I was experiencing freezing feet for awhile, so I called my Naturopath who sent me for a blood test.
The blood test revealed that I was in the beginning stages of Hypothyroidism.
Having hypothyroidism means that you are blocking the absorption of iodine in your body.
You need iodine for energy!
A decrease in iodine can make you can feel tired, and have cold feet.
I wanted to see if I could heal naturally, so I researched everything I could about Hypothyroidism and here are the things I tried:
- Researched Thyroid and Iodine online
- Joined Thyroid Facebook groups and asked lots of questions
- Ditched the microwave
- Bought and used toaster oven
- Used a glass tea kettle
- Used a non-mercury MagnaTherm thermometer and took morning temperatures
- Used Hain iodized sea salt in oatmeal
- Started taking Chelated Magnesium
- Started taking JarrowDophilis
I also avoided food with Goitrogens unless they were cooked.
If you suffer from hypothyroidism, you may already know about goitrogens.
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 such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, mustard and lima beans are some foods in which goitrogens are present and shouldn’t be eaten raw.
Cooking partially inactivates the interfering chemical, known medically as a goitrogens.
In the case of plant foods, goitrogens usually become inactive when you cook the vegetables.
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, and Cassava should not be eaten raw.
It seems that vegetarians and those who consume a raw food diet need to be careful with goitrogen foods as it’s 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.
It’s recommended that if you eat peanut butter, to stop and switch to other nuts butters, like almond, macadamia nut and cashew butter.
Walnuts also contain goitrogens.
LowThyroidDiet.com has a list of foods that are good to eat for a low thyroid diet, and a couple of foods like avocados or potatoes contain tyrosine.
Tyrosine supports thyroid function and is available in many foods foods and the foods highest in tyrosine.
If you feel like you may have a thyroid issue, please speak to your doctor about a blood test.
If you are having an issue, they may recommend medication or attempt to control it with a low thyroid diet to see if your number changes.
Happily, the combination of things that I did worked!
My blood test revealed that my numbers went back into normal range and I no longer have a thyroid issue!
Do you suffer from Hypothyroidism? Were you able to control it with diet or do you take medication?
Please leave a comment!