Celiac, Gluten Free, Hair loss???
In my wildest dreams, I never thought being gluten free had anything to do with hair loss. I was diagnosed with Alopecia in early 2005. The dermatologist had no prescription for hair regrowth other then to have massive shots of Cortizone injected into my scalp. And he couldn’t guarantee whether it would even work. Waaaa!!! You’ve got to be kidding! I was not interested. Six months later, after a lot of online research, I asked my internist to test me for Celiac, as my sister had been diagnosed with it about 8 years before but her doctor never suggested the rest of the family be tested, so we all figured we had dodged the Celiac bullet. My Celiac diagnosis was confirmed in November 2005. By blood test, with further confirmation by endoscopy in January 2006. That was all I needed to know. I went completely 100% gluten free. I wanted my hair to grow back. I wasn’t even thinking about how bloated I’d been FOR YEARS. I always assumed everyone felt like a stuffed boar every time they ate a bagel or pasta or pizza. It was my normal. All I cared about at the time was my vanity. I was crazy gluten free. Not a crumb passed my lips. It took the better part of 3 years for my bald patches to regrow. Is it completely regrown? No, but I’m totally fine with where I am now. It is about 80% regrown and the parts that are still bald are hidden by my hair, thanks to my wonderful hairdresser. You can read more about it here. I am certain that the combination of steps I took for my healing are what made all the difference. 1. I went completely 100% gluten-free. No exceptions. 2. I began eating a very clean diet. It didn’t happen overnight but gradually my diet has become very clean. What does that mean? I eat very little packaged foods and most of the food I eat comes from the perimeter of the grocery store. I’m VERY creative and love cooking, and that helps, for sure. I plan my food/meals like it’s my job. Why? I want to be healthy and safe. 3. I take a probiotic And digestive enzymes every day. 4. I slowed down. I learned to take deep, cleansing breaths. 5. I made getting enough sleep a priority. 6. I do a detox every season. I am very happy, very confident and quite sure that this path I am on, as a result of the steps I’ve taken over the last 8 years, is responsible for it. It did not happen overnight, but little by inches I’ve made changes that have made me feel like a new woman. And guess what? I get compliments on my hair every single day.