I am Male, 36 Years Old, Played sports at a high level, Had alopecia as a child but always just patches on my head that would come and go, I could cover them by letting my hair grow a little longer.
2010 I really pushed by body hard by entering a sports competition, I had a 13 week prep, Maybe 2 week after completion of the competition I noticed patches of body hair fallen out, Then a small piece of my eyebrow, my beard had completely stopped growing. Within maybe 8 week I was completely AU.
I unfortunately fell for every Con, Bought all the Gels, was sold the magic Pills, The Creams, Listening to horrible people who claimed to have the answers to fixing it if you purchased their snake oil etc. Like many on here I scoured the Internet looking for answers and would often spend 6hrs straight on this site looking for answers.
Luckily enough after a year or so I was able to find acceptance and start to move on with my life, Which was incredibly hard since it completely altered how I looked etc.
Always being into health and fitness I tried the Auto Immune diet, For me it was just too difficult, My Wife and I don't drink so we like to eat out and I found it very hard to enjoy nights out.
In 2013 I started to read up on Intermitting Fasting. The gist of the diet was simple, pick 8 or 6 hour window, Eat within these 8/6 hours, When the 8 hours have pass you go into a fasted state (No food, or drinks with cals) It was sold to me as a great way of staying trim and strict on a diet. After spending maybe 6 months or so on the diet I got back some body hair, Hair on my head etc, By 8 months in I was fully back. My brows, Facial Hair, BodyHair (Only thing I didn't Miss Much ha)
For some reason I did not connect the hair and fasting and after awhile I started to skip on the diet here and there. Until one year in Id changed my diet and I was no longer fasting anymore.
Gradually I started to see the same spots again. I had patches in my beard, Body Hair, Hair on my arms stopped. I wasn't as crushed by this as I was the first time around, I spend a lot of time learning how to accept it but at the same time It did hurt, People asking if I was ok or peoples faces when they could see I was losing it again.
From 2015 to 2018 or so I was pretty much AU.
My brother and I were always into fitness and Id become sluggish etc when he suggested I give the Intermitted Fasting another go. So in early 2018 I started again as a way to stay in shape. My window was 12 to 8pm, If I didn't eat in my window then I didn't eat. (unless you have health issues this is completely fine, Some people panic if they haven't eaten in a few hours, You can fast for few days with zero issues)
I first noticed hair kicking back in hard on my legs and Arms, I had other health issues such as inflammation in my legs and especially my back and hips, I noticed this had also fallen greatly. within 8 months I was back to somewhat normal. My hair is not as thick as the first time around, My beard is not as strong etc but I have full body hair, eyebrows (Very few lashes) I have facial stubble.
it was then I made the connection to Fasting and my AU
Over time I started to find more about intermittent fasting, High level athletes like GSP were using fasting not just to look good but for also the insane health benefits that came with it.
Basically humans as not suppose to be able to go to a fridge and gorge. Today people eat way way too much and the issues is the majority of what we eat is absolute junk anyway. By eating within a 6 or 8 hour window you give your body 18 to 16hrs of rest and repair, make new cells and recover from the toxins.
I am of course on here with nothing to sell, Like so many I spend years of my life on here looking for answers and never really found them, The top person in the field of fasting and its benefits is Dr Rhonda Patrick. She has many podcasts and written articles that go deep into why Fasting can really help people who have health issues. My brother has used Intermediated Fasting now for 8 years. I know I will stay with this diet long term as its helped me with inflammation greatly and I just feel better in general.
Just thought Id post my experience here. There is plenty of information on fasting but I would suggest Dr Rhonda Patrick
Thanks for the read :)
I absolutely will!!
I recently saw another video on YT about fasting and stem cell regeneration. Dont quote me on this but, the guy says, you fast for 1 week at a time(1 week on 1 week off)and what the body will do is create stronger healthier stem cells in the body. So what you were saying about what was happening to you makes a lot of sense
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Joey, thanks for sharing your story here. Very interesting! I, too, had too much trouble following the autoimmune diet. I tried it a few years ago for my arthritis and bloating/gastric issues and it really worked, but I couldn't sustain it. I've been AU (no remissions ever) since I was a little kid (I'm 51 now). Somewhere in the back of my mind I had hoped that if I sustained the diet I *might* get my hair back. But I wasn't too hard on myself, since I have had a long time to adjust to my life being the way it is. I went back to pain killers as needed and I've even done acupuncture, which also works great for pain. (I had some mysterious and very cool experiences getting it, too!) But your message caught my eye this morning because I've just lost 15 pounds, and I've been doing it in a very specific way. I go to a clinic here in Phoenix called Red Mountain. I think it's only in a few southwestern states. Anyway, it does involve hcg and vitamin B shots, but the food part is the connection I'm making to intermittent fasting. I eat at 7am and have my last meal by 5pm. Sometimes I might go a little later. Now, that is not within the window you describe, but I'm eating hardly anything at all when I do eat. I AM eating things that IF I was on the autoimmune diet I wouldn't be allowed to eat (such as peppers, tomatoes), but I notice this morning in the shower that my previously agonizing shoulder pain has completely vanished and I didn't even realize it had gone. My daily breakfast is egg whites with spinach, white onion and minced tomato. I drink coffee. Later I'll eat some berries or an apple. At lunch I have a few ounces of chicken and I big salad with zucchini "zoodles". I might have another piece of fruit around 3pm. Dinner is a lean beef patty and more spinach, and or another green salad or green vegetable. I'd total my calories right now around 700 calories, because I do drink one or two glasses of wine, even though it isn't allowed on the diet. Next month I'll be retraining how to eat more and maintain my weight. So, when I look at what I'm eating (it's the same every day) there ARE some non-autoimmune foods on my list. What isn't on my list is sugar, oil of any kind (I put vinegar and salt on my salads and eat a lot of Frank's Red Hot), all my meats are the leanest possible I can get, no starches of any kind, no grains. Oh, and my bowels instantly became normal, too. So I'm making a connection to lean eating, no sugar or starches, and just eating less, overall. In my case I'm eating beyond the window, but I am still benefiting in so many ways from the change in diet. Yes, I did it to lose weight and I've been very successful, but I'm sleeping better, bowels are better, and no arthritis pain! It MUST be that we are doing exactly as you said--allowing our body time to heal. I've always believed the issue started in our guts. So I suppose when we heal them, regardless of what method we choose, we can achieve success with it. I've seen it with sulfasalazine, too which is an antiinflammatory that works *specifically* in the small intestine. I actually took it for about 5 months about 10-12 years ago, and my head became covered with fuzz. That being said, the pills are huge horse pills and I had to take four of them a day, spaced hours apart. I wussed out and stopped the treatment. But that drug heals the inflammation in the small intestine, and these jax inhibitors are just stopping the autoimmune response that I believe, is happening right there in the small intestine, and that is why people are getting their hair to grow back.
I am on the Dr. Gundry lectin free diet. I was 110 pounds when I started and didn't want to lose weight, but I did and I am down to 98! Before I started the diet I fasted for 2 days, which makes eating better easier. For me it's a breeze because for 35 years I don't eat meat and I have eaten only organic whole foods with an occassional slip now and then.
I have non-scarring alopecia and have two areas in the front that are round wholes with no hair, but I have enough hair to cover them. I have always had beautiful hair and after 1 year with this, I finally cut it all off, but not shaven yet. The worst part of this is despite my health regiman and dedication to healing myself, nothing has changed the inflammation or the terrible itch!! Any suggestions?
I see you were on here in 2018, so hoping you will see this. I am new on here. ;)