Starting the GAPS Intro Diet

After a month on the paleo ketogenic diet, I hadn’t made much headway in correcting my alopecia. Since it is April, the pollen is out and my seasonal allergies have hit. I must still have a leaky gut because I’m suffering from allergies. I also have noticed that my tummy isn’t always comfortable. I am often bloated and gassy. Not so extreme that it is painful, but I’m beginning to wonder if the extra gas created in my intestines contributes to the gut permeability by stretching out the intestines. 

I read that fatty meat can cause gas. This was surprising to me, but it explained how I could go on the paleo ketogenic diet without any fibrous foods and still have gas. It may or may not have been due to my hormone fluctuations. Apparently estrogen can cause gas too. 

Starting the Intro Diet

I’ve decided on a slight change to my paleo ketogenic diet. I’m going to make the GAPS intro soups and eat those for a few days. The macronutrients will still be ketogenic, but soups can be a bit easier to assimilate. 

My first step in starting the Intro diet will be to make a big pot of meat stock. Luckily, I have tons of bones in my freezer. I will add boiled hamburger, carrots, onions, and celery to the meat stock for flavoring. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends eating meat stock for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Intro diet. I’ll aim for two to three times a day. 

Setting a Goal

The Intro diet is tough. I know that I can get through it. But I am going to set the goal of getting through five days of the GAPS Intro diet. That seems reasonable and I think I have enough food to get by until the weekend when I go grocery shopping. 

I’m hoping that in those five days, my gut discomfort will settle down. My allergy symptoms will decrease, and I’ll start feeling more like myself. 

GAPS Intro Foods

The foods that I will be eating on the GAPS intro will be:

  • beef soup
  • hamburger patties
  • bacon
  • fish
  • pork fatback for cooking

The emphasis on the Intro diet will be the beef soup. I know that Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends boiled meats on the Intro diet as well. I will probably end up pan frying the bacon and fish. I don’t know how important the cooking method is for the Intro diet. I’m not char-broiling or creating a charcoal crust on my meats by smoking them. I think that is good. I also don’t tend to cook them very long anyway. 

Evaluating My Progress

I will be monitoring my symptoms on a daily basis. While I don’t expect major improvements in five days, I’m hoping for at least one of my symptoms to subside a bit. I will rate my pain or discomfort on a scale of one to ten. Hopefully by keeping this record, I can determine whether these dietary interventions are making any sort of difference. 

I Have an Egg Intolerance

It never occurred to me that I was intolerant to eggs. I used them as a staple when doing the ketogenic diet for a long time. I enjoyed them as a part of the GAPS diet. I did eliminate them for Whole30 and the AIP diet, but didn’t make the connection at the time that they irritated my digestive system. 

Yesterday, I added eggs back after taking a break for almost a month. At first, I didn’t really notice much. I felt okay. I noticed that I had some gas, but not a significant amount. I also had realized that some bloating and gassiness could be due to my hormone fluctuation. 

I ate eggs again today. They were delicious. A few hours after I ate them, I realized that I was kind of uncomfortable. I had some gas. On a scale of 1-10, it was mild. Around a one or a two. A walk or stretch the right way would help to relieve some of the pressure. 

The idea of leaky gut had been a concern for me because I still suffer from seasonal allergies. My alopecia isn’t improving and leaky gut is supposedly at the root cause of autoimmune conditions. But where the heck was my leaky gut coming from and why wasn’t it improving on the paleo ketogenic diet?! 

One reason could be because of eggs! No. They haven’t been ever-present. I did give them up in the fall fo

r three months without seeing much improvement. But it could be that eating them triggered some leakiness in my gut and it will take more time to heal. 

So…what tipped me off? What was it that finally clued me in to the possibility of being intolerant to eggs? A stinky fart. 

It smelled like sulphor. Oh yes, I had had a tiny bit of onions and mushrooms in my omelet as well, but they hadn’t created a smelly fart like that before. So, I googled. I realized that eggs were different in my diet today than what I had  been eating. 

I found a website that said eggs don’t cause you to get gas, but they can if you are intolerant to them! Oh, I think I am! So, I think they will be out of my diet for awhile now. 

