Thyroid Diet, Digestion, and Symptoms…The Connection

There’s a HUGE connection between your thyroid, diet, digestion, and your symptoms. If you have a thyroid problem, diet should be your primary focus. However, if you cannot fully digest the food in your diet, you will still be plagued by thyroid symptoms. Herein lies a secret that will benefit you for the rest of your life, given you choose to act on it.

 

There’s an old saying, which is, you are what you eat. However, it has been revised. The new saying is, you are what you absorb.

 

In order for your body to use the food you eat, it must go through a transformation process. This process starts in your mouth via chewing of your food. Some say, the digestion process starts before you even put food in your mouth.

 

Did you know that the body starts to prepare itself for digestion at the very sight and smell of food?

 

Remember the Pavlov experiment, where the dog starts to salivate at the sound of a bell? Well, your digestive process is very similar. The moment you see food and smell it, assuming you’re hungry, your body will start producing certain enzymes to digest the meal.

 

A good thyroid diet is important, but you need to absorb all the nutrients for it to have benefit. If you’re not absorbing nutrients, you’ll still continue to struggle with energy, hair loss, fatigue, depression, etc.

 

Two common nutrient deficiencies related to low stomach acid, or hypochlorhydria, and hypothyroidism are iron and b12.thyroid diet

 

 

Hypothyroidism affects digestion by reducing the production of HCL, or hydrochloric acid. Your stomach produces HCL, to help break down meals, especially proteins. Without sufficient HCL, your body will struggle to break down proteins, leaving you tired, bloated, and gassy after a meal.

 

Stomach acid also helps kill bad bacteria that enters your body through food. It also helps to keep the good and bad bacteria balanced, which keeps your immune system strong.

 

Low stomach acid eventually leads to deficiencies, symptoms, and dis-ease of the body.

 

Research has proven that hypothyroidism slows down the processing of food, both in the rate of digestion and elimination. This is one reason for constipation. A thyroid diet with adequate soluble and insoluble fiber, along with plenty of water, will help.

 

Also, hypochlorhydria does not occur only in those with hypothyroidism. Most people over the age of 50 happen to be hypochlorhydric. This may be the reason for common vitamin b12 deficiencies among seniors. You need HCL to fully absorb certain nutrients.

 

The addition of HCL supplements has been attributed to an increase in energy and a reduction in joint pain, hair loss, GI upsets, depression, constipation, acne, candida, and insomnia.

 

Think of digestive aids like HCL and enzymes just as an extension of your diet. They’re not vitamins or minerals, but they help you absorb vitamins and minerals at a much higher rate.

 

By adding HCL to your thyroid diet you can see and feel a change in symptoms within a short period of time. Here’s how you do it.

 

Start by adding one capsule of Betaine Hydrochloride to your meals. Take the capsule in the middle of the meal. This is exactly when your body produces it. Every third day, add one more capsule to your meals until you start to feel a slight burning or acidic feeling. At this point, you will want to reduce your dose by one capsule. This is your personal dose.

 

This is THE cheapest and simplest way to start eliminating thyroid symptoms.

 

Doctors will do their part, but you have to do yours. The simple addition of HCL to a good thyroid diet, along with other lifestyle modifications, may be all you need to get your health back.

 

 

 

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. D

Can Thyroid Supplements Cure?

Can thyroid supplements naturally cure hypothyroidism? There’s no doubt you’ve asked this question yourself. If you can find the root-cause of hypothyroidism, you have a great chance to heal using lifestyle, food, and supplements.

Unfortunately, many who suffer from hypothyroidism often look for a silver bullet, which doesn’t exist. It’s rare to find one thyroid supplement with a single nutrient that solves the problem. This   rarely happens because hypothyroidism has so many causes, and each cause has many contributing factors.

This is why the medical system has failed to cure hypothyroidism. You cannot heal hypothyroidism with one pill.thyroid supplements

But, if you know the cause, you can go to work on fixing the problem. I truly believe you can heal naturally, but you need to find the root-cause first. If you cannot find the cause, the best therapy would include diet, supplements, and hormone replacement.

The bottom line is, you need a system – and a plan – if you’re going to be successful. Without a system, you’ll continue to have problems, or they will eventually return. This is why The Hypothyroid Diet has great success. It’s a system, not just a diet.

The solution also includes thyroid supplements because many thyroid problems include nutritional deficiencies.

