A Paleo diet is supposed to have been eaten by our Palaeolithic ancestors and also known as the Stone Age diet or Сaveman diet.
When people look for alternative ways to reverse their hormonal imbalances, including hypothyrodism, hyperthyrodism, Hashimoto’s thyroditis, Graves disease, as well as PCOS, fibroids and other issues, sooner or later they will come across the Paleo diet.
Yet, a Paleo diet can actually turn out to be a negative choice when it comes to the health of your thyroid and hormones.
In my latest video, I talk about how a Paleo diet can actually hurt your hormones and thyroid health.
Paleo Diet Is A Myth
The idea put forward by Paleo diet promoters is that our Paleolithic ancestors ate a diet that contained lots of meat, due to the belief that they would have hunted lots of animals for their food.
Well, this theory is a controversial one. In fact, studies on “Paleo” poop actually show that far from being cavemen who ate a diet high in animal meats, they ate a diet that was very high in fiber. So high in fiber that they got around 100 grams of it in their daily diet. (1)
If you look at the Standard American Diet (SAD diet), you will find that people get around 12 to 18 g of fiber per day.
Since fiber is found in plants and not animal foods, this gives you a clear idea of just how much plant foods these Paleolithic ancestors of ours were consuming.
Basically, they were consuming over 5 times as much fiber in their daily diet than most Americans are currently. That’s a BIG difference!
If any of you out there have ever consumed 100 g of fiber in your daily diet or come close to it, then you’ll know just how much plant foods you need to eat … LOTS!
Why A Paleo Diet Has Not Reversed Your Thyroid Or Hormonal Problems
Being on a plant-based vs Paleo diet, it’s very easy to consume healthy amounts of fiber in your daily diet.
Fiber is necessary for:
- The health of your gut
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Lowering your cholesterol levels and so risk of heart disease
- Preventing and reversing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
Now, what I wanted to focus on in particular today with regards to the Paleo diet is thyroid health – or rather lack of it.
The thing is that when you eat a very low carb diet like the Paleo diet it can actually lower the function of your thyroid gland.
Going low carb and high fat, as many people do on the Paleo diet, can lead to you inadvertently hurting your thyroid.
If your thyroid fails to produce enough of the hormones that your body requires you can then start experiencing low functioning thyroid symptoms, such as:
- weight gain
- intolerance to the cold
- low energy levels
- hair loss
- mood issues even depression
- and many more…
Research has shown us that going low carb can affect the thyroid gland by:
- A drop in metabolic rate and energy production (2)
- Causing a fall in the active T3 thyroid hormone (3)
- And by raising the thyroid blocking Reverse T3 hormone levels (3)
All of these suppress your thyroid function and so negatively affect your health.
We work with many clients and ladies who have suffered with thyroid problems and typically low thyroid issues where their thyroid gland underperforms, especially if they follow a Paleo, Keto or other low carbohydrate diet.
In fact, studies have shown that plant diets are associated with reduced risk of thyroid issues, whereas diets that contained animal products or omniovre diets were associate with an increased risk of hypothyrodism. (4)
Watch the video above to discover more about how a Paleo diet can negatively affect your health and the health of your thyroid and leave your comments below!
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