I can retest my tolerance for them in six months. For no, the eggs are out. I will be relying on ground beef, sausage, pork, and fish for my protein. I will be eating plenty of pastured pork fatback to make sure that my calories are high. We’ll see if this bloating and gas goes away. It has been seven hours since I consumed the eggs. My discomfort has pretty much subsided. 

It will be interesting to track this intolerance and see if eliminating the eggs helps improve my autoimmune condition. Even though the bloating and gas wasn’t super painful and debilitating. I would like it to go away. I could still function with everyday activities, they were just slightly uncomfortable. I wonder if that was a PMS symptom that I just ignored because it wasn’t debilitating and I could easily function. I could be wrong.

Eating Eggs and Autoimmune Conditions

I’ve read it in many places. Eggs trigger autoimmune conditions. I’ve avoided eggs and my autoimmune conditions persisted. I’ve eaten eggs and my autoimmunity persisted. It’s tough to avoid something without seeing much improvement. At the beginning of April, I avoided eggs and ate an Autoimmune Paleo-type ketogenic diet. 

It didn’t prevent the seizure that I had on April 19. I was bummed out about that. But continued to avoid the eggs until today. 

Right before deciding to go autoimmune paleo, I had purchased some pastured chicken eggs and some grocery store eggs. I have had about 2 dozen eggs in my fridge all month. They didn’t really tempt me until today. Today I caved and had some scrambled eggs. 

They were okay. I think the nice thing was mentally using some of them up and getting them out of the fridge. I don’t actually love eggs. I like some of the variety that they provide in a meat-heavy paleo-ketogenic diet. 

I think that I may just boil a bunch of them up and take them for lunch with me or eat them when I need a snack. That will get them out of sight and out of mind. I can get back on track and not worry about it for a while. 

Do I feel like I completely ruined my progress on the Paleo Ketogenic diet? No. Eventually, you are able to add the eggs back into the diet. For me, it is super tough to stick with a diet for four months before seeing improvement. I do think that is what I need to do. 

I listened to Mary Ruddick talk about her healing journey with the GAPS diet and she had seizures that didn’t seem to improve until month four of the GAPS diet. Yikes! I usually have given up around month two. I’m pretty good at staying strict with a diet when I need to be. A self-imposed diet is more challenging when I don’t need to lose weight and I’m looking for healing and health improvements. 

One of the big improvements that I am noticing lately is that my teeth feel smooth. There isn’t a lot of fuzziness that I need to brush off of them after a day of eating meat like there was with eating carbohydrates. 

Testing My Blood Glucose…Again

Since I restarted the paleo ketogenic diet, I felt that maybe I should find out where my blood glucose was. I assumed that it was in the normal range. I was right. But it wasn’t as low as I thought it would be. 

Dr. Zsofia Clemens wanted the blood glucose to be under 80. When you aren’t eating carbohydrates, your blood glucose often falls under 80. My expectation this morning was to have blood glucose around or below 80. I hadn’t eaten for almost 12 hours. That seemed reasonable. 

It was 103!!!

Now, 103 is normal for a diabetic. My sister would try to get her blood sugars to be between 80 and 100. I feel comfortable functioning with a blood sugar of 103, but how did it get that high? The low carbohydrate veggies that I had the previous day equaled about 6 grams of carbohydrates. 6! I had also eaten them 24 hours earlier. Why would my blood sugars be that high?

I know that my sister had told me that her menstrual cycle changes her blood sugars. While I had that seizure on Sunday, we’re 5 days out. I did experience some weird gas that indicated to me my hormones may be fluctuating with my cycle. I never expected it to change the blood glucose by 20 points when I was essentially fasting. 

My ketones were 2.6. They are nice and high. So, even though I don’t believe the ketones are preventing any seizures, I can tell that I have them in my system. My body is burning fats. 

Other symptoms

While I don’t plan on monitoring my blood glucose forever, it was nice to discover where it is at. I don’t think I’m at risk of becoming diabetic. I think if it naturally goes down in the next few days, I have nothing to worry about. 

The symptoms that are a major concern to me right now due to COVID and mask-wearing are my seasonal allergies. I sneeze up a storm at times. Actually, it is probably a total of ten sneezes a day, but it is super duper annoying. 

I have floaters in my eyes. I know some people on the carnivore diet rave about the floaters going away after starting the carnivore diet. Two months in for the second attempt at it and they are still there. 

