In Summer of 2020 my health began to take a dive. Years of chronic dieting, over-exercising, negative self-talk, and hormonal birth control was taking it’s toll. I was eating next to no carbs, minimal sugar, low fat, no dairy, lean protein only, working out 6 days a week, hours of cardio & felt terrible physically, mentally and emotionally. I had hypothyroid & adrenal symptoms. I began to take a hard look at the way I was living/eating/training and how it was working against my physiology. It was like my metabolism was ‘broken’ or ‘slow’. But it was actually because I was undernourished and over stressed.
I begin tracking basal temp yet did not include resting pulse rates. At that time, my average temps were 96.5 and pulse 44 bpm. It wasn’t until I found individuals in the “pro-metabolic” community who turned me on to Dr. Ray Peat and Dr. Broda Barnes research.
According to Dr. Raymond Peat a well-nourished, healthy human, should have a resting pulse of 85+ beats per minute. A high resting pulse (in the absence of stress) indicates good metabolic health and strong ability to repair.
That’s NOT what you hear in mainstream health and nutrition: “Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats per minute.”-Mayo Clinic
But is this a good thing? A lower resting heart rate & reduced basal metabolic rate?
Thyroid Health can be so confusing, especially because you don’t need to be diagnosed with a thyroid disorder to suffer from thyroid issues. Hypothyroidism or sluggish thyroid is much more common in women than hyperthyroidism.
These tests aren’t 100% accurate, other factors affect the results. It’s important to use the data as part of your overall biofeedback picture, rather than in isolation, to understand your current metabolic state and what you need to improve.
To read more about the doctor that pioneered these tests grab the book called Hypothyroidism: The unsuspected illness by Dr. Broda Barnes
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Special shoutout to the mentors that introduced me on to this amazing research, go give them a follow!
Dr. Ray Peat
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