Good Foods for an Underactive Thyroid

We often see infographics and articles shared around the internet about foods that we should avoid when we have hypothyroidism, such as goitrogens, soy and gluten, but what about foods that are good for us?

Give us the list of stuff we can eat without feeling guilty!

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Beyond Bread Bakery in London

When you travel somewhere different, being sure that you’ll have something to eat when you follow a specific diet can be a little hard. Especially if your trip is revolving around food with friends, catch up over a drink or even ordering a take-away. It can be a minefield! 

But being gluten free in London was easy the other week. One gem I discovered was the Beyond Bread Bakery. 

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Traveling Tips When You Have Hypothyroidism

Travelling with a chronic illness can seem daunting. Especially if you also have specific dietary requirements and/or your medication isn’t conventional. 

So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt since having hypothyroidism and travelling around the world. 

I wrote this post back in November last year, but scheduled it to post this summer in preparation for all of you going on your hols!

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Acid Reflux, Low Stomach Acid and Hypothyroidism

Stomach acid is needed in the body to break down food and get rid of bad bacteria. It is made as and when you eat, but many hypothyroid patients have low stomach acid, which leads to GORD, GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, acid regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, chest pain/discomfort, cough and even hoarseness.

Research has found that the older your body gets, the lower your levels of stomach acid can become, but many hypothyroid patients are surprised to learn that their acid reflux can be related to a poorly treated underactive thyroid. Continue reading “Acid Reflux, Low Stomach Acid and Hypothyroidism”

How Do You Treat Hashimoto’s?

Patients with Hashimoto’s, which by the way is approximately 90% of all Hypothyroid patients, tend to have the regular load of hypo symptoms, but also tend to have things like acid reflux, brain fog, a leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, anaemia/low iron, food allergies/sensitivies and adrenal fatigue as well.

You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by completing two blood tests: TPOAB and TGAB. If they are over the range, you can assume your autoimmune culprit for your hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s. More info about Hashimoto’s can be found here

In this post, I’m going to cover ways in which you can treat, manage and help your Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but it can be put in to remission; basically, antibodies lowered and kept more under control and better managed. 

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The Difference Between Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity

Did you know that you could be sensitive to gluten but not intolerant/allergic?

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A ‘Bad Thyroid Day’

I refer to days when my hypothyroid symptoms are particularly bad 12472613_10209427420069576_6738745950035368936_nas a ‘bad thyroid day’. I’ve had bad thyroid days when my hypothyroidism hasn’t been under control and when it has. Even now, with a good TSH, Free T3 and Free T4, I have bad thyroid days from time to time.

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Thyroid Brain Fog

Thyroid brain fog is real. Oh, it’s real alright. You can read the lighter side of my brain fog experiences here, but in this post, I’m going to explore how and why thyroid patients experience it among their many other symptoms.

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Foods to Avoid with an Underactive Thyroid

The more I read (in articles and books) about hypothyroidism, the more I understand how big a part diet can play in the disease and helping our symptoms and recovery. Foods to watch your intake of, particularly if you have thyroid problems, revolve around soy-related products and ingredients, as well as certain cruciferous vegetables, nuts and fruits. These are listed below. I’ve already explained going gluten free in a past post, and now I’m going to explore goitrogens and what I have learnt about them from various sources.

It is reported by Stop The Thyroid Madness, Mary Shoman and Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield (in his book The Great Thyroid Scandal..), that if consumed in excess and repeatedly, goitrogenic foods can be problematic for thyroid function, and even lead or contribute to the formation of a goitre (an enlarged thyroid) in some cases.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean abstinence from goitrogenic food.

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