Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Guide to Thyroid Health

Thyroid Health: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Healing

July 29, 2013|95Comments|


Hi Sweet Friends,

I’m usually a chirpy and peppy gal, so when I started feeling sluggish on a regular basis, I put on my detective’s hat and headed to my regular investigative hot spots—the doc’s office and the bookstore. After looking under the hood and between the lines, it turned out that my adrenals (and some plain ole stress) were the major culprits. But through my sleuthing I learned a lot about thyroid health and discovered that it’s a large contributor to many of the chronic physical and mental issues people face today.

OK, let’s get glandular. So many of my readers ask about how to find their way back to wellness, especially when they’re experiencing daily discomforts and they aren’t getting answers at the doctor’s office. Symptoms such as depression, aches and pains, low sex drive, unexplained weight gain, relentless colds, brittle hair and dry skin are very common and could be the result of thyroid problems.

Perhaps you’re just starting to connect the dots when it comes to your health or maybe you’ve been down this road before and still don’t have answers—regardless, please don’t give up! Often, a deeper, more holistic look is needed to find a longterm solution. Hopefully, what you’re about to read will equip you with the knowledge you need to go on that quest with confidence, whether your thyroid gland is the root of your challenges or just something to explore along the way. And because I take your health (and mine) very seriously, this blog was highly researched and vetted by three well-respected RD’s. Dang!

Read on to learn what the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland does, how to figure out whether it’s on the fritz, and, if that’s the case, how to get your thyroid (and your well-being) back on track.

Getting to know your thyroid gland

Your thyroid is two inches long and its “wings” are wrapped around your windpipe (near your Adam’s apple in your neck). It’s an important little bugger that produces several hormones including two that are key in regulating growth and metabolism: T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine).

T3 and T4 hormones are essential because they:

  • Help cells convert calories and oxygen into energy
  • Determine growth and development of many tissues in the body, including the brain and skeleton
  • Work to increase Basal Metabolic Rate—the amount of energy you burn just sitting still

The pituitary gland produces TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), which stimulates the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. The production of the Ts is dependent on sufficient iodine intake from foods and supplements. The hormones then work to regulate cell growth and development by converting protein, carbs and fat into energy. The catch? Vitamin D must be present for the Ts to do their important work. (We’ll talk more about iodine and vitamin D later!)

When we’re healthy and things are swimming along in our systems, the thyroid gland produces T3 and T4 hormones and does its job quite well. But what about when things get out of whack? In the world of the thyroid, both too much and too little of this typically good thing can cause major problems, which leads us to …

What’s the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Underactive Thyroid Disease

Think of it this way: hypo means not enough, and hyper means too much. When your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of the essential thyroid hormones (either one or both T3 or T4), symptoms of hypothyroidism eventually pop up. Hypothyroidism can be caused by removal of the thyroid gland, a hypothyroid condition present at birth, inflammation of the thyroid gland, radiation exposure, or an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Disease.

You’re more likely to develop hypothyroidism if:

  • You’re a woman
  • You’re over age 60
  • You have a family history of thyroid disease
  • You have another autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus
  • You’ve been pregnant in the last six months

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates and sugars, joint pain, depression, infertility or irregular periods, tightness in the throat, sensitivity to heat and cold, panic attacks, high cholesterol, memory loss, vision problems, dry skin and hair loss.

Diagnosis for hypothyroidism is made by measuring blood levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Generally, if the TSH level is above normal, it means hypothyroidism. A low T4 level also indicates hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroid treatment includes taking a synthetic hormone replacement (identical to T4). To determine the dosage, blood levels of TSH are tested regularly. Keep in mind that although adequate iodine intake is necessary for a healthy thyroid, excess amounts may cause or worsen hypothyroidism. See my section on holistic approaches for ways you can be proactive about your thyroid health.

Hyperthyroidism: Overactive Thyroid Disease

You can think about hyperthyroidism as your lovely butterfly gland going on a nectar bender. When the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormone than you need, many bodily functions speed up—including metabolism.

You’re more likely to develop hyperthyroidism if:

  • You’re a woman
  • You’re over age 60
  • You have a family history of thyroid disease
  • You have type 1 diabetes
  • You’ve been pregnant in the last six months
  • You have a vitamin B12 deficiency

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: insomnia, nervousness, weight loss, mood swings and irritability, rapid and irregular heartbeat, heat intolerance and the development of a goiter (an enlarged, swollen thyroid gland). Hyperthyroidism can be caused by Graves’ disease, thyroid nodules (lumps in the thyroid), inflammation of the thyroid, consuming too much iodine, or taking too much synthetic thyroid hormone to treat hypothyroidism.

Diagnosis for hyperthyroidism is made after your doc does a few blood tests. The following factors point to a batty butterfly:

  • TSH levels are very low
  • T3 and T4 levels are high
  • Radioactive Iodine Uptake is abnormal

Radioactive Iodine Uptake (RAI-U) testing is just what it sounds like: the test shows how much radioactive iodine your thyroid can absorb four to six hours and then 24 hours after consuming a dose of iodine (tasty, no?). This is important because it helps determine what exactly is sending your thyroid into overdrive. Health professionals will also feel for an enlarged thyroid, listen for heart palpitations, and measure for weight loss as they diagnose hyperthyroidism.

Treatment of hyperthyroidism is trickier and more individualized depending on the cause of the hyperthyroidism and the severity of it. Treatment often includes radioiodine therapy, surgery, and/or medication to ease the many health challenges that arise from an overactive thyroid. Although there may not be holistic treatments for hyperthyroidism, there are still many diet and lifestyle upgrades you can make to improve your overall thyroid gland health. More on that soon!

Additional information on diagnosing hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

I was pretty confused about diagnosing these issues until I read Frank Lipman MD’s take on thyroid health in his book, Revive. Dr. Lipman suggests three approaches to checking thyroid function: your symptoms, underarm temperature and blood test results. To avoid being misdiagnosed or having a thyroid problem overlooked, make sure you’re working with an open-minded practitioner who is looking at all three of these factors.

