Kris Carr

Kris Carr


Thyroid Health: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Healing

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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


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.


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.

Your turn: If you’ve experienced thyroid health issues, please share what has helped you along the way!

Peace & butterflies,

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  1. Thyroid have normally occurred from the age of from 5 year child’s. There are some symptoms like fatigue, lack of alertness, tiredness, If you want to reduce these symptoms you can start to take a Cureveda Thyro Thanks because it’s herbal and natural supplement and doesn’t any side effects.

  2. V Evan says:

    Parathyroidism should also be included & discussed.

  3. Christina Jones says:

    I want to heal hypothyroidism naturally, can you please send me all the info on how to eat, drink, supplements, etc.. Pleeeease?

  4. Sravs says:

    Interesting info. kris, wonderfully differentiated the concept between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Thank you so much for giving this much clear information.

  5. Jane Woods says:

    Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones.
    There are many glands in the body, but the thyroid gland is the small, butterfly-shaped organ at the base of your neck that makes hormones that regulate your metabolism — which affects how the body uses energy — and other processes. While your body goes through hormonal changes every day (hello, mood swings!), big dips — like those that occur during hypothyroidism — can signal danger, as a lack of thyroid hormone production causes the body’s functions to slow down.

  6. lori says:

    I searched your site for info/ any suggestions on how to detox after a Pet Scan. As you know, Kris Pt scan is nuclear and they inject a glucose prior to scan. I have read all your books haven’t found suggestions. I heard that baking soda or apple cider vinegar may be good.

  7. Aneeta says:

    Very good information !!!

  8. Betty says:

    Thanks so much for the information. So much of it was new to me and I’ve had a thyroid problem for years.

  9. Such a good information and tips that you shared with us. You made a good site and giving us such the best suggestions they very useful to us. Thanks for sharing the articles they amazing.

  10. Tamiko Bastro says:

    It took a Blood chemistry test and My TSH 1.31 ulU/ ml, FT3 2.67 pg/ml and FT4 1.77 mg/dl they said that I have an elevated T4 so they prescribed methimazole for my thyroid and propranolol for the palpitations I felt at times, other lab test was normal, like the electrolytes, CBCs and ECG.. o I have to change my diet? Since they told me that my T4 is high? Should I I avoid iodine rich food or not? Please advice me what to do.. I’m worried that I’m taking to much of the medicine since I have a normal TSH and normal T3..

  11. Robert says:

    Not only did using a sauna improve my health, it improved my marriage and my life! I was diagnosed with arthritis, and the sauna worked wonders. My best friend has a thyroid problem and he swears that using the sauna has helped him immeasurably!

  12. punam pandit says:

    Thanks for sharing the article about Thyroid Health: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Healing. It helps to the thyroid patient for recovery of disease.

  13. punam pandit says:

    Interesting blog. I found most important information on diagnosing hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism as well as treatment awareness about thyroid. Nice Thanks for sharing.
    Dr Chitale ENT hospital is thyroid centre in Pune.

  14. Kim says:

    I had hypothyroidism haven’t eaten for 2 weeks now my levels are high hyperthyroidism can that happen is it common Kim

  15. Tarun says:

    The article gives clear infomation about thyroid and its harmfulness.

  16. Goherba says:

    I think stress becomes the main trigger of thyroid problems

  17. Cordy says:

    I just found out if a low sex drive can cause a disruption in the gland

  18. master says:

    your articel is interest

  19. Donna Mullen says:

    I have had Hashimoto’s disease (hypothyroidism) for 11 years. Before being diagnosed I felt like death! I started out on Levoxyl 50 mcg. And eventually needed, over the course of time, up to 250 mcg. It made me felt better, however, my symptoms did not go away, joint pains, fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, rough and dry skin, constipation, depression etc. After much research I started on Hypothyroidism herbal formula i ordered from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i followed the treatment procedures faithfully for 8 weeks. It made a huge difference! It eliminated all my symptoms including my terrible joint pains. Go grain free of hypothyroidism!, Contact NewLife Herbal Clinic via their official website (Visit www . newlifeherbalclinic. com or email info@ newlifeherbalclinic .com). This NewLife hypothyroidism herbal formula helped me tremendously.

