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11-12-2019 08:43 AM
Citrus333 Hair loss can be the result of iron deficiency. Unless your diet is so crappy that you get no iron, it's unlikely to be diet-related. Iron deficiency arises for many reasons. I've had a lifelong problem with iron because my body simply does not utilize it properly. I take fairly high doses of iron along with a high-potency multi which has enough C to assist iron absorption.

Try a low dose of iron chelate daily and see if it helps. If it helps, get to a doctor and find out just how low your iron is so the proper dose can be determined.

(I'm not saying this is anyone's particular problem, only suggesting it as a possibility.)
11-04-2019 07:40 PM
firebreather Your body secretes growth hormone while you sleep at night. Whoever told you that regular daytime eating inhibits release of HGH, if you paid them $ for that advice, you should ask for a refund. Alas there are many quacks around. Take care.
10-31-2019 05:36 AM
FredericLavender
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Originally Posted by katebrownell View Post
I am also suffering from hair loss. I was looking for some tips. I am glad to have vegan hair loss tips.
Hey, see my post above!
10-24-2019 01:32 AM
katebrownell I am also suffering from hair loss. I was looking for some tips. I am glad to have vegan hair loss tips.
10-18-2019 08:41 AM
FredericLavender I had a similar issue but it was before I went vegan (I was veggie at the time) but it happened around the time my Dr increased my dosage of thyroxine (I have an underactive thyroid).
I found articles linked with loss of hair and high dosages of thyroxine. Do you have an underactive thyroid gland?
09-26-2019 06:02 AM
lifereversal
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It sounds difficult to eat a full day's supply of calories and nutrients at only 1 meal per day.
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1 meal yes because skinless nuts would need to be consumed daily. 2 meals doable but when growth hormone levels are elevated daily... Less calories are required since growth hormone activates many beneficial pathways and maintains nitrogen balance... Less protein is required. Adaptation to 1 meal a day is extremely hard but the benefits from daily autophagy can't be replicated with a pill. White teeth, increased awareness, calmness and the growth hormone boost at the end of everyday leads to feeling like we can lift a ton of weight.

What the dietician said is also true regarding a lack of niacin(vitamin B3) since niacin stimulates growth hormone production.

I don't recommend crazy long starvation fasts. Please don't misunderstand.
09-25-2019 08:00 AM
Citrus333
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I use to loose my hair if I ate too many meals a day and/or from chronic stress from emotional unloading meat eaters. Lack of growth hormone production leads to hair loss and the production is inhibited when we eat. Best to eat 1-2 meals a day and exercise.
There are as many reasons for hair loss as there are people. One size does not fit all and there's no one right way for anything.
09-24-2019 10:17 PM
David3
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I use to loose my hair if I ate too many meals a day and/or from chronic stress from emotional unloading meat eaters. Lack of growth hormone production leads to hair loss and the production is inhibited when we eat. Best to eat 1-2 meals a day and exercise.

It sounds difficult to eat a full day's supply of calories and nutrients at only 1 meal per day.
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09-24-2019 06:55 PM
lifereversal I use to loose my hair if I ate too many meals a day and/or from chronic stress from emotional unloading meat eaters. Lack of growth hormone production leads to hair loss and the production is inhibited when we eat. Best to eat 1-2 meals a day and exercise.
05-25-2019 08:06 AM
inhalecalm Hair loss is very common for all, particularly not only for vegan. Well their are so many home remedies to prevent hairfall. People can try those. As a vegan you can't use any animal based products like , egg or cow milk. But we can use coconut milk. Here I am sharing one vegan recipe to prevent hair loss
Take a coconut, grate it and simmer it in a pan. After five minutes strain it and make it cool. Take crushed black pepper (1 tablespoon) and crushed fenugreek seeds (1 tablespoon). Mix these in the coconut milk, apply then on scalp and hair. Keep this for 20 minutes, then rinse with a shampoo.
05-22-2019 12:40 AM
katebrownell No worry. It's common after an age. Maybe your body is going through some Hormonal changes. Reasons behind hair fall are many, like thyroid, high BP, tension or depression.

Or maybe the hair product you are using is not suiting your hair condition. But I never heard of hair fall because of the vegan lifestyle. Being vegan, I'm sure you eat avocado, nuts, spinach kind of veggies which are helpful for growing hair.

You can visit a doctor if the problem is serious.
04-26-2019 07:22 PM
TempehTemptress I have never heard of this problem happening with a vegan diet. I have been vegan for 20 years and my husband has as well. I also have two kids who have always been vegan. Everyone has their hair. All nutrients can be found in vegan food.

I am also a dietitian and therefore I would suggest that you see a Registered Dietitian to make sure you are eating a balanced diet. After your deficiency is corrected it would be best to get food sources of iron rather than relying on an iron pill forever. In my line of work I have only seen hair falling out with people who are anorexic or otherwise with malnutrition or weight loss. This is likely due to a severe protein deficiency. Hair loss can also be caused by not having enough niacin or certain other B vitamins.

