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Can Paleo Influence Temperature Sensitivity? (newbie)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Since September I have gradually been shifting my lifestyle to Paleo. This past month, I have been very dedicated. I have dropped 5 pounds in the last two weeks, my joints do not hurt as much, and my digestion has improved.

However, I've noticed I've been getting colder easier; much more than normal. (And yes, I know the temperature is dropping outside)

For instance, this weekend the temperature was set at 74 degrees inside, where normally I would be hot and possibly uncomfortable from the heat, and my roommate would be cold, but this weekend I was actually freezing, even with multiple layers on. I even made a fire to go along with the temperature of the house. I was so cold the past two days, my roommate even commented about how weird it was.

Now, at work, for the past couple of weeks, I have been cold while a majority of my coworkers are hot. I sit at my desk with gloves, a blanket, and a winter hat on.

On the flip side, one Monday where our building forgot to turn on the air on time, the office was hot. Every individual was hot; however, I was the only one sweating.

My question to my fellow hackers is, can the Paleo lifestyle influence/change my sensitivity to temperature (inside, outside, cold, hot, etc.)?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 27, 2012
at 02:04 AM

It might have been deleted. One of the things you can do is get a basic blood test to see if you are outside the normal area. But remember, even slight changes within the "normal" range can cause the symptoms you have suggested. Also some people suggest that ketosis can cause cold hands (perhaps through the same mechanism). If it is so bad that it's a problem, then I would suggest getting tested by the doctor and seeing if anything else is off.

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on November 27, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Well, let's say you switched from iodized table salt to sea salt. Or you used to use iodized salt and now you've cut back on salt in general, and you don't eat seafood regularly. Or you used to get much of your iodine from prepared foods that you don't eat anymore. But I think for many people, the bigger issue is going very low carb.

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:53 AM

CD - Sorry, I could not find the similar question previously asked either. The reduced blood viscosity could be plausible. Today at work my extremities were the coldest, and my core was much warmer. Which is why I literally wore my winter hat, gloves, and a blanket all day in the office. Is there a way to remedy my blood viscosity without being forced to intake more carbs?

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Robin - I apologize for my lack of knowledge, but what can influence my iodine intake?

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 26, 2012
at 05:25 PM

There was a similar question a few months ago, I cannot find it now. It seems like going low carb can reduce the viscosity of your blood. So your extremities will get colder while your core may feel warmer. Is this what you are feeling?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 27, 2012
at 02:04 AM

It might have been deleted. One of the things you can do is get a basic blood test to see if you are outside the normal area. But remember, even slight changes within the "normal" range can cause the symptoms you have suggested. Also some people suggest that ketosis can cause cold hands (perhaps through the same mechanism). If it is so bad that it's a problem, then I would suggest getting tested by the doctor and seeing if anything else is off.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 27, 2012
at 12:53 AM

CD - Sorry, I could not find the similar question previously asked either. The reduced blood viscosity could be plausible. Today at work my extremities were the coldest, and my core was much warmer. Which is why I literally wore my winter hat, gloves, and a blanket all day in the office. Is there a way to remedy my blood viscosity without being forced to intake more carbs?

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Drastic changes in diet can affect your thyroid, which can in turn affect your body temperature.

In particular, going very low carb sometimes causes hypothyroid, which may or may not be temporary. Another possible factor would be a big change in your iodine intake.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Robin - I apologize for my lack of knowledge, but what can influence my iodine intake?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on November 27, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Well, let's say you switched from iodized table salt to sea salt. Or you used to use iodized salt and now you've cut back on salt in general, and you don't eat seafood regularly. Or you used to get much of your iodine from prepared foods that you don't eat anymore. But I think for many people, the bigger issue is going very low carb.

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