How I Stopped My Hair Loss and Started Regrowth

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How I stopped my hair loss and started regrowth.

Last year – almost a year ago as a matter of fact – I went through a very rough surgery recovery. What should have taken six weeks took six months due to a hematoma and subsequent infection. Bleah.

It was terrible.

All sorts of things happened to my body during this time, due to the constant courses of strong antibiotics I was taking. The most noticeable and bothersome to me, however, was that my hair started falling out in clumps.

Not just a little hair. Over the course of several months, I lost half of my hair.

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You can call me vain, you can call me whatever you want. I will be completely honest with you – it really bothered me. I would cry in the shower as I gathered clump after clump off of my head and had to dispose of it before it went down the drain – which still ended up happening.

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About once a week my husband would have to clean out the drain. Ew, ew. And about twice a week, I would have to clean all the hair out of my large round brush because it had become completely full of hair.

I looked up a good salon in the area and got a short bob cut – I had been trying to let my hair grow long. Before the surgery, I had been following a healthier WAP style of diet and my hair was looking the best it’s ever looked. So thick, I couldn’t wrap a hairband around it twice. That had never happened before.

And now this!

I really felt deep down the hair loss had to do with two things: the stress of what was happening in my life at that time, and the constant courses of antibiotics. So I went into Dr. Google mode and found that there was a connection between stress and hair loss, but also, between your gut health and hair loss.

More Stress = Less Hair

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that hair loss can be attributed to extreme levels of stress. I remember when I was younger, my dear grandmother went through a stressful period in her life and went partially bald.

This article on Livestrong.com says:

Emotional and physical stress can also interfere with hair regrowth, such that follicles can remain dormant for months. This condition, known as telogen effluvium, can extend for years, long past an initial stressful event (pregnancy, surgical recovery, grieving).

I think that’s exactly what happened to me.

I tried to deal with the stress as best as I could, but I had a gaping hole in me and a 5, 4, and 2 year old, as well as an infant to care for. I rested as much as I could and prayed more than I probably ever have, but the stress level seriously plummeted when the infection healed and the hole closed up. Then it was time for a celebration!

 Gut Health and Hair Loss

Okay, so it’s pretty easy to establish that my hair was partially falling out due to stress. But there was another factor.

Let’s talk about your gut health and beneficial bacteria.

Beneficial bacteria in your body do incredibly amazing things – tons of things – but one of the biggest, in my humble opinion, is to produce Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a very important nutrient that affects many parts of your body. This particular vitamin is responsible for:

  • your dental health and facial structure
  • reversing bone loss and osteoporosis
  • preventing prostate cancer in men, and other cancers as well
  • reducing the risk of diabetes
  • and, among others, hair growth

Gut health and hair loss are linked. Without the beneficial bacteria working hard to do their job, my body couldn’t function right and my hair started falling out. (My nails also turned very flimsy as well.)

So what were the two things I did to get my hair to grow back?

I thought you’d never ask!

 Aggressive Regrowth Tactic #1: Protein & Vitamin K

Incidentally, I was nursing a baby who was allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts. So I couldn’t have any of those things and had to look for a non-allergenic source of protein. I found it in this powder. Each scoop delivered 21 grams of healthy, sprouted protein, enzymes, and probiotics. I would pour a scoop of this along with some coconut milk, a little cocoa, and two bananas every morning and I can’t tell you what a difference it made in my life. If you are looking for a protein powder but want to stay away from the unhealthy isolates (and why wouldn’t you? πŸ˜‰ ) then give this one a try.

Another supplement you may like to try is Natto – and this is important – Natto is a fermented food that contains one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin K you can find. I believe this was important to ending my hair loss and beginning hair regrowth.

If you would like to easily up your intake of vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2), you can take it in the form of drops like these. I have these and I love to take them as needed.

Aggressive Regrowth Tactic #2: Diatomaceous Earth

Something else I also began was taking food grade diatomaceous earth daily. I started with 1/2 a tablespoon mixed in water daily and eventually worked up to 1 heaping tablespoon twice daily.

