whole30, hair loss and weird ailments


jennycash

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hello all!

i am starting my second whole30 in january (my first was this past august - loved it!). since august, i have done a horrible job of staying on track. so, i am hoping another whole30 (maybe 60 or 90) will help me with my self-control.

i have two questions.

first: i have been losing quite a lot of hair. it wasn't a result of my august whole30 - it had been going on for awhile - and i didn't notice any improvement during my whole30. i am wondering if there is a condition or vitamin/mineral deficiency that causes hair loss over a long period of time? i have had 2 children but my youngest just turned 4.

second: i really loved the whole30 the first time around. while i never got the energy surge i had hoped for, i dropped 9 stubborn pounds, was sleeping like a newborn, and felt really good about being in control of my food choices. the bad side? about 3 weeks in, i began getting sick. first a cold, stuffy nose, etc, but then i had some weird stuff happen: a horrible case of conjunctivitis (my kids were healthy and i wasn't exposed that i know of) in both eyes, and a really bad UTI (which i've never had in my life!). it may have been a coincidence, but didn't seem like it to me. i felt awful for the last week and a half of my whole30, which was disappointing. i wanted to go out on a high note! :)

i am, honestly, a little scared about having the same experience, with funky illness during the whole30. i guess i just want some encouragement.... :/

thanks!

jen

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Jennycash- there's a testimonial on the site somewhere about a girl that dealt with hair-loss. Obviously it could be entirely different to your case but it might be a good start. Here's the link: http://whole9life.com/2011/09/whole30-success-story-jessica-o/

Your other issues sound like they could have been coincidence, so I'd just get stuck in if I were you and see what happens! Although of course, I'm a novice myself, so you might get some better and more qualified advice from one of our fellow forumites. Don't let it put you off though.....

Good luck!

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Could be a bunch of things: iron related issues (either too much or not enough), or thyroid issues (probably more likely), adrenal/stress stuff.

It's best that you don't guess with this, though. Find a naturopath or functional medicine doc and target the problem. Whole30s will help over the long term, but especially if it's hormonal, you're probably going to need some extra help

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You have little kids. If you sleep at all, that counts as an energy boost. And with little kids, going 21 straight days without any weird ailments counts as a win. Seriously. When you're in the midst of little-kid-raising, you don't realize what a parallel universe it is. It just ain't normal. :lol: You can do this!

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I agree it could be completely unrelated..... but also if you have a history of major inflammation it could take some months and lots of ups and downs to really heal your ailments. I have a huge history of inflammation and like you I lost weight - 7 lbs, and my skin improved heaps but I still have sleep issues, digestive issues, some residual skin problems and variable energy. I feel like I have gone backwards in some things (energy and sleep!) and my body doesnt yet digest fat as well as it should but I still think I am on the right track and am doing a whole100 to see how everything ends up after that. I am also trialling digestive enzymes and looking more carefully at the fluctuations against what I ate each day. You might find it valuable to get more knowledgeable advice as the whole30 diet cant necessarily fix everything. Best of luck.

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