Lets start with this, a photo before I even knew what Alopecia was.
So mid year 2015 I noticed some patches of hair missing on my scalp.I just blamed my hardhat for it and never thought much of it. They progressively got worse until I had to shave my head in April, 2016.
I went to a Dermatologist got a bunch of topical creams and told it was fine and was from stress. Essentially they don't know why it happens and have no reasoning, so they blame it on that. After that I did some digging and went on a PALEO diet for 12-14 months(zero alcohol consumption). A solid 10 months at 100% compliance.
I also spent 4-5 sessions with a Naturopath, I added L-glutamine and probiotics to my diet. I had 80% regrowth of the hair I lost on my scalp. But the other 20% would not grow any hair and remained bald, so I still shaved my scalp.
I never had AU at this time. I got discouraged and just went off the diet all together and resumed consuming alcohol. About 12-15 months later and no regrowth, numerous blood tests, trips to the dermatologist, and now more hair lost on my scalp I also lost all the hair on my arms/legs/majority chest/partially in my armpits.
I spent alot of time learning about Leaky Gut. So in this day and age an ad popped up on my Facebook for a leaky gut video. I watched the 90 minute video. After that I bought the E-book(The Plant Paradox - Dr.Gundry) for $11 and read the 300-400 page book in a 3 days. I decided why not, the logic behind the science in the book made sense. It explained why i had 80% regrowth on my paleo diet, but not the 100% I so dearly wanted.
So i started the diet, 5 days in, I had regrowth on my scalp in the original spot that I lost hair and has had ZERO regrowth since that initial falling out phase, until now! About 14 days in I noticed my scalp is fully complete with hair, although not all the pigment is there. It will come in time as I learned on my first diet. My arms, legs,armpits, chest have started to have hair return to them. All white/peach fuzz in color. As of writing this I am on day 38! I have followed the diet 99%. I sometimes get a craving for honey. Which isnt allowed in the phase I am in. These are the most recent pictures. I wont post the ones of my arms/legs/armpits/chest.. because the peach fuzz is extremely hard to see in a picture and the light angle has to be good. BUT THEY ARE THERE AND GROWING, which I haven't had a single strand of hair grow on before this diet after they originally fell out.
Thanks! It’s sooooo close!! How are things with you?
That's incredible progress, man! Congratulations! You're almost there. How are the trouble areas (neckline, above ears) responding?
I've stuck to the restrictive diet since my last post in October, and I'm seeing it already. Dark shadowy areas of regrowth where I've had none for several years, and vellus hair almost everywhere. Less than two months, and it's happening. I'm not a very excitable guy, but this feels great! It's still a long road, though.
To mitigate the weight loss, I've tried taking a more surgical approach this time rather than just cutting almost everything out. I was already eating quite clean (with no effect on the alopecia), but I've now cut out all alcohol, "gluten free" replacements, ALL sugar and things that spike insulin, high-lactose foods (soft cheese, milk, yogurt), and some of the highest lectin foods (onions, garlic, peas and beans). I'm also trying to get a lot more potassium into me.
I've lost weight, but not like before. Stomach feels good, my athletic performance is way up, and I'm growing hair! It's more sustainable into the future this time, too.
Congrats again! You're doing great.
Thanks! I really appreciate it. They have hair and are gaining pigment like crazy! I am going to dye it before Christmas here and see if I am comfortable to finally go out in public without a hat on ..... this will be the first time in 4 years!
That is amazing!!! Congrats, it will come faster and faster ! Yes, I need to cut out liquor I have slowed my progress with that one thing alone. Good call on your choices!
Yes, I’ve noticed huge improvements in my physical ability as opposed to before just with these nutrition changes!
Keep it up and it will come!!!! All the best to you!!
Amazing results! Congratulations and Happy Holidays!
Thank you ! You have a great holiday season as well!
Well I just took a picture. This is roughly a year apart. I achieved these results with nutrition changes by following The Plant Paradox by Dr.Gundry. I was also able to come off an antidepressant I was told I needed for life.