My alopecia universalis is going strong. I wish I could say that I was seeing some improvement. Even Dr. Zsofia Clemens has stated that it is unlikely to go away. But I feel that I need to give it six to eight months. I don’t think this is something that retreats quickly. 

Other than that, I feel pretty great. Of course, I felt great before I started the paleo ketogenic diet. I do hope that I can gain some weight and fill out a bit more. I think I’m too skinny as it is. 

The Paleo Ketogenic Diet Fail

I would love to promote the paleo ketogenic diet. I started it with Dr. Zsofia Clemens and was strict about following the guidelines. I was a bit skeptical, but I followed them. I warned Natalie Daniels, her assistant, that my seizures are not that frequent. In fact, I didn’t think I would have a seizure during the two-week follow-up. I was right. I had one seven weeks into the diet and then again at nine weeks. Was this an improvement in my seizure pattern? Not really. 

So, I took a break during the holidays. I indulged and then had a difficult time getting back on the diet. In the end, when my cousin announced he was doing whole30, I jumped on board. It was a great way to ease my way back to the Paleo Ketogenic diet. Dr. Zsofia Clemens speculated that I needed more time on the diet. That could be, but it was extremely difficult to get through the social pressures of the holidays when the diet hadn’t prevented any seizures. 

So, now I’m kind of back on it. Did it prevent my last seizure? No. But I’m in peri-menopause. My seizures are showing up at regular intervals around the time of my menstrual cycle or the mid-point of my menstrual cycle when the progesterone drops and the estrogen increases. I can tell because I get gas and it can’t be from eating any beans. All I eat is meat. 

Staying Positive

It is difficult for me to read about the successes of carnivore or paleo ketogenic diet sometimes. I didn’t feel terrible going into the diet and after almost two months this go-round, I haven’t really seen any health improvements so to speak. I know that Kelly Hogan got rid of her boils on a carnivore diet, but I had one appear on my gum this month. 

I am doing all that I can to stay positive and stick with it. I think that if I can get a full six months into the diet, I may be able to achieve some results. I’m just hoping that I don’t thin out too much in the process. 

Supporting Local Farms

One of the great things about doing this diet is supporting the local farms. I have started buying high-quality meats from a local farmer. She gave me some free fatback because I had raved about it and it wasn’t a big seller for them. It has been really fun to get to know local farmers and to support their operations. I don’t like to buy things from Amazon so much now that they are becoming this giant behemoth. 

Eating More Fat

Part of the paleo ketogenic diet is eating more fat. This is incredibly satiating and delicious. It does take some getting used to at first especially when you aren’t using butter and dairy to increase your fat intake. For me, I buy pastured pork fatback and slice it into pieces to add to my meals. I sautee it until it starts to turn a little translucent around the edges. It tastes better than bacon and complements the random low-carb veggie very well! 

I tend to eat the same foods each day, so I find it a bit challenging to think of things that I can write for my website. The same foods every day do get a bit mundane, but they are oh-so-delicious! I will try to keep this website update with how my health is improving. Peri-menopause really changed my hormones and gave me more seizures, which was disappointing. They do seem to be milder and easier to recover from on this paleo ketogenic diet. I’m hoping that they go away and the hair regrows in the next four months. I’ll keep you posted! 

I’m Back on the Paleo-Ketogenic Diet

After much debating and reading about different diets, I decided to go back to the Paleo-Ketogenic diet. I had been considering doing the GAPS diet for the month of March, but in the end the paleo-ketogenic diet was so similar to the GAPS introduction and so much less complicated. 

My fear with the GAPS diet is that I won’t wait long enough for healing to be completed before moving on to the next stage. Then my only indication that it isn’t working is a transient seizure, which is a horrible thing. In reviewing the paleo-ketogenic diet materials, I think I have identified why it didn’t work for me. I think I had not been eating enough offal. I had been consuming the required pound of liver per week, but I had been taking bone marrow capsules instead of bone marrow. When I tried it the first few times, I hated it. It was also difficult to obtain and expensive. I figured that bone broth and some dehydrated capsules would work. It may just be that I didn’t spend enough time to reap the rewards of the diet. 