Also, ask your doctor about the blood tests he or she is requesting (you have the right to know!). Dr. Lipman suggests the following tests for a full thyroid panel:

  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Free T4 (free thyroxine)
  • Free T3 (free triiodothyronine)
  • Reverse T3
  • Antithyroglobulin antibodies (anti-TG)
  • Antithyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO)

Holistic Approaches to Improving Your Thyroid Health

As I mentioned earlier, holistic approaches to treating hypothyroid and hyperthyroid issues are few and far between, but there are some proactive things you can do to boost your overall thyroid health:

    • De-stress through meditation, yoga, chamomile tea, more sleep, and/or exercise. Under times of stress, the hormone cortisol suppresses TSH production. Managing stress is one of the best ways to ensure your thyroid gland doesn’t slow down.
    • Exercise! Low-intensity and regular aerobic exercise can stimulate the production of thyroid hormones.
    • Eat organic to reduce exposure to environmental toxins. Some recent research suggests that pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) lower T3 hormone.
    • Get sweaty. Saunas (I adore my far infrared Sunlighten Sauna) or steam baths may help to detox pesticides or PCBs from your system.
    • Get your nutrients. Selenium, iodine, and vitamins A, C, D, and E are all important for thyroid hormone production. Vitamin D is essential for thyroid hormone’s efficacy in your body’s cells. If your diet is lacking in any of these nutrients, consider supplements.
    • Go easy on gluten. Like other foods that can cause inflammation, gluten is a sticky subject (one on which I’ll do a whole, separate post soon!). People who have celiac disease might find that gluten aggravates autoimmune thyroid issues, so it’s best to steer clear.

Key factors that may impact your thyroid health

Iodine

The cells in the thyroid are the only ones in the body that can absorb iodine. Iodine is necessary for the production of both T3 and T4 hormones and is found in almost every living plant. Since we know how important these hormones are to our health, it’s essential to make sure you’re eating enough iodine-rich foods. The best sources of iodine include seaweed (such as the nori wrapped around a veggie California roll) and kelp. Many people use iodized salt or supplements as their main source of iodine.

How much iodine do you need? Recommended intakes are 150 micrograms daily for adults, 220 micrograms per day for pregnant women, and 290 micrograms per day for lactating women. One-quarter teaspoon of iodized sea salt (which doctors recommend in place of table salt) contains about 95 micrograms of iodine, and one six-inch by six-inch sheet of nori contains about 58 micrograms of iodine. If your iodine intake is low, you may experience fuzzy thinking, fatigue, depression, high cholesterol, weight gain or develop a goiter.

Goitrogens

The cancer-fighting isothiocyanates in cruciferous veggies (kale, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabaga and turnips), and the isoflavones in soy products are goitrogens: substances that may interfere with the production of thyroid hormone. In folks who don’t have thyroid challenges, eating goitrogens is A-OK, since cruciferous veggies can be very beneficial to the immune system and in fighting off cancer. In moderation, the same goes for soy foods (in whole or minimally processed, organic and GMO-free forms), especially when it comes to heart health and cancer prevention and survival.

But if your thyroid is underactive you should be very mindful of your cruciferous vegetable and soy food consumption. Some endocrinologists recommend that people with underactive thyroid disease avoid eating these foods completely. However, cooking seems to deactivate about one-third of the goitrogenic compounds, so you may be able to continue including them in your diet just by reducing your consumption of raw or juiced goitrogenic foods. For example, Jennifer Reilly, RD generally advises her clients to avoid excessive amounts of these foods by limiting raw cruciferous veggies like kale in juices and smoothies, rather than cutting them out altogether. And when it comes to eating soy foods, always check with your doc since soy could interfere with synthetic hormone medications.

Other researchers have found that only in the case of iodine deficiency are goitrogenic foods problematic for hypothyroidism, and as long as iodine intake is sufficient, the goitrogenic foods have little or no negative effect on hypothyroidism. This group of researchers recommends simply increasing iodine intake along with goitrogenic foods to maintain a healthy balance for a healthy thyroid. So, salt those Brussels sprouts and make sure you are working with your doctor to adjust your diet if you’re dealing with underactive thyroid issues.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a hormone, and aside from boosting the immune system and assisting with bone health and calcium absorption, it is also essential in the last metabolic step. During the final moments of the metabolic process, thyroid hormones are responsible for getting energy and oxygen into the body’s cells. (Pretty important!)

But without sufficient vitamin D, thyroid hormones won’t work properly. This is why vitamin D deficiency has been associated with autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’, and it is even thought that vitamin D deficiency may trigger thyroid disease. Luckily, getting adequate vitamin D is as easy as working 20 minutes of daytime sun into your life three times per week (and if that isn’t enough to boost your levels, supplements are available). You can make sure that you have adequate vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Pro tip: your levels can change year-to-year, so keep current! Getting too much vitamin D can be toxic for your body, so don’t go on supplementation autopilot.

I know this is a lot of information. So if this post resonated with you and you don’t know where to start, just remember to take one step at a time. 

And if you’ve experienced thyroid health issues, please share what has helped you along the way!

Peace & butterflies,

Kris Carr



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95 responses to Thyroid Health: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Healing
  1. Kris,

    You start out by mentioning your adrenal issues……but then speak only about the thyroid. How did you address your adrenals? My daughter exhibits the signs you spoke about for hypothryroid condition but it did not show up in her bloodwork. She did test positive for adrenal fatigue. I would be interested in hearing more about the adrenals.

    Thank you

  2. Thanks for this Kris! I’m working w a supremely knowledgable nutricianist now after 25 years battling candida. She’s seeing intestinal permeability (nearly always causing gluten sensitivity) as the possible underlying cause of the body’s autoimmune response and its attack on the thyroid in the form of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, dry eye syndrome, etc. She recommends those with Hasimoto’s to avoid gluten permanently… I’m finding this a challenging but totally miraculous step toward overall health, weight loss, joint comfort, and clarity if thought. I’d love your thoughts on this.

    • Deb said on July 29, 2013

      Mary, that has been my experience also. I have been on gradually increasing doses of thyroid hormone for about 15 years, with continued fatigue, progressive weight gain, and memory loss/brain fog. Only in the last 7 months, after going gluten-free (and also dairy/soy/refined-sugar-free) have my symptoms abated. I’ve since lost 45 pounds, have renewed energy for yoga, Pilates and Zumba, and feel better than I have in many years. I’m so thankful to have found the right information about the correlation between Hashimoto’s and gluten, and to have finally found a more holistic, knowledgeable (functional medicine) physician!

  3. Love the mount of info in this blog!

    I’ve been hearing a lot about iodine lately (a bit from Dr. Christiane Northrup show on Hayhouse) but I would be unsure as to what I really need and if I really need it. (I would be using it for breast cancer prevention).

