I am a 23 year old male who has been about 80% paleo since 2010. In the past two years I noticed itchy dandruff followed by hair loss in the past year or so. I had a thick head of hair up until I was about 22. Its super depressing seeing your hair thinning at the ripe old age of 23! Anyway I will be keeping a log about my quest to stop my hair loss in hopes that there are other young'ns out there who can help/are curious about what I am doing. I know ray peat is on the fringe in these parts, but I have been reading a ton of his stuff lately. It really interests me how in depth he goes and it seems to make sense (reduce stress at the cellular level for overall health) In the past two weeks since eating more fruit, cheese and orange juice my dandruff has basically gone away. I used to scratch my head and it looked like sand underneath my finger nails. However, I don't know if my hair loss has slowed down. I am going to start supplementing gelatin, K2 and Vit A shortly. The reason for the gelatin is to provide glycine which according to peat balances out the high amount of tryptophan most of us eat in muscle meats. K2 has also been implicated in stopping hair loss and vitamin A will be used to stop the dandruff, slight chapped lips and acne, which I also have on the backs of my shoulders, as these three seem to be connected.
A typical day of eating lately has looked like this: eggs, sour cream, yogurt (not sure if this is recommended) cheese, butter, white potato, white rice, 1% milk, orange juice no pulp, grapes, a raw carrot, some red meat, if I eat chicken I also eat the skin and the tendons (I think the skin is high in pufa but I eat it for the different amino acid profile than what is in muscle meat - however I could be completely wrong), I also put salt on my meat, rice and potato.
I don't have a science background everything I know is regurgitated (sp?) from robb wolf, danny roddy ray peat taubes etc. I know they have some different views on things but they agree on a lot - sat fat is good, too much pufa not good, animal protein good, fat soluble vitamins important, etc.
I know this is long but Im just trying to give a lot of details for those interested! thanks!
asked bywolverine_1 (0)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on August 07, 2013
at 08:58 AM
I started a very similar paleo diet a few years ago and went completely cold turkey, and found myself after a month with a rather interesting bald spot at the hairdressers, (she was shit scared to show me, thinking I was going to blame her, and secretly for a while, I did!) The spot got bigger and bigger, so I went to the pharmacy and the stupid woman said I had ringworm and sold me some expensive cream. After about 2wks of slathering on this cream with no joy, only a bigger bald spot, I finally coughed up the money and went to the doctor. He told me that sometimes when your body is so used to a certain kind of diet, and then you go in a completely different and almost extreme way, that the body can go into a type of shock, something about your cells can start fighting eachother and its affects your hair, creating alopecia...it eventually went away as my body got used to the diet, but it took at least 7mths before I saw it stop and hair start to want to come back. Hats and interesting hairstyles is all I can recommend!