After completing the Whole30 diet and having a seizure on day 30 right after I told my friends that I didn’t have any, I went and got my blood tested. I was a bit shocked. My vitamin D level had dropped despite taking a bit more cod liver oil. My TSH had also gone up. 

So, I evaluated what I had been eating. While I had avoided dairy and grains, I had been enjoying potatoes and apples. I hadn’t been worried about being in ketosis. While my fruit consumption was only at 1 per day, combined with a weekly serving of potatoes could have increased my need for magnesium. That in turn would throw off my calcium channels and cause instability in the brain. 

How do I feel on the Paleo Ketogenic Diet this time?

Today is March 5, so I have been doing the Paleo-Ketogenic diet for 5 days straight. I’m not testing my blood levels just yet or eliminating eggs like you are supposed to in the initial phases. I’m easing my way into this restrictive, yet delicious, eating pattern. 

I have noticed that my bowel movements are smaller, more comfortable, and I don’t need nearly as much toilet paper. I am noticing that I have more energy and need less sleep. This could be the excitement of starting something new or the slightly longer days as we head into spring. Time will tell. 

One negative symptom that I have noticed is that I have a boil in an uncomfortable place. It popped up last night. I’m hoping that it will go away quickly. It is not something that I normally get. I have read about people like Kelly Hogan doing the carnivore diet and having symptoms of boils go away. Not sure why it popped up just as I started the diet. Another negative symptom that I feel is weak when I’m hungry. Almost shaky like my sister describes her feeling of being “low.” 

What am I eating?

Since I had done this diet before, I knew which foods were allowed. I have been having ground beef and eggs for breakfast. Luckily, my brother gifted me with some pastured eggs for my birthday and I have been eating high-quality eggs. 

I have been cutting up some fatback to increase my fat intake. It is so wonderful. It is just like bacon, but without the chemical seasonings. I have found a way to love eating fat. 

Finally, I have been eating beef liver each morning. This is more of a habit that I got into because it is supposed to be so very healthy for you. Due to the fact that my vitamin D levels were low after doing this diet last fall, I decided to add in some cod liver oil and maybe a weekly dose of salmon or sardines. 

What’s next?

I’m going to increase my dosage of bone marrow. I found a great source for it. I think I can eat the required 250 grams per week. I’ve also discovered that I can stomach it when I mix it in with my ground beef. 

I may increase my intake of offal by adding some cod livers each week. This will ensure that I’m getting adequate vitamin D and hopefully raising my levels. I don’t want to take synthetic vitamins because they can just create another imbalance with the magnesium or calcium. 

Finally, it is my goal to get the nitrates and nitrites out of my diet. Oh, but I do love bacon. My plan is to get the uncured stuff from the local farmer on March 27. I’ll taper down how much I eat until then. 

The Alopecia Universalis Causes

In order to cure a disease, you need to address the causes that created the disorder. Not much is known about the Alopecia Universalis causes because a very small percentage of the population even has it. It is somewhere around 1% of the population.

As I research the causes of Alopecia Universalis, I have taken into consideration the causes of Alopecia Areata as well. Alopecia Areata is the milder form of Alopecia Universalis and is often how the disease presents itself in the initial phases.

Hopefully, understanding the causes of Alopecia Universalis will help me achieve my goal to treat alopecia universalis naturally.

An unknown cause

Alopecia universalis is the advanced form of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata starts with round patches of hair loss. The most commonly accepted cause is an autoimmune condition. This means that a person’s immune system is attacking the follicles, but it doesn’t explain why.

Genetic studies have discovered that Alopecia Universalis and Alopecia Areata are associated with several immune-related genes. This makes perfect sense to me. My sister and I both have multiple autoimmune conditions. The presentation of AU and AA are ultimately a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Genes create a predisposition to the condition, but it doesn’t mean that it will develop.

In my case, my alopecia did not even show up until my thirties. Some factors that may contribute to the onset of hair loss include a viral infection, changing hormones, and emotional stress.

Vitamin D deficiency

Some studies have found that there is a correlation between Alopecia Areata and vitamin D deficiency. Whether dietary intake of vitamin D will alleviate the symptoms of alopecia is still relatively unknown.