  20. I can relate to this article because I dreamed about overcoming my hypothyroidism for years. I tried just about everything I could think of but nothing seemed to work. Then I did something different and I took back control of my life in a few short weeks. Now I’m happy and don’t think about hypothyroidism anymore.

    If anyone’s interested, here’s a website that helped me a lot:

    Best of luck!

  21. Mama2eight says: has a great discussion about thyroid and adrenals. It’s a great place for support and information. I printed out her page on the Long and Pathetic list of symptoms. I marked the symptoms that I was aware of and took it to my doctor. She did the labs. They looked normal, but on the low end. She treated me according to my symptoms, the old fashion way. I am so grateful for my doctor! She listens and not afraid to go the natural way. She set me up with Arnour Thyroid. We adjusted the dose until I felt right again. It was amazing at the difference! I have a long list of things that improved. When everything was satisfied, my hair got thicker too! It was been thin all my life, except for one brief time between pregnancies.

  22. sanikasam says:

    Hi Kris,
    Thank you so much for this post, I was looking a blog for thyroid health. After reading your blog got to know many information’s. Very informative article. Thanks for this post.

  23. Layla Forndez says:

    I have been following this blog for a while now and today i felt like i should share my story because i was a victim too. I had endometriosis for 18 years and i never thought i would ever get a cure due to the terrible symptoms i had and this made it impossible for me to get pregnant even after 12 years of marriage and it was a serious issue. I got to know about Dr. Aleta who treated someone and the person shared a story of how she got a cure and let her contact details, i contacted Dr. Aleta and she actually confirmed it and i decided to give a try too and use her herbal medicine that was how my burden ended completely. My son will be 2 this december and i am gratetful to God and thankful to her for medicine too. If you have (Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroid, Ovarian cyst, Ectopic Pregnancy or any infertility issues) just reach her on (aletedwin @ gmail. com) she has professional advise and a cure too.

  24. victoria jack says:

    This is a great write up, I was also a victim, having uterine fibroid for many years. The size of my fibroid was very large as a grapefruit in my womb, trying to conceive was so hard. My difficulty was not only getting pregnant, but keeping the pregnancy. I occasionally had reoccurring bouts with dysfunctional uterine bleeding due to fibroid tumors. I even came close to having a hysterectomy, but due to future/possible complications, I refused. I learned about some herbs mixture prepared by Dr.Leonard and that was my breakthrough to a long standing problem. I already gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, very healthy, happy, and bright. I forgot to mention that my non-existent sex drive returned within just a few weeks of starting the herbs, this was a pleasant surprise.

  25. Cindy says:

    Hi Kriss,
    Here is my question T3, T4 and THS are normal but antibodies are very High, Im Vegan how can I low naurally the antibodies level? Thank you.

  26. Eric Francque says:

    Best explanation I have read on the topic. Thanks for all the work that went into writing this!

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  28. Ann Smith says:

    When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my hypothyroidism. Not too long ago, I could not even walk a few steps with my one year old grandson without losing my breath. Now, I can walk up three flights of steps holding him and play with him all day. My blood sugar used to be all over the place and I had fogginess even when I slept a full night. Then I started following an easy diet that gave me more energy than ever and cleared my head. I even lost a lot of weight and even my allergies have improved. What made the difference? I started doing my research and found out about some simple natural remedies that no one had ever told me about, not even my doctor, endocinologist, or chiropractor.
    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

  29. madhu says:

    thank q for gave this great information about thyroid.I have hypothyroidism.please give me natural treatment and also work quickly

  30. madhu says:

    thank q for gave this great information.please give me natural treatment and also work quickly

  31. Sony says:

    Hi Kris,Thanks for Sharing this post.My sister Age is 40. My Sister Middle of Neck is swelling from one week.We Consult the Doctor but we are waiting for the Report do you think this may be hyperthyroidism?

