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I feel cold all the time, why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 04, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Some background: I'm coming up on almost 5 months of hardcore paleo. I follow paleo to the Robb Wolf letter, the only "cheats" I've done is eaten rice 3 times (in 5 months) and I probably eat more fruit than I should.

My problem: I'm freezing cold all the time. Like blue finger tips and blue lips. I'm not sure if this is paleo related or not. I don't remember ever being this cold before. One day this week I wore 3 shirts to work. I have no idea why this is happening but it's really annoying.

What do you think?

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

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on December 21, 2012
at 02:55 AM

*Really good. Not real good.

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

(269)

on December 21, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Check it again. I recommend Dr. David Boreinstein if you are in the Tri State area.

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

(269)

on December 21, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Seconded. For me, always being cold was hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. A visit with an endocrinologist, hormone panels, and a little levothyroxine got me out of my wool socks addiction. Seriously I wore them even in the summer.

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Yes, but Raynaud's also presents with patchy pale and flushed areas of skin; so for example, some fingers will go white, others won't, or a patch of the top of the hand will turn white. Cold extremities aren't a sufficiently specific symptom to diagnose Raynaud's.

Df45ff15a3b093b7f22f0fec5ae1237a

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:31 AM

I've had my thyroid testing previous to going paleo. My mum had her thyroid removed 15 years ago. Maybe I should check again.

Df45ff15a3b093b7f22f0fec5ae1237a

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:30 AM

I don't fast. I am female and 31. I used to eat a lot of grains, I deffo got my 8-10 reccomended food guide servings.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Instantaneously.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:53 AM

Are you fasting? Fasting can really screw up the drenals and thyroid on some people as it did for me. One of the symptons is being cold.

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on November 05, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Long chain fats only keep you warm if they make you fatter.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 05, 2011
at 04:23 AM

I did that test for a month before approaching my doc about blood testing.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on November 05, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Could also be that she lives in Canada... I'm just saying.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Why doesn't it? Feeling cold, especially cold extremities that discolour are exactly the symptoms of Raynaud's.

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Do you mean that the better regulation will happen instantaneously or over time (weeks? etc?).

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Yah I'd agree that in my experience the leaner I run the colder I feel in winter for sure.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:43 AM

IFing, even with sufficient total daily calories does, towards the end of the fasting window, make me pretty damn susceptible to the cold here in NY

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Are you sure that your Paleo is HARDCORE enough!?! This could be your problem.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:47 PM

See Paul Jaminet's answer below. Great stuff!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Thanks much! I read it with great interest.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:35 PM

I love this answer...+1

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Raynaud's doesn't fit the description.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Raynaud's usually associate primarily with extremities like fingers and toes though....blue lips doesn't really fit.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

How old are you, male or female....any history or problems with circulation?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Have you had your thyroid tested? Do you eat any seaweed, shellfish, or supplement with iodine? Giving up commercial salt we also give up the iodine in it and that can lead to depressed thyroid function, and feeling cold. My cold tolerance goes to hell in a hand basket when my thyroid is working sub-optimally.

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9
9e20abb05f3f6e3cc4bb107f8980aecd

on November 04, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Look at this post: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4383 and scroll down to "What Happens When There Is a Glucose Deficiency?" and everything following that.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Thanks much! I read it with great interest.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:53 PM

A similar thing happened to me when i went low carb (sub 50g). I think i may have had a broken metabolism before i went low carb. Anyway, i suspect my low carb diet may have pushed me towards hypothyroidism.

A similar topic is being discussed over here; http://paleohacks.com/questions/74722/is-body-temperature-an-accurate-indicator-of-metabolic-function-dysfunction

My body temp started to slowly warm up after i increased my carb intake, my diet & supps are now more PHD style ( http://perfecthealthdiet.com ).

EDIT: Technically it pushed me towards 'Euthyroid Sick Syndrome' not hypothyroidism, as my TSH, fT3, fT4 were all within range, but my rT3 was (is) High.

Just seen the Paul Jaminet answer which discusses rT3, Euthyroid Sick Syndrome & more; { Look at this post: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4383 and scroll down to "What Happens When There Is a Glucose Deficiency?" and everything following that }

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Never wear long johns indoors. Go chicken-legged under you normal slacks or robe or whatever. Your body need to feel the chill in your extremities, in order to regulate your core temperature properly.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Instantaneously.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:35 PM

I love this answer...+1

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

(453)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Do you mean that the better regulation will happen instantaneously or over time (weeks? etc?).

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 05, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I get this when I:

  • am raw vegan (thankfully not a prob anymore :) )
  • not eating enough calories
  • not eating breakfast
  • not exercising

This morning I was having this issue and once I ate a big meal and did some kettlebell it went away. I just have to make myself eat breakfast.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on November 05, 2011
at 08:25 PM

If "hardcore paleo" means very low carb (< 50g per day), then I would just add back some carbs. Going very low carb (25-50g per day) worked great for me for about 2-3 months, but then I started to have issues. I'd get cold easily, did not have much energy, poor digestion, poor sleep, etc.

My theory is that I somehow had built up a lot of reserves of some kind (I don't know the science well enough to guess what), which had messed up my metabolism. Going very low carb allowed me to burn that off, but once it was gone, I did not have that source of energy any more and had to add some carbs.

