50 Shades of Good Thyroid Health

Posted on May 26, 2020May 28, 2020Categories ThyroidTags   Leave a comment on 50 Shades of Good Thyroid Health

Do you have good thyroid health? If you are like a lot of people myself included, your thyroid health could use some improvement. Here are 50 shades of good thyroid health otherwise known as 50 things you must do to have good thyroid health.

  1. Get the right lab tests run on a regular basis- This can be harder than it seems. Thyroid labs are one of those things that too many doctors don’t do correctly. I highly recommend going to a naturopathic doctor or functional medicine doctor for these as they are a lot more likely to do them correctly.
  2. Get on the right dosage of thyroid meds. Again more difficult than it should be most of the time. You usually will have to try more than one dosage.

3. Get on the right thyroid diet. Again quite difficult. Gluten, Dairy and Nuts are common triggers but you may have to avoid other things too.

4. Read some books about thyroid health.

5. Get on the right supplements for your thyroid. Again it helps to work with a functional medicine doctor for this one.

6. Find out what supplements you are deficient on and start taking more of them.

7. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods

8. Consider turmeric. This is a powerhouse of a supplement that can help a lot of people. I know I have to have it to feel good most of the time.

9. Probiotics

10. Self-care for you and your thyroid.

11. Exercise regularly.

12. Consider digestive enzymes

13. Rethink iodine. If you have Hashimoto’s specifically you probably should not be taking iodine.

14. Re-evaluate protein shakes. A lot of them have added junk and things in them that aren’t good for your thyroid. I really like the Vegan ones from Sprouts, this vegan one from Doterra and Paleo Protein Ones from Amy Meyers MD.

15. Try chiropractic

16. Try acupuncture

17. Make sure to get adequate amounts of sleep each night.

18. Get a thyroid scan to check for any nodules or other severe thyroid problems.

19. Find a good functional medicine doctor to work with.

20. Know that it’s a journey to heal your thyroid that won’t go away overnight.

21.Try a blend of clove, lemongrass and peppermint essential oils to help support your thyroid.

22. Try infrared sauna.

23. Gain control of your emotional health

24. Consider grounding.

25. Consider EMF blocking. EMF’s from electronic devices can cause or make worse immune problems in some people.

26. Eat more beets. Beets are one of the top ten best foods for your thyroid.

27. Eat more mushrooms. Mushrooms have selenium in them which can really help your thyroid.

28. Eat more Brussels sprouts.

29. Eat more sweet potatoes. Another great food for your thyroid.

30. Work on meal planning. Always a good idea not only for thyroid health for for health in general.

31. Consider giving up nuts. These can be hard on your digestive system.

32. More probiotic foods. Again really good for your gut and digestive system.

33. Eat more dark chocolate.

34. Consider trying reflexology.

35. Figure out if you have an underlying infection that may be causing your thyroid problems. Epstein Barr is a common one.

36. Eat more foods with zinc in them. Zinc is really good for both your thyroid and your immune system.

37. Go outside every day.

38. Give yourself permission to take down time when needed.

39. Soak in epsom salts baths regularly.

40. Drink plenty of water.

41. Keep a food journal.

42. Work on improving your adrenal glands. Your thyroid and adrenals go hand and hand together.

43. Avoid too much coffee and other energy drinks and stimulants.

44. Recognize the connections between your gut and your thyroid health.

45. Work on improving your hormones.

46. Eat organic as much as possible.

47. Recognize the importance of working on thyroid health.

48. Be grateful and acknowledge your blessings.

49. Have Faith.

50. Never Give Up.

10 Keys to a Healthy Thyroid Diet: Number 3 is the Most Important

Posted on April 18, 2020May 20, 2020Categories ThyroidTags   Leave a comment on 10 Keys to a Healthy Thyroid Diet: Number 3 is the Most Important

What does it take to have a healthy thyroid diet that will help you on your journey to thyroid healing?

I’ve discovered there are 10 main aspects of a healthy thyroid diet.

