I have been doing Primal/Keto for the past 2 months...I feel amazing, excellent energy, sleep, skin, etc...weight is and always has been in normal range....would like to lose the last 5 vanity pounds, but not worrying too much about it...anyway, I've noticed that I'm losing a lot more hair on a daily basis and I am growing concerned. Anyone else notice this? I also noticed that my hair is growing a lot faster (need a haircut every 3-4 weeks instead of usual 8 weeks)...any ideas? Thyroid levels were checked about 4-6 months ago and everything was normal...otherwise I feel amazing but am concerned about my thining hair...
I eat 1-2oz of liverwurst daily and 1 C of bone broth daily. All meat is GF, eggs pastured, veggies organic, etc. I get 8 hours of excellent sleep, low stress, walk 1-1.5 hours daily...calories 1200-1400/day 70-85% fat, 50-60g protein, <20 carbs...love the way I feel so don't want to not be ketogenic...any thoughts?
42 yo female
Sorry to hear. Some people have no hair shedding problems on keto, but many do. This is most likely due to not getting sufficient sugar in your diet, which is essential for thyroid health. Personally, I struggled with this same problem for a long time and even now over a year later my hair has not yet recovered 100%.
I would suggest eating more fruit for starters.
Also, my thyroid tests also came back "normal", whatever that is supposed to mean. My understanding is that doctors do not test the thyroid in enough detail and misdiagnosing or under-diagnosing is a very common occurrence.
42 is too young to have thinning hair. :(
If it was me, I would add a little bit of carbs up until my hair would stop falling out.
I'm not understanding -- your hair is growing faster, but thinning at the same time? Do you mean you're losing more hair than you can possibly regrow in the same time? If you were just shedding more it could mean unhealthy hair is falling out, but if you're excessively shedding it's likely due to diet stress. My hair fell out a lot during my stint in ketosis, but also regrew a lot slower. It took about 8 months for my hair to normalize after ketosis, but you certainly do need to switch up your diet. Also, topical caffeine can help arrest hair fall. I like to use espresso dissolved in alcohol with progesterone cream and vitamin e since all of these help with circulatory health which is a lot of the problem with low carb diet especially if you notice you feel colder than usual.
One other thing... Do you notice any itching, irritation or anything like that?
Yep. I am right there with you. Continued hair loss, despite taking vitamins, minerals, etc..... I am hoping that this is the WORST it can get - because if so, well at least I still have SOME HAIR. LOL!
Your calories sound waaaaay too low! Try upping to 1600-1800 and see what happens.
That said, usually Hair loss when changing diets is usually to do with your previous diet/deficiencies/hormones balancing.
I went from a nutrient dense WAP to a nutrient-dense Primal, 70-100 gm carb diet to a nutrient-dense Primal keto diet with no hair loss. Like you, my hair is growing faster.
And the thyroid/keto story is a myth:
[url=http://aworldlymonk.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/low-carb-diets-and-hypothyroidism-a-false-alarm/]Low-Carb Diets and T3: A False Alarm | A Worldly Monk[/url]
[quote]calories 1200-1400/day[/quote] Great, if you're less than 5 feet tall.
your proteins a bit low actually and you can eat more than 20g carbs and still be in ketosis
Every time I went LC/VLC within 3 months this happens to me, I start shedding hair, the only way I can stop it is by eating more carbs. I tried to take massive doses of biotin, and higher fat/protein, took kelp you name it, nothing worked until I started eating carbs again.