  32. Paulette V. King says:

    Thank you so much for your post. My thyroid was over active and potassium levels were off. Had more blood work 6 weeks after, found my thyroid bottomed out. Not been feeling well for months. It is so very confusing not knowing what is wrong with yourself. I am on Synthroid 25 MCG, was on 50 but it was way too much for me. Have been on this drug since May 18th. Even struggling to type this post.

  33. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the info. Question: under “thyroid health,” you mention two things that I’m thinking only apply to hyPOthyroid: have iodine and watch cabbage family consumption. Is that correct? Thanks

  34. winar says:

    very informative post.. btw, what foods must avoid due to hiperthyroidsm?

  35. Iris says:

    I have had hashimotos for over 40 yrs.
    recently i have been very unwell with flu lasting weeks with persistent cough.
    I dont eat alot but have trouble losing weight.
    I supplement with 150 mcg thyroxine daily.
    I really need to see someone who can help me. My regular dr. Is great but not knowlegable enough.
    Who can help me in melbourne australia?

  36. Lancy says:

    Hi Kris, Really Good Information and I Loved it.I was not aware of many things about Thyroid. “Key factors that may impact your thyroid health” this section is really good which help us to take care of our health. Thanks for this Post Kris.

  37. Asim Gilani says:

    Hi readers,
    My wife is suffering with high hyperthyroidism and doctor recommended her ELTOXIN.
    as far as my information says, ELTROXIN is used in hypo thyroid cases.
    Please . Please . Assist me that should i follow the doctor or take the 2nd opinion.
    Please answer …….

  38. Carrie says:

    My toddler who is going to be 4 years old this week is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I have 3 older children and very healthy. I am very new and uniform about her condition so I been really stressed out and unable to sleep coz of my worries.. I know that is rare specially at her age so I’m trying to reach out to other parents who might be in the same situation that I’m in and gain some knowledge and see new prospective when it comes to her condition. Thank you so much for reading this and any information will be gladly appreciated..

  39. Brant says:

    I have been diagnosed with a thyroid virus, am hyperthyroid, for the second time in 20 years. I am male, 54 years old, and I feel terrible. I am on beta blockers and Tylenol, and was told to come back to the endocrinologist in a another month. I am already gluten free and sugar free due to allergies. I went to see a naturopath who put me on Echinacea. I can’t sleep, get up several times a night to go to the bathroom, and I am losing weight, down about 5 plus pounds. I am desperate. Is there anything I can do to reverse this course in under a month? I have no idea how I got this except where I grew up there is a higher incidence of thyroid issues due to contamination of drinking wells, but no on else in my family has thyroid issues except me.

  40. Kathy Rogers says:

    One of the things that helped relieve my hypothyroidism wan to increase my proteing consumption.
    Protein transports thyroid hormone to all your tissues. Eating a bit of protein with every meal can help normalize thyroid function.
    You can get protein from nut and nut butters, quinoa, legumes, and hormone and antibiotic-free animal products.
    Here is an article I came across with more tips to help you out with hypothyroidism:

  41. Below are five of the worst oils you can use which are highest in polyunsaturated fat and pose the greatest risk to your thyroid.
    Vegetable oil, which is not included in the list above is nothing more than a generic name for the combination of one or more of these oils, but predominantly consists of soybean oil, which is likely the worst of them all.
    Soybean Oil – Saturated fat: 15% Monounsaturated fat: 23% Polyunsaturated fat: 58%
    Corn Oil – Saturated fat: 13% Monounsaturated fat: 28% Polyunsaturated fat: 55%
    Cottonseed Oil – Saturated fat: 26% Monounsaturated fat: 18% Polyunsaturated fat: 52%
    Sunflower Oil – Saturated fat: 10% Monounsaturated fat: 45% Polyunsaturated fat: 40%
    Peanut Oil – Saturated fat: 17% Monounsaturated fat: 46% Polyunsaturated fat: 32%

    I learned this and much more about hypothyroidism by watching this video:

  42. LisaB says:


    I have hypothyroid, however, it is due to Hashimoto’s rather than just being underactive. When low thyroid is due to autoimmune condition, what is the best way to heal it.