You see, food grade Diatomaceous Earth is high in trace minerals and contains mostly silica. Silica is necessary for so many basic functions of the body. It has been said that silica is the mineral of life!

More specific to this post, though, is that silica is essential for healthy hair growth.

(If you would like to learn more about diatomaceous earth, please read this guest post for the Prairie Homestead.)

However, I’m not here to try to convince you to take diatomaceous earth; I’m simply telling you what I did to help my problem.

Another great source of silica is cell salts. They’re so easy to take! You can read more about cell salts here. They are another recommended method of treating hair loss.

 Check For New Growth

Using these two tactics (and I’m sure there are more!), I was seeing immediate hair regrowth. To check for hair regrowth, part your hair and hold each side down flat. Look at your hair in the mirror – if your hair is regrowing, you should be seeing little hairs sprouting up in between.

I’ve stopped taking the protein powder, but I continue to take food grade diatomaceous earth daily. The hair I’ve regrown still has a ways to grow before it reaches the length of my other hair, but it has already grown about three inches, which is fast growth for me. I’ll continue taking it. πŸ™‚

P.S. I found this amazing volumizing tool on Amazon and it REALLY creates the effect of fuller hair. It has been worth every penny to me. Check it out.

Also, a company I work with, Morrocco Method, has a line of high-quality elixirs that are amazing for scalp regeneration and hair regrowth. You might want to give them a look as well.

***Update: I am about to write a longer update to this post. I have started some new methods with my hair and I am experiencing phenomenal hair regrowth. I guess there were still some hairs that were not growing, because now I have tiny little hairs sticking out all over my head. πŸ™‚ I will share my methods with you! I’ll try to get the post up as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can check out my Ultimate Natural Hair Care Directory – it has several resources for hair loss. <3

***Update: Here’s the post where I detail how I increased my hair growth: How to Grow Hair FasterΓ‚ – hope this helps you!!

How I stopped my hair loss and started regrowth.

Here’s to hair regrowth,

Dandy

P.S. Have you ever had your hair start falling out? Did you do anything to help it regrow?

77 thoughts on “How I Stopped My Hair Loss and Started Regrowth”

  1. I like your idea in treating hair loss. I’ve looking for it in weeks. Unfortunately, due to my day jobs, I can only try it during weekend. Anyway thanks for sharing. It’s really valuable for us who hairs are losing day by day.

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  2. Thank you. My hair loss, and the subsequent research because of it, is what has lead me to this “real food” journey I am on. I’ve been researching hair loss and trying various suggestions for two years now, with out much success. Luckily I had a BUNCH of hair to begin with, because it’s been falling out that long and I haven’t gone bald…yet! Even my beautician couldn’t believe the hair loss. Scary stuff. Used to be, one couldn’t even see my part, now, you can see my scalp through the thinning hair.
    I already have DE on hand and will order some of the powder you recommended.
    All prayers are appreciate, too.
    Blessing to you and yours!

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    • Hi Angie – I’m so glad to join you on a real food journey! I know what you mean – my beautician could hardly get her comb through my hair, because of the hairs clogging the comb. It made me sad. πŸ™ I hope you can see some hair regrowth SOON! Please keep me updated. I’m praying for you; I know exactly how you feel.

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  3. Thank you for this information. I am going to try diatomaceous earth. I’m thinking my hair loss is due to Hypothyroid and Menopause. I’ve been on thyroid medicine for about 5 years, I’ve been on the Paleo diet for about 3 years, trying to eat natural food, grass-fed meats, non-gluten and no soy. I still feel like my hair is getting thinner. I’m trying more natural shampoos (the morrocco method line of shampoos—-recommended from another blog about hair loss).
    Kim

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  4. I just recently started using the raw protein, and it's awesome. I wasn't aware it was so good for hair growth. I have stopped using shampoo to was my hair. I use apple cider vinegar and i feel that my hair has been healthier and grows faster.

