Action Plan – The Thyroid Diet

If you have a thyroid problem, the way you should eat is very similar to that of an individual who does not have a thyroid issue.  Organic foods contain fewer amounts of chemicals and pesticides which, as you know from the thyroid-disrupting chemical chapter, can have a negative effect on the thyroid gland.  The main goals of a thyroid diet are those which remove any stress from the thyroid gland itself and any systems that may be affecting the thyroid gland. 

The first major priority in eating to have a healthy thyroid is to make sure you do not have blood sugar swings.  This requires consistent eating throughout the day of high-quality protein at every meal without eating too many carbohydrates.  Remember that blood sugar swings not only affect the thyroid gland itself but also indirectly affect adrenal gland function which, as previously discussed, is highly connected to thyroid physiology. 

The ideal protein/carbohydrate intake for someone with thyroid gland dysfunction is to eat a moderate- to low-carbohydrate diet with the exception of post-exercise carbohydrate consumption.  The food you consume after you exercise and the meal following your post-workout meal can contain more carbohydrates than you would normally eat.  You can do this because your body is much better at handling carbohydrates and blood sugar after you have participated in exercise.

The next important step in optimizing thyroid function is to alkalize your body.  Your body contains approximately sixty trillion cells which are involved in six trillion chemical reactions every second.  Your cells work best to carry out these chemical processes in an alkaline environment versus an acidic environment.  The machinery in your cells that produce energy and burn fat can most easily do their job when the pH is alkaline. 

Eating foods that drive you into an acidic environment will put undue stress on your cells leading to sub-optimal energy production and function.  The best way to find out if you are in an acid or alkaline state is to do a first morning pH test with Hydrion pH strip paper.  You should be aiming for a pH of 6.5-7.5.  A pH below 6.5 indicates an acidic cellular environment that could be contributing to a decrease in your metabolism.  At the same time, you should not be too alkaline which would be a pH above 7.5.  This would indicate a catabolic state meaning your body is breaking down its tissues rapidly due to some kind of metabolic or chemical stress.  Start by taking your first morning urine pH for five days consecutively.  Eliminate the highest and the lowest of the five readings and then average the middle three to attain your pH. 

So how do you become more alkaline?  The first thing you must do is eat a vegetable or fruit or both at every meal.  Produce contains alkaline-forming substances including calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.  These are “buffering” agents meaning they help to reduce acid by-products of metabolism.  The way foods are designated as acid or alkaline is based on the “ash” that is left over when they are burned:  the more buffering minerals in the ash, the more alkaline the food.  In addition, the protein content of a food will also determine its acid/alkaline status.  The presence of more amino acids (protein) in a food leads to more acidity in the body due to amino acid metabolism in the liver resulting in acidic by-products.

Adding sweet potatoes and yams as well as lentils will enhance your alkalinity.  In addition, try to eat at least two cups of alkalinizing greens such as kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, or collard greens each day.  Lean towards the three most alkalinizing grains:  oats (gluten-free if you have Hashimoto's or Graves’), quinoa and wild rice.

There are many other strategies you can use to become more alkaline.  Taking an alkalizing bath of one-cup epsom salts and a half-cup of baking soda will aid in alkalizing your body.  The epsom salts contain magnesium which is a buffering mineral that will assist in the elimination of acid residues that result from metabolism and detoxification.  The baking soda is also extremely alkaline and will aid in neutralizing acidic compounds that the skin is eliminating.  Take one of these baths every day, and if you are an athlete, take one at the end of your training day to enhance healing of acidic muscle tissue that has been broken down. 

The next thing you can do to alkalize is to drink a morning cocktail of a quarter- to half-teaspoon of unrefined Celtic sea salt, a juiced half-lemon or lime, a greens supplement and a half-teaspoon of buffered vitamin C powder.  This cocktail will flood your system with alkalizing agents that mop up acid residues in the body.  Please be sure to use unrefined Celtic sea salt which is extremely alkaline as opposed to table salt or sodium chloride which is extremely acidic.  Table salt has been stripped of its alkaline minerals resulting in a toxic and acidic product.

Your evening ritual should consist of taking 200 mg of potassium bicarbonate and 100 mg of magnesium glycinate before bed.  Increase by one of each until you achieve an alkaline first morning urinary pH.

Acids and bases in the body are also controlled by your breath.  Each time you inhale fresh oxygen into the system, your body is preparing to exhale carbon dioxide which, if too high, creates an acidic environment in the blood.  Many people in this society are hyperventilators, not taking in full breaths of oxygen and fully exhaling carbon dioxide.  The way to remedy this is to engage in deep-belly breathing for five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night.  Breathe deeply into the abdomen as if filling your stomach with air and then passively exhale the air without effort.  This is how a baby breathes.  Concentrate on your breath without thinking about anything else.  In time, this will become second nature and you will enjoy doing this twice a day.  You can also incorporate this into your meditation practice which you may already be doing.  Those of you who do not meditate will reap some of the benefits of meditation as this is a great starting point to learning how to meditate.  Focusing on your breathing will focus your thought only on this one task instead of the multitude of things that you think about.

In addition to buffered vitamin C powder, there are a few supplements that can aid in alkalizing the body.  Magnesium, potassium bicarbonate, calcium, zinc, fish oil, probiotics and virtually all medicinal herbs will have an alkalizing effect.  Herbs and spices that you use for cooking such as turmeric, thyme, oregano, etc. all help to alkalize.  In general, meat, dairy and grains are acidic but fruits and vegetables are alkaline.  Remember that it is extremely important to eat protein at every meal so do not underconsume protein in fear of becoming too acidic. 

