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I'm wondering about hormone changes via pregnancy...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

So, my Graves' disease was "triggered" by pregnancy...or for lack of a better definition, it was dormant until I gave birth, although I had subtle signs of it now that I know I have it. So my question is, since it blew up because of the natural hormone changes a woman goes through after going birth, can paleo change that? I've lost 13lbs in less than a month & I am feeling better but my levels are still very high...practically no change.

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on February 05, 2013
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I second the PHD rec. If you are already struggling with thyroid, some of the other paleo variants may hurt it even more. PHD has enough safe carbs in there. Be careful with what you read in the paleo-sphere... so much of it is geared toward men, and doesn't take female hormones into account at all. There are some good women tackling women's stuff though, like Paleo for Women: http://www.paleoforwomen.com

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on January 22, 2013
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Hormones are a many complicated thing. That is why most of the nutrition authorities in the Paleo world dont really touch on the issue much. And when they do it is sort of vague. I would say that many things are affected by hormones and that giving birth is perhaps the most hormonally involved process that a woman goes thru. So, I think the triggering of your graves makes sense. Especially since Graves attacks the thyroid and the thyroid is in fact a hormone producing organ.

And yes, I think diet can change that.. or at least make it very manageable. I think Paleo is a good starting point, but I prefer Paul Jaminet's PHD. Here is an article where he talks about how to overcome many diseases. Paul's theory is that most things are brought on by an infectious origin and that by doing diagnostics and playing around with your diet you can figure out the infection, fix it and overcome it. You can also custom search on his site for Grave's or just autoimmune in general and it will give you some really great information. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/07/eleven-steps-for-overcoming-alzheimer???s-and-other-chronic-infectious-diseases/

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on February 05, 2013
at 02:43 PM

I second the PHD rec. If you are already struggling with thyroid, some of the other paleo variants may hurt it even more. PHD has enough safe carbs in there. Be careful with what you read in the paleo-sphere... so much of it is geared toward men, and doesn't take female hormones into account at all. There are some good women tackling women's stuff though, like Paleo for Women: http://www.paleoforwomen.com

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