It was all the comments on Jaminet's blog. Does eating VLC result in a mucus deficiency? He says he has many reports of people who have gotten rid of dry eyes when they added carbs back in. Has this happened to you? I know more people who have had an improvement in dry eyes and other symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions.
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Dry eyes in this day and age are often a sign of omega-6 (inflammation) excess and omega-3 deficiency. My husband once had it, took fish oil per the opthamologist recommendation and it went away.
VLC successfully mandates adequate adrenal function. I think ancestrally many HG had fantastic adrenals but with the modern age and sick/ill mothers, this is no longer the case for my generation and my kids.
Perhaps for certain individuals (w/poopy adrenals), VLC brings on ketosis which drains cortisol, cholesterol, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 reserves and affects membranes like eye membraines?
I know the PHD/blog does not appear to advise fish oil supplements but with a high quality supplement (mercury-free, dioxin-free, molecularly distilled), the benefits include preventing omega-3 deficiency and outweigh any perceived risks. Personally I think it is important to supplement n-3 when losing weight because in the process of VLC/LC, many of the adipose-stored toxins are liberated which can be inflammatory for some.
Maybe in some people, but the Inuit, Siberian, and Athabaskan people certainly were fine for a long time without any starch besides some seasonal tiny itty bitty roots. But perhaps they are genetically adapted to that diet and their diet was also more varied than most VLC diets, including lots of fermented vegetables/fish/meat, fat, organs, and seafood. I've never had dry eyes on VLC.
I disagree with the PHD diet that you need starch, though I also don't think it's always harmful.
Short answer yes.
I ate zero carb for about 6 months to a year and probably 2 or 3 times a week I would wake up to blinding pain in my eyes. Flushing my eyes with water seemed to be the only way to relieve it. I assumed that I was scratching my eyes in my sleep. My eyes would also be red most days.
I went from zero carb to around 50 or so carbs a day and both issues quickly disappeared. Also this all took place before I had ever heard about the PHD.
I have hay fever, an immunity-related malady, does that count? And it's the sneezin' season now, and I'm suffering a little, like I used to. Maybe I'm a little drier, I had a bad day, couple days ago. Ummm, that's all I can report, for what it's worth.
Yeah, come to think of it, that bad day was preceded by lotta carbs. I binged on a chocolate pudding concoction I made from the last of my coconut cream, just wanted to get rid of it the old fashioned pre-paleo way.
Fascinating. My eyes have become very dry since I went VLC in May (clean Keto), but didn't even make a connection between the eyes and diet as there are possible other factors that may be affecting this as well (a propensity for slightly dry eyes + eye injury + cornea issues). The timing given the diet is certainly spot-on.
However, I have gone back up (slightly) in carbs to 50-100g for the last couple of months, but the eyes are still very very dry. I'll have to play with this some more. Thanks for the heads up, and I'll be interested to hear others' experiences.
H (just restocked my selection of preservative-free drops).