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 Post subject: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 5:19 pm 
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I went vegan just over a year ago. In the past year I've noticed some changes in my hair but never thought much about it. Now I can see that my hair has thinned quite a bit. I am sort of panicking about it. The top of my head near my part is very thin.

My last blood work showed that my vitamin D and iron were both low - so I have been taking those extra supplements for the past 2 months.

I made an appointment with my doctor at the end of the week, but can anyone please provide some insight or tips before I have a full on panic attack? In addition to the D and iron, I currently take Deva multi vitamin and calcium.

I appreciate any input from those this has happened to.


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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:09 pm 
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Lack of vitamin D and fat in your diet can both be a cause from what I understand. Are you eating enough or stressed out? Both of those factors can cause trouble too. I think if the doctor rules out thyroid problems or an underlying medical cause you should also see a dermatologist and maybe a dietician. In addition to taking a good vitamin supplement for vitamin D maybe add an omega fatty acids supplement or just make sure you get flax, walnuts, chia seeds, or hemp seed/oil every day might help. There is a great book called "Vegan for Life" that is highly recommended for help with getting proper nutrition.

This has been a huge problem for me but I think it's genetic since my sister has the same problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:22 pm 
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Yeah, I'd say definitely be patient, make sure you're eating enough (there are ways to check your total daily energy expenditure, do that and track your food consumption). My hair thinned when i was thru hiking and couldn't eat enough to keep up with my TDEE.

Also make sure you eat a lot of iron/vitamin d as you've already started to.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 4:14 pm 
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The low iron and vit D can do that. Make sure you are taking a supplement with more than the usual 15 mg though (100 mg is more like it).


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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 8:02 pm 
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So I saw my doctor today. My plan is to keep up with the extra iron and vitamin d and to come back in a month for more blood work. Last blood work showed thyroid was fine, so she is not worried about that.

She suggested adding biotin to my diet and I also picked up some zinc.

Next step if I don't see any improvements will be to see a dermatologist.

I can't say that I am feeling that much better abou the whole thing. Still in panic mode.


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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 6:52 am 
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I was in panic mode, too, when my hair started falling out (thyroid issues). It's difficult to stay calm but you really need to be patient. I just "tried not think about it" because it took a few months for my hair to fully come back.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning hair
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:44 am 
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My hair thinned quite a bit when I was very ill, but with a little dietary supplementation (most of which has already been suggested), my thick-thick hair is back in a major way.

Walnuts for the special vitamin E they contain, papaya, avocado, olive oil, almonds, and pecans. I don't know much about hemp / hemp oil, but I'm going to look into that as well. You don't have to go crazy either. Just add a few things to a smoothie or something. Avocado is a surprisingly delicious addition to smoothies, btw.

Oh, and your normal super-green foods are great as well: spinach, broccoli, kale, etc.

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