    Thanks for your information, love and light

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  44. Jamaal says:

    There’s definately a great deal to learn about this subject.
    I like all of the points you made.

  45. Tina says:

    I had a ultrasound of my thyroid about one month ago. Results we inflamed thyroid, goiter, and two lumps. I see a specialist second week of October.
    I have had trouble swallowing for couple years which I keep telling my doctors and increased fatigue. To the point, it’s just so hard to accomplish anything.
    Thank you for this article.
    Praying it’s not cancer as a family member had it.
    Concerned but trying not to worry.

  46. Peter says:

    It is all about what you eat. Most of the thyroid problems can be solved with the right diet.

  47. Chinedu Udenta says:

    Thanks for the encouraging information

  48. karen says:

    hi ive been told my thyroid is growing downwards but i had it taken out at 18 now im 55 ive put 5 stone on im so miserable i eat sensibly fish veggies etc please help off to see econolgy doc on 13th August, im in pain in my neck im so stessed

  49. manzarm says:

    Thanks for sharing very useful information.

  50. mark says:

    Hi, When you spoke about hyperthyroidism you mentioned the importance of ensuring you do not consume too much iodine. However the treatments below simply state to increase iodine consumption. I have yet to see specifically the differences in the holistic treatment of hyperthyroidism, would it all be similar, i.e. no gluten, organic foods, vitamin D, selenium, iodine depending on your levels? I was wondering if you had any further tips for hyperthyroidism? Thanks

  51. Michael says:

    Another tip i want to add to hypothyroidism patient . since when you are hypothyroidism you lose ability to lose weight . Focus on thyroid healing than doing extreme diet to lose quick pounds .
    Extreme diet like low carb diet can be harmful for your thyroid. Doing simple exercise like walking in the morning for 30 – 60 minutes may help you to lose weight safely

  52. Fredrik says:

    Great article, I love it!

  53. Hillary says:

    Hi Kris,

    I have been prescribed a desiccated pig thyroid medication by my integrative medicine doctor and I am wondering what your opinion is of this type of medication vs the synthetic. I am vegan so am struggling with the principal of taking something made with pig glands, and, in addition, i have been reading some scary things about these types of medications. any thoughts on this would be most appreciated. thanks!

  54. sharon says:

    First I’m surprised that only one synthetic thyroid medicine is mentioned. Second wondering why Armour Thyroid is not mentioned either.

  55. Patti says:

    I’ve struggled with Hyperthyroidism since the birth of my second son, nearly 15 years ago. Sadly, I’ve had all the symptoms but without the “weight loss”. In fact, it’s hard to keep the weight off. I’m on medication to slow the output of hormone, thus slowing my metabolism. While it has gotten rid of the frantic heart palpitations, the medicine has caused me to struggle with an extra 20 lbs of weight gain since beginning the meds. A year ago I decided to take grains out of my diet, as I’d read that grains cause inflammation. Amazingly, I’ve been able to cut my meds in 1/2 since going grain-free. I’ve also lost 15 lbs. and I have nearly zero joint pain. Just thought I’d share this info in case there are others struggling with inflammation. My hyperthyroidism is from nodules, so it stands to reason that with a decrease in inflammation throughout the body, the nodules would also shrink… and they have! My endocrinologist (whom I visit every 6 months for blood work) is very happy with my tests and decision to remove grains. Wishing all the best to those struggling with thyroid issues. And thank you, Kris, for continuing to write terrific post on health and well-being. xoxo

