In the last post, Hypothyroid Symptoms: Cold Feet, I mentioned that I was heading toward Hypothyroidism and wanted to see if I could handle it with a natural approach.
What are Goitrogens, you ask?
Goitrogen? What’s a goitrogen? It sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Goitrogens are substances that suppress thyroid function by blocking iodine uptake which can lead to hypothyroidism or enlargement of the thyroid gland. Calcium, magnesium, fluoride and manganese are minerals that can interfere with the body’s absorption of iodine.
Raw Vegetables Contain Goitrogens!
Raw vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, mustard and lima beans are some foods in which goitrogens are present. Cooking partially inactivates the interfering chemical, known medically as a goitrogen. In the case of plant foods, goitrogens usually become inactive when you cook the vegetables. For a while, I cooked all of my vegetables and at one point, I started eating kelp noodles, because sea vegetables have iodine.
Other Goitrogenic Foods
Broccolini, Mustard, rape seed (Canola Oil), Beets, Soy, Pine nuts, Peanuts, Almonds, Millet, Peaches, Flaxseed, Radishes, Spinach, Strawberries, Legumes, Beans, Carrots, Turnips, Collards, Clover, Alfalfa, Cassava. These foods are not supposed to be eaten raw either. It seems that vegetarians and those who consume a raw food diet need to be careful with goitrogen foods as it is also believed that consuming these foods in great quantities may have the potential to decrease proper thyroid function.
Another way to see if you might have low thyroid is to get a bottle USP tincture of iodine, and paint a 2 inch circle of it, on your inner arm. If the body absorbs it, in less than two hours ( meaning it has disappeared ) it is possible you have low thyroid. The absorption rate, is said to be a decent indication of your body’s need for iodine, according to all reports. I never did this, but it’s interesting, isn’t it?
What? No Peanut Butter?
It’s recommended that if you eat peanut butter, to stop and switch to other nuts butters, like almond, macadamia nut and cashew. Why not walnut butter? Walnuts also contain goitrogens.
List Of Food You Can Eat
Lowered My TSH with Healthy Nutrition and NO Meds!
To be honest, I did cook all of my vegetables…for a while. I recently got tested again and to my surprise my TSH was down from 4.3 to 1.2. What a shock! The Naturopath asked what I did to make my number come down? I said it must have been giving up the microwave, eliminating soy, and adding a little sea salt to my diet. I really wasn’t sure what I did. All I know is I took NO medication, and now have no sign of hypothyroidism. Also, I do not have cold feet on a daily basis. I remember her last comment was “The Power of Nutrition”! Amen to that!
Do you suffer from Hypothyroidism? Were you able to control it with diet or do you take medication? Whatever you’ve done to fix the issue, please leave a comment!