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Shedding a lot help!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Hi guys. I know there are multiple questions and answers on here about this, but I want to ask my question specifically. It is similar, but here goes. I have been eating paleo or very close to it for 6-8 months now. I have lost 35 pounds since Jan and am very happy with paleo eating.

I have noticed the last few months that I lose a lot of hair in the shower and hairbrush much more so than ever before. I do color my hair and have for 10+ years and never had this. When I color my hair and rinse it, it falls out even more than usual since paleo. I know that is damaging but coloring never caused it before. On a normal day in te shower once i wring it out i can just pull small chucks out. I just combed my hair after a shower and had to stop to get the hair out of it 4 times. I don't have any bald spots or anything but it is a little concerning.

Is this normal? Do others experience this? Does it go away? Am I missing something in my diet? All feedback welcome. Thanks!

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at 03:34 AM

I am at times through the week. I will eat a banana, apple, or sweet potatoes and have 100 carbs or a little more, but several days a week I have less. I do allow myself sushi once a week which is high carb with the rice.

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Yea but is that nature or nurture (genetics or learned lifestyle)?

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:17 PM

are you lower carb? that usually affects thyroid function, which can impact hair growth, maintenance, and etc

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at 10:30 PM

Very interesting. In conclusion it says paternal history linked to higher hair loss for the female, my father is bald.

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at 10:27 PM

I edited my post accordingly, this time with NCBI studies specifically in women :) +1 me if this helps.

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at 10:15 PM

Thank you. I looked at those and many talk about men. Would that still apply to a female? Here is some more info about me: female, 28 years old, 123 lbs, 5'3", hair 22 in long.

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:45 PM

one possibility is that most of your hair is (or was) 'stuck' in the Telogen phase of the hair growth cycle.

wiki def: Telogen phase: During the telogen, or resting, phase the hair and follicle remain dormant anywhere from 1???4 months. Ten to fifteen percent of the hairs on one's head are in this phase of growth in any given time. The anagen phase begins again once the telogen phase is complete. The preceding hair strand is pushed up and out by the new, growing strand. The process causes the normal hair loss known as shedding

Now, if your body is (or was) under stress this can result in Telogen Effluvium and a change in diet can put the body under stress. Especially if the new diet is deficient or malnourished in some area or areas (calories, macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients).

When the body is subjected to extreme stress, as much as 70 percent of hair can prematurely enter a phase of rest, called the telogen phase. This hair begins to fall, causing a noticeable loss of hair. This condition is called telogen effluvium.[10] The club hair is the final product of a hair follicle in the telogen stage, and is a dead, fully keratinized hair.[5] Fifty to one-hundred club hair are shed daily from a normal scalp.[5]
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Do you have any other symptoms, have you noticed any other negative changes, skin, nails, periods,
If the "stress" to your body was significant enough, you may even notice a Beaus line on your finger nails.

Because nail and hair growth are under the same influences, an arrest in hair growth is often mirrored in the nails by a groove across them coinciding with the time of the shock to the system. This is called a Beau's line. The time of the shock can be estimated from the fact that a finger nail takes 5 months to grow from the posterior nail fold to the free edge. So if the groove in the nail is half way down the nail then the shock must have been 2 1/2 months ago.
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So, if the stress to your body has ended, then the telogen effluvium may have already ended & things will naturally improve as your hair growth cycles return to normal.
Otherwise you will need to remove the stress, ie. fix your diet, make sure you are properly nourished.

...as i say just one possibilty, good luck, hope you get to the bottom of it

(i am not a doctor)

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Hey there, losing hair can sometimes be caused by weight loss. Your body might be going through Telogen effluvium. You can google it, but it sounds like that's what it is. I once went through that, some years ago, after losing some weight. It does stop, and the hair does grow back. If you are eating well, and taking in enough calories, then it will even out. It can take up to 6 months for the shedding to stop.

Stress can also cause Telogen effluvium.

Take care, but don't worry. My guess is that it's the weight loss that triggered this. It will get better.

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:27 PM

One possible factor in male and female hair loss seems to be hypothyroidism:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2002.01085.x/full

http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=532819

One dietary factors essential for proper thyroid hormone production are iodine. Are you taking in any notable sources of this mineral? Iodine is found richly in sea vegetables, fish, potatoes, and iodized salt. Also, if you're eating a lot of raw goitrogenic foods this can interfere with iodine uptake. These include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard, rutabagas, kohlrabi, and turnips.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=47

There are other factors, but this seems like a potential issue if you experienced increased shedding after starting a paleo diet.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:57 PM

In my experience this has indicated a nutrient deficiency of some sort. Maybe you should track what you're eating to make sure you are getting enough healthy fats (though, if you're eating paleo you probably are). Vitamin/mineral deficiencies known to lead to hair loss include definiciency in vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, beta-carotene, biotin, calcium, inositol, iodine, iron, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, and selenium (according to livestrong.com). Also make sure you aren't ingesting too many anti-nutrients and that you're eating enough food in general. Hope this helps.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Insulin Resistance, DHT and hairloss:

None of these are clinical in any way, but it's been my understanding for some time now that there is a strong correlation between insulin resistance, high DHT and hairloss. If you are experiencing this then I highly recommend you become familiar with DHT and insulin resistance.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I edited my post accordingly, this time with NCBI studies specifically in women :) +1 me if this helps.

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Yea but is that nature or nurture (genetics or learned lifestyle)?

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Thank you. I looked at those and many talk about men. Would that still apply to a female? Here is some more info about me: female, 28 years old, 123 lbs, 5'3", hair 22 in long.

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(284)

on December 08, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Very interesting. In conclusion it says paternal history linked to higher hair loss for the female, my father is bald.

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Same thing happened to me!
I've recently started showering in cold water, and using only shampoo without conditioner. My hair seems to have stopped shedding. Sorry my answer isn't more nutritionally relevant, haha!

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:17 PM

What kind of foods do you eat daily - are you low carb? I have had shedding increases after weight loss from low carbing and from a time I was hypothyroid (this has since been resolved and hair has come back with a vengeance). Once I started supplementing zinc this past summer, about a month after beginning, my nails have been stronger than ever, and grow so fast I can barely keep on top of them, and I shed way less than I have since I have in adulthood.

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