  1. Gluten Free- In order for you to have a healthy thyroid diet, it must be gluten free. Gluten attacks your thyroid and is really not healthy for any autoimmune disorder and not just celiac. You may or may not hear this from your doctor unless you are working with a functional medicine doctor. However, there are lots of books written and research done on gluten and autoimmunity. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers is one of the best. It also focuses on the connection with gluten and gut and brain health.
  2. Dairy Free- While some people may be able to have small amounts of dairy after their thyroid condition is in remission, most people will have to avoid it for at least a year while on a healthy thyroid diet and many won’t be able to have it at all. Dairy creates mucus and inflammation in a lot of people and if you have a thyroid disorder, you are more prone to this than others.
  3. Customize your diet needs to your thyroid numbers and to what your functional medicine doctor says you need to do. This is the most important, since every body is different and no 2 people with thyroid disorders will be exactly alike. I personally have been told not to eat gluten, dairy, beef, pork, nuts, avocados, coconut and processed foods at least for now.
  4. Avoid processed foods. These aren’t good for anyone but they are especially bad for anyone with thyroid issues.
  5. Limit sugar as much as possible. Again another thing that isn’t good for anyone but is worse for your thyroid.
  6. Consider an elimination diet to determine what foods bother you. This can be a good strategy since some things such as eggs and nightshade vegetables can bother some people but not everyone.
  7. Experiment with not eating nuts. Nuts can cause inflammation and digestive issues in a lot of people.
  8. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. This is just common sense for anyone who wants good health and if you are trying to follow a healthy thyroid diet, then this is even more true.
  9. Limit or avoid lectins and use a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker can remove lectins from many foods including beans and some gluten free grains. To learn more about lectins and why they can cause problems read the book: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
  10. Avoid too many raw foods. This is especially true with greens as these can disrupt your thyroid. Raw food is also really hard on your digestive system.

I’ve had thyroid problems for years: How I finally found out I have Hashimtos

Posted on August 13, 2018Categories ThyroidTags   Leave a comment on I’ve had thyroid problems for years: How I finally found out I have Hashimtos

Thyroid problems are an epidemic and many doctors are completely ignornant of them and how to figure out
what’s going on how to fix them. This is especially true in women but men can also have thyroid issues
as well.

There are a lot of reasons why thyroid disorders are rising and why people really struggle to find
solutions. If you want a complete guide on this topic, I highly recommend the book by The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight — and How to Get Your Life Back

In short though, our traditional medical system is trained to wait until your thyroid dies or until things
become so bad that they have to put you on a lifetime of medication. However, if you catch your thyroid
disorder soon enough there are other solutions.

Here is my story:

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time or checked out my about page then you know that I’ve had
allergies forever and had a real struggle to find solutions for these. For awhile I assumed that my fatigue,
brain fog and other issues were do to allergies and food intolerances. However, I first started to suspect
that I had thyroid issues when I began seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in allergies. She would
Tell me when I went in for treatments that my throid function was low and even put me on idione trops
and some Chinese herbs to try and help. However, over the course of the year I worked with her my
thyroid levels continued to be up and down. While I did and still do have challenges with allergies and food intolerances, I’ve discovered that my thyroid problems are the biggest reason why I get these symptoms.

Eventually I decided to get my thyroid levels checked as a part of an annual physical and I told the doctor I thought I had thyroid problems. She didn’t really believe me but said she would get them tested anyway. The results came back and she tried to tell me everything was normal and I wasn’t buying it. I took a copy of the results to my naturopathic doctor and he said, No they aren’t normal and had me try taking some natural thyroid medicine to help. Six months went buy and I still was having more sick days than I’d like to admit. I went back to the same doctor and he decided to write me a prescription to have the lab test my thyroid levels again. I got my results and sent them to the doctor, however, they still didn’t test my antibodies even though he asked them too. This time the doctor decided to put me on a synthetic thyroid medication. I went a year on this medicine and while somewhat better, I was still not optimal. Finally this past January it was time for me to get my labs redone for a renewal of my prescription. This time I decided to just pay out of pocket and have the blood tests done by my Naturopathic Doctor’s office. When they came back I finally found out that I have hashimotos, which explains a lot of my symptoms and even allergies. I know now that I’ve probably had it for at least 5 years but since my antibodies where never tested, I couldn’t get a diagnosis.

Now I’m working on doing what I can to control my thyroid levels and while I’m still not totally better, I’m getting there. Can you relate to this problem? If so, I’d love to have you share in the comments below.