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Has your hair or eye color changed on Paleo?

Answered on March 27, 2014
Created March 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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I am going to paste the question that was previously closed, hoping the topic is adequate with the changed title.

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My hair and eyes changed since going Paleo. I have been eating Paleo for two years and my warm, dark brown hair color is becoming increasingly red. It is now an actual redbrown with a very orange glow and very "saturated".

My eyes did not become a completely different color. They are still green, but I used to have a lot more brown, orange and yellow bits in my eyes that vanished and they are just more plain green (the outer rim is somewhat blueish).

I am wondering what could cause this.

I am not on a raw diet, I don't ear anything weird. I am on a moderate to higher carb Paleo Diet.

I also eat yellow potatoes.

Has it happened to anyone?

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 27, 2014
at 12:48 AM

Hm, I know of hair getting lighter with sun light. Mine becomes medium to light brown, but I never heard of eyes doing this. That is very unusual.

My hair now grows in reddish all year though. My eyes are also the same all year. It is more a change that happened over the past two years.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 27, 2014
at 12:44 AM

I have seen pictures like this on a iridology website. But no, I don't have that.

Like I said, I used to have a brownish, yellowish ring about the black part of my pupil, which is almost gone now.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 26, 2014
at 11:56 PM

I don't know about iridology, sounds like bunk. However, if you see a white or blueish ring around your iris, you've got a big issue with cholesterol. see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcus_senilis

a better pic here:

http://keepyourhearthealthy.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/arcus-senilis-its-probably-not-what-you-think/

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 07:47 PM

I completely agree, I can't even believe someone would fall for this. It's so blatantly false. Then again, these are raw vegans we're talking about here....

6b1ff7c892dc33287ea779e36b9a884b

on March 26, 2014
at 07:30 PM

There is ZERO evidence backing iridology, and much evidence showing it does not work. This doesn't even fall into the "pseudo-science" category; it's no different than being diagnosed by a witch-doctor or having your palms read. Eye color is genetic - period.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 04:15 PM

Iris color has nothing to do with dietary toxins or nutrients, it is genetic. There is no scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that eye color change is related to nutritional status. And by the way, anyone can buy colored contacts.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 04:10 PM

No, that is not the same thing. I am not referring to a yellow ring, I am talking about the whites of the eye. If the "whites" are yellow all over (not a ring of yellow), then the liver is involved as this would indicate a buildup of unconjugated (indirect) bilirubin in the bloodstream that could be caused by several conditions, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, certain hemolytic anemias, Gilbert's syndrome (I have this), and obstructions of the biliary tree including gallstones, tumors, etc.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 26, 2014
at 02:33 PM

That is just what I read on a iridology site. That a yellow rings around the pupil can indicate liver problems. I used to have liver problems until last year . I started taking milk thistle and did lots of detoxes and my liver is fine now. The ring is gone though a bit of yellow is left.

I will definitely get my eyes checked out though.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 26, 2014
at 02:27 PM

I don't think raw vegans believe this either. I think she confused some of the info about brown eyes. I think raw foodists generally believe that if a European type with a mixed eye color has a change to blue it is a good thing. I think looking at the eye color we all had as a child mitht be a good idea. Mine were just green, my son's eyes are dark brown. That isn't toxins, that is just his natural eye color. There are videos on YouTube about the eye color change of raw vegans. They do undergo an actual color change. It might be due to consuming plenty of certain raw nutrients.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 01:56 PM

Raw vegans believe brown eyes are toxic? Damn, those dirtbags are racist. I have never heard something more absurd, do they also believe that blue/green eyed people are the master race or something? Good grief, what a bunch of idiots.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 01:53 PM

It doesn't sound like pigment dispersion since you mentioned that the "spleckles went away". The ophthalmologist would be able to tell you many things that a regular doctor can't, including the state of your optical nerve, your field of vision and your intraocular pressure. I seriously doubt this has anything to do with your liver as it relates to your irises (but if the whites of your eyes have changed color and turned yellow, then it definitely has something to do with your liver, i.e. jaundice).

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 26, 2014
at 01:34 PM

Thank you! My previous question was closed because it wasn't clear what I was asking? Not sure.

I used to have four grey hairs, but atm I only have one. I have seen hairs regain color before too. I remember reading an article about this phenomenom. Sadly I forgot where.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 26, 2014
at 01:31 PM

I don't think Iridology claims that brown eyes are toxic. Only if formerly blue or green eyes get a brown ring around the pupil it is considered toxin build up. The sites I visited showed many examples of healthy brown eyes vs. eyes that showed changes and damage.

