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How Diet Can Help the Thyroid | Wellness Clinic

How Diet Can Help the Thyroid | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Among its primary functions is to pump out a hormone called thyroxine. It is that hormone which sets the rate of the human body. It's what regulates energy generation. Some of thyroid hormone's imbalances common indicators include tiredness, bloating, hair loss, dry skin, joint pain, muscle stiffness, elevated cholesterol, sleep disturbance, infertility, melancholy, cold hands and feet, along with weight gain.

How do you recognize thyroid gland imbalances?

Patients eliminate weight with hypothyroidism while gaining weight is a textbook symptom of hypothyroidism. In some cases a part of their disease is that their gut is so broken down that their thyroid is malfunctioning however they're currently slimming down and that they're malabsorbing nourishment. If we fall into those health care conceptions with by each person who has hypothyroidism then we are likely to miss a great deal of individuals.

Identifying Thyroid Disease

Traditional diagnosis is made depending on the lab test TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) normally ordered by a general physician, internist, or endocrinologist. One of the many problems with this strategy is that it isn't comprehensive. If your TSH comes back high, the physician tends to diagnose you. This approach often times contributes to treatment with thyroid hormone replacement medication without further investigation. Keep in mind one fundamental point, taking thyroid medication and using a minimal thyroid diagnosis doesn't fix the problem.

Ultimately, the objective of the healthcare professional and patient should be to recognize why the thyroid levels are abnormal. And that requires a basic knowledge of biochemistry and nutrition. Let us take a deeper look at a few of the common items, in the diet and nutrition standpoint, that can contribute to low thyroid hormone production:

  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • Goitrogenic foods
  • Dairy
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Gluten and your Thyroid Gland

Gluten sensitivity contributes to thyroid disease in many of different ways. Gluten induced gastrointestinal harm is one of the mechanisms of action. It is this mechanism that leads to a domino-like effect. The very first step in this process is the invention of intestinal hyper-permeability, or Leaky Gut. When the barrier is compromised, a cascade of inflammation, immune over-stimulation, and mimicry may ensue. Over time these procedures can result in an autoimmune thyroid response leading to Hashimoto's thyroid disease or Graves' disease.

Gluten induced gastrointestinal damage may contribute to inadequate digestion and absorption of thyroid crucial nutrients. Gluten can alter gut bacteria that are ordinary. These bacteria play a important role in thyroid gland conversion. Physicians will assert that no study exists between thyroid free and gluten disorder. They are incorrect.

Where do we find gluten? Folks will say that barley, wheat and rye are the grains that contain gluten. In reality there are distinct sorts of gluten and they're observed in all the different forms of grain.


This refers specifically to processed sugar like dextrose, glucose, fructose, maltodextrin, all the different kinds of sugar that is processed, even organic processed sugars. Many of the food manufacturers have gotten wise about people wanting to prevent sugar so they've started saying it. For example sucanat is processed sugar. Avoidance of processed sugar must be a priority to prevent imbalances with the thyroid gland and thyroid disease.


There are numerous foods that can suppress thyroid hormone production and bring about goiter (thyroid enlargement). Listed below are several foods which can cause this. You can get in trouble if you consume excessive quantities of these foods, for example if you are doing a great deal of juicing and using a pound of each time or if it's raw and it hasn't been cooked. If you also have a thyroid condition and if you're eating cruciferous vegetables, its advice not to stop eating them just cook them and do not make them the key foods in your diet plan.

  • Soy (prevent soy, particularly GMO soy)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Cassava
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Flax
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts

The protein casein in milk can mimic glutenfree. Therefore it may be the dairy in their diet that mimics gluten. Gluten, sugar, goitrogenic foods, and dairy are the most usual food-based causes for thyroid hormone disturbance.

Nutrition is Vital for a Healthy Thyroid

Now let's discuss a food component that is going to be helpful for the thyroid gland to function. There are a number of nutrients necessary for thyroid function. Vitamins and minerals help drive the chemistry behind the production of the thyroid hormones. Additionally they help these hormones and other organs and both the DNA communicate to improve and regulate metabolism.

