Is Your Hypothyroidism Affected by Your Food Choices?

Issue #39 October 15, 2012
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope you are having a great day.
As promised I have my lab work to report to you. Just so you understand some of the results, I have to give you full disclosure on what I did. I stopped taking my prescription of Levothyroxin for approximately 3 weeks. I will tell you: bad, Bad, BAD idea. I turned into a crabby, bloated, puffy faced, forgetful, itchy, tired, basket case. My brain goes into super slow mode when I don’t take my RX, so I have trouble figuring out anything, I can’t remember anything and doing required tasks takes at least twice the time that it does when I take my medication. No, I am not exaggerating, I get that messed up. If you have hypothyroidism, you know what I mean, it’s not pretty.
Ok. Now, back to the lab work. Here is a run down of the results:
T3- Actual=44  Range=58-159ng/dL
T4 Free- Actual=0.6  Range=0.7-1.5ng/dL
TSH- Actual=59.09  Range=0.35-4.94ulU/mL
I also had my Vitamin D level checked:
Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy=31  Range=30-100ng/mL
Now the fun one:
Cholesterol levels:
Cholesterol- Actual=350  Range=140-199 mg/dL WOW.
Note: Do not go to the local hangout for fried chicken and french fries two days before your blood work, that causes nothing but bad cholesterol results and the beer just adds to the bloating problem. Yes, I knew better.
Triglyceride- Actual=160  Range=0-149mg/dL
HDL- Actual=86  Range=>=40mg/dL
LDL- Actual=232
Chlo/HDL Risk Ratio- Actual=4.07  Range=0.00-5.00 Ratio
I know from past tests that my normal cholesterol levels are around the 210-218 mark, with my LDL around the same range and my Triglycerides under 149.
My doctor gave me a RX of Levothyroxin of 112MCG.  I also have a RX of 75MG of Armour Thyroid  to try to see if it will help with my low T3. I have a 30 day supply. I will report my results after my 30 day trial. As you know from previous posts, my doctor did not want to give me the Armour Thyroid, he wanted me to take Synthroid, which I refused. I will keep you updated on my progress.
Since I have just let you know how the wrong food choices affect your health, I have Louise O’Connor to give us a refresher course on which foods to avoid for better thyroid health, and yes, alcohol is a no, no. But, Louise, I like an occasional beer.
Hypothyroidism and Your Food Choices
By Louise O’Connor
Have you tried no-fat diets, cutting calories and even crazy fad diets… but absolutely nothing has helped you lose weight? No matter how much effort you put in or how many diets you try your weight seems to keep creeping up?

You know this isnâ€(TM)t normal. It shouldn’tâ€(TM)t be so hard to lose weight, and you should feel better. Could your thyroid be the culprit? Thyroid problems are epidemic, fast becoming the leading cause of rapid weight gain, hair loss, depression, anxiety & ongoing fatigue.

A vital step to recovering thyroid health is a natural thyroid diet. Read these eight expert tips to eliminate foods that harm the thyroid;

Step 1: Avoid non-traditional soy products. In Asia, small amounts of traditional soy foods are consumed rather than the large amounts of refined and unfermented soy products that are now found in Western supermarkets. Highly refined soy foods such as soy milk, soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy protein, textured vegetarian soy protein, soy protein bars, soy lecithin, and soy oil can harm your thyroid.

Step 2: Avoid wheat. Many thyroid patients experience improvements in their symptoms when they eliminate wheat foods. Most health food stores and speciality bakerâ€(TM)s sell wheat free alternatives made with corn, rye, buckwheat and rice. Check the ingredient list carefully on all your food items as wheat is often a hidden ingredient in processed foods.

Step 3: Eliminate sugary foods. This includes sugar, soft drinks, cookies, cakes, chocolate, sweets and processed breakfast cereals. These are all loaded with sugar and play havoc with blood sugar control. Blood sugar problems go hand in hand with low thyroid disorders and place greater stress on your thyroid.

Step 4: Avoid refined salt. Resist liberally sprinkling table salt over your food or in cooking. Only use small amounts of Himalayan or sea salt during food preparation. Too much salt will amplify problems with fluid retention when you have an underactive thyroid.

Step 5: Avoid trans fats or â€~plastic fatsâ€(TM). These are found in margarine, TV dinners, bakery foods, commercially prepared snack foods and deep fried food. These unhealthy man-made fats are formed when liquid vegetable oils are hardened for use in spreads such as margarine, cooking fats for deep frying and shortening for baking. These unnatural fats act like plastic in your body but are particularly damaging to the thyroid cell membranes.

Step 6: Eliminate stimulants. Caffeine loaded drinks such as coffee, black tea, soft drinks & energy drinks over-stimulate the nervous system and take their toll on your energy reserves. Kicking the soft drink habit is also a critical step to achieving lasting weight loss.

Step 7: Avoid foods containing dangerous artificial sweeteners. A range of artificial sweeteners are found in diet products, some medications and nutritional supplements. There is compelling evidence to say various artificial sweeteners have the potential to cause weight gain and over-eating. Better options include small amounts of natural honey, stevia, xylitol and agave nectar.

Step 8: Skip the alcohol. This is a well known thyroid suppressor. Not only that, alcohol is packed with empty calories and places enormous stress on your liver. This is a problem when you have low thyroid function as the liver plays an important role in thyroid hormone activity.

Is It Time To Get Your Health Back On Track With The Natural Thyroid Diet?

The Natural Thyroid Diet is a breakthrough in natural thyroid health management. When you discover how to support your thyroid with a healthy, natural thyroid diet you will see and feel the results!

Read more at The Natural Thyroid Diet official site:


The Natural Thyroid Diet – The Author

Louise O’Connor is a leading high profile Australian Naturopath & Wellness Coach with many years experience in natural medicine. Louise has a special interest in treating low thyroid disorders and has quickly established herself as an authority on natural thyroid health on the internet.


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