Carbs to fuel thyroid vs. stomach issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 04, 2012 at 7:27 PM

What???s more important: thyroid functioning or stomach/gut functioning? I have hypothyroidism. I used to be a vegetarian. Last December / January, I went paleo. I was also told about klebsiella bacteria in a stomach analysis. I have problems with SIBO/fodmaps too. Since going low carb, my stomach has been much better. The only problem it seems is that I have less energy and can???t work out (e.g., run, CrossFit) without the carbs I cut out. So, do you think it is more important to eat enough carbs to treat hypothyroidism, and have a lot of accompanying digestive issues, or eat fewer carbs but just not be able to work out as much? I???d love to hear your thoughts as I???m nearing my wit???s end with this conundrum!

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on November 05, 2012
at 03:22 AM

First off make sure you eat enough calories on low carb. Usually down regulation of metabolism is simply due to reduced calorie rather than lack of carb. Low carb does nothing to hinder your thyroid, but may reduce your conversion to T3. Not necessarily a bad thing UNLESS you are having symptoms. I would crank up the calories via fat first and see how that does though, especially given your improved symptoms otherwise.


on November 04, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Eat more fats for fuel - quality fats like macadamia nut and avacados. Timing is important.



on November 04, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Being hypo causes a lot of stomach trouble, it's the main reason for digestive problems, I think that you were hypo before starting LC, and it has been a band aid.

I've seen it in animals a million times that they don't get abnormal gut bacteria, or parasites, if they have normal metabolic function, the problems set in when metabolism tanks.

The best thing to do in your situation is to find a carb that causes the least bit of trouble, and to try to up your metabolism, low carb rarely works in the long term when trying to treat stomach trouble.

A good doctor (a specialist in endocrinology maybe) would also be good, so that your hormones could be checked out, and treated so that your metabolism would rise.

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