I've been doing all kinds of diets for a year. What really struck me, though, is that when I did a vegan diet, a bodybuilding diet or a high sugar diet, my brother regularly called me "gay" (especially when vegan). Until I went paleo. Then he never said it again.
I've always looked a bit like a woman (bigger lips, bigger eyes, and I have that same afraid look on my face Frodo has all the time). But I noticed that my diet can really change things. it can make me look way more manly.
Lately I've been having the classic low-carb problems lots of you have : bad sleep, tired, no libido, ... Zinc helps, but I'm tired of using supplements to fake a healthy diet.
Could this all be thyroid issues, caused by a lack of estrogen?
And if so, what should I do about it. Just increase carbs? What kind of carbs?
I doubt your problem is not enough estrogen. You can easily test if your hypothyroid with a body temp test, 98.6 after eating is good.
Low carb diets are a disaster for most people especially us younger folk. Increasing carbs might help but if your actually interested in getting control of your health its gonna probably take more drastic measures than that.
I've noticed lately that a lot of young folks think they have leaky gut, the gut becomes "leaky" because your hypothyroid. Most people your age have bad skin issues(or they have no issues at all due to super low metabolism which is another issue), I had major skin issues till about a year ago and would probably still have them if it wasn't for my major paradigm shift.
Do yourself a favor and follow danny's rough guidline of peats diet http://www.dannyroddy.com/diet/, while your following that read up and listen to peats podcast multiple times till you understand his stuff, so you can fine tune it for yourself.
if you have access to a physician that will order bloodwork, get tested and then you will know. here in Canada there are naturopathic doctors who will test on demand for a fee and i believe in the US you can pay for home tests. what is available in Belgium?
You are right: you shouldn't diagnose yourself based only on symptoms, nor on questions to Paleohacks--especially since you can easily obtain an actual diagnosis by getting some lab tests done and working with a competent healthcare practitioner. I strongly suggest at least getting your thyroid tested--and soon. Hypothyroidism can well be responsible for the symptoms you describe.
Determining the cause of hypothyroidism is a little trickier, but that doesn't mean you can't begin to get some treatment if you have it. But for proper treatment, it's important to figure out if you have autoimmune thyroid disease, which seems plausible given your responses to selenium, and particularly to seaweed, which is high in iodine--problematic for some people with autoimmune thyroid disease.
Also, you specifically mentioned your eyes and lips. Facial edema (swelling/puffiness) can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, and can be seen in the lips, and around the eyes. Protruding/frightened looking eyes can be signs of hyperthyroidism too, but many people with autoimmune thyroid disease switch back and forth between hyper- and hypo- for a long time before they finally get things under control. I'd want to know what my thyroid antibodies looked like, as well as TSH, free T-3, and free T-4, at a minimum.
My advice is to get some labs done, and if you have leaky gut (which can be associated with autoimmune disease), work on healing that, in addition to your thyroid treatment (if you need thyroid treatment, that is).
In addition to the Ray Peats link above, for more information, I also like Chris Kresser's information on thyroid:
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