  56. Maria says:

    Hi Kris,

    Thank you! Thank you! for your blog post! I am in the Fitness and Wellness industry and have been living with Hashimotos since 1994. So many of my clients live with either Hashimotos, Hypo or Hyperthyroidism. I will be sharing your blog! I am in agreement with what the researchers are finding. When I avoid gluten and sugar there is much less achiness in my joints. I too avoid cruciferous veggies, raw and no soy for me. It is a puzzle for every person to figure out for themselves. As I tell my clients, we are all our own little science experiments. When we listen to our bodies and give it what it needs we can live a healthy active life with energy and vitality! You are living proof! Thanks for all you do!


  57. Cheryl says:

    Thyroid disease an d Thyroid Cancer are important topics to talk about. Last year I had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. It is quite an adjustment to try to get the right mix of medication and supplements. Thank you for the information you presented and please pass along the importance of having your thyroid tested.

  58. Laura Freeze says:

    Hi Kris,
    I had thyroid cancer in 2002 so they removed it completely. I have been taking synthroid ever since. My question is, is there anything natural that I can take instead of the synthroid?

    Thank you!

  59. tanya says:

    hi. does someone that does not have a thyroid, need iodine anyways? there is no info for us thyroid’s people …

  60. Kim Kemp says:

    Hi Kris, can you offer replacement suggestions for cruciferous veggies you have in your raw recipes? I have hypothyroidism & am on Thyroid Meds. I’d love any suggestions you can provide. Thank you:)

  61. Cassandra Lamontagne says:

    Hi Kris!

    After reading Crazy Sexy Diet and watching Crazy Sexy Cancer, I have really begun to admire you and aspire to some of the changes you made to get your health within your own control. I think your website is really great!

    This blog post confuses me however. Though you never made it clear whether you yourself suffer from thyroid issues, you mention at the beginning that you exhibit many of the symptoms associated with the thyroid. And near the end, you give some helpful tips for people to follow if they want to maintain a healthy thyroid.

    But aren’t these all things that you’ve been doing for nearly 10 years? Your devotion to your health is incredible, and the daily (and occasional) practices you recommend in Crazy Sexy Diet seem fated to guard against issues such as the ones you talk about here. I just think it’s odd that you, who have made a real commitment to your best health, could be suffering from something that’s preventable through doing just that.

  62. Thanks Kris! I found this extremely helpful! All good information and worth trying.

  63. Diana says:

    I am confused. My vitamin D is extremely low (it was 12 – now it’s up to 25). My doctor is treating me with supplemental Vitamin D3, iodine and thyroid medication. My question is “Can the Vitamin D deficiency cause my thyroid to not be functioning? So shouldn’t I get my vitamin D level up before assuming I need thyroid medication? My thyroid medication was based on my morning basal temperature. My thyroid tests were:
    TSH – 10/1/2014 – 3.49
    4/7/2014 – 3.24
    5/23/2012 – 1.93
    7/3/2008 – 2.53

    T4 Free – 4/7/2014 – 1.0
    10/1/2014 – .9

    T3 Free – 10/1/2014 – 2.7

    I figure that if my Vitamin D was normal, maybe my thyroid would be working better, or is my Vitamin D so low because my thyroid is whacky??
    Also, I read that supplemental iodine can make your thyoid disease turn into Hashmoto’s. So I’m afraid to take the iodine. How is Hashmoto’s diagnosed?
    I trust you.
    Thanks, Diana

  64. Mandy King says:

    Hi Kris! Great article!
    My question is – once someone is diagnosed with hypothyroidism – Hashimoto’s specifically, do they always need to be on the medication in addition to taking holistic approaches?
    Thank you!

