I started paleo last year late summer. My hair had been thinning a couple of years prior to starting paleo. I know it's an under active thyroid but my doctor sees nothing in the tests. I get the hormonal acne and hot flashes all day and all night. Will it take some more time on paleo to see all these things resolve itself? Do I need HRT? Or am I doomed to be an old balding, scar-faced sweating old woman?
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on July 23, 2013
at 12:08 PM
I'm 54, stopped menstruating a couple years ago. I have been on the Perfect Health Diet version of Paleo for 2.5 years, and this helped hot flashes a lot but did not eliminate. About 3 months ago, in an experiment to help a few food intolerances, i started taking a daily teaspoon of inulin (soluble fiber), plus four tablespoons of resistant starch (bob's red mill unmodified potato starch) ( I worked up to this amount over several weeks),plus a daily probiotic (syontix). Results include sleeping better, excellent bathroom results, and improved tolerance to high histamine foods. I also realized one day that I haven't had a hot flash in weeks!
PS my thyroid numbers have slowly improved over the course of my time on PHD. TSH went from 3 something to 1.8 most recently. I think the Jaminets have the thyroid nutrients pretty well dialed in.
on July 09, 2013
at 07:51 AM
Try using apple cider vinegar for hot flashes. It doesn't work for everyone, but if it works for you, it's really amazing. Gets rid of them pretty quickly.
And the good thing is that it's a food. You can use it on salads etc.
Wrote about it here. http://www.ruthsrealfood.com/2011/11/cure-for-hot-flashes-apple-cider.html
on April 14, 2013
at 07:11 PM
Mirian - My thyroid tests came in "average" as well, but I am doing intense supplementation & have found it to be hugely helpful. I won't give you my entire list, but 3 tablets I hope to never be without are New Chapter's Diet & Energy, Source Natural's Amino Athlete, and Modifilan. I started these supplements many years ago -- long before I learned about paleo -- and although I've been strictly paleo for over a year (not so hard after going gluten-free in the mid-90s), I still take these supplements faithfully, along with the Vit D, Bs, etc. My experience has not shown that a strict paleo diet, regular exercise, etc. is enough to overcome low-functioning thyroid.
on March 27, 2013
at 12:32 PM
Mirian - I think your suspicion that you need to be a hardcore adherent is correct. I notice amazing relief from my female symptoms when I am truly 100% paleo (no dairy either). One cheat day in the month, and they start to creep back in. Honestly, THIS, more than the weight loss, is what keeps me in line. :)
on February 13, 2013
at 01:30 AM
I have eliminated all of my peri menopausal symptoms with a Lacto-paleo diet, good sleep and Vitamin D supplementation. It does take 6 months to a year to see lasting results (YMMV), so patience is key!
I'm 50 and no hot flashes or insomnia, etc...and I am feeling great!
Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:
on February 12, 2013
at 10:18 PM
It may not be your thyroid. Just like when women lose hair post partum, women in perimenopause also experience hormone loss causing the same issue. I'd recommend trying to address the hormone loss without introducing hormones from outside of the body if possible. I use Femmenessence Macalife in my practice for this purpose. It works by addressing multiple glands via the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Many natural products suggest their ability to reduce hot flashes and night sweats but none have shown the improvement in hormone levels that Femmenessence has. Links to the research can be found at www.naturalhi.com and it can be purchased at places like Whole Foods and other specialty stores. Many patients see improvements in 3 weeks or so with a range of 10 days to 6 weeks.