“I had a thyroid test this week and my TSH value was 4.45.
Q. Dear Terry, “I had a thyroid test this week and my TSH value was 4.45. While my doctor deemed that level “normal”, he still can’t give me a reason for the abnormal fatigue I have been experiencing for the last couple of years. In addition, it seems like my hands are always cold in the winter time when outside (even with hand warmers in gloves). Would you have any suggestions as to any supplementation that may be of help to address my less than adequate thyroid function?” — Jess E., Trenton, NJ
A. Dear Jeff, “I believe a combination of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15-30 mg of iodine plus 200-400 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.
I would also take a good hard look at your diet. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products, which can prevent healthy thyroid function. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com andwww.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
Terry . . . Naturally