  65. Laura says:

    Hi Kris! I love when thyroid disease is discussed because it is amazing how many people have NO idea what the function of the thyroid is! I found this out when I had my thyroid removed due to papillary carcinoma one year ago… Man, I wish I knew how important that little gland was before I allowed someone to remove it.. Life on thyroid meds isn’t as awful as some people describe on the internet, but it has definitely been an adjustment.

    Thanks for such an amazing Blog, Kris! I’m somewhat of a newbie but can’t wait to read more! You’re an inspiration to so many! Here’s to happy health!

  66. Maryann says:

    Myofascial Release is a great addition to this list. Restrictions in our fascia can impede the health of anything in our body. As these restrictions are released it allows the body to function more efficiently!

  67. Ginny Ross says:

    I have heard that fermented foods are good at helping your body produce more vitamins in your gut.
    Does this help with thyroid problems specifically?
    Kombucha has vit B which helps adrenal function which hopefully would help stress levels etc.

  68. Nat says:

    Thank you Kris for that information about the thyroid. I think I have learned a lot more from you in that article than I have in the last 2 years with my thyroid issues. I have just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and I am having it removed this Friday. I have watched and followed your story and it was awesome to find this article today on facey. Just wondering if u have any tips for me after removal as I really need to change things and I am definately worried about the weight and my health afterwards.
    Thanks 🙂

  69. Kelly says:

    What has been incredibly helpful to me has been Kris’s site (thank you so much Kris) and the book, Stop The Thyroid Madness. Every single person that has an adrenal & thyroid challenge (they typically go hand and hand), need both of these resources.

    With that being said, the pieces of my puzzling health condition (Western Medicine labels it POTS Syndrome & Eastern labels it ‘Adrenal Burnout) lies in my adrenals – iron – thyroid – lack of aldosterone.

    I have yet to master along with my body, how to fit the pieces together in respect to supplementation. If you treat with too much thyroid supplements/medication, you weaken the adrenals. If you treat the adrenals first (which you need to), they need to be strong enough to then treat the thyroid. If you are treating both and don’t feel well, you realize you forgot to increase iron. And Aldosterone is typically left out of the fray.

    It seems people spend 10+ years trying to figure it out so they can get their life back! I am on year 3.

  70. Luz says:

    I have been diagnostic with Thyroidism with multiple nodules. I went to a natural medicine clinic for a treatment which would eliminates the nodules 100%. Also, they say that whatever nodules in other parts of the body would be gone 100% It hasn’t, now they are saying that was face one only….never told me that before. I’m allergic to IODINE when injected, even though I can eat any kind of fish. At the clinic I was taking 5 different natural iodine pills a day: 5 in the morning, five in the afternoon and five at night. My skin stated to show very, very little patch, and even though it was some how itchy I paid no attention. Then I was told to put ice on the red because that was due to the ozone treatment (a bulb). About the 8 day on the pills I develop rashes on my left arm, the upper chest below the throat, and on my face which made me look grotesque. Since I couldn’t contact them I went to the pharmacy for allergy pills and suspended all the pills bought at the clinic…..At the clinic the doctor said that what happened was that the kidneys couldn’t detox the huge detoxification and sent it to the “other” kidney which is the skin. A detox was given via my feet. Maybe the 2 allergy pills I took after the eight day was whats control the symptoms a little (the grotesque on my face). I had to exchange one my treatment for another detox because they’d charge me for it. Then again over the weekend I had to take two more allergy pills as “it” came back. When I return to the clinic, again, I requested an exchange for a detox. All these time feeling miserably, not being able to sleep, using natural alo vera plant on the rashes, plus eating it…trying to keep a good, happy face.
    I bought Vit E of 1000mg with alo vera, but it would make me feel burning like….it would make me feel desperate. At all this time I’m drinking lots of water, tea, liquids, eating alkaline food, etc…not been able to be at the sun inside the car, or outside…the sun block I use would make it worst because my skin would feel itchy and burning sensations. Then I exchange another treatment for a detox. He ok that I take the Strong Iodine pills (2 a day). plus the Women balance and the Hyper one. I had to take 4 allergy pills again.
    On Oct the 8 was my last evaluation, he said to take the iodine pills as before plus other pills and a liquid of Vit C….On Fri.. the 10th, 2 days after the rash turn raw meat like color…As per advise of my daughter I stopped all the pills and call him. He didn’t return my call. On Monday I called and was told to call the next day at l0:00am. I called but the doctor was bussy, and told the employee to tell me to stop the pills and drink lots of water. I want it to speak to him, “no”, she advise me to talk with the administrator, “no”…then during the afternoon his wife call me, telling me to keep free of stress because that makes it worse….to go to the clinic (2 1/2 -3 hours from home each way, and no place to stay, and with those areas itching, burning,, couldn’t stand the clothing on top) The visit cost $95.00. And to get ph strips and meassure my saliva and urine, plus also to write down all my meals and bring it to her when I go see my cardiologist in the metropolitan area. That was on a Tuesday, and Thursday I my brother had to take me to emergency. I was given anIV with allergic medicine, and the diagnose is: Virus SX vs Allergic Reaction…I had another cbc test done on Saturday which shows the levels were back to normal. Then, at my primary doctor they made a space for me, and gave me more laboratories which I did today, and also gave me pills so that I can sleep. Now I have an appointment for Saturday with a dermatology in SJ…I was advise to see a doctor who deals with infections.
    You do not say much about hyperthyroidism…what kind of vegetable shouldn’t we eat…can we use iodine, specially if allergic to iodine? I’ll appreciate your take on this, please.

