Podcast Episode #49: Paleo Beauty-Cast, Part 1: Hair, skin, hormones & more!
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Episode #49 - Paleo Beauty-Cast, Part 1: Hair, skin, hormones & more!
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GreenPasture.org – Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil and Beauty Balm
#1. Hair loss [17:04]
#2. Cystic acne/pimples [29:19]
#3. Acne scars [41:29]
#4. Women and body hair [52:06]
#5. “No-poo” & travel (hair care, not constipation) [56:52]
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#1. Hair loss
Hi ladies! I have a question about hair loss/thinning hair. I’m 25 years old, and unfortunately have really thin hair. I would say it’s always been thinner than ‘normal’ hair, but that it has probably gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. It’s not like chunks are coming out at once, I just shed quite frequently. I’m sure it’s a genetic thing as my mom and grandma have dealt with this too. Is there anything nutritionally I can do in addition to the supplements I’m already taking? I know hair loss reversal probably isn’t possible but if I can do anything now I’d LOVE to know what would help. THANKS!
Additional info: I’ve been eating Paleo (grain free most of the time, dairy free occasionally) for about 1 year. I would like to start CrossFit but am currently making do at a standard gym with some resistance training and cardio. So I still have some excess weight to lose ~20 lbs or so to be at my optimum weight- current weight around 160. My sleep is generally okay- I get at least 8 hours per night. I take the green pastures FCLO/Butter blend and use the beauty balm as well. I also take biotin, an iron supplement and evening primrose oil (the last based off a recommendation from my MD regarding hair loss). I recently (about 3 months ago) went off the pill and got an IUD- which I am loving by the way. I know hormonal changes can throw off hair growth, but should I expect 3 months off the pill to be enough time to normalize the hormone levels in my body that would affect this?
#2. Cystic acne/pimples
Hi Ladies, Thanks so much for all the info you share with us, I have truly learned so much from you both. Based on your suggestion, I started taking the Green Pastures FCL/butter oil blend about a month ago. I’m 29 and have dealt with acne since I was a teenager, although since eating paleo it has been pretty much under control. Most people would say I have nice skin although I still see imperfections of course When I do get pimples they are usually small. However, about a year and a half ago I started taking regular Carlson’s fish oil. I noticed that while taking it I would get a big cystic pimple on my chin every couple of weeks. So I stopped the fish oil, and the problem disappeared. Unfortunately since taking the FCL/butter oil I have another huge cystic pimple on my chin. It’s pretty disgusting. Otherwise, my skin looks great, I have noticed my skin tone has evened out a lot. I don’t know if I should stop taking the FCL/butter oil because I don’t eat organ meats and don’t really like oily fish so I am probably lacking in those nutrients. Any advice? I am embarrassed to go to work today looking like this! Oh, I use the oil cleansing method on my face which has also made a big difference in my skin. Thanks so much! Aloha!
#3. Acne scars
Acne Scars: How do I get rid of them? I’ve considered laser resurfacing to get rid of the evidence of 7 years of ranking acne, however, the thing that turns me off to it (other than the cost) is the dose of antibiotics given after the procedure. Since listening to paleo podcasts and blogs I’ve learned you shouldn’t take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Would this be a case in which it’s ok? I worry it’s not right for me because I’ve had to take quite a bit of antibiotics for recurring UTIs in the past year. I feel like I’ve already upset by gut bacteria enough with the antibiotics I’ve taken and the constant attempts to replenish them with probiotic foods. But, I really hate the scars on my face! Now that my skin is finally clear (hallelujah!), Id really like to make my skin as smooth as possible.
I wash my face with a mix of castor oil and a few drops of tea tree oil every night and exfoliate with a warm wash cloth. I follow up with jojoba oil as a moisturizer. In the morning I only rinse my face with water and will sometimes put more jojoba oil on if I feel my face is dry (most days I dont need it). I will use “Elta MD” sunscreen if I plan to be out in the sun (still haven’t found it convenient to switch to making my own natural SPF) but on days I only expect to be in the sun 30min max, I skip the sunscreen. I don’t wear make up, except on on special occasions when I wear bare essentials mineral make-up. I eat sauerkraut almost daily, but the most significant improvement in my skin came after I stopped using hormonal birth control (surprisingly), switched to the copper IUD, and started supplementing with Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend. (I say those all together because they all occurred in the same week and I’m not sure which is responsible for my skin improvement…nor do I care…I’m just stoked on my skins improvement!) I have yet to try Liz’s recommendation for Brewers Yeast…but things seem to be going well as far as break out go…I just need advice on eliminating the scarring!
#4. Women and body hair
Hello, I’m a 30-something woman with excess body/facial hair. I’m interested in following the Paleo diet. Do you think that this lifestyle could potentially help my problem? I’ve never been diagnosed with any hormonal problems, although I’ve been too embarrassed to seek out medical help with the issue either. Any suggestions?
#5. “No-poo” & travel (hair care, not constipation)
Hello ladies! Thank you for all you do, I love listening to your podcast! Woohoo! My question I suppose may just be for Liz–it’s about that no ‘poo thang. I tried just the baking soda / vinegar (as well as only washing my hair once per week) for about three months in the fall, and I definitely enjoyed not using shampoo and conditioner–I noticed my eyes didn’t sting after showering and I felt better, too! Then I went on a vacation. That shook things up a bit and suddenly I was off the no ‘poo boat, lost at (a rather sudsy) sea.
But, my question. Liz: how do you do no ‘poo while traveling? Transporting baking soda is easy enough, but what about the vinegar? Do you buy new ACV every time? Or just carry a few ounces in and out of the airport since you aren’t even washing your hair very much anyway?
I suppose this would be a secondary question then, but if you have ended up using shampoo and conditioner on a recent trip, did you feel it totally threw all your no ‘poo progress out the window, and you had to start the acclimation process all over again? Any advice would be much appreciated!
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Diane & Liz
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