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  5. You are a Godsend! I have been experiencing severe hair loss (50-60%) over the last 8 mos. My hair stopped falling for about 6 weeks but is back to falling out again this week. I've had my adrenals, thyroid and hormone levels checked… Dr's keep telling me it's stress. Not only that but the texture of my hair changes as well…weird. I am definitely going to try this. The Garden of Life raw protein doesn't do well with my tummy. Do you think I could try a vitamin k supplement?
    Thank You!

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  6. Hi,
    Just was wondering where I would find diatomaceous earth and raw protein? How do I take these into my body? Do I add them to food, water or what? I have been just diagnosed as a diabetic and have been watching my sugar intake along with taking medication. I have also been cutting back in my old eating habits and have been eating a lot more healthier then before. Lots of fruits and veggies. I also have been put on a once a week vitamin D med due to very low numbers from blood work that was drawn. My mother had very very thin hair. You could actually see her scalp. I have over the last few years been getting thinner and thinner with my hair, but have noticed that within the last year or so, it’s gotten extremely thinner at a faster pace then before. I’m not sure what all is contributing to this happening, but am willing to try an even more healthier way of living to see if it helps my hair and possibly more then I know of. Thanks, Kat

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  7. I was excited to see this article you wrote..although I have a few questions. What type of coconut milk did you use? Can you Put the food grade DE into the shake? Thank you.

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    • Hi Erica, I just used canned coconut milk at the time. That’s because we are dairy free. You can use whatever milk you prefer, although coconut milk is one of the healthiest! Yes, you can put the DE in the shake and you would probably not know it was in there!

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  8. Hi, could you please let me know exactly what to use for my hair to grow back and if I can get the products in a health food store.

    Thank you. I felt like their was no hope for me until I saw your page.

    Carol

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    • Hi Carol, thanks for stopping by! I can only tell you what I used and unfortunately I can’t promise it will work for everyone. Here is the link to the protein powder I used: http://amzn.to/1ka6d9y

      And the link to the diatomaceous earth I used: http://amzn.to/QNGk2q

      You can get the protein powder at the health food store, but I had to order the diatomaceous earth online. Best wishes with your hair regrowth!

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  9. I experienced hair loss/thinning after menopause. And sometime later, due to severe stress, the hair loss continued to worsen. I have had great results with re growth after I began taking Hair Essentials supplements from the Natural Wellbeing website. And further help once I began using fermented rice water to wash my hair every second day. I no longer use shampoo or conditioner, just now and then add a dash of ACV to the rinse. The website for instructions on making fermented rice water is theepochtimes.com. My hair regained curliness, strength and softness, but still is finer than before. I hope soon it will be as thick as before. Hope this info is of some help πŸ™‚

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  10. Hi Danielle.
    I’ve had thinning hair for several years now but after my 2nd child it started falling out in clumps and has been now for 6 months since baby… It’s terrible and I’m sure it’s more then what’s normal for after a pregnancy. I’m praying this works because like you it has me it tears. I also took a very long time to heal after my csection and i’m sure no sleepsleep along with a very strong willed two yr old hasn’t helped the stress level. Thank you for your post!

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    • Hi Tammy, thanks for stopping by. I’m sorry to hear about your hair falling out; I know how you feel. πŸ™ Try to keep your stress level down as much as you can; take time to let yourself heal and rest when you can. Easier said than done, I know!! I pray your hair returns quickly. <3

