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3 “Healthy” Habits That Could Be Hurting Your Thyroid Gland

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Restricting salt, replacing iodized salt with natural unrefined salt, and consuming plant foods that generate isothiocyanate can all have their place in a healthy diet, but raise the risk of iodine deficiency. Here's how to spot the problem and what to do about it.

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8 Comments

  1. You mentioned that sprouted sorghum can have cyanide type chemical formed ?
    Does fermenting reduce or believe cooking might reduce (any references?)
    Thank you

  2. Hi Chris,

    What is considered a safe amount of iodine to take from supplementation? I have seen supplements contain anywhere from 200mcg to 1000mcg for a daily dose.

  3. Dr. Masterjohn,

    As a hypothyroid patient that is into fitness and nutrition with no weight problems, I would like to see if there’s any validity in this article regarding the The Hypothyroidism-Tryptophan Cycle. Hence, why whey protein powder is bad for hypothyroid patients.
    http://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-whey-protein/

    I do serious resistance training and do resort to whey protein powder post-workout.

    Thank you in advance for your response on this.

  4. Thanks for the good information as always, Chris. Very helpful.

    I had a somewhat related question about thyroid medication. I am trying to dial mine in (with the help of my doctor) and I am curious if too much thyroid med could raise blood sugar? I just raised my dose because my recent labs were still not optimal (high TSH, low free T3, and low T4) and I checked my blood sugar and it was close to 120. I rarely run over 110 (even postprandial).

    Thanks!

  5. I also thought I had read before that cruciferous veggies USED to be considered bad for your thyroid, but that really, cooking them destroys the guilty components that cause the thyroid problems. However, a couple of years after going Paleo I got Hashimoto’s. During the same period, I was using uniodized salt and eating cruciferous veggies at almost every meal – often more than one serving. I love them for some reason – cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower. So that website I once read that told me that actually cruciferous veggies are fine for the thyroid… it was wrong? Totally wrong? or partially wrong? Does cooking make them better? Is it a strong effect? Could I really have given myself Hashimoto’s by eating these veggies?

    1. It is correct. However, what people “consider” to be true is totally irrelevant. The actual molecules in the food are real, and they don’t care what anybody thinks about them. People changed their minds because it is now fashionable to say good things about vegetables.

      The truth is that they are partly destroyed by cooking, but not entirely, and not reliably. The truth is also that they don’t necessarily hurt the thyroid, but they can. It’s all about their ratio to iodine.

      1. Thank you Chris. Also, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune problem, right? Someone I read said that too many goitrogens might hobble your thyroid, but not by causing Hashimoto’s. That it is a different mechanism. True or False?

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