    In any case, I feel the best way to get really clear one’s specific needs (dosage of iodine, vitamin D or anything else related to health really) is to work closely with a functional medicine doctor.

    Luckily, I know (and work with) of one of the best in Montreal and luckily, functional medicine is getting known enough for anyone to have access to this amazing & ground braking holistic approach.

  4. Thank you for the interesting article on the Thyroid. Both my sister and I have Thyroid health issues. Both of us were Hypo and now she is Hyper and I am still Hypo. My doctor already has me on a vitamin D supplement. I will be going to my local health food store today to purchase the Nori. Sunshine, lack of it also effects me terribly from September through April or May. So I also suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or also known as SAD. I have noticed that during SAD season my thyroid T count becomes unstable and the numbers are all over the place. That means that I am going for blood work roughly every 6 weeks which usually results in changes made in the dosage I am taking. I have told my doctor that if you look back at my history this is a fact, unstable T numbers. SAD is the reason for this issue. Any insight on Seasonal Affective Disease? Thank you.

    • Judy,

      In order to fight off SAD during those dark winter months, I have a friend who spends 20 minutes every evening under a sun lamp. I am not aware if a sun lamp poses any other unwanted issues, but I do know he has not suffered from SAD in years! Perhaps you want to explore this option. Good luck.

      Rebecca

      • Here in the Netherlands many many of my Dutch friends have sun beds and lamps to fight off SAD. They all swear by them. Being Australian, I am hesitant to use them but I have been suffering symptoms of either hypothyroidism or Vitamin D deficiency and the Dr can currently not diagnose it. Perhaps I need to cut the gluten out too.

  5. Thanks for this, Kris!

    My blood tests came back with alarmingly low thyroid levels a few years ago. My doctor instantly wanted to put me on synthetics but I just had a feeling, and I said no. I started taking natural thyroid supplements (kelp pills) and six months later, my levels were better, but still off.

    I then started researching the connection between gluten intolerance and thyroid issues. I cut out gluten, and my levels became normal, my hair started growing back, and I’m no longer experiencing a lot of the issues I had before.

  6. Thank you so, so much for this article, Kris- I’ve been looking for a clear and informative article like this on Thyroid health for a while now. Fantastic insights- thank you!

    Katie x

  7. Dear Kris,
    thank you so much for this post. I’ve been diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism in 2009 and I’ve been looking for ways to get my thyroid work, but it just doesn’t seem to. This artcle really helped me get an idea of what I should look for and look out from.

    Is there any chance I’ll ever stop taking the synthetic hormones?

    L

  8. Hi Kris,

    Love all the information that you research for those of us who followe your blog. I especially enljoyed the one today on the “throid” and wanted a copy of it to study. I have to first highlight the blog and this takes forever with my mouse and then print. Is there anyway that you could add a “print blog” at the end of your writing? It would be so much faster and much appreciated by your readers . .thanks! Pam

    • Hi Pam,
      You can use PrintFriendly.com to capture and print a page from any website.

      • I use PrintFriendly all the time – so handy and easy to use! I second that suggestion.

  9. Thank you so much!!!
    I’ve been unwell for years- dispite living the healthiest lifestyle out of anyone I knew. Always tired, cold, aches, belly pains and weight gain, despite yoga daily and an active lifestyle.
    In the past week I’ve been excessively tired and with a tightening in my throat- and I thought Thyroid!
    Now so many thyroid things are coming out of the blue!!
    Thanks for being another lead! Blood test results tomorrow!! Xo bpt

    • Sounds like a wheat/gluten intolerance symptoms, too many processed foods and/or allergy.

    • Hi Brianna,
      Do not be disappointed if your thyroid tests do not initially indicate an issue. It still could be (and truly sounds like) a thyroid problem. Look up Mary Shomon on google. She is one of the most respected resource people on all things thyroid. You will learn a lot and get very helpful information.
      Connie

  10. Thank you for this well researched article. I have had hypothyroidism for 18 years and have never heard some of the information you provided. Bravo! Also, I would be very interested in your thoughts on taking synthroid, or levothyroxine vs. amour thyroid. Thank you again!

  11. Hi -
    Just took my first synthroid pill this morning- how appropriate!!!! I just saw my third endocrinologist on Friday and he Got it!! He didn’t care that my tsh levels were “normal”- he listened to my symptoms and saw I have a family history on both sides, have symptoms, and antibodies 7 x the norm!!! I hope this will help but at least I get the chance to try!!
    So- the take away is-keep changing doctors until you get the one who listens and isn’t a robotic “test” follower.
    Best- susan

    • Susan……..once you start Synthroid (or any thyroid medication)………you will be taking it for life.
      I would suggest doing it naturally with herbs, foods, acupuncture, etc………..I speak from experience. When first diagnosed, I used natural methods and was doing well. I later switched to Synthroid because it was cheaper………it may seem OK at first……then comes to a plateau……..it does not solve all the problems and I cannot lose the weight after 4 years……….my thyroid has been further weakened due to Synthroid doing the work that the thyroid normally does. Knowing what I know now, I would never have begun thyroid medication. I have also read that working first on the adrenals & making them stronger would lead to a stronger thyroid……..or even working on them at the same time. Since the thyroid & adrenals are intimately linked, that makes sense, because what affects one affects the other. Good Luck ! I now realize how precious the thyroid is.

  12. I’m going to throw a couple of kinks into the discussion–the first one based on advice from Dr. Jeanne Wallace, a PhD in nutrition who counsels people with cancer. She says that people with cancer who have low thyroid function appear to do better (by that she means survive longer) than those with higher functioning thyroids. For that reason, she recommends avoiding sea vegetables and supplemental iodine. Perhaps I should post a question to her for all of us on her Facebook page? (https://www.facebook.com/NutritionalSolutions)

    The other kink is seaweeds from Japan. Like mushrooms, freshwater fish and bottom feeding fish that eat near their Pacific shores, it’s probably best to avoid them. Japan’s finally owning up to what experts have been saying for a while now: That plant is still leaking. http://zesterdaily.com/world/should-you-avoid-post-tsunami-seafood-from-japan/

  13. Thank you so much for this! I had my adrenals tested through a saliva test and my cortisol level was very high so I’m on a natural supplement to help balance them out and had to fix my diet. I just emailed my doctor when I read your article and asked for a complete Thyroid Panel to be done this week and copied and pasted every level to have checked!