I don't eat raw...sooo...there must be other reason. Like changes to liver health, digestion or thyroid.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 25, 2014
at 10:30 PM

I also read about iridology and supposedly brown, yellow or orange bits can indicate liver, kidney and digestive issues.

I used to have elevated liver enzymes and lots of digestive issues. The liver is fine now, and my digestion improved, but we are still working on completely fixing my low stomach acid problem.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:29 PM

I also read about iridology and supposedly brown, yellow or orange bits can indicate liver, kidney and digestive issues.

I used to have elevated liver enzymes and lots of digestive issues. The liver is fine now, and my digestion improved, but we are still working on completely fixing my low stomach acid problem.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 25, 2014
at 10:22 PM

Very interesting! Thanks for the link!

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 25, 2014
at 10:21 PM

Not the color itself. Like I said, my eyes are still the same green. Just some brown, orange and yellow speckles that developed throughout life, went away. My eye color is closer to what it looked like when I was a toddler.

I saw a regular eye doctor about it and she did not really have an answer, but my eyes seems healthy. My eye sight keeps improving.

Would that specialist be able to see sonething my regular doctor can't?

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:18 PM

I haven't made any changes to my hair care. I use a very mild organic soap only and have been using it since '07. I haven't gotten more sun exposure. Neither in summer nor winter. Since the roots that grew in in winter are more red too, I think it is probably not the sun.

Can pregnancy change the hair color over a year after delivery? That is when I first noticed, and only 2 yrs after it became intense. My son will be three in summer.

In pregnancy my hair wasn't looking too great and more of a golden brown color.

What you say about the genes is very interesting.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 25, 2014
at 05:38 PM

Tyrosine, B6, zinc-copper balance, can affect melanin, which can affect hair color. Your diet probably improved/changed some possibly missing nutrients. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on March 25, 2014
at 10:22 PM

Very interesting! Thanks for the link!

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on March 27, 2014
at 01:16 AM

I changed from having deep chocolate-brown eyes and almost blond hair when I was young (I remember my mother telling me I had "apple-juice hair and chocolate eyes") to greenish-hazel eyes with a ring of light brown around the pupil and very dark brown hair. Some of it seemed to just happen with age (like my sister, who went from platinum blond and blue/grey-eyed to dark hair and eyes), but I swear they've gotten more green since I first started sticking to paleo/primal food around 4 years ago.

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on March 27, 2014
at 12:00 AM

My hair (when it was not gray) would change from brown to copper blond in the summer. My eyes from brown to quasi-green in the summer. Other members of the family would have the same changes.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 27, 2014
at 12:48 AM

Hm, I know of hair getting lighter with sun light. Mine becomes medium to light brown, but I never heard of eyes doing this. That is very unusual.

My hair now grows in reddish all year though. My eyes are also the same all year. It is more a change that happened over the past two years.

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3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

on March 26, 2014
at 11:13 PM

Gastronomer, these people took HQ videos of their eyes and proved they weren't wearing contacts. Their eye color did change. For whatever reason.

I would not completely dismiss Iridology. I studied biology and even there it is acknowledged that some of the influences on hair or eye color aren't fully known. Scientists do admit that hair or eye color can shift, just the reasons aren't known.

Iridology charts show some odd looking eyes:

http://media.merchantcircle.com/41492757/DEISY%20VIAMONTES%20IRIDOLOGY%20CHART..._full.jpeg

Can you explain why some light eyes turn brown over years? Or why my eyes developed yellow and orange bits in the iris that I did not have as a kid. Or why they went away? Because I can't.

I won't dismiss something unless I have studied it extensively.

Lots of the "pseudo science" accusations are in the interest of the pharma industry also.

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on March 26, 2014
at 11:47 AM

Iridology - an alternative system of health diagnosis raw foods diets, and various natural healing systems have claimed that brown eyes are a symptom of toxin accumulation in the tissues, and that as a person heals, then their iris color will shift, through green, toward blue, or perhaps even an endpoint of light gray. This is due to Raw foods Paleo Diet.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 27, 2014
at 12:44 AM

I have seen pictures like this on a iridology website. But no, I don't have that.

