The keto diet has become a weight loss phenomenon as people realise they can drop the pounds quickly by causing the body to burn fat instead of carbs. Ketosis kicks in after a few days of following the high fat, low carb diet. Equally famous, though, is the accompanying ‘keto flu’ which can make people feel tired and nauseous and it seems like that isn’t the only side effect.
As well as a drop in libido, kidney damage and heart problems, the keto diet can possibly cause hair loss. Our view is that reducing your body’s intake in valuable nutrients and the stress of committing to such a restrictive diet could result in hair thinning, but this should be a temporary change. Our top tip is to increase your consumption of biotin, one of the most effective nutrients for increasing the thickness of hair follicles. There’s a whole host of ketogenic-friendly foods that contain biotin, including cauliflower, eggs, salmon, avocados, mushrooms and spinach.