  71. Khelsei says:

    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

  72. gail says:

    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?????

  73. silvana says:

    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

  74. 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?

  75. Isa says:

    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!!

  76. Jessica says:

    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!

    • cherie says:

      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 – check it out!
      To health!

  77. 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!

  78. Nina says:

    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.

  79. Jennifer says:

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

  80. Sheri says:

    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,

  81. Lynn Fisher says:

    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:

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

  82. Deloris says:

    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!

  83. Adele Ashmore says:

    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


  84. 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.

  85. Sara says:

    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.

  86. Karen says:

    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.

  87. Ramona says:

    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?

  88. Alondra says:

    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


  89. Tara says:

    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.

  90. Sam Kelly says:

    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!!!


  91. 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)

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

  92. Siobhan says:

    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…

    • Dave says:

      Very interesting article indeed. There are many things we can try, to make improvements to our thyroid and well being overall. What may work for one may not work for another, it’s all a path of self discovery for each of us as far as treatment goes. Simply a good quality multi vitamin could help improve the quality of life, even if it’s just a boost of energy, that’s a step in the right direction.

  93. Bonnie Neubauer says:

    I am going through this right now, and found that my vitamin D level is low… 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?

  94. Renee says:

    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.

  95. 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,

  96. Shuaad says:

    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?

  97. Gail says:

    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

  98. Kim Beall says:

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

  99. Brenda Debenham says:

    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.

  100. bebby nabila says:

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

  101. Sara Ashe says:

    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 Ashe says:

      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

    • Selma says:

      I just tested hyperthyroid , but have been dealing with chronic progressive autoimmunetype or chronic lyme for 17 years-I’ve had low ferritin my entire life no matter how good, how many greens, how much grass fed meat etc I ate. I’m wondering what you do to build iron? I just started a whole foods based iron supplement called “blood builder”–I have had more energy since starting it-so hoping this might be a missing key since my diet has been whole foods, local organic for 23 years. The last 5 extreme nutrient dense gluten free dairy, sugar free etc-ranging from high raw vegan (since weston price approach through the years did not seem to be working)–then I decided to add back meat when WBC, hemoglobin, hematocrit remained low.

  102. Jan Mawson says:

    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.

  103. Jan says:

    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.

  104. Marie says:

    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.

    • Marie says:

      and I don’t have to take any medicine at all! zero…none!

