The Ketogenic Diet, Your Thyroid and Hair Loss
In this podcast, I want to talk to you about the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, your thyroid, and your hair. Some people who go on an intermittent fasting and keto plan notice hair loss. Some people also feel cold and have an enlarged thyroid. There is a way to do keto correctly, so you don’t have hair loss and a thyroid problem.
Vitamin A activates thyroid receptors. The pituitary sends a hormone down to the thyroid that controls it. The hormone is called thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH. It changes the size of the thyroid and the production of hormones, like T4. Low levels of vitamin A can inhibit the thyroid receptors of TSH. In turn, your pituitary produces more and more TSH to try to force the thyroid to work.
When this situation happens, it can cause the thyroid to enlarge. In turn, this can make you cold and contribute to hair loss.
Vitamin A comes from:
• Fish oil
If you don’t consume enough of these foods, you could be low in vitamin A.
The other causes of low vitamin A could be:
• Fatty or inflamed liver
• Low gallbladder bile or no gallbladder
• Gastric bypass
Low levels of zinc is another very common problem that causes thyroid issues. This is often caused by avoiding all animal products, like with a vegetarian or vegan diet. Shellfish and red meat are excellent sources of zinc.
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