The problems I have now are the following: 1.) Nausea after eating anything any amount. 2.) Acne- Facial, back, and chest. 3.) Keratosis Pilaris 4.) Dry, peeling lips (Probably Exfoliative Cheilitis) 5.) Dandruff 6.) Dry Skin 7.) Tiredness all the time. Worst right after eating. 8.) Hair thinning and hair loss 9.) Cold hands and feet 10.) Low libido
Strict Paleo 80% Fat 15% Protein 5% Carbs(Varies according to the food I eat) If I go higher carb, not only I have more acne break outs, but everything else gets even worse. Symptoms keep worsening by the day. I eat a lot of organs so I don't think I'm missing any vitamin in my diet. Any idea what I'm missing?
EDIT: I want to add that hair loss and all the skin related problems got worse with paleo(3 years) and I didn't have these problems before. I first got them after around several months into paleo and it just got worse and worse from there. With the exception of acne. Perhaps I overlooked something minor like salt? I rarely ever eat remotely as much salt I as used to in the past now. Might be something to look out for...
asked byMotorMammoth (105)
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on May 21, 2012
at 09:16 PM
I bet you have low stomach acid and leaky gut. I used to get nausea after eating and I was tired all the time. I fixed it in two months of:
1) Daily water kefir and kombucha consumption 2) No alcohol 3) Probiotic supplementation 4) Betaine HCL supplementation 5) A strict diet consisting of bone broth, meat and vegetable stews, and well-cooked starchy tubers, lots of coconut oil, small frequent meals, "paleo" gelatin (flavored with lemon juice, fruit, or tea)
You say you don't think you are deficient in vitamins because you eat a lot of organs, but you are probably still deficient in spite of your good diet, because your digestion is so messed up right now. If your stomach can't effectively absorb those nutrients, it doesn't matter what you put in your mouth. You need to eat only very easily digestible foods for a while, and you might also need to take some vitamins for now, just until you get your gut healed to the point where it can efficiently function. In my experience, the betaine HCL is very helpful with this. You might need to take it for a few months. Digestive enzymes and probiotic foods/beverages should also help.
Are you sure it's acne and not rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis? Have you been to a dermatologist? Rosacea pustules can resemble acne but have a different cause. It is not uncommon for rosacea to flare on the back or the chest as well as the face. You say your skin is dry, which is common in rosacea. Do you ever have facial flushing or redness? Do you ever have facial swelling? If you have rosacea, you have to avoid the sun, which will make things worse.
I'm sorry you're still having health issues, but I'm glad to see you posting again. I had been wondering how you were doing after your last question. Please don't give up. I had similar health issues (not hair loss but everything else, pretty much) and I've made a lot of progress. You will get there too.