The degree to which you follow these recommendations depends entirely upon the severity of your thyroid glands function and the extent to which your life is affected by the symptoms produced by your malfunctioning thyroid. Changes do not occur overnight. Be diligent and consistent with whatever you choose to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Avoid, Strictly Limit, and/or Minimize
Foods and Food Products:
| Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) & the amino acids aspartate & glutamate|| Commercially raised Meats, especially those high in the amino acid cysteine such as steaks, ham-burgers, pork chops, and liver)|| Commercially raised Poultry (chicken, turkey, etc.)|
| Soy and anything made with Soy except fermented soy products (limit any soy to just 1 to 3 times per week)|| Commercially raised Dairy Products (milk & anything made with it)|| White flour and anything made with it|
| All Beans except String (Green) Beans|| Commercial Eggs & anything made with|| Peanuts and Peanut Butter|
| All Unsaturated & Polyunsaturated Oils & Fats|| Broccoli (especially raw or undercooked)|| Cauliflower (especially raw or undercooked)|
| Cabbage (especially raw or undercooked)|| Commercial Breads, Crackers, Snacks, etc.|| Turnips|
| Mustard Greens|| Rutabaga|| Brussels Sprouts|
| Bok Choy|| Cress|| Kale|
| Kohlrabi|| Commercial Iodized Salt|| Artificial Sweeteners of any kind|
| Commercial salt (with or without iodine)|| White sugar and anything made with it|
Supplements and Prescriptions:
| Beta Carotene|| Excess Iodine (if indicated by patch test)|| PABA|
| Chlorine|| Estrogen (Test Hormone Levels with a Saliva Test|| Birth Control Pills (BCPs)|
| Synthroid (replace with natural Thyroid e.g. Armour, Proloid, Tyrolar, &/or Euthroid)|
Use Freely, Emphasize, Maximize
Foods and Food Products:
| Organic Eggs (especially raw)|| Seafoods|| Sea Vegetables|
| Freshly made organic orange or grapefruit juice|| Organic Beef Liver and Kidney|| Sunflower and Sesame Seeds|
| Cashews|| Mushrooms|| Garlic and Onions|
| Sprouted (No flour) Grain Breads ONLY (Ezekial, Sun Seed, Manna, etc.)|| Three GOOD Oils ONLY: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (Spectrum Naturals Brand), Organic Clarified Butter (Ghee)|| Fermented Soy Products (miso, tempeh, tamari, etc.) used sparingly (more than 1 oz./30 mg. of isoflavones per day decreases thyroid function)|
| Sea or Earth Salt from ancient sea beds|| Pure water|| Lemons and fresh lemon juice|
| Freshly made organic vegetable juices|| Freshly made sprouts from organic seeds, nuts, and grains|
Supplements: (Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs with minimum daily amounts)
| Vitamin A, 25,000 i.u. per day|| Vitamin C Complex, 500 mg. with each meal|| Vitamin E Complex, 400 i.u. per day|
| Mineral Complex (liquid) especially with sodium|| B Complex, 1 with each meal|| Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis|
| B Complex, 1 with each meal|| Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc (30 - 50 mg. per day)|| Selenium (200 micrograms per day)|
| Gugulipid (an Indian Ayurvedic herb)|| Probiotics (friendly bacteria complex)|| Chlorella & Cilantro (heavy metal detox)|
| Chlorella & Cilantro (heavy metal detox)|| Progesterone Cream (PureEssence Labs)|| Iodine per the Iodine Patch Test|
| Pregnenolone (decreases excess Thyroxin)|
Digestion - As you can tell from all of this information, and especially from the description of how your thyroid gland works, it is extremely clear that your body must be able to adequately digest proteins as well as fats. Without proper protein digestion there will not be enough blood proteins to carry your T4 or T3. Nor will there be tyrosine to make your thyroid hormones. Interestingly, iodide is carried from your digestive tract to your thyroid gland attached to fat molecules. If you do not adequately digest fats, there may not be enough iodide transported to your thyroid for it to produce sufficient amounts of organic iodine to make T4 or T3. Some of the best ways to improve digestion are our general dietary recommendations, supplemental digestive enzymes (call our office if you need these: Local: 541-265-5132 or Toll Free: 855-362-5355), juicing and sprouting.
Exercise Therapy Regular exercise (at least 2 to 4 times per week), in moderation, is well documented for reducing stress, improving Immune System function, and improving metabolism. The best forms of moderate exercise would be walking (including treadmills), swimming (especially water aerobics), yoga, tai chi, chi gong, bicycling (including stationary bikes), mini-trampolines, Pilates, and our body weight exercises.
Food and Environmental Allergy Identification and Avoidance Food and environmental allergies severely stress your liver. One of the major functions of your liver is detoxification. If it becomes overloaded, your liver is less able to handle other functions such as the conversion of T4 to T3. Food allergies can be accurately identified and monitored with an elimination diet and the Dr. Coca Pulse Testing section under Thyroid Testing.
Elimination of Heavy Metal Contamination Find a dentist who understands the importance of NOT using silver mercury amalgam fillings. If you have mercury amalgam fillings, strongly consider having them replaced with nontoxic materials. Mercury and other heavy metals are a major stress on your liver, all your glands, your nervous system, and your immune system. There are specific techniques and procedures for this work to be done safely and correctly. Select your dentist after careful checking and questioning.