A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide
What is a Keto Diet? A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates. Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. Make keto simple and easy by checking out our 30 Day Meal Plan. Get meal plans, shopping lists, and much more with our Keto Academy Program. Looking for Something Specific? There are numerous benefits that come with being on keto: from weight loss and increased energy levels to therapeutic medical appl 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 >>
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 >>
7 Most Common Ketosis Side Effects And Solutions
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and moderate-protein diet that has been proved to be an effective treatment among patients with epileptic conditions, such as glucose transporter 1 deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency, tuberous sclerosis complex, Rett syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and specific mitochondrial disorders (1, 2). Keto diet is also associated with reduced body weight and insulin resistance, thus it can be beneficial with obesity and diabetes type 2 patients (3). There are also many major benefits of ketogenic diet such as improving cardiovascular health, brain function, and having therapeutic effects in several other chronic conditions. What you should be aware of is the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis because they are two very different things. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state whereas ketoacidosis, also known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), is a dangerous condition in people with diabetes. Nonetheless, keto diets are also related with some adverse effects, most of them are temporary side effects and easily treated. Here we have a list of negative side effects of ketogenic diet, mostly occur at the beginning and some of them will go away on their own once you are fat-adapted. Remember these are only temporary and small side effects and not everyone will get these. In fact, a lot of people thrive on keto without experiencing these effects at all. 7 Most Common Side Effects #1. Keto Flu One of the most frequent adverse effects of the keto diet is the “low-carb flu” or “keto flu”, sometimes known as the induction flu. Symptoms usually include headache, weakness, brain fog, increased hunger, and fatigue. This happens usually because your body runs on glucose for energy, which derives from carbohydrates. By reducing Continue reading >>
Top 10 Hair Loss Shampoo Products With Ketoconazole (including Nizoral)
Last updated: Monday, October 30, 2017 Ketoconazole is one of the few proven and viable solutions to treat hair loss. Many people have heard of the Nizoral hair loss treatment as it is one of the most popular shampoos. Nizoral also comes in 1% and 2% ketoconazole options. Many hair loss websites will mention this as one of the big three treatments (including Propecia and minoxidil) because of the research done on its effectiveness. On this page, we take a look at how ketoconazole works against hair loss and some of the clinical studies. Up first, we review some of the best products that contain ketoconazole, including the well-known Nizoral shampoo. Here is our list of the top shampoos that contain ketoconazole in their list of ingredients. In our review section, we take a closer look at the 10 most popular products. Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo 0.25% Ketoconazole, Apple polyphenol, Taurine, Caffeine, Carnitine, Emu Oil, Copper Peptides $2.00/Fl Oz Regenepure DR Shampoo, Hair, & Scalp Treatment 1% Ketoconazole, Saw Palmetto, Emu Oil, Niacin Vitamin B3, Caffeine, Vitamin B6, L-Pathenol, Linolenic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Zinc Oxide $3.10/Fl Oz Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Stimulating Shampoo 0.2% Ketoconazole, Niacin, Caffeine, Saw Palmetto $7.50/Fl Oz Best Shampoos with Ketoconazole for Hair Loss Here are our top 10 shampoos that made the cut. Each of these shampoos contains ketoconazole as an integral part of their formula. Nizoral for hair loss is one of the most common shampoo and scalp treatments with ketoconazole. If you’re in a hurry we suggest picking up a bottle of Nizoral hair loss treatment. If you are looking for a straightforward ketoconazole shampoo, look no further. Nizoral for hair loss is one of the best shampoos to reduce dandruff and scalp DHT. It is a Continue reading >>
How To Use (and Not To Use) Exogenous Ketones For Weight Loss
“How do I use ketones to help me lose weight?” Great question. It’s worth the few minutes to understand how exogenous ketones can help people lose weight on a ketogenic diet, and not just jump to the conclusion that ketones = weight loss. Breaking Down Ketone Weight Loss Misconceptions The most common misconception (perhaps due to excessive marketing claims) is that taking ketone supplements will induce immediate weight loss. The purpose of this article is to explain how to use ketones as a piece of the puzzle in your weight loss lifestyle. Remember exogenous ketones are supplements. Very effective at what they do, but none the less, should be supplementary to a low carb/ketogenic style of eating that is geared towards weight loss (if weight loss is the goal). Ketones don’t cause weight loss, they help cause ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body is using fatty acids for its primary source of energy. Just because you are using fat does not necessarily mean you are going to be losing weight or have a decrease in body fat percentage over an extended period of time. I have been in deep nutritional ketosis (>3.0mmol/dL) and had an increase in body fat percentage. I’ve also been in deep nutritional ketosis and had a decrease in body fat percentage. It all depends on how much fat and protein you are eating, in addition to being below a carb threshold that will induce ketosis. Please don’t take this to mean starve yourself. It just means that the average male American has over 40,000 calories in stored body fat and can, therefore, afford to eat a lower calorie ketogenic diet, and still survive (and thrive!). Take home message: Exogenous ketones are a tool to get you into ketosis or to boost your energy levels while already in ketosis. If your motive 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 >>
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 >>
Can Low-carb Diets Result In Hair Loss?