I have read some patients who report online that they were able to regrow their hair within a short amount of time by adding vitamin D to their diets. While this is difficult to confirm, it is something to take into consideration as there are many publications associating vitamin D deficiency with hair loss. My own blood tests have indicated a vitamin D deficiency and I’m working on correcting it.

Biotin deficiency

Biotin is an important coenzyme for carboxylation reactions. In some very rare cases of deficiency, patients may develop hair loss. Genetic abnormalities or malabsorption caused by excessive intake of avidin, which is rich in raw eggs, can result in a biotin deficiency.

Biotin supplementation has been helpful in the treatment of brittle nails, or onychoschisis. A study including biotin supplementation administered zinc, topical clobetasol, and 20 mg of biotin a day showed more complete regrowth in the treatment group (33.3% of patients) compared to the control group over a year-long period.

Unfortunately, combination therapy prevents any conclusions about the efficacy of supplementing just biotin.

A zinc deficiency

Zinc is a trace element that has an integral role in the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles must have zinc to produce new hair shafts during the growth phase of the cycle. When a person’s zinc intake is low, it can cause poor immune function and hormone imbalances including hair loss.

This type of deficiency triggers the temporary hair loss Telogen Effluvium. This hair loss presents as shedding all over the scalp compared to the circular patches of alopecia areata. An Egyptian study shows that zinc levels may also influence Alopecia Areata.

The study examined fifty patients compared to healthy control subjects. Twenty-five of the test subjects were newly diagnosed with alopecia areata. They measured the serum zinc levels and compared the mean results with the control groups. The study found correlations between zinc level and the extent of AA in all patients.

Patients with AA had significantly lower zinc levels than the control group. The patients with resistant alopecia areata showed significantly lower zinc levels than the newly diagnosed patients.

My conclusion

After reading up on the causes of alopecia universalis and alopecia areata, I realize that it may not simply be a vitamin D deficiency that is causing my disease. I probably have a few different micronutrient deficiencies that I need to correct. I don’t wish to add more supplements to my diet. I prefer to eat whole foods, so I will look for some whole food sources of zinc and biotin to add to my diet.

Should You Use Emu Oil for Hair Loss?

First, let me put it out there that I am at the beginning of experimenting with emu oil for curing my alopecia universalis. I have inconsistently applied it to my scalp for about 5 days. This is not a solid endorsement of emu oil for hair loss, but rather an exploration of how and why it may work for hair loss.

I will report in a month whether or not my alopecia universalis saw any benefit from applications of emu oil. In the meantime, I will examine what all the hype is about with emu oil.

Emu oil for hair loss

The idea of topically applying emu oil for hair loss came to me when I was reading the Nourishing World blog post about not using butter oil for vitamin K anymore. It talked about how emu oil was a better source for both vitamin K and vitamin D. That was interesting, but I still had Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil to finish up. I wasn’t interested in changing up my supplement game. I read more about emu oil and someone had topically applied it to a wound. To me that was interesting. I know that you can absorb vitamins through your skin. Perhaps applying it to my scalp would get the vitamin D to the hair follicle faster.

I started to look up information on emu oil and of course, it is promoted for hair loss among other things! It sounds like one of those magical cures when you read about it, so when I ordered a bottle, I just got the smallest one on Amazon.

Picture of person who used emu oil for hair loss
Alopecia areata treated by emu oil.

This is a photo of a person who reportedly used emu oil to treat alopecia areata. Source: Stylecraze.com

Vitamin D and autoimmune hair loss

As I researched vitamin D deficiency and the health conditions that I had, I discovered that most of them were associated with a vitamin D deficiency, which I also had. Most of the studies are done with people who have alopecia areata, which is the milder form of alopecia universalis.

Emu oil has some vitamin D and lots of vitamin K. Applying it topically may be helpful. Your body does absorb the things that are applied topically and the hair follicles are close to the surface of the skin.

Below is some research on the association between vitamin D and hair loss.

 

Professor Hollick on Emu Oil

Professor Michael Hollick, Ph.D., from the Boston University School of Medicine, led research into emu oil’s ability to restore hair follicle activity. He found that treating skin with emu oil resulted in a 20% increase in hair growth activity compared to skin treated with corn oil. (Yikes! Who puts corn oil on their head, but they did need to have a control group.)

