October 12, 2016

Paleo for thyroid health with Elle Russ

In her book, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, Elle Russ details how paleo should be the core of your thyroid health management.  Elle Russ is a writer, actor, life/health coach, and the host of The Primal Blueprint Podcast.  She works with Mark Sisson (Mark's Daily Apple) to educate people on the benefits of paleo/primal lifestyle.

Thyroid Problem Solving Principles

  • Do your own research
  • Follow your gut
  • Take copious notes
  • Track vitals
  • Seek a doctor's help
  • Don't rely solely on your doctor
  • Adopt a paleo/primal lifestyle

As a patient dealing with thyroid issues, it is incumbent that you partner with your doctor to manage your health.  This requires you to educate yourself.  You'll then need to maintain a journal to understand how the medicine, food, sleep and other lifestyle choices are affecting your thyroid.  As a responsible patient, you can work with your doctor to do the best for you.  If your doctor doesn't feel like a partner, find a doctor that will work with you to get the right approach for you.

Paleo Thyroid Solution Principles

  • Eat plants, animals, fish and fat.
  • Eliminate grains, beans and legumes.
  • Limit dairy and potatoes to very occasional consumption (unless you're an athlete).
  • Stay under 150 total carbohydrates per day.
  • Consume probiotics.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Stick with low-intensity exercise between 55% and 75% of your maximum heart rate.
  • Do a fifteen-minute sprint session every seven to ten days, but only if your hyperthyroid symptoms are gone, and you have the adrenal strength to support a sprint session.
  • Supplement to optimize health.
  • Only eat when you're hungry.

Paleo/primal are lifestyles, not just diets.  They look at how our ancestors likely lived and push us to model our lives after them.  Our ancestors ate whole foods, not frozen pizza.  They didn't eat nearly the amount of sugar and carbs we eat now. Movement was a big part of our ancestors lives, but not the chronic go go go we identify as exercise today.


Exasperated and desperate, Elle took control of her own health and resolved two severe bouts of hypothyroidism on her own – including an acute Reverse T3 problem. Through a devoted paleo/primal lifestyle, intensive personal experimentation, and a radically modified approach to thyroid hormone replacement therapy…Elle went from fat, foggy, and fatigued – to fit, focused, and full of life!  You can learn more about Elle at elleruss.com.


Dr. Gary E. Foresman on Paleo Thyroid Solution – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-131-dr-gary-e-foresman-md/#more-1413

CARA HAUN – Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-130-cara-haun/#more-1408

SHER SMITH – Paleo Thyroid Solution Success Story – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-129-sher-smith/#more-1402

TAYLOR COLLINS – EPIC – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-123-taylor-collins/#more-1366

GABRIELLE REECE – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-84-gabrielle-reece/#more-1066

ABEL JAMES – http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-107-abel-james/#more-1270


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