Here, finally, is a study that is explicitly a maintenance diet. It says mostly what we would expect. It was a bit surprising, and contrary to some previous findings, that in the half carb, half fat diet, this high a carbohydrate level would still allow lower T₃. The authors suggest that this is evidence that high fat alone is responsible. Our interpretation, in contrast, is that it is the zero protein condition that led to the lower T₃. In the body of the paper, the authors, to their credit, acknowledge that they are speculating. We would love to see this example followed by more researchers. —Amber
Modern-day living and all the busy-ness and stress that comes along with it can do a real number on your central nervous system, especially if you are not taking proactive steps to counteract the negative effects on your body. Rather than feed energy and nutrients into your body’s productive systems, an overtaxed nervous system typically expends most of its resources just trying to defend the body against attack, whether it is in the form of anxiety, panic, or stress, which depletes your energy reserves and potentially even harms your endocrine system.