After examining the hairs, Hollick discovered they were much more robust and skin thickness had increased. This suggests that using emu oil for hair loss can stimulate both skin growth and hair growth.

He also discovered that the emu oil awakened over 80% of hair follicles that had been dormant and triggered hair regrowth.

Hollick stated, “We found that there was an enhancement in the growth activity of hair follicles.”

Researchers believe that the abundance of essential fatty acids may have had an impact on hair growth. Oleic acid may be the secret behind using emu oil for hair loss. It has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.

 

Separating emu oil fact from fiction

The blog post, Emu Oil Benefits Separating Fact from Fiction by  Cleure.com, provided this statistic that sounds promising. Unfortunately, I couldn’t verify the statistic because they hadn’t linked it to the source.

English studies indicate that there is an average of 8% growth per month using emu oil. Participants saw an average of 48% hair regrowth after six months. The participants applied emu oil on their scalp and were instructed to leave it on for 30 minutes. The hair growth was evident after 30 days.

 

My conclusion on emu oil for hair loss

I think it is worth giving it a try! I know that one of the most difficult things for me will be to actually remember to apply something to my skin on a daily basis. For some reason, I just don’t like using lotions and potions on my skin, but emu oil is a natural product and can provide my body with the extra vitamin K and vitamin D that may correct the deficiency that I have. If that is the case, it could be the key to my hair regrowth. That would be amazing! I have suffered from alopecia universalis for ten years!

My Goal: Cure Alopecia Universalis Naturally

I’m on day 28 of the Whole30 diet. No, it did not produce any Alopecia Universalis regrowth. Nothing substantial. I do have some clear eyelashes, but I have seen those come and go over the years. There is a patch of vellus hairs on my head that never get longer than 1/16 of an inch. It is super disappointing.

I have tried a variety of diets. I usually last about 3 months on a diet before I throw in the towel. I usually give up when I have had a seizure or there is a major holiday or social event. I haven’t given up on diets healing my body, I just haven’t really stuck with them long enough to see results.

My hair does grow back with drug therapy. I did it once with progesterone. The problem with adding that hormone was that it lowered my thyroid hormone. To test my thyroid hormone levels, I had to come off of it for two weeks and then everything that grew back just fell out. It was unnatural and wouldn’t last.

The autoimmune paleo diet

I lasted three months on this diet. I did not see any regrowth. It was difficult, but not impossible. The thing that I don’t like about AIP is giving up eggs and dairy. It does allow for sweet potatoes and olive oil, which can be quite tasty.

I have read about people who had Alopecia Universalis having success after about eight months on this type of diet. Eight months is a long time because you have to get through multiple holidays to be successful.

 

Picture of sweet potato fries.
Sweet potato fries are allowed on the AIP diet.

The paleo-ketogenic diet

I lasted three months on this diet. I even tried it twice. My biggest problem with this diet is that it doesn’t improve my vitamin D levels. I had two seizures on the diet the last time I tried it. Dr. Zsofia Clemens had me get blood levels tested. I started out with only a vitamin D deficiency. I ended three months later with a slightly lower level.

While the diet is super restrictive, I didn’t feel terrible while I was on the diet. But I didn’t see any alopecia Universalis regrowth. I think the biggest benefit of doing that diet with the Paleomedicina group is clueing me into the vitamin D deficiency. I think that may have been my problem all along.

Picture of a steak.
Steaks are a staple on the paleo-ketogenic diet.

The GAPS diet

This is the most complicated diet with the most promises for healing autoimmune and neurological conditions. It has so many steps and requires supplements. One of the recommended supplements that I took inconsistently the first time I tried the diet was cod liver oil. I think that this is the supplement that has actually helped me the most in the last three months. I think had I taken the recommended dosage consistently the first time I tried the diet, I would have been successful.

The GAPS diet is complicated. You are encouraged to take probiotics and start with an introductory diet that consists of boiled meats and meat stock. Then you add in certain vegetables in stages. It is mentally challenging to figure it all out. I know that hair grows so slowly that it will be difficult to test out foods to see exactly what is causing the hair to fall out or regrow.

Picture of a pot of soup
Soups are a staple for the GAPS diet

Topical remedies

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I did buy an expensive topical cream online. It was a few hundred dollars. I spent that about 2-3 years into my hair loss. It produced no results.

