Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions IV from Chris Kresser


Please read part Ipart II and part III of this series if you haven’t already.

The final challenge to adopting a Paleo diet is impaired detox capacity. If you can’t detox properly, even the healthiest Paleo diet won’t be enough to resolve your symptoms.

The liver is the main organ of detoxification. It’s primary job is to convert toxins — most of which are fat-soluble — into water soluble compounds that can then be excreted. But there’s so much more to detoxification than the liver.

The list of symptoms caused by impaired detox capacity is nearly endless, but in my work with patients I’ve observed the following common patterns:

  • Hormone imbalances (especially in women). Defects in detoxification cause hormones to become partially metabolized, blocking the action of active hormones and throwing off natural feedback mechanisms.
  • Skin breakouts and rashes. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the most likely to be affected by detox issues.
  • Energy problems. One important aspect of detoxification, called methylation, plays a key role in cellular energy production.
  • Depression and mood disorders. Methylation is also crucial for proper neurotransmitter synthesis.
  • Brain fog and cognitive decline. Proper methylation is required for the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that profoundly affects mental clarity.

As you can see, there’s not much that goes on in the body that doesn’t depend on healthy detoxification. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your liver is functioning as efficiently as possible.



Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions III from Chris Kresser


Make sure to read Part 1 and Part II of this series first if you haven’t already.

Almost everyone I’ve worked with has at least a few days of experiencing sugar cravings and uneven energy when they first switch to a Paleo diet. This is especially true if they’re transitioning from a “Standard American” or other higher carbohydrate diet such as low-fat/vegetarian/vegan. For some people, though, these symptoms can persist beyond the initial few days. They continue to experience some combination of:

  • Intense sugar cravings (that are often unrelieved by eating carbohydrates)
  • Energy dips or crashes — especially after meals, or in the late afternoon
  • Lightheaded, dizzy, jittery or shaky
  • Anxious or agitated
  • Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme hunger (i.e. feel like you’re going to die of you don’t eat)
  • Spaced out

It’s not hard to understand why you might give up on Paleo if you continue to have these symptoms for more than a few days. They’re incredibly disruptive and they make it hard to function normally. Fortunately, they’re usually not difficult to address once you understand what’s causing them. In my work with patients I’ve discovered that the three primary causes of these symptoms are:

  1. Sluggish fat burning.
  2. Blood sugar imbalances.
  3. Micronutrient deficiencies.

Let’s look at each of these in more detail.





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