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The Ketogenic Diet and Thyroid Health

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  Published on December 15th, 2020
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ketogenic diet and thyroid health

ShareTweetSaveEmailYou never think about your thyroid… unless it’s not working. The small butterfly-shaped gland sits at the base of the neck and makes hormones that control metabolism. Many studies have shown how diet can influence your thyroid health, but what about the ketogenic diet and thyroid functioning? Thyroid Problems: Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism If your thyroid is not working as it should be, you’ll feel it all over. When the thyroid slows down (hypothyroidism), you gain weight, feel chronically tired, and have a low body temperature. When it speeds up (hyperthyroidism), you lose weight, feel hyped, and have hot flashes. Overall, the thyroid is responsive to the conditions in the body. When it is inflamed or other hormones are off-balanced, the thyroid can quickly tank, too. Thyroid issues can happen because of genetic tendencies, side effects of prescription drugs, or the result of having a baby. Basically, any hormonal, pharmaceutical or inflammatory upheaval in the body has the potential to interfere with normal thyroid function. Some issues are short-term and contained to a momentary drop or…

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