This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on overcoming hypothyroidism:
- Part 1 – How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails…
- Part 2 – How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver
- Part 3 – [You Are Here] – Stop Eating Low-Carb (If You Care About Your Thyroid)
The myth has long since been debunked.
But unfortunately, some fads stick around long past their welcome.
I’m talking about the low-carb diet myth.
I understand the thought process and why it’s still hanging around.
Weight gain is a common symptom of hypothyroidism (yet, so is excessive weight loss).
And low-carb diets promote short term weight loss.
So, it must be healthy for your thyroid, right?
Well, you can also lose weight instantly by cutting off your left arm.
But that won’t help your thyroid either.
Don’t worry I fell for it too, many years ago.
And unfortunately I had to learn this hard way like so many others.
Long ago, I spent a couple of years following a low-carb diet. And I stuck through it because at the time the doctors and practitioners I was studying believed it was the key to health.
As I watched my health fall apart during those years, it was obvious that my thyroid took a turn for the worse.
- My body temperature plummeted.
- My hands and feel were always cold.
- I crashed as soon as I walked in the door from work.
- I couldn’t handle a bit of stress and felt overwhelmed with just about everything in life.
- The list goes on and on…
Little did I know, my low-carb diet was ruining my thyroid.
And I’m not the only one.
Today, low-carb diets are commonly recommended for hypothyroidism sufferers.
At least half of the clients I work have either tried in the past or come to me while following a low-carb diet of some sort.
And while many do feel better initially, it’s not because of any improvement to their thyroid.
I’ll explain why this happens in just a second.
But there’s an abundance of research showing that low carb diets result in…
- Fall in active T3 thyroid hormone.
- Rise in thyroid blocking Reverse T3 hormone.
- Fall in metabolic rate and energy production.
All of which only suppress your thyroid function.
Hormonal and metabolic changes induced by an isocaloric isoproteinic ketogenic diet in healthy subjects.
“A significant fall in triiodothyronine and rise in reverse triiodothyronine were observed, while thyroxine levels remained unchanged.”
Sucrose substitution in prevention and reversal of the fall in metabolic rate accompanying hypocaloric diets.
“The fall in both resting metabolic rate and triiodothyronine concentration was markedly reduced as compared with values during the carbohydrate-free diet. It is concluded that carbohydrate restriction plays an important role in mediating the fall in resting metabolic rate during hypocaloric feeding.”
Feel Better On a Low-Carb Diet? Not For Long.
It’s not uncommon to experience weight loss and even an improvement in energy when starting a low-carb diet.
But if you understand just how low-carb diets work, then you’ll also understand why these results are short lived.
When you reduce carbohydrates in your diet your blood sugar drops (also harmful for diabetics but that’s a story for another time).
As your blood sugar drops, your body compensates by overproducing stress hormones, including adrenaline.
Adrenaline (while you can produce it) makes you feel great.
If you’ve ever experienced an adrenaline rush, you know what I mean.
But it’s not sustainable.
Your body can only continue to overproduce stress hormones for so long.
Eventually your ability to produce these stress hormones becomes impaired.
Because thyroid hormone is required for the production of these stress hormones.
So, as you eat low-carb and become more hypothyroid, your need for stress hormones increases while your ability to produce them decreases.
And eventually you’ll reach the point where you can’t produce enough stress hormones to meet the demands of what your body needs in order to compensate.
That’s when the real damage happens.
When your body fails to compensate, permanent physical degeneration begins to occur.
Carbs Are Your Thyroid’s Friend
Carbs play a very important role in regulating thyroid function, especially at your liver.
As I mentioned in the previous post about “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”, using carbs to balance your blood sugar is always where we start.
But it’s also all about using the right carbs and balancing them properly.
You will learn about one of the most beneficial carbohydrates that you can use to help heal your thyroid when you download the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.
This daily protocol will show you a very different side to your hypothyroidism. It’s based on real science (not modern day myths)… It’s been tested with real hypothyroidism sufferers… and it simply works.
Read this article about “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails” to see how we get the results we do.
The 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol is all about taking the first step to overcoming your hypothyroidism by fixing some of the hidden underlying issues that are holding your thyroid hostage.
If that sounds like what you need, then just download the protocol and use it for yourself.