Now, I eat "good" carbs (tubers, etc) one or two meals a day. Not a lot, say 0.25-0.50 of a sweet potato in a meal, but I miss it if I don't have it.

Interestingly, my weight had plateaued when I stopped low carbing, and after adding back some carbs, my weight didn't change, but I went down another notch on my belt and began to look noticeably leaner. Before I went Paleo, eating more carbs made me fatter, but having been Paleo for months, it made me leaner. Haven't totally figured this out, but might have something to do with "leptin reset" or a similar phenomenon.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Could be Raynaud's Disease. Although I am mostly thinking thyroid.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Raynaud's doesn't fit the description.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Raynaud's usually associate primarily with extremities like fingers and toes though....blue lips doesn't really fit.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Why doesn't it? Feeling cold, especially cold extremities that discolour are exactly the symptoms of Raynaud's.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on November 05, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Could also be that she lives in Canada... I'm just saying.

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

(1327)

on March 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Yes, but Raynaud's also presents with patchy pale and flushed areas of skin; so for example, some fingers will go white, others won't, or a patch of the top of the hand will turn white. Cold extremities aren't a sufficiently specific symptom to diagnose Raynaud's.

1
755d3a18737359da49c5e2167e5f2f63

on November 05, 2011
at 08:31 AM

Keep in mind that Adrenal Fatigue can also cause low thyroid symptoms, so you may want to get a cortisol saliva test done as well while you're at it.

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

(269)

on December 21, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Seconded. For me, always being cold was hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. A visit with an endocrinologist, hormone panels, and a little levothyroxine got me out of my wool socks addiction. Seriously I wore them even in the summer.

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Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on November 05, 2011
at 05:59 AM

Track your daily macronutrient intake.I think you are not eating enough protein and fat.Protein aids in proper thermoregulation and keeps your body comfortably warm.

Medium avatar

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on November 05, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Long chain fats only keep you warm if they make you fatter.

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on November 05, 2011
at 03:03 AM

One way to check your own thyroid is to take your temp every morning before you get out of bed -take it under arm only and do it for a wk .Normal axillary body temperature is between 97.4 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit or below 36.5 c. Temperatures below that are suggestive of low thyroid.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 05, 2011
at 04:23 AM

I did that test for a month before approaching my doc about blood testing.

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:58 PM

I've only dealt with chills when IF'ing, if you're eating enough (and not fasting) then I don't think you should be feeling cold.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on November 05, 2011
at 01:43 AM

IFing, even with sufficient total daily calories does, towards the end of the fasting window, make me pretty damn susceptible to the cold here in NY

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:15 PM

I usually have this problem with the changing seasons and traditionally it's been even more of a problem if I've lost weight in recent months. Right now, I'm huddling under my comforter every night because I'm being very slow to adjust.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:47 PM

See Paul Jaminet's answer below. Great stuff!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on November 05, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Yah I'd agree that in my experience the leaner I run the colder I feel in winter for sure.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:56 AM

I had the same exact symptoms. Cold all the time, even in 110 degree weather in Las Vegas. Sitting in a air conditioned room or car in mid summer gave me chills. Had to layer clothes all the time. I was also experiencing dizziness almost to the point of near syncope - my hands and feet mumb. Cold and dizzy, I was pretty miserable.

I'm sure fatigue and overtraining did contribute to this, since I was doing 2 to 3 hours of cardio a day. I also drink coffee throughout the day, about 6 cups.

So I had my blood work done. My T3, T4 levels were within range. Cholesterol A+. Blood pressure 89/67. Everything looked good except my doctor told me I was dehydrated. As I recall I did not drink much water. I would sweat buckets of water everyday and drink tons of coffee. I realized caffeine was a diuretic and for every cup of coffee I had to drink two of water. Yet I never drank water much, maybe 3 cups a day.

Today I drink about 2 liters of water and reduced my coffee intake to 2 cups. My cold and dizziness seem to be slowly subsiding.

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on December 20, 2012
at 05:04 PM

i experienced something odd the other day. I didnt eat all day and did alot of cardio, by noon i was getting noodled arms/legs. I could tell it was totally carb related. After fighting through it (maybe not recommended), i started feeling real good as if my body wanted to go through the recalibrating of muscles not getting their carbs...Not sure if this is true, but it was weird

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

(269)

on December 21, 2012
at 02:55 AM

*Really good. Not real good.

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on December 20, 2012
at 05:02 PM

you never mentioned what you eat . morning, lunch, din. if your cold in the a.m eat carbs or some warm animal protein, keep the basic salad for lunch. i have same issue though my thyroid is normal. i think the body needs more time to adjust.

And if your exercising more than what your carb load is , then that needs to change...

If you have been on a high carb like me your whole life, 5 months is a small fraction of that..

im no expert, just putting in my two cents

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:46 AM

I agree, thyroid and/or Raynaud's......find a good endocrinologist...

Df45ff15a3b093b7f22f0fec5ae1237a

(260)

on November 14, 2011
at 04:31 AM

I've had my thyroid testing previous to going paleo. My mum had her thyroid removed 15 years ago. Maybe I should check again.

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

(269)

on December 21, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Check it again. I recommend Dr. David Boreinstein if you are in the Tri State area.

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:16 AM

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