Hair loss is not the first symptom I think of when I think of iron deficiency. There is not a definitive link actually. Again, as above it is more associated with protein deficiency.

As someone else mentioned, hair loss can also be from various medical conditions (like hypothyroidism) unrelated to nutrition.

Either way, I hope things improve for you and that you feel better. Give us an update!
02-05-2019 10:04 AM
zellora therefore I returned to the egg
01-24-2019 03:13 AM
itsmaira There are a lot of reasons behind hair loss and hair thinning. Lack of proper diet is one of them. May be you would not take the proper diet because your hair also want some diet to grow and to healthy. Insufficient and improper diet may be the cause of it. You should take proper diet and also apply some oil in the roots of hair on daily basis. It will surely work.
03-09-2017 02:55 AM
silva Hair goes through growth, rest, and loss cycles unnoticed. I first realized this when I got my hair at the beginning of a new job. One woman commented after a few months that my hair didn't seem to ever change. My hair is normally so fast growing it concerned me, and I was also shedding, but this explained it all. After that time (how long?) it went back to normal.
Sometimes a change in routine, or when you're looking for symptoms, can make this otherwise unnoticed change very noticable-

https://www.philipkingsley.com/hair-...-growth-cycle/
10-21-2015 04:14 PM
ToriannB That's good news. The only thing is that you may need to take a laxative with ur iron supplement. Best of luck.

http://venusvegan.wordpress.com
10-21-2015 02:39 PM
clementine_cloud Turns out I am low in ferritin (protein that stores iron) so started iron supplements, hopefully this works!
10-12-2015 07:31 PM
dormouse This isn't something I experienced going vegetarian or vegan. I'm glad you're seeing a doctor.
10-12-2015 09:47 AM
clementine_cloud Thanks for the advice guys. I usually have 1,800-2,000, and I haven't lost any weight so not sure that's the cause. But I made a doctor's appointment, so hopefully I'll find out soon!
10-12-2015 07:27 AM
Marjoram You say you are using cron-o-meter (I use it to) so you take enough calories for your age/weight/height? Average is 2000 for a woman but might be more if you are raw vegan. I never notice me loosing more hair when I went vegan but I know a lack of calories or rapid weight lost do just that, vegan or not. If you get all your nutrients on cron-o-meter then it's not a lack of animal proteins because you replaced them just fine.
10-11-2015 07:44 PM
runnerveggie There are many possible causes of hair loss, and most are completely unrelated to diet. By all means, make sure your diet is nutritionally adequate, but I hope you'll also see at doctor.
10-11-2015 04:44 PM
David3 Hi clementine,

The first thing we should suspect is lack of calories; this is the most common mistake made by new vegans (including myself when I became vegan 24 years ago).

What is your daily calorie intake, according to Cronometer?
10-11-2015 03:52 PM
Auxin One possibility could be hypothyroidism. Hair loss is one common sign of that.
If your consuming no adequate sources of iodine or are consuming known goitrogens like lemon balm or millet you may want to address that. I managed to cause hypothyroidism with lemon balm, it wasnt pretty- lol

Once the cause is fixed a one or two month course of Ashwagandha may help the body bounce back. Theres evidence it helps to counter hypothyroidism at least to a limited degree and it helps healthier skin, nails, and hair grow in.
10-11-2015 01:54 PM
Nara This started happening to me when I went vegan. I was a newbie and having doubts, so I went pescatarian for a few months to see if this would make a difference. Even though I consumed some eggs, milk, and fish--I did not see any change in the hair loss. I decided that I wasn't going to go back to consuming the amount of animal products that I had been previously and so I went back to being vegan. I still continue shedding a lot of hair 10 years later--but I do not lose enough where my hair is thinning or I am going bald. I really can't figure out what the reason is for this, but I get labwork done twice a year and it is always excellent.
10-11-2015 11:38 AM
veganfitnessjunkie My hair starting thinning in the past when I lost a lot of weight (before I was vegan). It was noticeably thinner but it never got to the point where it looked bad. It came back in normally when I hit my goal weight and ate a normal amount of calories, but it definitely freaked me out.

Useful article on vegan hair loss: http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/hairloss

I would see a doctor or RD and get a blood test.
10-11-2015 11:22 AM
clementine_cloud
Hair loss as a vegan

I've been vegan since the start of July, and have made a real effort to do it healthily - using Cronometer to make sure I'm getting enough vitamins and minerals, cooking healthy meals, never going hungry or restricting the amounts I eat, and taking B12 and D. I feel great about my decision, after watching Earthlings, Cowspiracy, etc. I really want to stick with this.

Thing is, my hair is falling out. In large quantities. I'm 23 and this has been going on for about 3 weeks now, even just running my hands through it strands just come away every time and I can feel a big difference in its volume. A google search showed me lots of people have had this issue, but has anyone on here experienced it or found a solution? Apart from this I feel great, have plenty of energy, etc. But it's scary and I feel like maybe I should go back to eggs/dairy/ some fish, as I don't want to go bald... nothing else in my lifestyle has changed except my diet. Anyone?

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