Keto Induced Hair Fall – A Temporary Setback
Witnessing more and more strands of hair fall into the sink post going keto? Well, don’t get all worrisome and curse your diet change, for, this condition is very much temporary. There can be a variety of reasons to lose hair, but, it becomes quite common when one is strictly following a constrained calorie diet or occasionally, as a result, of being on a low-carb diet.
If such is the case, then hair usually start falling out immensely after 3-6 months of being in pursuit of a new food regime. Though, how much ever terrifying it might be, you can sigh in relief knowing that this phenomenon is a short-lived one. And there is more to it – you shall have to say goodbye to only a certain percentage of your hair and the thinning of which will be barely obvious to others around you.
Subsequently, the hair follicles give birth to new hair, and even the thickness that was once lost gets restored. Of course, if you have long hair this could take a year or even more.
Stress and Hair Loss go Hand in Hand!
The level of stress you undergo is directly proportional to the amount of hair loss. Therefore, the significant the stress, more hair strands than normal tend to enter the undeveloped phase at the same time. This can occur due to an array of reasons:
- Starvation, including calorie-restricted diets and meal replacements
- Extremely demanding exercise routine
- Breast Feeding
- Vitamins and Minerals Deficits
- Psychological Stress
- Dietary Alterations
- Lack of biotin and protein
As and when the new hair start to grow, the previously resting hair eventuate to drop, almost around at the same time. Medically, this course of development is termed as ‘Telogen effluvium’ and it’s relatively common.
How to Prevent Hair Fall?
If there was a recognizable factor that triggered 3-6 months resulting in the problem – such as giving birth or evolving to a severe low-carb diet – you don’t really have to do anything. In all likelihood, the problem will be impermanent.
While you eat enough calories and replenish your electrolytes, you need not stop it to speed up the hair recuperation. Consequently, it is likely to quicken by itself.
Undergoing blood examinations to identify any nutrient deficiencies can be another choice. Though, unless and until, you are consuming a vegetarian or a vegan diet that lacks any supplements of iron and B12, its unlikely for anything interesting to pop up.
Minimizing the Risk of Hair Loss being on a Low-Carb Diet
Keto induced hair loss is only a provisional setback. Thus, this should definitely not discourage you from staying true to your keto lifestyle. There are no studies that teach how to reduce this risk, but, they definitely suggest not to go on a low-carb and a low-fat diet (AKA “starvation”) simultaneously. Instead, it’s advised to eat as much fat as you need to satiate your hunger – an LCHF diet.
Additionally, any major nutritional alterations will result in stressing your body, which could prompt temporary hair loss. Once your metabolism gets in tandem to your new, improved way of eating, your hair will go back to normal. Also, do not intensify you exercise routine for at least a couple of weeks!
An appropriate ketogenic diet plan will guarantee you a balanced and a healthy lifestyle alongside an enhanced cognitive function while you flaunt your healthy hair!