Is it possible to lose hair when starting a low-carb diet? Yes, and there are many misunderstandings and myths about it. Here’s what you may need to know. Temporary hair loss can occur for many different reasons, including any big dietary change. This is especially common when severely restricting calories (e.g. starvation diets, meal replacements) but it can also occasionally happen on low-carb diets. If so, it usually starts 3-6 months after starting a new diet, at which point you’ll notice an increasing amount of hairs falling out when brushing your hair. The good news is that even if you should be so unfortunate this is only a temporary phenomenon. And only a percentage of the hair will fall out (the thinning will rarely be very noticeable to others). After a few months all the hair follicles will start to grow new hair, and when they have regrown your hair will be as thick as before again. Of course, if you have long hair this could take a year or even more. Background To understand exactly what is happening it’s necessary to know the basics of how hair grows. Every single hair on your head usually grows for about 2-3 years at a time. After that it stops growing for up to 3 months. Then a new hair starts growing in the same hair follicle, pushing the old hair out. Thus you’re losing hairs every day, but as the hairs are unsynchronized it’s not so noticeable. You lose one hair and another starts growing, i.e. you always have about the same number of hairs on your head. Stress and synchronized hair loss If your body experiences significant stress more hairs than usual can enter the resting phase at the same time. This can happen for many reasons, like these: Starvation, including calorie-restricted diets and meal replacements Diseases Unusually demanding ex Continue reading >>
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 >>
Insulin And Hair Loss: How Diet Causes Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is a complicated condition. Despite plaguing men – and women – for thousands of years, it is still not fully understood. The conventional wisdom says that it’s entirely caused by genetics. But new evidence suggests diet may play a role too, with hair loss linked to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. In this post, we’ll look at how to reverse these conditions and regrow your hair by changing what you eat. Hair loss, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome Interactions between hormones in the body are complicated. A change in the level of one hormone will often lead to changes in levels of other hormones too. But male pattern baldness may tell us something about these complicated interactions in the body. Multiple studies (e.g. this one, this one, and this one) have found that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. The current medical understanding of androgenetic alopecia says that the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds to hair follicles, causing them to shrink. Over time, the follicle gets smaller and smaller, until it eventually stops producing hair. These three things – DHT, insulin, and metabolic syndrome – are all linked to diet. Certain foods cause insulin levels to rise, which can in turn lead to more available DHT. These same foods also increase the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome, as we’ll see. Metabolic syndrome Studies (see above) have shown that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the general name given to a cluster of – usually associated – medical conditions. These include: Obesity Hypertension (high blo Continue reading >>
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 >>
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 >>
Biotin For Hair Growth: Does It Work?
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that’s a part of the vitamin B family. It’s also known as vitamin H. Your body needs biotin to help convert certain nutrients into energy. It also plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. If you aren’t getting enough biotin, you may experience hair loss or a scaly red rash. However, a deficiency is rare. In most cases, the biotin you get from your diet is enough for you to reap the health benefits it offers. Still, many people are increasing their intake in hopes of additional benefits. Keep reading to find out how to add biotin to your diet, what to look for in a biotin supplement, possible side effects, and more. Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. It’s clear that biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. But beyond that, researchers aren’t really sure what biotin’s role in hair or skincare is. Research on the effects of biotin on hair growth is sparse. To date, there’s only limited evidence to suggest that increased biotin intake may help promote hair growth. For example, in one 2015 study, women with thinning hair were given an oral marine protein supplement (MPS) containing biotin or a placebo pill twice per day for 90 days. At the beginning and end of the study, digital images were taken of the affected areas on the scalp. Each participant’s hair was also washed and any shed hairs were counted. The researcher found that women who took an MPS experienced a significant amount of hair growth in the areas affected by hair loss. They also had less shedding. A 2012 study by the same researcher produced similar results. Participants perceived improvement in hair growth and quality after 90 and 180 days. Check out: Other B vitamins for hair growth » Continue reading >>
What Are The Side Effects 7-keto Dhea?
The body makes 7-Keto DHEA from dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). 7-Keto is a steroid while DHEA is a prohormone. This means that DHEA can be converted by the body directly to steroid hormones such as testosterone or estrogen. 7-Keto is not directly converted to those steroid hormones and thus is being studied because of its potential to be more useful than DHEA. Uses and Benefits of 7-Keto DHEA Studies show that 7-Keto helps increase metabolism and can help with weight loss. One study observed an increase in thermogenesis (heat production) in mice after they were given doses of 7-Keto. A problem that dieters face when restricting caloric intake is the body responds by lowering its resting metabolic rate (RMR). In other words, when you limit your food intake, the body will try to conserve energy by lowering your metabolism. In 2007, a study showed that 7-Keto can help reverse this decline in RMR when restricting caloric intake. You can eat less and not lower your metabolism. According to WebMD, there is insufficient evidence that 7-Keto is effective in helping with weight loss, improving lean body mass, building muscle, boosting the immune system, enhancing memory, and reducing the signs of ageing. Is 7-Keto Safe? A study published in Clinical Investigative Medicine states that taking 7-Keto is safe for human consumption up to 200 mg doses per day for 4 weeks. The study observed 22 healthy men. 7-Keto Side Effects in Women We don’t have enough information to show if 7-Keto has specific side effects in women. However, pregnant and breast-feeding women are advised not to take the supplement. Can 7-Keto Cause Hair Loss in Men? Hormone imbalance is one of the reasons of hair loss in men. 7-Keto is not directly converted by the body into steroidal hormones, such as testostero Continue reading >>