Then I became vegan & kale made my hair fall out.

Hair loss through healthy nutrition

How I lost my shampoo advertising hair through stress, a "healthy diet" and my own ignorance.

All right, I admit the title may be a bit misleading, but just by a hair's breadth, and in fact it actually somehow applies to those of us with hypothyroidism. Here are the most important remarks on the compilation of the causes that led to my Follicle failing and flaccid, flabby curls and made my hair fall out:

1. I was under stress

I had a stressful job for 20 years (I sold real estate, but replace the things that constantly frighten you in your life: work, finances, relationships, health, CNN, etc.). You have understood the picture).

Chronic stress causes the body to produce a steady stream of adrenaline, which is fantastic when you have to jump out of the way of a speeding skateboarder or a noiseless Prius (Toyota electric car) - but a constant state of adrenaline-driven anxiety leads to an excess of cortisol, which causes the adrenal glands to shut down, resulting in a sluggish thyroid, which causes the main concern mentioned above: our hair!

Two. I went vegan.

Before we judge, let me explain. I stopped eating animals and did not add suitable fats (or alternatively, suitable food supplements) to my diet. Sure, I ate avocados and almonds and hemp oil and all the good stuff for you-no-animal-die-Omegas, but I didn't eat cashew nuts or macadamia nuts because I thought the high cholesterol was bad for me. Turns out we need sufficient cholesterol to support adrenal gland function. The liver produces cholesterol for us, but it needs choline for that. Soya lecithin is the best source of vegan choline. Who knew? (Obviously not me.)

3.I have eaten quite a lot of (raw) kale.

I also ate all the other green superfoods that are supposed to keep me alive and youthful and radiant. But you know what? Some of these superfoods are considered goitrogenic, which means they inhibit Iodine productionwhich is needed to support the function of the thyroid gland. (Details here.) Really? Yes. However, some articles suggest that cooking these devious goitrogenic food their negative side effect potency is reduced.

Hair loss through vegan nutrition?
Hair Loss on a vegan diet?

Signs that you may have high cortisol levels:

  • Back pain and you have not even lifted heavily.
  • She and the moon are best friends forever. Hello, insomnia and restless sleep!
  • You need naps. A lot of naps. When you wake up. (Chronic fatigue.)
  • Weight gain - especially the dreaded middle part.
  • Sniffles, coughs, sneezes. You love beasts because your immune system is failing.
  • Craving for sugar: whether disguised in carbohydrates or in sweet treats.
  • Low/no sex drive. It's been so long since you've had such desire that you've forgotten how to do it.
  • What a bloated arse! No shit - literally. (And other unsavoury) gastrointestinal sensitivities.
  • Fear and/or paranoia, or fear of paranoia or paranoia of fear - whatever you call it, it is an up and down!
  • Chicken Little Syndrome alias the sky is falling, I think I'm gonna hide and cry. (Depression.)

Common goitrogenic villains:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • green mustard plant
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Soya-based food
  • Peanuts

How can you fix it?

I am not a doctor, naturopath or health expert in any way, so my first advice is to seek professional medical help. The body is a complex organism, and even if you have all these symptoms as described above, you may be suffering from something that is unrelated to it. Which I am sure you would not be sad about.

My general advice to everyone:

Learn to manage the stress. Control your diet.

As for me, because I was so fucked up (because I was so unbalanced that I couldn't deal with stress and diet and to save my hair I had to resort to hormones and supplements, which sucks because I'm an anti-plastic-and artificial opponent and prefer pro natural and organic.

I was prescribed pork!

I admit I'm a big bacon fan, but I only buy at the local farmers' market, which happy pigs have. But for all those (still seemingly?) healthy vegans out there who want to avoid eating animals, I recommend a double checkup to make sure they have a healthy hormone balance. A pinch of precaution could save you from losing the hair on your head and suffering from hair loss and the other diseases.

A guest article by Anna Jorgensen

Anna Jorgensen
Anna Jorgensen - dating, love and relationship coach.

About Anna Jorgensen:

As the daughter of a lumberjack I spent my formative years surrounded by jungle and hungry grizzly bears in remote forest camps. The workers were mostly hard-working, good-hearted, unkempt. Men. There were plenty of posters with naked Womenwhich explains my naughty sense of humor and my understanding of the way men think. (Note: It's not just about sex).

In 2010, after several "trial" relationships (and a hell of a "I need help" self-study), I rewrote my self and my life and now wear the cape as a "wingmam". Hurray! My superpower is to provide one-on-one coaching and online self-study programs that entertain and teach singles how to understand the opposite sex, break free, find their way in the modern dating world, and fast-forward to the fun side of their happy endings. (I don't ask anyone to use corny lines or made-up words like I do).
Love IS the answer, people! 😉

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