So I've been vegetarian for 2 years before I made the switch to paleo. One of the main reasons I decided to take a stab at meat again was because I noticed that my hair was noticeably thinner on a vege diet. So for one month I literally ate meat every single day only to find myself at another conundrum. Within a week I found that my hair was no longer falling out in chunks (yay!), but I also noticed that I started to grow hair in weird/unexpected places (noooo...) such as my newly grown "happy trail".... yes, I am female and I now have a happy trail wtf.... which was previously unnoticeable peach fuzz on my vege diet, but is now significantly darker (only in the straight line, not my whole belly). Also what gets me the most is the hair on my forehead, which I didn't even notice before --cuz twas' peach fuzz-- is now also noticeably darker (only if you're looking close though). Only forehead hair got darker, none of the other hairs on my face got darker. What is up with that?... I would understand mustache hair or chin hair, but forehead hair?? and this bothers me the most because from a certain distance it may seem like blackheads, but NO it is actually the peach fuzz hair on my forehead turned black. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME. So what is the deal?? Is all this meat maybe making me testosterone dominant? I've lowered my meat intake to about 2-3 times a week for the last 2 weeks, but haven't noticed a change/decrease/lightening of those pesky, unwanted hairs.
Maybe I was overdosing on protein? I also noticed on a meat heavy diet I start getting forehead acne, does this happen to anyone else as well? Are there any paleo approved foods that will up my estrogen/lower testosterone? or should I just limit meat for a bit longer and ride out this hairy wave?
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on July 11, 2013
at 02:04 AM
My guess is that your hormones are normalizing again, but I have no evidence for this, and I hope someone comes along with a better answer. I wish you the best of luck!
on November 15, 2014
at 07:26 AM
It could be the hormones in beef. I'm not a vegetarian, but I stopped eating beef, and when I started eating it again, I noticed some hair-line recession(male pattern baldness) and thickness in body hair. The beef I had was American, and I stopped for a while then tried it again with the same american beef, and I got the same effect. So I stopped eating beef altogether. A year or so later, I ate beef again that was from New Zealand, and another time I had Angus beef. I'm not sure, but I didn't notice those effects, but none of those beef sources claimed to not use hormones in that specific meat. Maybe hormones are used in excess in the USA? I didn't try to eat beef again in a long time and I'm also on Avodart(controls the DHT which causes progressive baldness in men). I eat cheese that comes from the USA though, and I didn't notice increase in hair recession or thickness in body hair; it could be because of Avodart though.
on January 12, 2014
at 05:16 AM
Me and my wife exactly had the same problem when we came to united states. We started to eat their beef, milk, butter, etc... it is all because of hormones which are approved by FDA. At last we ended up with USDA Organic products and after about 2 months those unwanted hairs were disappeared. We have been living in Europe , Malaysia , United Arab Emirates and never had that problem. Try for two months just organic products. it mean no chocolate(it has butter milk) no milk, no butter, no beef, no cheese, no pizza , no burger . just buy Organic ones ! you need to look for USDA ORGANIC signature on beef and dairy products. We noticed that even a small amount of normal butter milk in chocolates is bad for unwanted hair. Every time we want to buy any thing we will carefully look at ingredients for milk, butter milk. That is why use of those hormones are illegal in Europe , Japan , Canada , Australia ...
on August 07, 2013
at 02:57 AM
this is strange because it seems that a diet high in muscle meats would cause hair loss through excessive tryptophan which helps make serotonin I believe. it seems the reason steffanson didn't lose his hair an his all meat diet was because they ate the whole animal, bones (gelatin), brains marrow liver etc
on July 11, 2013
at 10:49 AM
You are either eating dairy which contains hormones/antibiotics or conventionally grown meat with excess male hormones if from a bull or antibiotics laden meat or cooking your meat in oxidized seed oils or cancer or PCOS or Vitamin D/B12 deficiency.