    Thank you so much! I love your articles and they are helpful as I am healing from an illness.

  14. Thank you for this information and your insight.

    Is 4000 IU’s of D3 acceptable in liquid form? I had a normally lower body tempt, a few years ago, which is considered a symptom of hypothyroid? But now I feel warm most of the time while others are cold! Does that make sense? Curious as to your knowledge?

    Thank you!

  15. B. Richards Wellness resources: Metabolism Support Formula was the answer for me. Thank you for your information – more people need to see your info!

  16. I am a traditionally trained Physician Assistant and thought I was living a pretty healthy life. Being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease– the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism– was the final wake up call for the amount of inflammation I had been living with. No more denial for me! I started reading everything I could get my hands on, including CRAZY SEXY DIET (as i had seen the Crazy Sexy Cancer documentary). Gluten and dairy were destroying my gut and when eliminating those didn’t completely reverse my disease, My integrative medicine doctor found a build up of environmental toxins in my urine. Sauna treatments– 30 min a day– are helping me eliminate those, and finally, I am seeing a reversal in the autoimmune ds! Yeah!
    I am so on the Kris Carr band wagon– I have never felt better and am able to truly LIVE life. Thank you for inspiring so many people.

    • You made my day Melissa! xo :)

    • Hi Melissa,
      I have just started the CRAZY SEXY DIET. I also have Hashimotos and looking to reverse my disease with food, supplements and a less stressful life. I will try the steam baths too.
      I take Bio Identical T3 and T4 from an Integrated Practitioner. You didn’t mention if you have reduced your medication or are off it all together, since changing your diet.
      I would love to hear from you. Julie

  17. Hi dear Kris :)
    I am so happy to read about Thyroid.
    I have this issue all my life.
    First I did have Hyperthyroid, after treat with Radio-active iodine I went to other side Hypo.
    I must say it’s not a joy :(, but I am doing well.
    Still can’t be myself. Every day is something different.
    Now I do have join problems, Uterine fibroid…….
    My vit. D was low , I did get some suplements, but here in The Netherlands the doctors, don’t give me any advice on some kind of diet . I just want to know what is the best to eat. I was vegy., but now I am not because I get iron deficiency.
    Can you help me please with some kind of info.
    I am taking Levotyroxine 137,5. I did find that a lot I just want to go down of the Levotyroxine, but everything what I am doing take me in other side. These days I am feeling better, but till when ?! :)
    Thanks in advance .
    Hug’s
    Reni

    • Dear Reni,

      Even in the Netherlands you can find a good natural nutritionist near you, check out http://www.natuurdietisten.nl. Or a integrative practicioner if you check out “integrale geneeskunde”. Good luck and I whish you a better health!

    • There is more iron in parley than meat and easier for your body to absorb. It is a myth you need to eat meat iron or protein. Much better to get from vegie sources.

  18. Thank you Kris. You’re amazing. Xx

  19. Jan said on July 29, 2013

    Hi Kris (and your peeps),
    Does sea salt have iodine in it normally? I was diagnosed as hypo 10 yrs ago, took synthetic thyroid for 5 yrs. then started questioning. I just didn’t feel I was…not the standard symptoms and it can be confusing when you’re menopausal also. I first got my zinc levels healthy (with a homeopath) and went gluten free. Then a naturopath said my thyroid levels weren’t that bad and she had me take an adrenal supplement. My last blood work was ok, as my dr. didn’t call. Next, I’m going to start replacing mercury amalgams as I’m sure the heavy metal must affect the thyroid. So many variables but why all the thyroid issues?

    • My doctor just recommended me going all gluten free as he thinks the gluten is interfering with my body’s ability to absorb nutrients and my medicine (specifically my vitamin d is low). My sister has full Celiaic disease so I am learning from her the tricks and trades of living gluten free.

  20. I have been suffering from thyroid disease for about two years now and just recently this week it was determined that I was suffering from a vitamin D deficiency as well. I am amazed how quickly I was able to bounce back after taking the vitamin D supplement. I really thought I was losing my mind and going crazy. I was emotional, tired, stressed out, low sex drive, and literally having panic attacks (something I have never experienced) and everything under the sun was stressing me out (I cried about everything). My doctor upped my tirosent and is giving 2000 units of vitamin d a day. I am amazed as to how much better I feel. My goal now is to learn how to deal with this stressful job or either get rid of it, as sometimes I wonder if it is still serving me as much as I am serving it… Thanks for the article as I a learning the thyroid is the backbone to emotional and physical health.

  21. Kris – thanks for the post. Such a depth of info – good stuff. I also discovered the answer to my fatigue, weight gain and depression last year was adrenal issues. But before a chiropractor with applied kinesiology training helped me discover this… a naturopath identified thyroid issues. I started taking natureThroid, but it didn’t make me feel better – it actually made me feel worse. It was kicking up my metabolism when my body was saying, SLOW DOWN (and for a good reason). It’s so important, I realized, to look at thryoid and adrenal issues side-by-side… big picture health.

  22. Thank you so much for this blog!!! I encounter people on a daily basis who display symptoms and markers for both hyper and hypothyroidism. When I ask them if they have had their thyroid checked, I get a look of total bewilderment. Thyroid function can be a bit tricky to explain so I have forwarded this on to all that will listen! I had my thyroid removed in 1997 when I was 25. I had 20-30 “cold” or “empty” nodules on my thyroid which is almost always a cancer diagnosis. In fact, they were so sure I had cancer, they didn’t even biopsy any of the nodules. Wouldn’t you know not one of those suckers was malignant? Talk about divine intervention. Now I am about to start my treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. I’m 41. If there is one thing I would love to impress upon folks is that getting to know your thyroid, what it does, and how it can affect your overall health is VITAL to living a healthy life. If your thyroid is chugging along as it should, life is pretty sweet. If it’s choking along, that’s no bueno. It’s a box that is checked off on a typical lab work sheet at your doctor. I encourage everyone to get tested. I will end by saying I took the synthetic thyroid medicine for 15 years and last year, my T3′s took a nose dive. I had no issue with my levels until suddenly last year, my body wasn’t absorbing the synthetic stuff. My doc switched me to Armour Thyroid medication. If you are on thyroid meds, you should check it out. Armour thyroid is Porcine, or from a grain fed pig. I cannot believe the difference in how I feel. I have been on Armour for over a year and my lab numbers are great!! Plus, it kinda made sense to me to take a hormone that came from another mammal rather than take a fake, man-made pill. Which do you think your body might be more likely and able to break down and absorb. Just sayin. Peace, and be well and happy friends!! ;-)

    • After being on Armour thyroid for over 5 years, (I am in my 70′s), I felt much, much better for a long time. Irregular heart beats is what got me seeking answers which turned out to be hypothyroidism. Not surprising as 3 other family members have it too. About a year ago, I started taking chorella. The arrhythmias appeared again after about a year. Blood tests revealed I no longer needed thyroid hormones. It must have been the addition of iodine in my supplementation. I believe taking your temperature is a better way to diagnose thyroid problems.