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  11. I experience the same problem every time I have surgery or when I go on a weight loss plan. I once tried to cut red meat completely out of my diet because my doctor was encouraging me to do so, and my hair fell out by the handfull as a result! What works best for me (besides trying to reduce stress in my life) is to take a vitamin B complex and ensure I eat lean red meat several times a week. My stylist also suggested that I not use conditioner every time I shampoo and to only condition the ends every other time I shampooed. As you have already stated, what works for one person may not work for another, but I think that if you can improve your overall nutritional health and remove needless sources of stress (e.g. your kids will survive quite nicely without a lot of the things we mothers attempt to do to give them that “perfect” childhood memory), the problem will eventually resolve. It is completely normal to lose hair after pregnancy (your hair actually thickens while you are pregnant), and I can tell you from having had numerous surgeries and subsequent bouts of temporary alopecia that your hair will most likely grow back with a different texture. In my case, I went from having very fine, straight hair to having a medium, wavy texture. It has a lot more body now and I rarely have to use a curling iron πŸ™‚

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  12. Hi there, I’ve been experiencing balding for 10 years. I was just 28! Stress related makes sense for me. I live in United Kingdom. Can I get these meds here? Also do these meds affect hair regrowth on the rest of the body?
    I just want head hair regrowth. I have the opposite problem of facial hair, dark arm hair and also a few other places I don’t want that to get worse.
    My bald patch is slowly getting bigger and is about the size of the palm of my hand, minus my fingers.
    Any advice gratefully accepted. Thanks!

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    • Hi Donna! I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss. I’m not sure about getting things in the UK, you might could check with Amazon sellers though. I wish I had more advice about hair loss, but I only know what worked for me. There are many causes of hair loss, but I do think that the DE would be beneficial in most cases. Best wishes!!

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    • Donna, sounds like you have symptoms of PCOS… just like me. You should seek a specialist to confirm. I’ve had my suspicions over the years but didn’t get a confirmation until I saw an OB re my miscarriage. I’m also seeking ways to reverse my hair loss… and just to be healthy over all as PCOS has affected my hormones and has caused not only hair loss but acne, foggy brain, mood swings, etc. I am going to start taking DE along with coconut oil and vitamin supplements to see if it helps with my symptoms. I will also be modifying my diet to eat less processed and low carb food. Wish you luck on your health journey also and hope you update on your progress.

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  13. I’m 67 and have been steadily thinning in my hair for over 10 years. I’ve tried everything and had small but not long term growth. My hair is so thin I’m buying a wig to just feel like I look better.
    Recently I heard about DE and started it last week. Also have been taking Biotin 500mcg for about 6 months. I didn’t know about the Vitamin K but will look into it. I’m already taking a protein supplement. It’s Whey Protein Isolate. You mentioned something about Isolates. What’s the problem there? Is Dr Mercolas protein better? Thanks for your help.

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    • Hi Carol. I hope the DE is helping you. Be sure to drink plenty of water when taking it! πŸ™‚ According to Dr. Mercola’s website:
      “Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional cofactors. I have issues with isolates because…
      -Most isolates are exposed to acid processing
      -Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form
      -Due to over-processing, isolates are deficient in key amino acids and nutritional cofactors”
      They are denatured and your body cannot assimilate them. I have never tried Dr. Mercola’s product, but I would try it if I were ever looking for a whey protein. I hope that helps in some way!

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  14. hey Danielle, how is the hair loss/growth now? Do you continue to take those products and have they continued to improve your condition?

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    • Hello Lindsey, thanks for commenting, and thanks for asking! I stopped taking the protein shake once my infection/wound healed and once my hair started growing back. I didn’t feel I needed as much protein after that. I continued to take the DE for several months, but I stopped when we began the GAPS diet (you can read more about that by searching for posts on GAPS if you’re curious). On the GAPS diet, my hair continued to stay put and feels nice and thick now, as well as my nails.

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  15. Dark green leafy veg plus green veg like cucumber, asparagus, spring onion and zucchini all have vitamin K. And pure butter has vitamin k as well.

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  16. Lupin flour either in baking or as a hair mask is great at hair regrowth. Also making sure stress levels are kept low at all time as even strenuous exercise can seem like stress to the body.

