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10-04-2010, 10:17 PM
A friend of mine, fairly new to raw living, has a daughter, also fairly high raw at Stanford. The daughter is losing handfuls of hair. Her mother, a physician, thinks it is possibly due to low iron. Has anyone had this issue? What are the natural / raw remedies? Thanks.
10-04-2010, 11:02 PM
Is she releasing weight quickly? I've heard that can happen to some people. It'll grow back... which is good. (if that's the cause).
Adding more fats into her diet can assist...
10-04-2010, 11:05 PM
Immediately remove all products with Sodium Lauryth Sulfate.
It causes hair loss.
Could be an iron deficiency. Vitamin B-12 helps.
10-05-2010, 01:10 AM
First thoughts that come to my mind: hormonal imbalances. low progesterone can cause this right at puberty or after childbirth for example.
High stress can also cause low progesterone....
Eating a diet too low in fats can cause hormonal imbalances/hair loss too.
Too much sugar/candida can also cause this.
10-05-2010, 06:22 AM
Disclaimer: the below is what happened to me and not necessarily what your friend is going through. Sometimes hair loss can be a sign of significant ill health.
This happened to me to in the first stages of raw. I didn't lose huge amounts of weight or anything, I suspect it was part of the large scale shedding my body was doing.
I didn't worry too much about it, I kept checking all my other key health indicators and they were fine, plus I just had this feeling it was part of the process.
I soon found out I was right not to worry when I started seeing a layer of fuzz that was new growth coming through and now I'm pretty much back to my previous hair volume, except for the fact that my hair is softer and finer, like a younger woman's hair. I adore it!
10-05-2010, 09:16 AM
It is very common for your hair to fall out whenever you make a major diet change.
This summer, I started a detox diet and then moved to raw foods. For the first month, my hair was falling out like crazy....handfuls were falling out in the shower. And I was eating tons of kale, so it wasn't a loss of iron.
Tell her not to worry...it's normal, and it will subside after about a month, and after that, it will grow in much healthier. After it started falling out, my hair (and nails) then started growing like crazy. I had to clip my nails every 4 days for a while!
10-06-2010, 09:16 AM
Did you have blood work done to see how low her iron is? I had extremely low iron and my hair started to get thinner. I did go on iron supplements and now my hair is back to normal.
10-07-2010, 06:16 PM
...The previous post made me think of also having bloodwork to test her thyroid. Hypothyroidism will also cause this.
Also due to low l-arginine......
I'm trying! Just keep adding things as I think of them.
10-13-2010, 11:08 AM
Low levels of dietary iodine can cause low thyroid/hypothyroidism and one of the main symptoms is hair loss.
You should test her basal body temperature first thing in the morning, this will give you a big indication how your thyroid is working.
Seaweeds which contain the mineral iodine are good to eat regularly to make sure your getting sufficient iodine as its not an easy mineral to get on a vegan or raw vegan diet.
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