Hi, I know that this has been discussed before but I would like to know if anyone is currently having good results from diet changes and alopecia. A friend sent me an article connecting gluten free and autoimmune. I have also looked into eliminating processed foods. Thanks
I have been on a somewhat comprehensive elimination diet for 5 months. I am gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. I stay away from processed foods and most preservatives. I also avoid citrus, potatoes, and nightshade vegetables. For the first month, I also cut out soy and sugar but couldn't find anything to eat so my doctor added them back. Needless to say, it hasn't been easy. And no, I haven't seen a difference. I have had Alopecia Universalis since April and I have no signs of growth.
Wow that is an intense diet. Thanks for responding.
Tried pretty much the same diet for about 5 months and also didn't see any results. My condition actually progressed further toward Universalis
I noticed my first spot in aug. 2009. I first shaved my head in aug 2011 because the patches were so big. Now I barely have to shave my head anymore and the rest of my is losing its hair. It's so hard to tell the cause/reason for AA/AT/AU; your changes in diet might have influenced it but it also could have been pure coincidence.
Having had alopecia for most of my life now, and having various other issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, candida etc.. I was on an elimination diet for 3 years, no wheat, no yeast, no sugar, no preservatives. Thankfully I enjoy cooking and make nearly everything from scratch, and still do. The result being my children have been brought up with what I consider a healthy diet, where takeaways are treat about twice a year. I still limit my sugar intake, but the result of all those years of being careful with what I ate is while I lost weight and actually had to carbo load to keep some weight on, my alopecia progressed from areata to totalis to universalis, and my daughter then lost her hair, totalis. I think so far most of the evidence between diet and alopecia is anecdotal, if there is a link, I can only say in my case it would be a negative one, the healthier my diet, the more I progressed to the next stage. However I dont believe the 2 are related. But I continue with my diet as I believe the best thing I can do is try to be as healthy as I possibly can, and because there have been improvements in other areas of my life. Please don't take my post wrong, or negatively, all I can say is after 30 years diet has had no impact on my situation. One day the absolute cause of alopecia will be found, and maybe then a way for us all to have hair again will be available.
It seems that some diets work sometimes for some people. The same with the treatments out there. Eating healthy is always a good idea.
Everything crossed for that day to come!! Best wishes!!
I am on a gluten free diet for years now but now difference in hair growth. I had someone tell me that bringing more minerals into my diet might help. She told me to make lots of soup from mineral-rich bones. I haven't done that very much.
I have had AU for many years - when I was a teen, I was on a strict diet - no red meats, no dairy, no wheat, no caffeine and a very strong vitamin regime. It grew back - amazing, hadn't changed the diet and it all fell out, within 3 days like the first time. I am now clinically diagnosed as IBS with non-celiac (gluten issues) and Lactose and Fructose Intollerance. Living this lifestyle has not changed the alopecia at all. There is a correlation between Alopecia and IBS as they are both autoimmune deficiency diseases. I wish I could say YES it works, but I think it varies from person to person. I have read studies where a child was allergic to dairy and his hair was falling out, as soon as he cut out all dairy it grew back......
I wish you all the luck in the world finding a solution - I have been living 32 years with various forms of Alopecia.
don't know if this will help, but my theory on alopecia cures is this>>
Alopecia Areata is an auto immune disease. Everybodies immune system is different, the result of many different environmental factors. I very much disagree with the idea that diet can cause alopecia, but changing environmental factors may assist the immune system in returning to "normal". For some people, changing envrinmental factors like diet or going on vitamin suppliments or cortisone can help that individual's immune system. But I don't think any particular environmental change will help everybody, because i believe alopecia effects every body differently.
Also I don't have the will power to cut out the foods you guys have :) kudos. :P