Frequently Asked Questions
What foods are good for someone who has a low thyroid count?
I have a low thyroid count and am trying to lose some extra weight that was gained, and I didn't know if there was certain foods that you should eat for a low thyroid count?
If you have hypothyroidism, you need to see a doctor.
If you do not have hypothyroidism, don't monkey with your hormone levels because there is no such thing as a free lunch and if you screw with your thyroid, you can mess it up and bring on hypo/hyperthyroidism.
If you cook with table salt, you are getting sufficient iodine. If you are cooking only with kosher or sea salt, you need to go out and get some table salt and use it in your cooking when you don't need a specific texture, as with kosher salt on meats.
"They" put iodine in table salt because before they did that, the common person would not get enough and it leads to health problems.
Humans consume a rather predictable amount of salt each day and it was for the health benefit of all that his became mandated.
You obviously don't understand the damage you can do to yourself if you fu*k with your thyroid. Please, don't do it.
Below is information on iodine deficiency and you can google "Hypothyroidism" for more info on that.
Raw Foods That Hurt Your Thyroid
Hypothyroidism: University of Maryland
Iodine deficiency is caused by a lack of iodine, a chemical element essential to the body's physical and mental development, in a person's diet. It is the single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage in the world.
Is iodine deficiency common in the United States?
Iodine deficiency is now rare in the U.S. as a result of widespread distribution of foods from iodine sufficient areas. The incidence of iodine deficiency occurs in certain geographical areas at higher altitudes with iodine depleted soil - usually in areas away from the seacoast and in countries where salt is not fortified with iodine.
Does iodine deficiency affect women more than men?
Iodine deficiency is more prevalent in women than in men, and more common in pregnant women and adolescents.
What is the role of iodine in the body?
Iodine is an essential element for thyroid function, necessary for the normal growth, development and functioning of the brain and body. It also influences a variety of metabolic processes in the body (converting food to energy, regulating growth and fertility, and maintaining body temperature).
What are the effects of iodine deficiency?
When the body becomes iodine-deficient the consequences can affect a person both physically and mentally. After many months of iodine deficiency a person may develop a goiter (an unsightly swelling of the thyroid gland in front of the neck), hypothyroidism and reduced mental function. It also increases the risk of still birth and infant deaths.
Iodine-deficient women may give birth to babies with severe mental and neurological impairment. If this deficiency occurs during infancy or childhood, it causes irreversible mental retardation, growth failure, speech and hearing defects, among others. Even mild deficiency may cause a low intellectual capacity.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism that may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Since the thyroid hormone affects growth, development and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. And patients with mild hypothyroidism often have no symptoms.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism generally become more obvious as the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:
Modest weight gain
Dry, coarse hair
Increased cholesterol levels
Vague aches and pains
Swelling of the legs
As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart, worsening heart failure and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs.
How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
If a patient is experiencing the symptoms listed above, a blood test can confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care. Consult your doctor about treatment options available.
How is iodine deficiency treated?
Once iodine deficiency is diagnosed, consult your doctor about treatment options. Commonly, iodine preparations are prescribed. In deciding to use iodine preparations, the risks of taking them must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will need to make.
What foods contain iodine?
In the United States, iodine is added to table salt so it is the primary food source of iodine. Iodine is also widely available in the following foods:
Plants grown in soil rich in iodine
Is it ok to eat red cabbage if you're suffering from low thyroid?
I've been diagnosed with low thyroid - I read that cabbage is best avoided if I want to increase my low thyroid. I love red cabbage and was wondering if red cabbage is Ok or if I should avoid that too.
Cabbage is considered a goitrogen, and goitrogens can decrease the uptake of iodine in the thyroid. If you have an underactive thyroid, cabbage (and other goitrogenic foods) should be eaten in moderation.
What happens if you have low thyroid levels?
My girlfriend took a blood test and it turns out she has low thyroid levels what that about.. please help me!
Well, it increases heart risk, and risk of blockages in the aorta. women with hypothyroidism are 70 percent more likely to have hardened aortas and they have more than twice the risk of heart attack.
Other common symptoms of problem with thyroid due to low thyroid or hypothyroidism are:
Fatigue and weakness
Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance)
Dry and coarse skin
Cold hands and feet
Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia
Nervousness and tremors
Immune system problems
Heavy menstrual periods
"about 13 million Americans experience one or more of the symptoms of problem with thyroid. The function of the thyroid gland is to regulate the speed of the body's metabolism. In other words, this gland converts the food we eat into energy for the body."
How to affect thyroid results for radioactive scan/uptake?
I just fininshed the first part of my scan and uptake test and tomorrow morning I have to go again for the second part. They tell me not to eat seafood or iodized salt. Why not? How can this affect the results? Is there anything I do or eat that will or can affect the test tomorrow? Can something make me more hyperthyroid? What about if I ate normal foods compared to not eating at all? Will my test resuly be different? I want to know how I can make my thyroid more hyper or hypo if there is something I can do to change it.
They gave me the first pill, 121 then I had to wait 6 hours, come back for the first test which I did today. Tomorrow will be the second test scan or uptake part. I am hoping that my test results in that I am hyperthyroid because my doctor will then do the 131 radioactive treatment I need. He had already found my TSH low, my thyroids enlarged and thats why I am doing these tests. Please I need to understand how this works and things that affect those test result to make it appear that I am hyperthyoid.
Not sticking with the regime alters the diagnosis results. (Yes, this is what I'm asking. But how does it alter it?)
As it is, I'm quite certain you wouldn't want to live with the social and health implications of an over-active, enlarged thyroid gland. (Exactly why I'm asking.)
(At least you were the closer one with your answer. Thanks!)
You were told not to consume additional iodine, from table salt or sea food, so as to be able to trace how the 121 is metabolised by the TSH. This would also reduce the chances of interference and issues of iodine-substrate preference in the body. This way, your doc. would know how to tailor your treatment for optimum result. Not sticking with the regime alters the diagnosis results.
As it is, I'm quite certain you wouldn't want to live with the social and health implications of an over-active, enlarged thyroid gland. Stick with the advised plan, and let the results come out, so the appropriate treatment is applied.
What foods can I eat on a low idodine diet?
I am going to be going through a low iodine diet soon because of Thyroid cancer, and I wanted to know if anyone knew some foods I can eat while I am on this diet, Ive taken this diet twice before, and I kept haveing trouble with it because of the food selections, it would help me out alot if someone can give me advice on what I can eat.
I did this twice too and found it surprisingly difficult. I love cheese and dairy so that was the hardest part for me. One recipe I found (and the only one I still use after) is this one for granola bars. I just used egg white instead of the whole egg and added dark chocolate - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jo-Anns-Power-Bars/Detail.aspx
I also made beef stew, which wasn't the best one I ever had but was pretty good. Just the normal beef, veggies and then water plus canned pureed tomatoes (the one brand that didn't have salt) and I added non-iodized salt.