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hair loss and digestive problems

Answered on October 25, 2013
Created October 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I have been eating Paleo for 8 months and I love it. I changed to Paleo mainly because I was sick of eating processed foods. I always ate healthy and organic, but everything out there is processed in some way. I love eating clean.

When I first changed over to the diet I went from having a very normal stomach and daily BM to really runny and toxic smelling BM. (TMI sorry). After a month or so everything went back to normal and my BM were normal. BUT the gas and bloating did not go away. Pretty much every time I eat, regardless if its a fruit, nut, veg, or meat, I would get really bad bloating and horrible gas. After months of this, I was talking to a friend about it and she suggested I started taking Plant Enzymes. For over a month now I have been taking these enzymes with every meal and I feel SO much better. But, it got me thinking. If paleo is supposed to be the best for our bodies, etc. Why would I need to take a supplement to digest my food? I drink Kombucha often and take a probiotic. But these enzymes are the only thing that will work. I really don't want to be taking them for the rest of my life.

Also, about a month ago, I noticed that my hair is thinning. It isn't falling out by handfuls or anything....but you can see my scalp and you could never see my scalp before. Its to the point its getting embarrassing. The only thing that has changed with me is this way of eating.

Anyone else experience any of these? I want to stay eating paleo, but I'm wondering if these symptoms are signs that my body is lacking nutrients or something?

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on October 24, 2013
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http://www.dannyroddy.com/main/2012/1/26/reader-mail-from-hardcore-paleo-to-peat-a-tarian.html

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Hard to say, it depends on your metabolism. It can be pretty quick though. Read Danny Roddys blog, you'll find plenty of valuable information coming of Paleo there (Danny himself is an Ex-Paleo guy who stopped his hair loss with a Ray Peat inspired diet).

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on October 25, 2013
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If you want your diet & situation accurately hacked... you need to provide detailed data about you & what you eat. If you're serious about finding a natural / paelo solution you need to keep a food log & reactions diary.

Simplify your diet, consider an AIP plan.

btw raw broccoli gives me gas & .... I never eat it any more.

Great link provided by jake3_14 cruciferous veggies are among the most eaten but are not without problems.

Do you mostly eat raw or cooked veggies?

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on October 25, 2013
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Track your food intake. Use paleotrack, cron o meter or one of the other free online programs. That gives you a baseline of information to see what nutrients you are getting. Paleo is not a low carb diet, so I'd reject that comment. Try to get a good balance going, supplement if you have to in areas you are lacking in and reevaluate. Sure there are some complaints of this or that, but in general it is a healthy way to live - eliminate processed foods, sugar, legumes and grains.

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on October 24, 2013
at 10:00 PM

Thank you everyone for the feedback. I had no idea this was a common problem. So you think introducing more carbs will help with everything? @Adam 16 I use these enzymes. Cheaper at amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009EXOTQ/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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on October 24, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Both of these symptoms (bloating and hair loss) are commonly reported on paleo forums and show that this diet - how it is practiced by most - just doesn't work out in the long term.

I think the bloating and smell is related to insufficient protein digestion and fermentation of proteins in the gut. This is something pretty concerning, as protein-digesting bacteria are even more toxic than starch-digesting ones. It wouldn't surprise me if it lead to high serotonin and endotoxinemia with all its downstream problems.

Hair loss is most likely related to excessive cortisol, prolactin and serotonin that comes with low-carb eating.

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on October 24, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Also, you could be eating too many vegetables with a high fiber content. The value of fiber's overrated and its dangers underestimated. In addition, don't overeat cruciferous vegetables.

Following up on what VB says, experiment with increasing your carbs a bit to 70–100g/day with sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and white rice. Some people get thyroid-related problems from too few carbs in their diet, and you might be one of them.

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on October 24, 2013
at 08:15 PM

Can't say for sure.

Some ideas (I could be wrong so others will correct me on this one):

You either got some digestive problem (the usual culprit is not having enough hydrochloric acid) or something like that and your body did not get enough nutrients as a result. Lack of biotin that (as far as I remember) is synthesized in the intestines could lead to hair loss. You can try having some supplements to rule this out. My favorite use to be "Hair, skin and nails" by GNC. Now, when my digestive system is working better, I don't need the supplements and my hair is not falling out.

Another reason could be that if you went too low carb for a long time, you got a problem with your thyroid which leads to hair thinning. You can read all about it from Ray Peat or "hair like a fox" guy. The remedy would be add some strained orange juice and follow other recommendations.

Sorry I can't tell you much, but I hope others will.

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on October 24, 2013
at 08:12 PM

  • Hey, I've got very similar problems as you. Been bloated and gassy from almost anything since I went paleo one and a half years ago, especially veggies. My hair's been falling off as well. What brand do you go by with the plant enzymes?

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