Alcohol and Your Thyroid

A question I’ve seen asked more times than I can remember, is ‘Does anyone else feel like they can’t handle their drink as well as they used to?’

So I’m going to look at the connection between alcohol and the thyroid gland!

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Inadequate Free T3 Is a Big Problem

Could low Free T3 be causing you ongoing issues?

There are binding proteins that attach to thyroid hormones to travel through the blood vessels, to cells all over our body. When they reach the cells, only the unbound “free” hormones can actually be used by the cells. Therefore Free T3 levels (and Free T4!) are important to monitor. It’s important to be aware that F ree T3 and Free T4 are different to Total T3 and Total T4, with Total being pretty much useless. Make sure you check Free.

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Caffeine and Your Thyroid

If you have thyroid issues (especially Hashimoto’s), adrenal fatigue, insomnia or trouble sleeping, anxiety etc. it’s important to be aware of the impact of coffee on your thyroid and thyroid medications. 

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Thyroid Hormone Conversion and The Problem That Can Happen

A conversion problem can cause weight gain and on going symptoms, with hypothyroidism, due to inefficient levels of thyroid hormones. A conversion problem of thyroid hormones is often not considered by doctors to be a possibility for patients who don’t respond well to T4-only medication, but it is much more common than they realise. 

If you are on T4-only medication such as Levothyroxine, Synthroid etc. and still don’t feel fully well, then it is likely you could not be converting T4 to T3

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Being Hypothyroid with a Normal TSH

Have you been told that your TSH is ‘normal’, ‘fine’, ‘OK’,  or ‘in range’, and still have hypothyroid symptoms? You could be on thyroid medication or not, and have a TSH as described above, and still be hypothyroid.

You could be hypothyroid at a cellular level, due to conversion problems of T4 into T3.

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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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