Help Fight a Sluggish Thyroid

What is Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid gland is very important it basically helps control your metabolism. Think of it as your body’s internal thermostat that helps regulate how quickly the body burns up calories for fuel. If the your thyroid  doesn’t produce enough hormones, this is called hypothyroidism.

What can cause Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid can be affected by an imbalanced diet, fluoride in the water, strenuous endurance exercise, excessive consumption of unsaturated fats, pesticide residue on foods, radiation from dental x-rays (ask for the collar protector), alcohol, drug use, hormonal changes, family history and Hashimoto’s disease.

Can I Test Myself for Hypothyroidism?

Your doctor can run a series of tests to see if you have hypothyroidism but that doesn’t mean they are always accurate. They can come back saying you don’t have hypothyroidism when actually you do. Listen to your body. Look for the signs.  You can test yourself of hypothyroid, by keeping a thermometer by your bed at night. The very first thing you do when you wake in the morning, is place the thermometer under your armpit and hold it there for fifteen minutes. This is a good thing to do when just kind of waking up and getting in a ritual of morning meditation to start off the day.

Keep very still and quiet during this time. Movement can give a false temperature reading so keep this in mind. A temperature of 97.6 F or lower may indicate an underactive thyroid. Keep a log of your morning temperatures for five consecutive days. If the readings are consistently low, consider consulting a health care provider.

How can Fluoride Affect the Thyroid?

According to a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies , fluoride is “an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function.” The endocrine glands that can be affected are your thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, pancreas, adrenals, and pineal glands. Fluoride has also been linked as a goitrogen.

The National Research Council (NRC) reported in their 2006 report entitled: Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards “several lines of information indicate an effect of fluoride on thyroid function.”

Specifically, the report discussed research showing that:

“fluoride exposure in humans is associated with elevated TSH concentrations, increased goiter prevalence, and altered T4 and T3 concentrations” with “similar effects on T4 and T3…reported in experimental animals.”

Foods that May Slow Down your  Thyroid

1. Raw Cruciferous Vegetables

Raw cruciferous vegetables also suppress thyroid function.   Cruciferous vegetables like kohlrabi, cabbage, cauliflour, rapini, turnips,  raw broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus,radishes, and mustard greens contain goitrogens that interfere with iodine uptake and, in that way, also interfere with production of thyroid hormones.  Cooking these foods helps to neutralize the goitrogenic properties. Limit your intake of cooked cruciferous vegetables to twice a week.

2. Millet

Millet, like cruciferous vegetables, contains goitrogens and interferes with iodine uptake. Cooking millet, as well as goitrogen-rich cruciferous vegetables, may mitigate its antithyroid effects to some degree.

3. Gluten-containing Grains

Recent research into autoimmune diseases and autoimmune thyroid disease in particular indicates that there’s a strong connection between celiac disease and thyroid disease.     Indeed, study published in Digestive Diseases & Science indicates that sufferers of autoimmune thyroid disease have roughly a 400% greater chance of also suffering from celiac disease than control groups.   Moreover, some research indicates that after 3-6 months on a gluten-free diet, those pesky anti-thyroid antibodies virtually disappear.   That’s a poweful case to remove wheat, barley and other gluten-containing grains from your diet if you suffer from any form of autoimmune thyroid disease.

4. Unfermented Soy

Soy is very goitrogenic. A strong suppressor of thyroid hormones, some research indicates that soy may even be more effective in thyroid suppression than anti-thyroid drugs.   Don’t forget that soy is a potent food, and that while sufferers of hyperthyroidism might welcome soy’s thyroid-suppressing effects, take care to eat soy in its fermented state in foods like tempeh and miso as soy also contains antinutrients like phytic acid which impair the body’s overall ability to absorb many nutrients. Unfermented soy foods – particularly those rich in concentrated isoflavones and genistien – contribute to autoimmune thyroid disease.   Reasearch into soy formula and its effects on babies indicates that babies fed soy formula are more likely to develope autoimmune thyroid disease and large concentrations of unfermented soy may adversely thyroid function in adults.

5. Coffee

Coffee is a  strong stimulant, it can wreak havoc on those suffering from hypothyroidism . Coffee interferes with iodine uptake and thus may inhibit the formation of thyroid hormones. Check out my  blog on coffee.    Your morning coffee, Hypoththyroidism and your Health



Polyphenol Rich Foods for Hypothyroidism

Protects from fungus

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cooked broccoli (Goitrogenic Food – Limited to 1 or 2 servings a week)
  • Cooked cabbage (Goitrogenic Food – Limited to 1 or 2 servings a week)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Eggplant
  • Olive oil
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Plums
  • Raspberries

Riboflavin Rich  Foods for Hypothyroidism

Needed for normal manufacture of thyroid hormone

  • Avocado
  • Clams
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Mushrooms

Healthy Oils and fats for Hypothyroidism

  • Coconut oil
  • organic butter
  • Ghee
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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  • National Research Council. 2006. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press: Washington, DC.
  • National Research Council. 2006. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press: Washington, DC.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2010. Fluoride: Exposure and Relative Source Contribution Analysis. Health and Ecological Criteria Division. Office of Water. Washington, D.C.

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