Change can Result in Hair Loss Sometimes, our bodies aren’t thrilled with changes to our diet no matter how healthy the new way of eating is. It’s not unheard of to see a little hair loss in the first month or 2 or any new diet. It’s almost never anything to be afraid of as the issue usually reverses itself fairly quickly once your body adapts to its new reality. Low Calories can cause Hair Loss When this study turned to reporting the weight loss of its p Continue reading >>

Hair Loss And Diet

Hair Loss And Diet

I'm a 22 year old male, been mostly paleo since the end of January. Just the past few week or two, I've noticed more hair on my pillow and coming off my head in the shower. It's not balding in a single patch on my head, and but there is definitely more hair coming off my head on a day to day basis. I didn't expect to go bald because my maternal grandfather never did. Could this be a temporary phenomenon related to stress / diet? Has anyone else experienced a hair change while going paleo? I also have recently changed to not shampooing as often and using only doctor bronner's soap. Any info would be appreciated. Continue reading >>

Video: What Happened To My Hair On Keto

Video: What Happened To My Hair On Keto

Whether you’re eating high-fat, keto right now, are looking into it, or have experienced issues with your hair in the past, you’ll want to tune into this week’s video. I’m breaking it all down sharing how eating keto affected my hair. How severely low-carb, keto, carb backloading, carb ups and becoming Fat Fueled has changed my hair from frizzy and dry to nourished and healthy (and which step has been the most transformational). Plus, steps to boost the health of your hair no matter where you’re at. For video transcription, scroll down. Highlights… The importance of carbs for strong, thick hair. The importance of fats for gloriously nourished hair. What to do if you’re losing hair (and how long to do it to notice results). Resources… What has your hair done since eating more fat? VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION Hey, you guys, my tights match my outfit today, and I’m even wearing business socks for you. This never happens and I like to switch it up, like business tights, Lou Lemon action, business socks. Usually, I wear indoor shoes because my acupuncturist says that it’s like good for my chi or something. I don’t know. She is awesome so I trust her. Usually it’s like business on the top and PJs on the bottom. In fact, most times I have like my hair over here and no makeup and I look like a witch most of the time and my husband will leave in the morning, kiss me goodbye and then he’ll come home and he’s like, you look exactly the same as when I left like 14 hours ago. Story of my life, the struggle is real. We’re not here to talk about how I need to be on a makeover show with all of my crazy outfits and the fact that I live in pajamas, we’re here to talk about hair and my hair has done some really crazy, awesome things over the last year and a half. O Continue reading >>

Hair Loss On The Hcg Diet

Hair Loss On The Hcg Diet

Hair Loss on the HCG Diet We're taking some time today to discuss the topic of hair loss on the HCG diet. Does the HCG diet cause you to lose hair? And what can you do to keep it from happening to you? Starvation and fad diets can cause hair loss, brittle nails and teeth, etc. the main reason for this is is simply a lack of nutrients in the body. The HCG diet is different. Yes, it is still a very low calorie diet, but it can't and shouldn't be lumped into the "really-bad-for-you" diet category. The HCG diet is a physician researched and developed weight loss program. By sticking to the low calorie regimen and giving yourself daily doses of prescription HCG, your body begins to essentially "live" on your fat stores. This does not happen with other diets. Only with HCG, will the body turn to fat breakdown as a fuel source so quickly and protect the body from muscle breakdown and metabolism downturn. Simply put, the HCG diet allows dieters to use stored fat for calories and thus results in dramatic weight loss. The dieter does not feel hunger pangs or energy loss because they are already being supplied by thousands of calories of their own stored fat! If you do happen to notice some hair loss while on the HCG diet, it's important to make sure you are implementing these two things correctly first: Make sure you are FOLLOWING the diet. The #1 reason individuals may possibly see some hair loss on HCG is simply because they are not completing the HCG diet correctly. Any type of cheating on the protocol (yes, even a small bite here and there) brings your body out of ketosis, or the "fat-burning" stage. Your body then loses the protection of the HCG , and without the fat being pulled for energy, the body will consider itself in starvation. Even eating 800 calories, for example, Continue reading >>

7 Things Everyone Should Know About Low-carb Diets

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 >>

Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins And Supplements Vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth Vs Adding Regular Scalp And Hair Treatments ... And 1 More

Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins And Supplements Vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth Vs Adding Regular Scalp And Hair Treatments ... And 1 More

One of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is facing the hair loss that is often the result of: Eating a diet that is restricted in calories as this causes your body to stop sending nutrients to "unnecessary" bodily functions such as growing hair to ensure that other autonomic functions and systems keep working Eating a diet that is restricted in fat, as this causes hair follicles to stop producing the sebum that nourishes strong, flexible hair that resists breakage Eating a diet that has you eating the same foods every day, thus causing hair loss due to missing vitamins and nutrients Eating a diet that restricts protein intake, such as a vegetarian weight loss regimen that forbids meat, as hair is made entirely of protein Eating a diet with no dairy, which can affect magnesium and calcium levels needed to grow hair Failing to eat foods that may be keeping your hormones in balance so that byproducts from normal biochemical actions in your body (such as the sex hormone DHT) do not build up and cause hair loss No matter what type of diet you are on, there are some dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to minimize the inevitable hair thinning, fallout and patchy balding that can be the result of dieting. The cause of hair thinning and hair loss in dieters is malnutrition. Make sure that the supplement includes all A, C, D, E and all the B vitamins as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc. You can mix it in juice or water if you like. Silicon gel contains silicon, which helps growing hair absorb minerals that may be lacking in a low-calorie or no diary diet such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and magnesium. Biotin is essential for hair growth and it helps the hair follicles absorb other vitamins, but especially the B vitamins that Continue reading >>

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