Q. Dear Terry, “What natural options are there for boosting thyroid function? I’ve been hypothyroid for over ten years and the medications haven’t seemed to do a whole lot for me. I appreciate your help!”– Leanna D., Allentown, PA
A. Dear Leanna, I believe avoiding soy and fluoridated tap water are very important for thyroid health. I also think dietary changes are very effective for a wide variety of health conditions. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains – especially gluten – from your diet. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
To help the thyroid gland function optimally it requires two raw materials to produce hormones: iodine and L-tyrosine. Supplemental iodine is available in different forms, each of which affects specific tissues in the body. Potassium and sodium iodide are best absorbed by the thyroid. Breast tissue uses iodine most efficiently in the molecular form. Because of this, you need a supplement that includes more than one form of the mineral. The best formula provides three forms of iodine: sodium iodide, potassium iodide, and molecular iodine – at levels that can actually make a real difference. You could take iodine and L-tyrosine every morning before breakfast.
Additionally, you may also want to consider another mineral that is necessary for thyroid health, selenium. While selenium is found in dietary sources, sometimes people need an extra mineral “push” to get their thyroid hormones to activate properly.
Terry . . . Naturally
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