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  17. I would like to try this soon. I have recently been searching on how to intervene or prevent hair loss because I have been losing hair since 2012 but not big chunks though. However, this year seems to have gotten worst as it’s quite noticeable in my hairline. My mum started loosing hair after she had a child at 30 yrs old. But I’m only 29, healthy and no kids yet. This is really scary because I have very long and thick hair. Between 2011-2013, I had a very stressful experience in my career and life just as we all go through different phases. I think that would have been one of the contributing factors of the start of my hair loss. Another thing also, I was diagnosed with scalp psoriasis during that time and when I’m stressed my psoriasis exacerbate. Scalp psoriasis can also cause hair loss. But I have been suffering with this autoimmune disease for 12 years now but I only noticed the thinning of my hair in 2012.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Marj

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that, Marj. I know the feeling! What I did ended up working for me; I hope it will help everyone but all I know is that’s what worked in my situation. There are so many things that can cause hair loss, but it’s definitely a sign that something is up in your body. A lot of people’s hair loss can be attributed to thyroid issues as well, I believe. I hope you can pinpoint what is causing yours. I know how it feels and it is NOT fun. <3

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  18. Hi,
    I’m 30 Years male from India. It would be really helpful, if you can suggest some hair regrowth medicine for me also. Is this only for women.. ?

    thanks in advance.

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    • Hello there! I am so sorry, I do not really know of any actual hair regrowth medicine to suggest. I have read that men have regrown lost hair using the diatomaceous earth powder, so that is something you could try!

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  19. Hi,

    thanks for your reply. this DE powder to be applied ? or should be taken orally ?
    Can you please explain the process.

    thanks again.

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  20. Hi .. I was wondering how long did you use steps one and two before you saw hair growth and also how long after did you start your doubled your growth system and might I use some simultaneously or wait to start some of the doubled your growth items .. Thanks

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    • Hi Marilyn,

      When I stopped my hair loss, it was over two years ago… I wish I could remember how long it took me to start regrowing, but I can’t seem to remember. πŸ™ It wasn’t until two years later, in the fall of 2014, that I started all those techniques to regrow my hair. I think if you try any of them, they should only benefit you. Just do whichever ones you can handle, but I would especially recommend the inversion method! <3

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      • Thank you so much … I am starting with steps one and two .. The ones you started with and incorporating some of the others including inversion .. My hair loss started with severe stress and now its just moved into possibly hormonal . Sooooo I have one tiny little question left … The shake that you made .. This might be a dumb Q but did you include the two bananas in the shake or were those eaten separately .. Just seems like a lot for one shake … Also did you have that every day .. Sorry to bother again …

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        • No bother, Marilyn. πŸ˜‰ I did eat two bananas in my shake, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. I did eat the shake every day – I was hurting for enough protein and that shake really helped me. I hope you start seeing hair regrowth very soon!! <3

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          • Thank you soo much .. I am guessing when you say some milk that it’s about a cup of milk .. Thank you .. I will try and keep you posted on progress so others can benefit … Ty!

    • Hi Alane! I actually didn’t eat natto – there was a small bit of it in the protein shake I started taking. I’m glad you feel better! I really hope the information helps you! <3

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  21. Hi, my hair loss is now total. Bald as can be. It’s happened over the last 10 yrs, loss, regrowth as long as shoulder length, loss again, several times. Finally discovered my ferritin levels were at 6. Combine that with various illnesses, menopause and a stressful job and I am where I am now. I’m on warfarin so taking Vitamin K might be an issue. I’m feeling hopeless that it’ll grow back. I’d even settle for the white it came back in before. Any ideas would be grateful ly appreciated. Thanks

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that Kathy. πŸ™ Have you looked into adrenal/thyroid issues? I know that can be a cause of hair loss. I would recommend a naturopathic practitioner, as I have heard they are more receptive to adrenal and thyroid issues.

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      • I have gone through all possible lab work. Nothing other than ferreting levels were a problem. Met with both thyroid & dermotology specialists. Am starting to work with Essential oils from DoTerra. Hoping something will help. Thanks.

