Do Low-Carb Diets Mess Up Women’s Hormones?
No wonder we have so much hypothyroid, infertility and women experiencing a painful menopause, these issues are worldwide.
With way to many fad diets promoting the incorrect facts, covering up whats really true for our wellbeing.
LOW-CARB LONG-TERM IS BAD NEWS, SCIENCE HAS PROVEN IT AND THE HEALTH OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE HAS PROVEN IT, TO MANY PEOPLE ARE SICK, LETS STOP MESSING AROUND WITH OUR HEALTH AND START GETTING WELL AND STAYING WELL, Who’s with me?…
Evidence suggests that women’s hormones are sensitive to energy availability, meaning that too few carbs can cause imbalances. These imbalances can have very serious consequences, including IMPAIRED fertility, LOW mood, THYROID isssues and even WEIGHT gain.
THYROID AND LOW-CARB:
Your thyroid gland produces two hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), these two hormones are necessary for a wide range of bodily functions, including breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, body weight, temperature control, cholesterol levels and the menstrual cycle, so an absolutely VITAL gland for our well-being.
T3, the active thyroid hormone, is very sensitive to low carb intake. If carb intake is too low, T3 levels drop and reverse T3 (rT3) levels increase. Reverse T3 is a hormone that blocks the action of T3.
Some studies have shown that ketogenic diets also reduce T3 levels.
STUDY: One study found that T3 levels dropped by 47% over 2 weeks in people consuming a VL-Carb diet: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1249190
Low T3 and high rT3 levels can slow your metabolism, resulting in symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, lack of concentration, low mood and more.
This ongoing pressure of Low Carb may eventually lead to HPA axis dysfunction (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Axis), sometimes referred to as “adrenal fatigue”.
Symptoms include fatigue, a weakened immune system and greater risk of long-term health problems such as hypothyroidism, inflammation, diabetes and mental health disorders. In addition, some evidence suggests that low carb diets can cause increased production of cortisol (“the stress hormone”), messing with our coping factor and ability to deal with stress, making the problem much worse.
One study found that, regardless of weight loss, a low-carb diet increased cortisol levels compared to a moderate-fat, moderate-carb diet: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17785367
Conclusion, a plant based diet rich in all your complex carbs, including vegetables, starches, grains, beans and legumes, will nourish your thyroid hormones allowing them to regulate and thrive once again, do not settle for – ‘Theres no cure’, or ‘Once your on medication you’ll never get off them’ or ‘Its all in your head, you’re fine’, remember the possibilities are endless when you start focusing on natural medicine, with the correct lifestyle, nutrition, mindset and support, its been proven, and I’ve seen it in my own clinic, everything can change in a matter of a few short weeks.
Arianna Aunon, Nutritionist & Body Transformation Coach