Like I said, I used to have a brownish, yellowish ring about the black part of my pupil, which is almost gone now.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 26, 2014
at 11:56 PM

I don't know about iridology, sounds like bunk. However, if you see a white or blueish ring around your iris, you've got a big issue with cholesterol. see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcus_senilis

a better pic here:

http://keepyourhearthealthy.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/arcus-senilis-its-probably-not-what-you-think/

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 26, 2014
at 01:56 PM

Raw vegans believe brown eyes are toxic? Damn, those dirtbags are racist. I have never heard something more absurd, do they also believe that blue/green eyed people are the master race or something? Good grief, what a bunch of idiots.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 26, 2014
at 02:27 PM

I don't think raw vegans believe this either. I think she confused some of the info about brown eyes. I think raw foodists generally believe that if a European type with a mixed eye color has a change to blue it is a good thing. I think looking at the eye color we all had as a child mitht be a good idea. Mine were just green, my son's eyes are dark brown. That isn't toxins, that is just his natural eye color. There are videos on YouTube about the eye color change of raw vegans. They do undergo an actual color change. It might be due to consuming plenty of certain raw nutrients.

6b1ff7c892dc33287ea779e36b9a884b

on March 26, 2014
at 07:30 PM

There is ZERO evidence backing iridology, and much evidence showing it does not work. This doesn't even fall into the "pseudo-science" category; it's no different than being diagnosed by a witch-doctor or having your palms read. Eye color is genetic - period.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 26, 2014
at 01:31 PM

I don't think Iridology claims that brown eyes are toxic. Only if formerly blue or green eyes get a brown ring around the pupil it is considered toxin build up. The sites I visited showed many examples of healthy brown eyes vs. eyes that showed changes and damage.

I don't eat raw...sooo...there must be other reason. Like changes to liver health, digestion or thyroid.

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on March 26, 2014
at 02:18 AM

I noticed that my hair is becoming less gray. I've been paleo for about 4 months, and my roots are coming in darker than my previous natural color. By the way -- your English is very good. I had no problem understanding you at all.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 26, 2014
at 01:34 PM

Thank you! My previous question was closed because it wasn't clear what I was asking? Not sure.

I used to have four grey hairs, but atm I only have one. I have seen hairs regain color before too. I remember reading an article about this phenomenom. Sadly I forgot where.

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 25, 2014
at 08:16 PM

If your eye color is changing you should probably go to the ophthalmologist, you might have Pigment Dispersion Syndrome (PDS) which could lead to pigmentary glaucoma. Pigmentary glaucoma is a serious disease, and if not treated, could lead to blindness. Good luck.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 26, 2014
at 02:33 PM

That is just what I read on a iridology site. That a yellow rings around the pupil can indicate liver problems. I used to have liver problems until last year . I started taking milk thistle and did lots of detoxes and my liver is fine now. The ring is gone though a bit of yellow is left.

I will definitely get my eyes checked out though.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:21 PM

Not the color itself. Like I said, my eyes are still the same green. Just some brown, orange and yellow speckles that developed throughout life, went away. My eye color is closer to what it looked like when I was a toddler.

I saw a regular eye doctor about it and she did not really have an answer, but my eyes seems healthy. My eye sight keeps improving.

Would that specialist be able to see sonething my regular doctor can't?

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:30 PM

I also read about iridology and supposedly brown, yellow or orange bits can indicate liver, kidney and digestive issues.

I used to have elevated liver enzymes and lots of digestive issues. The liver is fine now, and my digestion improved, but we are still working on completely fixing my low stomach acid problem.

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6b1ff7c892dc33287ea779e36b9a884b

on March 25, 2014
at 02:15 PM

Have you been getting more sun exposure? I noticed my hair color goes from brown to dirty blonde when I get more sun.

You can change gene expression through diet, so maybe your hair is actually expressing dormant genes. I also see in your profile that you are a mother, and I know that can also cause hormonal hair-color changes (it did for my mother).

Your hair products can also have a big influence, especially if you use harsh shampoos. I've also recently been using only water when washing my hair (and brushing daily with a boar-hair brush), and the natural oils have added depth to my hair color that was not there when I was using hair products.

I have no idea about the eye color, though. That is truly interesting.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:18 PM

I haven't made any changes to my hair care. I use a very mild organic soap only and have been using it since '07. I haven't gotten more sun exposure. Neither in summer nor winter. Since the roots that grew in in winter are more red too, I think it is probably not the sun.

Can pregnancy change the hair color over a year after delivery? That is when I first noticed, and only 2 yrs after it became intense. My son will be three in summer.

In pregnancy my hair wasn't looking too great and more of a golden brown color.

What you say about the genes is very interesting.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on March 25, 2014
at 10:29 PM

I also read about iridology and supposedly brown, yellow or orange bits can indicate liver, kidney and digestive issues.

I used to have elevated liver enzymes and lots of digestive issues. The liver is fine now, and my digestion improved, but we are still working on completely fixing my low stomach acid problem.

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