  23. No gluten! This is what was attacking my thyroid and gave me a goitre. I was exhausted with glandular fever and an underactive thyroid. Diagnosed in my late twenties I am now so much happier and supplementing thyroxine from my GP. I have been keeping the same dose for around 3 years which is great. Fab article as I’m sure a lot of people have it but don’t know what it is…

  24. I was diagnosed a few years ago with thyroid nodules. The doc I saw first wanted to take my whole thyroid out, even though my blood work was normal. That doc did several biopsies and couldn’t determine if they were cancerous. I got a second opinion. The new doc biopsied again and found no cancer!! Yeah!! but found new ones growing. I started myself on Megafood Thyoid Strength. I feel alot less drained, alot more energy. I recommend if something doesn’t feel right to you, get a second opinion and highly recommend whole food supplements, not synthetic ones, and food to be the best medicine, as Kris has taught us:)

  25. Great information here Kris!

    Thanks for the article, particularly the holistic approaches you mentioned. Those 6 steps are so crucial to staying healthy.

    Best,
    Alexis Meads

  26. You mentioned that high doses if vitamin D can be toxic. Several docs said they like my range 50 to 100. What is considered too high?

  27. Wow – this is perfect timing. I just got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s last week. I was a little shocked, but it explains my 20 pound weight gain the last 6 months, my deathly fatigue and foggy brain. I’m on a low dose of Armour thyroid and now off of gluten. I’m only 42, but in full menopause. I’ve been trying to deal with that, but had to find a more open minded doc that would do the full panel of thyroid tests to find this out.

  28. You have a way of taking a complicated, dry subject and injecting interest while simplifying and sorting it all out to make it easily digestible . . . thank you Kris, you’re a doll! This information will be so helpful to so many. Hope you’re feeling your peppy self again soon. xxoo

    • Thank you, Kris. I am hypo with hashimotos and have read a lot on the topic, but none as concise and fact filled as this. Finally someone has decoded the confusing and bland info! You’re amazing.

  29. I cannot say that all of this makes sense to me. I am 29 years old and have had a slow thyroid for almost 2 years now. I have been tested for immune issues and vitamins yet nothing was found even though I do get sick a lot.

    I have also had depression and SAD since I was a teen. Long before the thyroid issue kicked in. My thyroid seems to be under control but I have not yet regained my energy and haven’t lost a whole lot of weight. I have had worse anxiety recently but not during the worst part of my thyroid issue.

    I also have high blood pressure and fibromyalgia but don’t eat much pasta or bread (gluten).

    Perhaps I am missing something here?

  30. Kris,

    A good source for information on thyroid care is Integrative Health (Dr. Alan Christianson) at
    http://www.integrativehealthcare.com.

    Fred Engbarth

  31. NatureThroid, a natural thyroid replacement made from pig glands, works a lot better than the synthetic stuff.

    Using NatureThroid, I’ve got my happy life back, instead of wallowing in bed and contemplating suicide — the depression really was that bad even on synthetic thyroid.

    I had to find a DO to prescribe it as my primary care at the time was anti-anything natural. I’ve found most insurance-taking MDs are that way.

    NatureThroid can be hard to find as pharmacies stock what sells — what doctors prescribe. Fortunately, my DO stocks it in his office.

    I know the whole pig thyroid thing sounds gross, but if you’ve got severe hypothyroid, it can be a life saver … literally.

  32. Thanks you Kris!

    Thérèse Angélique, Sweden, maryleifmusicprod

  33. I would like to know more about adrenal fatigue.

  34. My thyroid is a mess for sure. Blood tests have diagnosed me with a hypothyroid problem. As well as low vitamin D. I have been taking meds, but still have hair loss issues plus many of the other symptoms. This is why I continue to come back to the CSK way of life. I am taking meds for my rebellious thyroid, but it isn’t enough. So all I can think is my gut must really be a mess. My issue is sticking with the CSK diet. Having a family who wants to eat everything my body doesn’t seem to process is hard. Trying to get myself healthy, and not have my kids freak out about what we are having for dinner is a battle everyday. You would think by now I could figure this all out. Sigh…

  35. I finished radiation and chemo in December of 2012. Since then I have had many issues due to radiation damage to healthy tissues. Today I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Most likely radiation damage to my thyroid. I had started gaining weight but my diet was the same. My cardiologist found this issues with a blood test because I was having fast heart rate for no apparent reason. Now I am headed to my regular doctor to see how I can be helped. Weight has never been an issue with me and I have always been small. Having weight issues will really bother me. Hopefully it can be addressed and corrected.
    There are some great tips above.

  36. Dr. Jeanne Wallace, a PhD in nutrition who counsels people with cancer, just posted her take on thyroid function and cancer on her Facebook page. If you have cancer and low thyroid function, please have a read. https://www.facebook.com/NutritionalSolutions

    Wallace was the nutritional advisor for many years to Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, author of Anti-Cancer A New Way of Life, who lived 19 years with a very deadly form of brain cancer.

  37. What great timing! I just got diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few days ago. Endocrinology isn’t the easiest stuff to understand. Having had cancer, I can read through oncology articles really well, but endocrinology seems more confusing. Thanks for the article.

  38. My doctor was shocked about my consistently normal blood levels time after time after time and discharged me. I had Grave’s disease and because the initial results were so high….. I was told over and over and over again that I would have to have radioactive iodine treatments. I refused over and over and over again and Thank God I did. My doctor said I cured myself with exercise. I also cut out milk completely, ate a low-iodine diet, and prayed harder than I ever did my whole life. I feel wonderful and have the past several years. Please do your own research and don’t listen blindly to your doctor, and try to help yourself.

