I also have a lazy thyroid and I a now on this diet, let's see in a few months or a few years but I honestly think clearing up the body from toxins will definitely help restore the hormonal balance including the thyroid ones.
Let's do it !
Eating a vegan diet helps the thyroid/autoimmune system because we are not consuming animal thyroid hormone which can trigger a response in our immune system. There is a group here along with dozens of threads. Just use search function:)
I too have hypothyroidism (for half my lifetime now)... and I recently confirmed that it was hashimotos. I personally think that fruits and veggies are absolutely best for everyone, so I'm doing my best... we'll see if my next blood test shows negative results. But I watched a video of Harley's on youtube where he says that he healed his thryoid... so it gives me hope. I have begun to do some reading on hashimotos and it seems like one thing they say is to avoid gluten... so if you're still eating some cooked that might be something to aim for. I am trying to stay away from it but it's difficult because I like bean burritos :/
Best of luck!
ok...I guess I'm wondering if I should take the meds or not. Are you?
Yes, absolutely!! Until such a time that my body lets me know that I no longer need them.
I don't mean to sound snide but, how will ever know (if your on the medication) when your body has healed or not? Im really not sure about starting a medication if I can kick this with fruit. Not really finding an answer as to whether or not Thyroid issues can be reversed per say.
Thank you for responding!
Above I was only responding about whether I will keep on with my medication... not saying what you should do.
Anyways, back quite a few years ago (after having been on my medication for a few years) I asked my doctor if he would "up" my dose, as I still felt tired and sluggish all the time. He agreed and I went up to 0.125 mg of eltroxin... and that resulted in heart palpitations... so I went back to my .1 mg dose. Given that experience I feel that if my body does start to heal and I no longer require .1 mg then I will likely experience heart palpitations again. Also my doctor does check my T3 & T4 levels various times thru the year, so one of these blood tests will let me know.
That being said I know how important the thyroid is and so I will keep taking the medication so long as I still need it. Like was mentioned below... some people have success correcting their tyroid issues and some not.
Best of luck!!
I have been trying to heal my thyroid for over 5 years now, using various dietary and lifestyle approaches (literally everything I could try). I have seen top thyroid doctors and many other professionals, both in the traditional and alternative medicine regarding my issue with the thyroid. I had to let go of my illusion of just giving up the medication and hoping that my body will be just fine because I nearly ended up in coma twice.
I know several people who have managed to discontinue their med after going raw, but I also know people who have not managed to achieve this result, despite trying. In my personal case, my thyroid is too small in its size and does not produce enough thyroxine to support my body. One legged man is unlikely to grow his leg back, however, he can learn to live with his condition, strive forward, and be happy under his life's circumstances.
With the healthy lifestyle that I follow, I managed to reduce my dose from 100 to 75 and have even been taking medication every other day for a while. In my view, 811 is the best lifestyle to support the proper hormonal functioning, for as long as you follow it properly. Having followed it for 3 years, for the first time in my whole life I feel fit, athletic, focused, and full of passion.
I would be very cautious about getting advice from people who have not studied this area in detail and come from a perspective of "just do it and you will be fine". Diet in itself is NOT a magical cure, it is there as a powerful tool to assist you. If I was you, I would try alternative approaches first (such as acupuncture or homeopathy, for example) if you have not, as yet, started your medication. Be careful about iodine therapy. I tried it before by myself, without consulting anyone and felt worse. Then, my doc told me off and said that, in my personal case, such an approach is totally dangerous, can result in knots on my thyroid as well as irreversible damage to it to a level when it would have to be taken out. Freaked me out...
What is your TSH level? If you are young, then TSH that is over level 2-ish is actually quite high, despite the standards being set at the level 5 for most people. The conventional standards are now out of date and many women with TSH over 3 show underactive thyroid symptoms, even though anything up to the level 5 is considered to be "a norm" in the medical field.
I highly recommend the book by Mary J. Shomon called "Living Well with Hypothyroidism." You don't need to follow her recommendations on supplements, however a lot of information in this book is valuable and eye-opening.
Yulia, that is very interesting, thank you for sharing..
I have problems with hypothyroidism aswell. Last year in september my level was 0.01, I was told it should be between 0.3 and 4.0. I do take medication, my dosis is 150 μg a day.
I would really like to get off medication but I haven't discussed this with any doctor, since I don't think they would support. I will have to find a naturopath or something similar..thank you for the book tip, I might look into that.
Korrina, you are very welcome! I am not a doctor and can only provide nutrition/lifestyle advice. TSH of 0.01 seems to me that you have an overactive, rather than underactive thyroid. I had the same result after turning to a vegan diet and excluding the foods that affect thyroid. So, with this result, I was getting overactive thyroid symptoms. I asked the doc if I could lower my med and he had no objection to it, so I went down from 100 to 75. Then, my thyroid has stabilized and I felt better. So, monitor how you feel and ask your doc's recommendation. I have seen many naturopaths myself, just make sure that the one you go to has experience with healing thyroid issues.
Do you mind me asking if you supplemented with selenium prior to iodine? I just ask because there seems to be some consensus that iodine therapy becomes more safe and effective when selenium levels are corrected, because many Hashimotos or hypothyroid individuals tend to be on the deficiency side. And did you start very slowly on iodine? It is well documented that too much iodine too quickly (easily done self administering), and selenium deficiency set the conditions for a thyroid storm if you have thyroid disease.
I am not advising it all, just interested because sometimes methods can be important.
Thanks Yulia for the info. My T3 & T4 levels were actually in normal Range but the Hashimotos antibody TPO numbers were in the 800's and are supposed to be at around 33-35
I am working with an endocrinologist now and checking the pituitary as well but she doesn't see that I need meds right now. She did prescribe a supplement for thyroid support that contains (among other things) selenium as well.