Some of the most common thyroid deficiencies include selenium, iodine, magnesium, vitamin D, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, B6, B12, Vitamin A, and tyrosine.

There are many supplements that may help thyroid symptoms, including adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola. Others include digestive aids like betaine hydrochloride and probiotics and liver support like milk thistle and calcium-d-glucarate. These supplements may help, but they focus on treating the symptoms versus the cause.

The causes could include the inability to make thyroid hormone and/or convert thyroid hormone to its active form and transport it into the cells. The cause may also be autoimmune related. Not surprisingly, most of the nutrients needed to complete these tasks are listed among the most common nutrient deficiencies.

If you are going to take thyroid supplements, this is the place to start.

This is the reason why I created Thyroid-1. It contains the nutrients, of which many are deficient, and the nutrients needed to make thyroid hormone and convert it to its active form.

Thyroid-1 is a very specific multivitamin for your thyroid. It is not a silver bullet, but using it along with The Hypothyroid Diet system is the best place to start toward healing.

Of course, you will also need guidance from your doctor to help with testing and hormonal support, if you need it.

The doctors can do their part, but you must do yours, which includes eating a nutrient-dense diet and using broad-spectrum thyroid supplements.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. D

Goitrogens And Thyroid

For decades it’s been accepted science that eating goitrogens will interfere with thyroid hormone production. However, after weighing the pro’s and con’s of this diet practice, I no longer support it.

There are a lot of practitioners still advising patients to avoid goitrogens, which may cause more harmful long-term consequences.

As a patient with hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s, you know that eating goitrogens is a no-no. According to animal studies, eating goitrogenic foods will interfere with thyroid hormone production by inhibiting iodine absorption.Goitrogens & Thyroid

Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone and to convert it to its active form.

However…

If healthy goitrogens such as spinach and kale interfere with iodine, why not just add more iodine to your diet?

Now, there are some practitioners that might suggest avoiding iodine altogether, which is nonsense because it’s needed for every cell in the human body. Plus, according to THE leading authority on iodine in the U.S., most people are deficient. The only real way to know if you’re deficient is to test via a 24-hour urine iodine test. Most doctors unfortunately use blood to test iodine, which is often inaccurate.

Iodine in large doses can cause adverse reactions in some people with Hashimoto’s. But, any nutrient in high dose can cause adverse reactions. Reactions to iodine can be eliminated by simply supplementing with selenium.

The bottom line…

Goitrogenic foods like broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, & kale are sulfur containing veggies that have been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer. These foods help support the liver via detoxification. It is also the liver that helps support thyroid hormone conversion.

The liver, along with the gut, is THE most important part of the body when it comes to thyroid hormone because they’re both responsible for converting T4 to T3. The inability to convert T4 to T3 is a MAJOR cause of thyroid symptoms.

I’m not suggesting that you should go on a raw, all goitrogen diet to support liver function. Everything in moderation.

I do think it’s a good idea to add goitrogens back into your diet, moderately. Steam them, roast them, and eat them raw, but rotate them in and out of your diet.

Here are a list of goitrogen-containing foods.

  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Canola
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Choy sum
  • Collard greens
  • Horseradish
  • Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
    • Kale
    • Kohlrabi
    • Mizuna
    • Mustard greens
    • Radishes
    • Rapeseed (yu choy)
    • Rapini
    • Rutabagas (swedes)
    • Tatsoi
    • Turnips
    • Tempeh
    • Tofu
    • Bok choy
    • Edamame
    • Peanuts
    • Strawberries
    • Flax
    • Peaches
    • Millet
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Pears
    • Spinach
    • Pine nuts
    • Bamboo shoots

There is one exception to this new rule. Continue to avoid soy, because it’s a phytoestrogen and most women have very high estrogen levels, which contributes to thyroid problems.

So, rejoice and eat your goitrogens!

I truly believe that adding healthy goitrogens back into your diet will help you manage thyroid symptoms, hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. D

200% increased risk of BREAST CANCER if you’re doing this…

Please read this entire post and share it, it’s SUPER IMPORTANT!

Unfortunately, thyroid medication is NOT the long-term answer to hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s. You soon will know why.

Most thyroid medications fall short of what they’re really supposed to do, and in some cases, they even make patients feel worse.

The problem with medication in general, is that it hides the cause of dis-ease.hypothyroidism iodine

As a thyroid patient, you know a bit about how your thyroid works, I hope. Your thyroid produces thyroxine, or T4, and a tiny bit of triiodothyronine, or T3. T4 is inactive, nearly useless to the body. Your body must convert T4 into T3 in order to use it as an energy source.

