Thyroid Disease – Does Diet Matter?

For those of us who struggle with hypo & hyperthyroidism we understand how hard the daily battle is. You have absolutely, less than none energy. As in: -3827%. However, the day’s tasks must be done. We have jobs to do and families to care for. We have bills to pay and bosses to please. So you get out of bed and your feet hit the floor – and the anxiety and air hunger begins. Your mind begins to wander and you begin to feel lightheaded. You were holding your breath again. You feel shaky and continue to get ready anyway. You barely slide into your desk gripping that sugary Starbucks, knowing it isn’t great for you, but existing solely in survival mode.

sound familiar? 

I’m looking at myself as I write this. I have had hereditary thyroid issues since I was 14, complicated by Lyme and other health issues. I know that the destruction it causes is not a joke. So why do health professionals prescribe you a pill and tell you to go live your life? The pill provides maybe a small boost of energy in the first few hours but you’re right back on the floor at lunch hour.

I’ve been where you are, friend. I literally would call my mother daily from the fetal position behind my closed office door. No amount of changing the medication made a long lasting difference…

The key to long term management of a thyroid problem (either hyper, hypo or Hashi’s) lies in diet and stress management. You heard me. The deadlines. The pressure. The venti caramel macchiatos with add shots and extra syrup… those days have to be over. Or at the very least, tackled with the least amount of stress possible.

Having thyroid dysfunction in either arena completely throws off your hormones, which puts added stress on your adrenals – dumping harmful cortisol (stress hormone) all over the place…clean up on aisle 9.

You may be thinking – I can’t relax. I’ll literally die from the panic. I cannot handle being at rest because once I stop I turn into a skid mark. 

Yup. That’s the taxed body and the overdone adrenals talking. And they are wrong. You will be able to relax again. But first, the diet change has to happen so that the inflammation and imbalance in the body can regulate itself.

Mayo clinic admits some thyroid issues can stem from a lack (or too much) of iodine in the diet. They can also come from overuse of soy in the diet, which is very easy to do in our preservative-centered culture in America.

The following are common reasons you may be struggling with thyroid issues, either too little or too much of it:

Hypothyroidism (too little): 

  1. Too little iodine in the diet.
  2. Too much soy, gluten, dairy, or other inflammatory foods in the diet (including processed foods.)
  3. Hereditary causes in genetics.
  4. Cancers, autoimmune disorders, or nodules disrupting the thyroid’s rhythm.
  5. Certain drugs and medications.

Hyperthyroidism (too much): 

  1. Autoimmune disorders,  specifically Grave’s disease.
  2. Hereditary by genetic factors

Hashimotos (fluctuating): 

  1. Hereditary by genetic factors
  2. Hormonal swings (i.e. from pregnancy)
  3. Too much iodine
  4. Radiation exposure

While some thyroid issues  cannot be cured, they can be manages by a proper diet and excercise regimen. I’ll be writing scientifically backed articles and meal plans to help in dealing with these issues.


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