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          • So happy to hear you are using dōTERRA – they are the highest quality oils I have ever used, and they have brought so much benefit to our home. Stay tuned, I hope to run a webinar on essential oils for hair in the near future. Best wishes Kathy! <3

    • I think it was about a month before I started noticing changes. Hang in there! And check out my other hair care posts, maybe there is something else there that can help you out!

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  22. Hi. I have noticed a considerable amount of hair loss and I’m not really sure why. Maybe because I’m on a blood thinner? Could be any reason I guess. Even hereditary. My thing is vitamin K affects the blood thinner and I’m wondering about taking these two products. So you add the DE to water and drink? Thanks for any info. I will be talking to the nurses at the coumadin clinic as I’m sure they will want to monitor me more frequently if I change anything in my diet.

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    • I am not confident about blood thinners and would definitely not want to give medical advice. Can I suggest something else entirely? Here are some things that have worked for me. Search my site for “inversion method” using the search box. Then try it and see what happens! Also, when I use high quality rosemary essential oil (NOT from a health food store – feel free to email me at itsalovelovething@gmail.com if you’d like my brand choice) and rub it on my scalp at night, I noticed rapid hair growth. Let me know if I can help you there! Also, one last option. I tried a hair supplement called Hair, Skin, and Nails and after a 30 day supply the results were pretty astounding. You could show the ingredients to your clinic and see what they say, but I don’t see anything contraindicated on there. Let me know if you would like more information on the Hair, Skin and Nails. I hope you can find something to help!

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  23. Hi, I had endometriosis and sensitive gut. Are these safe to anyone. Can raw protein itself bring growth. I have more hair loss and very slow hair growth. It started 11 years back with severe scalp itching and burning. Though itching and burning solved my hair loss has not recovered. I have tried many treatments but none was able to bring my hair back. But while I was pregnant I have seen so much growth. Is DE vegetarian. Dermatologist says I have telogen effluvium

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  24. Hello,
    Thank you for your post I will be trying a lot of your suggestions as I am desperate. I have a very similar story as you and have lost more than half my hair and I am 33 :(. Quick question, after you do the invention method do you wash your hair if you use ESO or coconut oil? I keep reading dont wash every day then I read about putting oils in the hair. Do I just leave it oily and sleep with a towel on my pillow or do I wash it out? Thank you again!

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  25. Thank you for the excellent post.
    Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) is wonderful and so few people know about it. I bought mine from Amazon but see it in the stores if I look hard. Unfortunately, the stores often label it a “bug killer.” I’ve taken DE for months in water but I also use DE to stop ant invasions in my home. DE doesn’t exactly “kill bugs” it dries them out and they die by sucking the water out of them like a sponge. Once Ants see it they turn around and stay away from it if possible. Regardless, DE is in all sorts of products including grains and cereals.

    I also liked how you discussed Vitamin K as well.
    Another option for Vitamin K is wheatgrass. I use a tiny bit of that daily in a powdered form. A non-gmo brand that I buy at the store. I am hoping it will aid me in a lot of things including reducing cough’s in the winter time which I often have but I also noticed it contains Vitamin K which I’m probably low in.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Doug. Glad to hear you’re a fan of DE! And thanks for bringing up wheatgrass, a good source of Vitamin K and low in goitrogens. Have a great day!!

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  26. Hey Danielle,

    Wondering if you are still using the DE and what you think of it currently. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and find it hard to get real answers…like if it should be taken away from food and supplements or not — and if one should take time off from taking it or not.

    Have you found out any solid answers to any of these questions? Thanks!

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    • I guess DE is similar to so many other natural healing methods… not very much if any funding is available for studies and experiments. Most everything you will find is anecdotal. That being said, I have read that it is preferred to take away from food and supplements. Also, it is recommended to take a break from DE periodically, for example, two months on, one month off is a suggestion I have heard a few times. Hope that helps!

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