However, this process takes energy. And, if you’re struggling with any other health problem like PMS, chronic fatigue, aging, a damaged metabolism, depression, diabetes, stress, etc. your body will struggle to convert T4 into T3. As a result, your blood tests may be normal, but you’ll continue to struggle with thyroid symptoms and weight gain.

The problem with the most commonly prescribed thyroid medications is that they are T4-only medications, which as you now know, don’t work for most people.

Here are a list of T4-only medications…

  • Synthroid
  • Levothyroxine Sodium
  • Levoxyl
  • Unithroid

The ONE thing missing from these medications is T3. A better thyroid medication option is a combination of T4 and T3.

Here is a list of T4/T3 medications…

  • Armour thyroid
  • Nature-Throid
  • Westhroid

The other major problem with thyroid medication is that it doesn’t get to the root-cause of your thyroid problem. Unfortunately, our medical system is NOT designed to find the cause of dis-ease. Instead, the system manages conditions with medication.

Here’s why you should care about the cause of hypothyroidism…

This study => JAMA. 9.6.1976. Vol. 236, N. 10. 1124 found a 200% increase risk of breast cancer in women who took thyroid hormone for at least 15 years as compared to women who did not take thyroid hormone.

“The increased breast risk in thyroid supplemented women is due to iodine deficiency. Thyroid supplementation increases the body’s metabolic needs and therefore increases the body’s need for iodine. If someone is iodine deficient and is prescribed thyroid hormone, thyroid supplementation will worsen the iodine-deficiency problem.” Dr. David Brownstein

Regardless of what type of medication you are taking, you should test your body for iodine.

Ignoring this is like playing Russian roulette with your life.

You can request a simple iodine test that is sent directly to your home by using this link…

 ===> SEND ME AN IODINE TEST KIT

Taking the correct thyroid medication is important, but what’s more important is understanding the cause of your dis-ease. Ignoring the cause and deficiencies can be deadly.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin

P.S. WARNING! Supplementing with iodine without testing can cause an increase of thyroid symptoms.

Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism

It all starts with food, and most importantly, which foods to avoid if you have hypothyroidism. You can eat a nutrient-dense diet but if you’re eating foods that YOUR body is sensitive to, you’ll continue to struggle with thyroid symptoms. The foods you should avoid are the same, regardless if you have hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or if your focus is weight loss.

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Think of the human body like a fish tank. If you have a sick fish, the most important thing for that fish is its environment, the water.  If the water in the tank is unfiltered and tainted with chemicals the fish will continue to struggle until the water is cleaned. Putting miracle medicine drops in the water will only help so much.

The same is true for your body. You can keep trying new medications and adjusting the dose, but if you keep eating foods that cause inflammation you’ll continue to struggle with thyroid symptoms. BTW, some thyroid medications contain reactive food elements like corn, gluten, & dairy. Stay tuned for that article.

This is why so many diets fail. The main purpose of many diet programs is to reduce calories, but the concept of one man’s food is another man’s poison is never addressed. This is the most important thing for you to remember when it comes to diet.

There are foods that are natural and super-healthy like tomatoes that someone can eat with no adverse reaction. However, tomatoes, which are referred to as nightshades, may cause a reaction in your body.

The bottom line is this…you need to know YOUR body and what it likes and doesn’t like. Once you understand this, you won’t have to worry about another diet for the rest of your life. And, this concept is even more important if you have an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto’s.

Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions are thought to be caused by something called leaky gut syndrome. If you have leaky gut, your body will adversely react to more foods. In fact, a situation known as cross-reaction can occur. This is where your body mistakes one food for another. For instance, you may have a reaction/sensitivity to corn but your body may adversely react to rice, because it’s also a grain.

There are very expensive tests you can order that will help identify the reactive foods for you. However, you can figure it out on your own through an elimination diet.

Below is a list of foods to avoid if you have hypothyroidism.

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy

Here are some other foods that may cause reactions.

  • Eggs
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Nightshades
  • Other grains

This list is different from food allergens. If you have a food allergy, you most likely know what it is.

The most important thing to remember is to know YOUR body.

If you have hypothyroidism avoid the foods in the top list. Then, start experimenting with an elimination diet to determine if the lower list of foods are causing problems.

Remember, getting nutrients into your diet is important, but the most important thing to do is to avoid foods that cause you harm.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin