Testing an Autoimmune Diet

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I’m really interested in the link between gut health and autoimmunity. And I’m curious to know if the autoimmune diet I tried back in 2018 could’ve actually made a real difference to my alopecia – if only I’d stuck to it!

So I went to see a Functional Medicine (FM doctor) when I was home in Ireland last summer (2019) to explore this link further. 

What I wanted to find out

  • Whether my gut health could be affecting my hair.
  • If inflammation could be causing the chronic daily headaches I’ve had for 2 years.
  • If the same factors might have contributed to the depression and anxiety I’ve had on and off for years, too. (I know. Not fun.)

The doctor ran some tests on my microbiome and diagnosed me with gut dysbiosis. She told me that this can lead to autoimmune conditions, plus mental illnesses such as brain fog, anxiety and depression – due to its effect on our neurotransmitters. I can relate to that.

What the doctor advised

  • A 5-day gut cleanse. During this time, she told me to only drink smoothies made from water and “medical food” – a protein and vitamin-rich powder called UltraClear Sustain from Nutri Advanced – to ensure I’d still get all the nutrients I need.
  • An elimination diet for at least 30 days. This would include cutting out dairy, eggs, wheat/gluten, alcohol, sugar, soy and soybean products. Yikes… but she DID say I could have one coffee a day. Yay!
  • A supplementation plan for at least 30 days. My range of goodies include this Vitamin B formula plus Vitamin D with K, this Magnesium blend, plenty of raw ginger and turmeric (if you don’t like that, try these) and a very special probiotic that I swear by called FloraMend Prime Probiotic from Thorne Research. I also have to take a lot of fish oil daily – at first, I took Wiley’s Alaskan liquid but then, thankfully, came across capsules instead…which is much better than the liquid stuff!

Want to see how it goes?!

After a false start (see comments below), I started this diet in April, 2020. And I’m posting weekly progress reports about it on my Facebook page

So make sure to join me there, and see how I get on!

Note: I will be writing up a full case study of the diet, plus doing a proper video on my YouTube channel (as soon as I set it up properly!) over the coming weeks. Watch this space… 😉 

Lady Alopecia xxx

Related posts:

Interested in more natural solutions for hair loss? Then check out these posts!

1. Aloe Vera for Alopecia – Yep, it’s a thing!
2. Nutrition – Some handy dietary tips, whether you’ve got hair or not!
3. The Deal with Neem – Check out this wonder oil
4. Meditation Tips for Stress – Which in turn, can help with hair loss.

2 Responses

  1. I recently found two patches. I’m so grateful for your blog.

    I have read the medical medium thyroid book and a few articles on AIP diets. Curious how it’s been going I didn’t see anything on YouTube! How similar is the diet in 2018 to this one???

    1. Hi Kiran,

      Thanks so much for your comment – I’m really sorry to hear about your patches, too. And I hope you can find some info here that helps! I must apologise, I still haven’t gotten around to posting videos yet, as I actually got married in February so temporarily suspended the diet as I knew it would go out the window! 😉 I had been seeing a lot of success with it though in terms of digestion, mood etc and a little regrowth. The diet I tried in 2018 was quite similar but with more supplements – it was from Amy Myers’ book, The Autoimmune Solution, which I uncovered after reading a brilliant article on the link between gut health and hair loss. More on that here. But basically, they say similar things – that if you have any kind of autoimmune disorder like alopecia, you’re more susceptible to other autoimmune stuff (maybe thyroid issues too) and that reducing inflammatory foods (gluten, dairy, eggs, tofu and sugar) is a good idea. I promise I will get around to doing the videos soon though once I can get my supply of supplements sent again! 🙂

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