Thyroid issues and diet

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thyroid issues and diet
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Tue, 02-05-2013 - 5:13pm

I'm curious to hear from people that have used diet to help their thyroid conditions for the better.

When it comes to addressing hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, certain nutritional and herbal compounds are invaluable. All the supplements in the world, however, will fall short if you fail to make the necessary dietary changes to support your condition.

http://thyroidbook.com/blog/changing-your-diet-is-the-first-step-in-addressing-hashimotos/

Several studies show a strong link between AITD (both Hashimoto’s and Graves’) and gluten intolerance. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] The link is so well-established that researchers suggest all people with AITD be screened for gluten intolerance, and vice versa.

http://chriskresser.com/the-gluten-thyroid-connection

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Sun, 02-10-2013 - 9:42pm

I have not addressed my hyperT with diet but since diet does affect so much, it probably is a good idea to check into this.  It's interesting that over all the years I've dealt with this, no doctor has ever suggested it.

Calley7
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 9:33am

I think that was made me decide not to go onto medication for mine.  In all the research I had done before my first appointment with my endo, most of it talked about food and stress levels.  So when I went for my first consult with my endo and I had been working with a nurtritionalist for about 4 months and was feeling 10 times better than I had in the past 3 years for before my diagnosis , when she asked me how I was doing I told her that i had made some dietary changes and how much better I was feeling and she just said "great, keep doing what you are doing", she never asked me what changes I had made, didn't order any new tests or anything, just proceeded to tell me what medication I would be on based on blood tests that had been done from several months before I went in to see her. I know that many people would prefer the quick fix of a pill, but I would much rather do the work of changing my eating habits and make a few lifestyle changes than be tied to the inconvenience and expense of a pill all the time.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Fri, 02-15-2013 - 9:45pm

That's great that this approach is working for you.  I agree that if you can find an alternative to meds, it's definitely worth a try.  I like that your doctor didn't "push" the meds on you and that you are also seeing someone that deals with the nutrition area.

Calley7