Were you able to listen to the recent Healing Hashimoto’s Summit? It was held in June 2016 and including talks from 32 experts in thyroid health, nutrition, and functional medicine.
In case you missed it, we summarized some of our biggest takeaways below.
The Iodine Controversy.
Should you take iodine to support your thyroid? If you live in a third-world country, maybe. In the US, we have fortified our salt to have iodine. So unless you are a strict vegan or sodium restricted diet, you are probably not iodine deficient. Iodine is a narrow therapeutic index nutrient and you can easily get too much. Studies show that excess levels can contribute to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and even lead to thyroid storm. Dosage needs to be just right for optimal thyroid function. Any amount above 350 mcg a day increases your risk of developing Hashimoto’s. Bottom line – It’s best to steer clear of extra iodine to your diet.
Get tested for gluten.
Many patients come in asking if they should be on gluten-free diet. While you can do an elimination diet, this can be difficult for most people as symptoms can be delayed up to 5-14 days. The best way to determine your sensitivity to gluten is to get tested. Several doctors on the summit praised Cyrex labs as being the gold standard for testing. We offer this test in our office – please speak with your physician to order.
Check for nutrient deficiencies.
These are the most common nutrients people with thyroid disease are deficient in – iron, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and Vitamin D. With a simple blood test like the NutrEval (available in our office), we can determine any additional supplements you may need.
Drink more water.
Only from glass bottles though. Have you ever thought about how long those plastic water bottles have sat in some warehouse under varying temperatures before you drink it? Some of the harmful substances found in plastic that are potent endocrine disruptors are likely leaking into the water you are drinking. The solution? Buy bottled water in glass bottles only or get a filter on your faucet.
Leave a comment below if you try one of these tips. If you are struggling to balance your thyroid, we recommend a personalized consultation with one of our integrative medicine physicians.