I have tried rubbing onions on my head. That was supposed to trigger something in the hair follicle and make it grow. It didn’t. I gave up on it quickly.

Right now, the topical remedy that I am trying out is Emu oil. Why? Because it has vitamin D and K in it. I know that I have been deficient in vitamin D for many years. Most of my symptoms are correlated with a vitamin D deficiency. I have raised the levels to about 49 ng/ml and feel so much better than when it was at 29. I think this will be the key to curing Alopecia Universalis naturally.

I must be honest, I haven’t been consistent in applying emu oil to my head. I have been able to get an application a day in for almost a week. I need to make it a habit for it to actually produce results.

Conclusion

The Whole30 diet will not cure Alopecia Universalis in a month. You may need about 8 months of an elimination diet AND vitamin D to cure your autoimmune condition. I will be doing a version of GAPS/AIP in March to try to cure my autoimmune condition, Alopecia Universalis.

This will be a tiny bit different than the Whole30 diet. I will need to give up potatoes. I may need to eliminate all nightshades as they are triggering to people with autoimmune conditions. That stinks. I was hoping to grow tomatoes this summer, but we’ll see what happens.

3 Things You Should Eat Every Day

After much experimentation with elimination diets and studying nutrition. I have come up with a few things that you should eat everyday for good health. These are foods that are nutrient-dense and provide you with the vitamins and minerals that sustain life.

I understand if you don’t have access to some of these ingredients or if you have to settle for lower-quality products from the grocery store. These are just some ideas of how to get the best possible nutrition for your body.

Cod liver oil

This is probably the supplement that has created the best results for me. It not only raised my vitamin D levels, but also decreased the number, severity, and intensity of the few seizures that I was having. Studies on the effect of vitamin D have linked vitamin D deficiency to autoimmune conditions, epilepsy, skin breakouts, hair loss, and even MS.

  • High in vitamins A – 90% of the RDI of vitamin A
  • High in vitamin D – 113% of the RDA of vitamin D in a teaspoon
  • Reduces inflammation – the omega-3 fatty acids in the cod liver oil help to suppress proteins promoting chronic inflammation.
  • Improves bone health – the vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium
  • Cod liver oil has been shown to reduce joint pain.
  • Improve eye health – vitamin A protects against eye disease.

Grassfed Beef

Beef is a powerhouse of nutrition. There is more nutrition in beef that has been pasture-raised on the grass. If you have a budget and a source for great grass-fed beef, include it as one of the things you should eat every day.

Some of the health benefits that grass-fed beef promotes:

  • Supports healthy blood sugar levels
  • Contains electrolytes including sodium, potassium, and magnesium
  • Fights cancer with twice the amounts of conjugated linoleic acid.
  • Six times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef.
  • Helps to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
  • Decreases your risk of heart disease with the increased consumption of CLA.

Pasture-Raised Eggs

Farm fresh eggs are the highest quality eggs that you can get. Don’t feel bad about substituting the store-bought eggs if that is what you can afford. You can still see some of the great health benefits from them. Unfortunately, you may be supporting big agriculture and bad farming practices.

Eggs are very convenient for breakfast or a snack. There are many ways to cook eggs. You can even mix them with olive oil and vinegar to create mayonnaise and consume them raw.

The following health benefits can be achieved with eggs:

  • Eggs contain vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, and zinc.
  • Eggs provide your body with 6 grams of protein.
  • Eggs give you 5 grams of healthy fats.
  • Eggs raise the HDL or “good” cholesterol.
  • Eggs are a source of choline which is used to build cell membranes.
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • They contain lutein and zeaxanthin which benefit eye health.

 

Consistency is key

Eating highly nutrient-dense foods every day will lead to overall better health. I was very inconsistent for many years taking cod liver oil. I saw inconsistent results. It wasn’t until I committed to taking it every day and had my blood levels tested that I was able to observe a good improvement in my overall health and well-being. Not only did the number in my lab result reflect a healthier body, but I felt better.

These are foods that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. You can have eggs for breakfast and a hamburger patty for dinner with a cod liver oil supplement at lunchtime. Ground beef is one of the most versatile foods and can be made into a patty or used in a casserole. These are nutrient foods that you should eat every day for great health.