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Paleo and adrenal fatigue

Answered on April 23, 2014
Created October 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Why does adrenal fatigue come up so often when talking about adjusting to paleo. Does it have something to do with toxins being released. I would have thought cutting out all processed food and only eating organic would mean less toxins?

How do I know if I'm suffering from it or if this is just a normal transition. I sleep well, eats a LOT and a LOT of fat. Work out, not to heavy at the moment and I'm totally exhausted. Been on for 14 days. 4 days ago I had a little more energy but 2 days ago it got even worse.

Used to be very hungry but the last 2 days I've felt quite full. Eat a lot anyway since I'm afraid to become even more tired if i dont get enough calories.

I eat 2-3 eggs a day so I must get enough iodine.

I'm normally so high on energy so this is really weird for me. Why did I feel a little better but then got a total setback?

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:57 PM

You can probably help your health A LOT with paleo. Have you see this website: http://www.paleoforwomen.com/

She has some PCOS stuff. There are also other more lady focused paleo websites, or ate least websites with ladies discussing women's issues. It's worth looking around. Female hormones are bloody complicated, but there are people out there who have tackled sorting them out.

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on April 23, 2014
at 04:15 AM

Eggs don't have enough iodine.

I think adrenal fatigue is confused with what I'd call "hypothalamic fatigue"

In other words, it's usually people's adrenals that are off, but their hypothalamus.

This is assuming you feel like you have adrenal fatigue because you are getting tired in the day....

The hypothalamus controls wakefulness. Here's why you get tired:

http://selfhacked.com/2014/04/13/people-get-tired-even-enough-sleep/

If you have brain fog:

http://selfhacked.com/2013/06/15/the-cause-of-brain-fog/

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:52 PM

thanks jenjen

No i dont have any intention of getting in ketosis. I dont think it's healthy state and I'm looking for a long term solution that I can stick to since there's no fix for my hormones that will make them work with a normal diet. Unless I'd take chemicals of course, for life :/

Feels a lot more sound to master the insuline with a healthy diet.

2a6025992746ff6cd4ffb6ccf0aa03fc

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:57 PM

You can probably help your health A LOT with paleo. Have you see this website: http://www.paleoforwomen.com/

She has some PCOS stuff. There are also other more lady focused paleo websites, or ate least websites with ladies discussing women's issues. It's worth looking around. Female hormones are bloody complicated, but there are people out there who have tackled sorting them out.

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:30 PM

in general paleo is more in touch with hollistic approaches to things, so they try to avoid things like gluten even if your not a celiac and try to improve your thyroid even if you dont have hoshimotos. so in general paleo is focus on optimizing rather than waiting till someones critical to address issues, and then tends to 'over diagnose' issues compared to mainstream medicine.

also the paleo lifestyle tends to rub up against things like ketosis and crossfit type lifestyles.... and when you overlap low carb paleo with high exercise you risk fuxing up your hormones, especially when many on ketosis arnt aware they should refeed.

for you personally if your just getting into paleo give it some time... going from high carb to high fat your body will take time to transition, also make sure your not cutting too many carbs.

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:28 PM

It may well be the fact that you are not eating tonnes of sugar everyday now! Your body will adjust.

Since you've just started paleo, I'm going to say it's likely a combination of changing your diet and also the antibiotics. I have been on antibiotics maybe a couple of times in my life and they made me feel like utter shit!

So relax, stay eating enough, get rest and sleep and let it pass. And see some low carb flu info:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/

http://www.gnolls.org/1984/

You probably know about it, but just refresh yourself.

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:20 PM

I was very high on energy when I started the diet 14 days ago.

Started since I got diagnosed with PCOS and didn't want all hormones the doc want me to take.

Calories, in the beginning around 3000 a day was soooo hungry and ate way to much nuts. Now around 2500 (know it's a lot for a short girl, but I dont gain weight so I don't care. Will cut down when feeling better)

Food:

Egg

Chicken

Entrecote

Chilis on fat beef

Almond and makadamia butter

Coconut oil

Coconut mouse

Coconut milk

Salmon

Avocado

Avocado and olive oil

Lots of vegetables

I really eat a lot of fat and my skin, nails and hair have become shiny and smooth. Proteins have always been high and I have never been afraid of eating fat.

My diet was basen on good food before as well, BUT I also hade candy, diet cokes and redbull everyday. Still not fat since I've always worked out a lot. I didn't eat that much calories though. Around 2000 a day.

I've done low carb diets before, even keto without carb flu, but then I had diet Coke and redbull.

I also had a 6 week long antibiotic treatment I just went of.

Is it toxins cleaning out giving this effects?

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on October 15, 2013
at 01:55 PM

I think it's because a lot of people who are trying out paleo are trying to solve health problems. The paleo doesn't cause the adrenal fatigue, but they turn to paleo because of it or after starting to paleo they then find that may be part of the reason they feel so bad. Paleo people are health aware!

I can't really begin to suggest why you are so exhausted without a bit more info. How long have you been paleo? What are you eating? Are you eating enough calories? How much are you exercising? Are you stressed?

If you are just getting started, it could be "low carb flu". Do a google on that, see what I mean.

Please note that adrenal fatigue has many of the same symptoms as not eating enough. See a nice article on that here: http://gokaleo.com/2013/01/25/adrenal-fatigue-as-a-cover-for-starvation/

Also, eggs aren't really a great source of iodine and only 2-3 eggs are not going to meet the requirement. If you don't eat iodised salt, sea vegetables or fish, then maybe start doing so. Get your iodine levels and thyroid checked if you are worried about issues like this, don't just worry and speculate. Many health problems that cause "tiredness" can have vague symptoms and be difficult to tell apart.

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