  39. Jan said on July 29, 2013

    I am hypothyroid. I found when I switched from synthetic thyroid medication to natural thyroid replacement (dessicated pig thyroid) all of my symptoms improved dramatically. I believe many others have also found this to be true. I take Armour thyroid.

  40. Kris, great article but wanted to comment on medication. I am hypothyroid. I found when I switched from synthetic thyroid medication to natural thyroid replacement (dessicated pig thyroid) all of my symptoms improved dramatically. I take Armour thyroid.

  41. Hi Kris, I just wanted to pop over to say hello. Friends and colleagues where nudging me to check out your article on thyroid wellness. Of course, I was curious! :) 7 years ago I had a near death experience that soon after brought me to my knees with a severe and debilitating hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. With immense courage in my heart and determination to be a living force in my new born son’s life I overcame and naturally healed my thyroid diseases with a holistic approach to food, lifestyle and emotional wellness.

    Today I am a Holistic Nutritionist and Thyroid Health Coach. My focus is on healing. I teach women how to transform their thyroids and to be empowered over their own health. Blood work, body symptoms, lifestyle, emotional assessment, facial analysis and underarm body temperature all play valuable roles in determining thyroid health. As you mentioned, there is a lot of information and factors in determining thyroid imbalance. Although, there are common denominators with thyroid imbalance, It’s almost impossible to create one protocol for healing the thyroid as it is a result of many imbalances in the body. Those imbalances are unique to our individual symptoms and therefore it’s those roots that need healing. The thyroid will forgive as we each heal all the underlying roots causes.

    Here are some of the things that helped me in the healing process.

    What has been most beneficial for me was building my blood (from low iron to mid-normal ranges). After all, the thyroid has a very rich blood supply. Since the blood is the vehicle for all organic and in-organic materials (minerals) it’s crucial that this oxygen carrying system be strong and healthy. Most, not all, women I see with thyroid imbalances have low or anemic blood. The next element that had huge benefits for me and most clients is recognizing and balancing blood sugar levels. The mood swings, the morning lows, the sugar binging by 10:00 am, the mid-afternoon falling asleep patterns and all the highs and lows of the day had to curtail to feeling more even-keel. Low blood sugar runs havoc on the adrenals, the liver and the pancreas continuously throughout the day unless a food regime is introduced. That brings me to last thought for now. An all natural, local foods, many trace minerals and introducing a protein diet filled with free-range, local, and organic feed that has all the amino acids (the building blocks) for nourishing the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary hormones.

    The thyroid is rooted in the emotional call for us to “slow-down” our lives. To return to a place of simplicity. To find the simple abundance of foods, to see the joys in our lives and to let go of the things that don’t nourish our hearts any longer.

    Thyroid healing is a journey.

    Thank you for creating this space for us to share. I’d love to keep sharing and to continue this conversation. xo

    With joy,
    Sara

    • It’s Sara again :) I want to add that when the adrenals are sluggish due to the sugar load and ultimately stress that it sends a direct hormonal message to the thyroid to go into conservation mode. In other words, it slows down. So eating foods that have lots of minerals like greens, protein and healthy fats all slow down the carb metabolism in the body and have the extra benefit of supplying the vital nutrients needed to build thyroid hormones. xo

  42. my left neck is swollen and I think its because gland thyroid..but I have not visited the doctor yet ..is it symptom of hyperthyroid ?

  43. Hi Kris
    My hypothyroidism was kicked off by several large stressful incidents that lowered my immune system. Unfortunately stabilising with T4 supplements did not happen for me. After years of battling with “specialists” and doing a lot of my own research I was tested for reverse T3. Voila, proof that my body was not converting T4. Now with a more sympathetic endocrinologist I take T3. He was more thorough and tested me for gluten intolerance as well and with the modifications that has happened to wheat over time showed up as an intolerance to gluten. My reactions to stress are getting better as wheat and sugar leave my diet. Thank you for sharing this topic.

  44. I heard Iodine causes mutated cells to die. Any truth in that?

  45. I am 60 and have a hard time loosing weight due to my thyroid and metabolic X sysdrom. I have tried everything that I know of and I am need of some help and advice. I am obese and only 5 feet. I want to change my life and live a healthy quality of life. Please help

  46. Hi Kris,

    My doctor recently told me that I have inactive thyroid (hypothyroid). I had absolutely no clue what tryroid was, until I started googling. I am 25 kilograms over weight.
    She told me that I need to exercise and loose weight. Nothing further, as she gave me the blood test results over the phone. She has also subscribed me with a drug ELTROXIN. She also said that I should go on a diabetic diet, seeing that I have diabetes in my family. I am seeing her again, on Saturday.

    Please?! Please?! Please?!

    Please, assist me. I intend of starting off in about a week from now, with a full juicing detox/cleanse/diet.
    Please help? I am confused. I read in here that some of my dark green veggies, which I intend to juice, is not advisable/recommended or allowed?

  47. Kris, just love this article! I needed a great article on hypothyroidism to send to a very special client and this hits the mark. Thank you so much for a well timed article.

    Sending lots of love your way to you and your team.

    Jo-Ann Blondin,
    9CupChallenge.com

  48. Thank you so very much for this information. I know something is not quite right with my thyroid & I do have Celiac desease… Will defenately take all of these to heart.

  49. I am going through this right now, and found that my vitamin D level is low…..my husband and I have changed our diet, by cutting out grains and sugars…..we both have lost a lot of weight but my thyroid continues to give me trouble…..I need all the input I can receive…. my sister found this article and put it on FB….thanks….my question would be, how much kelp should I take with vit. D?

  50. Thanks so much for such an informative post. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease a few years ago and was told by the doctor that I’d have to take thyroxine for the rest of my life. When I asked if there was anything I could do diet or lifestyle wise I was given a very blunt ‘no’. It’s great to know that there’s plenty we can do to help ourselves feel better. I had never heard of the gluten link before so I’m definitely going to try cutting that from my diet. One tip I have for fellow hypothryroidism sufferers is to make sure you take a garlic supplement to help counter the risk of high cholesterol. I’ve also found aerobic exercise such as running to be great for raising energy levels…

  51. Kris, this is a very well written and informative article. I think one of the secret “dangers” to people’s thyroids who otherwise think of themselves as eating healthy is the large amount of processed soy that’s present in processed foods that are meat substitutes.