As mentioned before, often times healthcare professionals will only conduct one laboratory test known as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) for the identification and treatment of thyroid disease. If TSH is above normal, you're diagnosed "hypothyroid". If TSH is below normal, you're diagnosed "hyperthyroid". Simple, right? No, far from it.

TSH is a regulatory hormone produced in the brain from the pituitary gland. TSH then travels to the thyroid gland in your neck out of the brain and tells it to produce the thyroid hormone T4. TSH needs to be made first. What ingredients does your body need to generate TSH? The number one ingredient is protein. How much is enough protein? To get a mean calculation, take your body weight in kilograms (whatever you weigh in pounds split that by 2.2 to give you your weight in kilograms) and multiply that by 0.8 and that's how many grams of protein you need daily. Another way to calculate this amount is to multiply the amount 0.36 by your weight in lbs. As an instance, for a woman, that could be 54 g of protein. This number is individual for each individual and varies by the individual's level of physical activity. Speak with your doctor if you suffer from kidney dysfunction. What else does our body need to generate TSH? Magnesium, Vitamin B12, and zinc. Without adequate levels of these ingredients your body cannot produce TSH and you will have low thyroid function from the start.

Now lets discuss thyroxine, T4. Thyroid hormone is potassium and protein. Protein is crucial to form the thyroid hormone (particularly the amino acid in protein called tyrosine). The "4" in T4 signifies the number of molecules of iodine are present. You need iodine for that sport car to run smoothly. Where do we get iodine? Iodine is got by us from things found not in lakes, not from rivers. Seafood, kelp, and seaweed are great sources of iodine. Consider the thyroid gland as a car factory. Internally on your thyroid gland, your thyroid uses a ton of vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important to add those iodine tires to that thyroid gland. You also need vitamin B2. There is something in your thyroid gland known as. It when you consume the iodine and iodine-rich foods is absorbed into the bloodstream. The symporter necessitates B2 to function. Is vitamin B3. To make thyroid hormone T4, you need Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, C, and vitamin.

T4 is inactive thyroid hormone. Protein is responsible for carrying T4 to your own tissues including muscle and your liver in which it has converted to T3 thyroid gland through the blood stream. Think of the proteins into your bloodstream that take the T4 thyroid hormone. The inactive T4 thyroid hormone is being hauled to the liver, muscle, and other tissues in which they are converted to the active T3 hormone. There is a process called deiodinization, where the body takes that T4 thyroid gland and eliminates one molecule of iodine to convert it. A whole lot of the conversion of T4 to T3 happens in the liver and that is because their liver is not good at converting T4 to T3, the reason why a person who has liver problems can also have thyroid problems. This conversion takes place in the muscle which is the reason why people with muscle inflammation frequently have thyroid issues. Which nutrient is required for this conversion? Selenium. You require selenium to eliminate that one molecule of iodine to convert T4 into T3 thyroid gland. You need iron to the conversion of T4 into T3.

It's T3 we consider the active thyroid hormone. Each cell of the body has. There are receptors that act like a gap. T3 is your key that activates the enzymes that ramp up your metabolism and binds to all those receptors around the nucleus. You need Vitamin vitamin D to bind to a T3 to make a super key that unlocks your DNA and fits the nuclear receptors.

In the conclusion, you need Omega-3 fatty acids around the membrane of these cells for the hormone to be received appropriately. If you're missing even one of those nutrients, you will have some kind of biochemical thyroid suppression.

This seems different for different people. For instance, some people have severe selenium deficiency in which they are currently converting T4 thyroid hormone that is hardly any inactive . Their physician is prescribing a sort of synthetic thyroxine T4 thyroid hormone (levothyroxine, Synthroid, etc.), however they can not convert the T4 in thyroxine into the active T3. They believe much worse being on the medication. I see other people with a genetic susceptibility for Vitamin B2 deficiency who can't get iodine. You can fix them with foods rich in the nutrients and/or with supplements, if you have one of those nutrient deficiencies. The first step is deciding whether or not you have one or more of these deficiencies.

The following is a summary of nutrition your doctor should measure when evaluating your thyroid:

  • Protein
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Omega-3

If you don't have your healthcare professional test for these nutrient deficiencies, then you'll never know why you've got a thyroid problem. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss options on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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