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    I've been about 70% primal for 8 months. I've lost 43 lbs., I feel fantastic, lots of energy, love the food, so why is my hair falling out? I don't have any bald spots or anything, but the sink and bathtub drains have to be cleaned out constantly because I'm shedding like crazy. I'm taking a good multi-vitamin as well as D, C, Iodine, Circumin, and a supplement that's supposed to be good for my hair and skin. Here is an idea of what my meals are: crustless quiche with asparagus and swiss cheese for breakfast as well as a cup of coffee with cream, for lunch either raw veggies, a salad, or a fruit smoothie made with Fage yogurt, supper includes a meat and two vegetables. If I eat between meals it's usually a bit of meat, or a handful of nuts. Any ideas? Oh, I do drink hot tea, at least 1 cup a day during the winter only.

  • #2
    I have that same problem, have been meaning to post and ask about it myself. Lost tons of hair in the last month or so, some of it is post pregnancy hairloss but I don't think all of it as I went from nice thick hair to thin... Sucks...

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    • #3
      How much protein are you eating? It doesn't sound like much, to be honest.
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      • #4
        I do eat a fairly large portion of meat in the evening meal, and sometimes I add bacon to my breakfast quiche, and shrimp or salmon to my lunch salad. One would think that would be enough with the daily eggs?

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        • #5
          I've had the same problem for a long time, and one possibility I've come across is an overgrowth of a naturally occuring parasite - I think most people have a small population of it. Interestingly it gets its hormones from US so when we up our nutrition and our hormonal status improves, it goes into overdrive.

          It's called Demodex. http://www.hairdiseases.com/scalp-in...diseases.shtml

          It's only one possibility but I'm going to see a skin specialist in the New Year and ask about it.

          The other thing I saw on Cooling Inflammation blog was something about the immune system attacking proteins in the hair follicle. So it could be that a healthier immune system is the problem. Unfortunate really, we've done the damage by having leaky guts letting the wrong proteins become allergens, then when we fix leaky gut we're still stuck with the allergen issues.
          If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat? Tom Snyder

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          • #6
            Use DailyBurn or FitDay to check your macronutrient levels. Otherwise, it may be that you are lacking in a micronutrient, like Vitamin D, zinc or iron. Read this.
            Last edited by Dragonfly; 12-28-2010, 06:37 PM.
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            • #7
              There have been a lot of threads on hair loss with the primal/paleo community. It could be caused by a number of things and there are many theories out there. The one I have seen most commonly associated with paleo dieting is "Telogen Effluvium" and it is normally due to weight loss from dietary changes. There is no need to fret though, if it is Telogen Effluvium normally your hair goes through a growth cycle then a dormant and die off cycle. Your old hair that has ended its cycle will fall out but you will notice new hairs sprouting that are normally healthier than the previous group. People lose hair every day, regardless of your diet, but it is normally being replaced at a similar rate by new hair.
              "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

              People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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              • #8
                I am a hairstylist and hear this a lot. Test your hormone levels. Could be just a coincidence that it's happening at the same time as you changing your eating. Most of the time, when there isn't stress or gastric bypass surgery (extreme lack of protein and vitamins), it's thyroid. My chiro/nutritionist does a wellness panel that tells you where you are deficient along with all the other so you might want to look into one of those. They're pricey but could really be helpful on a lot of different levels.
                Strong is the new Skinny!

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                • #9
                  It could just be due to the weight loss but it might be good to get your thyroid tested. Here are the tests to get and the updated lab ranges (a lot of docs still use the outdated ranges and miss a lot of hypothyroidism) I'd also get the thyroid antibodies tests (insurance often won't cover these but they're not that expensive)
                  http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo...est_values.htm

                  I have found the herb Fo Ti (a.k.a. He Shou Wu) to be very helpful for halting hair loss (I've lost hair intermittently due to Hashimoto's). It can take a month or so to slow the shedding, but it's always worked for me. It's also safe for long term use and a great antioxidant. Shen Min is a good brand (www.iherb.com carries it discounted).
                  I use Mountain Rose Herbs bulk Fo Ti powder (1/4 tsp. twice/day).
                  http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    Rapid weightloss can contribute to hair loss temporarily. Also post partum hairloss I hear can be pretty crazy because of all the estrogen in the body, especially if you are breastfeeding. It's something i'm not looking forward to, along with all the other wonderful post partum issues.

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                    • #11
                      My 2c - could be too few carbs. Seriously. I have posted before on this topic; if you search my posts it should come up. I had first hair loss of entire life (male, age 39) after a few months of lower carb paleo diet. Upping paleo carbs solved the problem.

                      You might also look at:

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                      • #12
                        My doctor gave me iodine to take for regulating my thyroid. Is that a bunch of bunk or is iodine actually helpful?

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                        • #13
                          Get your ferritin levels checked. Mine were low. Do not confuse protein consumption with getting adequate iron. Iron = red meat. Or, typical in SAD, iron = fortified grains.
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                          • #14
                            Jenn,

                            Iodine is actually helpful for the thyroid. Especially for people who don't consume iodized salt (I don't).
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jenn View Post
                              My doctor gave me iodine to take for regulating my thyroid. Is that a bunch of bunk or is iodine actually helpful?
                              It can be helpful, but you have to be really careful. Have you ever had your thyroid antibodies tested? Many docs never bother testing antibodies, but it's important because a lot of hypothyroidism is actually autoimmune in nature and iodine can trigger an attack on the thyroid. In fact, iodine made my mom's thyroid symptoms a lot worse because of that. It increases TPO production, which can then trigger TPO antibodies to attack the thyroid.
                              Make sure you don't have positive antibodies before using iodine!
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