A good friend sent me a message after my Insta story post on the Keto Diet causes Hair loss.
She was trying to convince me that it was menopause causing the hair loss and had nothing to do with diet. “It’s all about hormones,” she said.
Yes menopause can cause hair loss, absolutely.
Double yes, it totally is about hormones.
But she is 100% incorrect to say that diet doesn’t play a part. Diet is a massive contributor to how your hormones function.
I am the perfect example, I changed from Keto which is an anti Thyroid Diet to a Pro Metabolic Thyroid Supporting Diet and my thinning hair grew back.
Let’s discuss just one aspect – feeding the Thyroid properly.
The Thyroid requires sufficient carbohydrates to function optimally. It controls the entire metabolic rate of your body and how efficiently you create and use energy.
Once you mess with this and don’t eat enough carbs, it slows your body down. This in turn slows down your body’s ability to remove excess estrogen, causing an estrogen dominance situation, leading to all kinds of issues.
Issues like this:
- abnormal menstruation (heavy/painful periods),
- mood swings,
- anxiety & depression,
- breast tenderness,
- hormonal weight gain
- breast cancer
Also once you are in an estrogen dominant state, this further negatively impacts how the thyroid works as well. So it becomes a vicious cycle.
All because you didn’t eat carbs or enough of them!
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Then there’s progesterone. Your thyroid also stimulates progesterone production.
So we’re back at the start— no carbs, wrecking thyroid function and then progesterone stops too.
Following this pattern, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that testosterone also declines when thyroid function declines.
So this is just one tiny glimpse of it and if you’re so inclined, you can study it until you’re blue in the face.
Or you can just grab a copy of the ZEN Beach Diet and start living the life – enough of the right food, enough sun, enough of the right type of gentle exercise, enough rest and just enough of the good habits to let nature work it’s magic.
Note: For those still on the Keto, Carnivore, Low Carb train and say you don’t need to eat carbs, your body can make them from fat – it is true that they can be made. However when you are relying on this conversion for your entire fuel, it puts the body under stress, which it can’t keep up forever. I think I lasted 10 years on Keto because I didn’t exercise much. Those who do will fall apart much quicker.