    I know some vegetarians and vegans who eat a LOT of soy dogs, fake chorizo, veggie burgers, etc, and in certain amounts it sort of begins to look like the problem with high fructose corn syrup…..where it’s put into EVERYTHING!

    I’ve looked into naturally treating thyroid, and I’d add that one of the most useful products I’ve found are seasoned kelp flakes by the SeaVeg company.

    You can see it here: (and no, I don’t work for these guys) http://www.seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=18

    You can sprinkle it on your food like salt. Great in soups and salads. Just my $.02, keep up the great work!

  52. Kris! I’m so glad you touched on thyroid health. I’m a 28 year old thyroid cancer survivor and I didn’t know what the heck my thyroid was until my doctor felt a lump and began doing a variety of tests and biopsies on mine when I was 18! 10 needle biopsies later and cancer was the diagnosis. It’s so important for all people, especially women, to understand what their thyroid is and how the endocrine system effects so many other physical and emotional systems in the body! That became VERY evident when I was off my thyroid meds for cancer testing – 3 months without a thyroid (it was surgically removed) and no thyroid meds and my body was a MESS!

    I’ve had several friends with fertility issues find out that they are hypothyroidism and once their levels evened out, they were able to get pregnant!

    Thanks again for raising this issue & awareness!!!

    Sam

  53. I was just wondering if you stopped juicing kale and other leafy greens as a result of your diagnosis.? Also, can you recommend a brand of unrefined iodized sea salt? I am having trouble finding a brand that is iodized.

  54. I have a question that my doctor hasn’t been able to answer: When i was 18 i was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of that i had chemo and radiation. The radiation was to my chest/ neck area so it burned out my thyroid and now i’m 25 years old and i’ve had hypothyroidism for about 5-6 years. I take L-Thyroxine 100 mcg now but i was wondering if their is an way i can stop the pills and try something natural? any supplement? anything? I Also suffered from depression/ anxiety and i’ve been on zoloft for 6 years now i also want to get rid of that i feel ok now, i’m not the happiest person alive but im not as depressed as i used to be it still strikes me once in a while tho, so i want something natural or organic to take instead of the zoloft. One last question chemo also damaged my ovaries, the endocrinologist told me my ovaries were dead and i had no period until i started birth control which i also want to get rid of but i’m scared that by stopping those my period will go crazy?
    sorry that my question is so long but any help would be greatly appreciated

    <3

  55. Well, it’s difficult to balance the good veggies for Hypothroidism and cancer in juices and smoothies. How much is too much of the Cruciferous veggies? Smoothie once or twice a day for week?

  56. Thanks, Kris for this great post on the thyroid. The comments have been really rich as well!

    I had a multi-nodule goiter removed from my thyroid surgically at the age of 27. As a result, I have just half a thyroid. No one knows for sure why I got the goiter, although I can guess that lots of soy milk and raw cruciferous veggies as well as near zero levels of Iodine could have been part of the cause.

    Now, 11 years later, I do not take any thyroid replacement drugs, but do watch many things. I support my adrenals, meditate and exercise, take Iodine, stay away from non-fermented soy, gluten and dairy. I have all my hormones tested annually and support where needed, especially in peri-menopause.

    I guess I am writing because as you mention, thyroid health is the really whole body health. Keep up the great work! And it’s so great to hear all the inspiration from all the readers who are really taking care of their health.

  57. The thyroid issue doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s why I DON”T recommend raw food and green smoothies to every person. There are plenty of people who don’t benefit from raw foods – especially the kind that block thyroid hormones. Just goes to show that there is NO perfect way to eat for every single person. I’m glad you are finally addressing this issue – you have a big influence on a lot of people and are highly respected (by me, as well). Thank you, Kris.

  58. I’m a Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine student. Once I began school and started using our teaching clinic for my primary care, I was tested using the Thyroid Hormone Panel (TSH, T3, T4). I had low normal (within normal range, but not ideal) T3, which means that my T4 (inactive hormone) was not converting to T3 (active hormone).

    Initially I was treated using herbs that increase Liver and Kidney function (where 30-40% of the conversion to T3 happens) and advised to avoid soy. This helped my energy, but I didn’t experience the weight loss and mental clarity I was looking for until I did an elimination and reintroduction of gluten and discovered it was the culprit. Confirming this, my most recent thyroid panel showed increased T3 production for the first time since trying to address this issue! I’m very pleased.

    I think gluten causing leaky gut syndrome, inflammation, and sometimes even going so far as to initiate an autoimmune process against the thyroid is a very common thing. From my personal experience and what I’ve learned from my professors, I think it’s worth doing an elimination of gluten for 30 days and then reintroduction for anyone with thyroid dysfunction. If the elimination resolved symptoms and the reintroduction causes them, part of a powerful thyroid treatment can be as simple as gluten avoidance.

  59. It’s great to see an article that gives holstic/natural ways of helping thyroid conditions, so many thanks for that! I have suffered with Hyperthyroidism for some time now and have been advised to stay AWAY from iodine rich foods as I have too much in my system, is this right? Your article seems to encourage iodine for both hypo and hyper?

    Many thanks

    Adele

  60. Caroline, are you based in Montréal? I’m a bit farther north, in QC, so if you could post the name of your doctor that would be lovely. Then I will check into that myself. Merci!

  61. As you noted, Synthroid (the synthetic form of T4) is the common treatment for Hypothyroidism. I would strongly encourage you and your readers to avoid Synthroid (and the generic equivalent) and look to Armour, Nature-Throid or any other natural thyroid supplement that utilizes a blend of T4 AND T3. The only purpose that T4 serves in our body is as a carrier/converter for our body to utilize T3. Synthetic T4 products hammer our body with ONLY T4 and this results in a compromised immune system over time, adrenal damage, as well as reoccurence of hypothyroid symptoms. TSH is NOT the appropriate measure of thyroid health, but instead the Free T3 and the Reverse T3/Free T3 ratio. Most endocrinologist don’t understand this and a functional medicine MD is the best resource for clear understanding of correcting hyper and hypothyroid conditions naturally and effectively.

    A quick online resource for your readers: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/tsh-why-its-useless/

    I pray that your readers will research and find a doctor to help them without the use of synthetic pharmaceuticals!