      • Selma says:

        May I ask how old you are, when you were diagnosed with hyperthyroid-what you did for exercise/lifestyle etc, and how old you are now?

    • Selma says:

      That’s encouraging since I just tested hyperthyroid– despite clean leaving, gluten free diet for years and wholistic lifestyle for 23 years…. have progressive chronic lyme/disease /autoimmune type issues. Given my other autoimmune chronic issues it doesn’t feel right to kill my thyroid on top of it…… trying to figure out the way to wellness.

  105. Shelley says:

    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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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…

  108. Sandi says:

    I would like to know more about adrenal fatigue.

  109. Thérèse Angélique, says:

    Thanks you Kris!

    Thérèse Angélique, Sweden, maryleifmusicprod

  110. Inis says:

    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.

  111. Fred Engbarth says:


    A good source for information on thyroid care is Integrative Health (Dr. Alan Christianson) at

    Fred Engbarth

  112. Amanda says:

    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?

    • Sarah says:

      Get tested for Lyme disease! Even if you think you’ve never had a tick…more andmore info is coming out about how fibromyalgia and chronich fatigue are linked to Lyme!

  113. beachmama says:

    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

    • Angelique says:

      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.

  114. Lesley says:

    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.

  115. Sally Klingler says:

    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?

  116. Alexis Meads says:

    Great information here Kris!

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

    Alexis Meads

  117. Jacky says:

    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:)

  118. 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.
    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.

  119. anisa says:

    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…

  120. Suzie Borger says:

    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!! 😉

    • Cherie says:

      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.

      • Carmel says:

        Hello, are you off of the iodine/kelp now or will you always need it? r y c h h m o a t a o l d o t c o m without the spaces. Thanks.

  121. Jenni says:

    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.

  122. Melissa says:

    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.

  123. Jan says:

    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?

    • Melissa says:

      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.

  124. Madeleine Lobos says:

    Thank you Kris. You’re amazing. Xx

  125. Reni says:

    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 .

  126. Melissa says:

    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.

    • Kris Carr says:

      You made my day Melissa! xo 🙂

    • Julie Budarick says:

      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

  127. Susan Strieter says:

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

  128. Gale Harpe says:

    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!

  129. Serena says:

    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.

  130. 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? (

    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.

  131. Susan says:

    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

    • Elizabeth says:

      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…… 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.

      • Carmel says:

        Would you consider taking nothing but a good serving of kelp/iodineto help you? I believe that taking the synthetic one makes the hormones lazy and maybe they sort of die if not used. So can see your point. I find that if I take the natural ones I become very depressed/sad/worried /tearful etc though, which is almost unbearable. r y c h h m o at a o l do t c om without the spaces.

  132. Kate says:

    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!

  133. Brianna says:

    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

    • Linda says:

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

    • Connie says:

      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.

  134. Pam Payne says:

    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

  135. Livia says:

    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?


  136. 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

  137. Victoria says:

    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.

    • Carmel says:

      Do you still need to take the kelp and vitamin d etc or is it rectified and sorted now? Would very much appreciate a reply. You can email me at r y c h h mo at a o l dot co m without the spaces. Thank you.

  138. Judy McAninch says:

    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.

    • rebecca says:


      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.


      • Skii Fleeton-Essenfeld says:

        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.

  139. 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.

    • Marlène says:

      Caroline, could you please give me the name of the doctor you mentioned. Thank you.

    • Enrica says:

      Hello Caroline,
      In an old post you mention a Montreal functional medicine doctor that has helped you with thyroid issues. I am in Montreal and have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s but don’t know where to get the appropriate help since my GP is not very helpful or knowledgeable about this disease.
      Appreciate any info.

      • cassie says:

        I am also in Montreal and desperate to find a doctor that will prescribe natural (porcine) hormones… Any names?
        Thank you soo much!

  140. 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 says:

      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!

  141. Astrid Womble says:


    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

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