  62. Hi,
    This post has lots of great info. I’ve studied the thyroid a lot over the past year, because I’ve had symptoms of under active thyroid a lot. My history with thyroid problems is postpartum thyroiditis. I would get hyper 1 month after childbirth, then 6 months post I would get hypo and about a year postpartum I would level out. But I’ve had 4 kids and each time I went through this cycle. I have a few nodules on my thyroid and quit seeing the endrocrinologist after my 2nd child, because I’ve been determined to fight this all natural. Well after my 4th I got my tubes tied and I believe that really set off my thyroid. Never been the same since, gained 40 pounds in a year. I’ve since changed my diet starting last May, exercising 3 days a week and I’m down almost 30 pounds! It’s truly the additives in food I believe that my body doesn’t like. And aside from feeling like I need 10 hours of sleep every night, I’m feeling closer to norm.

    I’ve only met one other person with this condition and not sure if I’ll have a life long affect or not, but by staying healthy and aware of my body changes I believe I can stay on top of it.

    Love your posts,
    SL

  63. Thank you for this article. After two years, I finally have the answers I need to start my road to recovery. You are beautiful.
    Jen

  64. In 1974 I began experiencing EXTREME symptoms of HYPERTHYROIDISM. I was hungry all the time and continued to eat non-stop, nervous, talkative, had bulging eyes, and a HUGE goiter. I wasn’t aware of what was happening to me until my Mother, an R.N.,, recognized the goiter and suggested I see an endocrinologist. I went to the famed Lahey Clinic in Boston and was asked to participate in a study and training example for future physicians but I refused. A subtotal thyroidectomy was performed and seen as successful. But a short time later, the results of a follow-up blood test proved the remaining gland continued to produce an extraordinary amount of thyroxin. My mother took me to an endocrinologist at Mass General Hospital. The endocrinologist gave me a radioactive isotope which seemed to do the trick. A few years after, I’d moved to New York and noticed I was having difficulty picking my head up off the pillow every morning and I’d gained 20 pounds! The doctor I saw told me, basically, I had been “over-medicated”, referring to the combination of the surgery and the radioactive drink. So, since 1982, I have been on levothyroxine every single day. My hair is thin around the temples and forehead which worries me but I continue to massage my scalp, use healthy hair products, and take biotin supplements. I JUST learned that eating soy products is NOT recommended for someone with HYPOTHYROIDISM. Not sure I understand why. So, I’ve experienced BOTH sides of this issue. I do suffer from depression but work on taking myself to the other side of it by reading positive material and treating my self to positive experiences when I can.

  65. Hi Kris,

    Finally an article that speaks towards HYPER as well as hypothyroidism. My husband has been dealing with hyperthyroidism since his very early twenties and he’s in his mid-forties now. It took 4 years and 5 doctors to diagnose him (embarrassing for our medical community!!) and by then, graves disease had taken it’s course on him and he had to have preventive surgery on his eyes to save his eyesight. He was followed by one specialist for a while, put on beta blockers along with his thyroid meds and even underwent a radioactive iodine treatment which failed. He’s since found a new (and better) doctor, and there is talk of doing another radioactive iodine treatment and i’m hell bent now on researching all of his options. I’ve been reading a lot about gluten and thyroid problems and was wondering if you have come across this subject in any of your research. Can going gluten free really make a difference?? I was not aware of the link with vitamin D so will look into this. I’m curious however because he was born and raised in a Mediterranean country and exposed to the sun much more then we would be here…wouldn’t that suggest he’s had access to more vitamin D then northern Americans and Canadians? I’m so confused with this issues and find there are many conflicting arguments but would really try to create change more naturally then to let him undergo another round of radioactive iodine treatment!

  66. Great information!! I have hypothyroid and my dosage went up to control it, because of stress, I gained 25 lbs, I can’t seem to lose them, I bought your book Crazy sexy diet, I’ve juiced full days and it made me feel great! I’m looking forward to getting healthier! Thank you for keeping us informed!

    • Ladies! Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD has just written an amazing book about hormone imbalances, called The Hormone Cure. She goes over a gazillion complicated, interrelated problems we all likely have with the vast array of “horrormones” (my word) our bodies are full of, including thyroid. She believes heavily in natural ways of combatting these things first before ever resulting to medications.

      I seriously suggest we all read her book! Her website is
      http://www.saragottfriedmd.com – check it out!
      To health!

  67. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a year ago and I just wanted to warn everybody, that – contrary to normal hypothyroidism – you should STAY FAR AWAY from iodine!!! It’s great for a thyroid that’s a bit sluggish but as Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease (meaning your thyroid practically destroys itself) pushing your thyroid actually leads to a faster destruction. So if you are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (e.g. because you have thyroid antibodies in your blood) never ever take iodine as a supplement, use natural salt without added iodine and skip algae like kombu and stuff, because they contain high amounts of natural iodine.

    The best supplements for Hashimoto’s are Selenium and Vitamine D and of course all kinds of natural antioxidants that help your body to stop the craziness of an autoimmune process. Unfortunately there is no way to actually heal Hashimoto’s but I immediately stopped using iodine fortified foods and soy and my Hashimoto’s has been dormant since and I require no medication at the moment. I really really hope I can keep it that way for as long as possible through my lifestyle. As a matter of fact that was part of what drew me to your site, I thought if you can keep even cancer at bay with a good lifestyle than you might as well keep Hashimoto’s at bay. :-) Thank you for all your efforts, infos and positive messages, Kris!!

  68. Kris, I would be interested in your view of how sugar affects the thyroid. I am always telling my hypothyroid clients to avoid processed sugar like the plague – what’s your opinion on this?

  69. Suffering from Hypo for the last 11 years. taking syntroid since them 0.75. . Test are ok according from my doctors ( primary and my endocrinologist, but I feeling worse every day. Please !! i need a good holistic natural doctor in Miami area. thank you

  70. So confused……. I love my raw spinach, chard, cabbage, broc now because I have a low thyroid I am even encouraged not to eat these at all… there is a point when it all gets too hard I will continue with my normal juice my normal diet. I get it when pie eating MacDonald’s chowing folk tell me it don’t matter what you eat it will all kill you in the end. Well I don’t really just hate to know that my daily juice with chard broc stems and kale is probable upsetting my thyroid?????

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  73. I think it would be really, really great if you did an article or video on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This autoimmune disease is over looked and the information that you can find is often conflicting. What I’ve been reading recently you need to treat Hashi’s differently than you would hypothyroidism. Plus seeing as it’s close to impossible to find a doctor who knows anything about this disease, I would much rather Kris use her resources to maybe finally get a definitive answer!
    Much Love
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