As long as you are eating vegetables and fruits with each meal, you will become more alkaline.  Use the other strategies I have outlined to enhance this process.  You will notice many health benefits as you become more alkaline such as an improved sense of well-being, increased energy, fat loss, improved sleep, clearer/sharper mind, improved digestion and a reduction in allergies.  Your pH is a sign of your alkaline mineral reserves so be patient in this process.  You didn’t become acidic overnight so it will take time to reverse an acidic state.  It may take you a few months to reach a consistent alkaline state. 

How Much Protein Should You Consume?

In addition to developing an alkaline pH, adequate protein intake is a major fundamental aspect of achieving optimal thyroid health.  According to the vast majority of nutrition textbooks, healthy individuals should ingest a minimum of 0.8 g of protein per kilogram body weight every day.

Unfortunately, this calculation is not accurate for everyone, because we all have different activity levels, stress levels, and genetics.  Another flaw in this calculation is that some of the scientific literature shows that one must ingest 1.2-1.8 g of protein per kilogram body weight every day if there is a protein deficit.  Therefore, on average, I prefer for those who are chronically ill to consume 1.2 g of protein per kilogram body weight every day as a minimum.  The one exception to this rule is the patient who is producing high amounts of C-reactive protein which is a marker of inflammation.  Eating protein will further feed its production by the liver possibly exacerbating your condition. 

Another important factor in these calculations is the quality of protein.  Not all protein is created equal.  So, the amount of protein consumed is heavily dependent on protein sources.  Sometimes it can be difficult to get adequate protein intake from diet alone.  This is where protein and amino acid supplements come into the picture.  Before beginning any kind of protein supplementation, you should be sure that you are eating the highest-quality protein from food sources.  These include:

  • Eggs (ideally organic and free range)
  • Types of fish known to be relatively low in heavy metals.
  • Chicken (ideally organic and free range)
  • Non-commercial forms of red meats such as grass fed, locally raised beef; grass fed buffalo; and grass fed lamb. 
  • Dairy products (ideally organic from locally raised dairy cows)
  • Nuts and seeds, particularly almonds, pecans and walnuts (ideally organic)
  • Legumes (ideally organic)
  • Soybeans

Since soy allergies are very common, this may be one of the foods on the list that you will need to avoid.  In addition, soy products tend to be highly processed.  Only soy products that are fermented such as tempeh and miso should be consumed as protein sources from soy.

Dairy is also problematic because of the high allergenicity, processing, and reliability of sources.  Dairy can also be very hard to digest and is often contaminated with antibiotics, hormones and toxins from the cows.  Dairy is of course an excellent source of protein, but I recommend that the amount of protein consumed from dairy should be minimal.

People are most willing to follow a dietary plan when there are a variety of food choices.  This is why I recommend both animal and vegetable-based protein sources eaten in rotation.

Vegan diets can also be a concern regarding protein for a few reasons.  If we review the primary protein source of a typical vegan diet in the United States, it is found that soy is the main protein source.  Unfortunately, soy is low in sulfur-based amino acids.  This is important, because sulfur-based amino acids are required for optimal liver detoxification, the building of glutathione (a powerful antioxidant) and tissue repair.  In addition, plant-based foods contain virtually all of the nutrients necessary for optimal health with the exception of vitamin B12.  I find that many, many patients are deficient in B12 and therefore require supplementation.  Vegans must have a tremendous amount of knowledge for proper food-combining and supplementation in order to achieve optimal protein and amino acid intake for a healthy body.

When it comes to protein and amino acid supplementation, there are a variety of healthy choices.  I recommend whey protein for those who are not sensitive/allergic to dairy.  Rice, pea and hemp protein sources can also provide high quality protein and amino acids.  Protein powder products are the most beneficial to those who have good digestive function.  For those who have impaired digestive function, I like to use free-form amino acid products for direct delivery of protein building blocks into the system.  Some people require HCl or digestive enzymes in order to optimize digestion and absorption of amino acids.

Gluten
If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease, you must avoid gluten indefinitely.  One of the ways to test for gluten intolerance is the anti-gliadin antibody test which measures an immune response to gliadin, the main protein portion of gluten.  A negative anti-gliadin antibody test in saliva, stool or blood does not rule out gluten intolerance.  You can still have gluten intolerance and have false negatives on these tests.  If the test is positive in saliva, stool or blood then this is a very strong indicator that you are gluten-intolerant.  In most cases, there has to be some damage to the lining of the small intestine for the test to be positive in blood or saliva. 

It is very important to understand that traditional medicine only recognizes blood testing or small intestine biopsy as diagnostic of gluten intolerance.  Your traditional physician will have you go through a “gluten challenge” diet for four to six weeks and then test your blood to see if the gliadin antibody is elevated.  This is the worst possible way of detecting gluten intolerance for two reasons.  The first is that if someone is gluten-intolerant and you force her to eat gluten for four to six weeks, you are significantly harming her body.  The second reason is that this test can be negative even if the person is gluten-intolerant making this test a poor method of diagnosis.

Your traditional doctor may want to order a biopsy of the small intestine to look for damage to the lining of the small intestine.  He is looking for what is known as “villous atrophy” meaning the villi that line the gut have been damaged and are worn away from the immune system attack on the dietary gluten intake.  The problem with this test is that you can have gluten intolerance but not have villous atrophy.  Seventy percent of the negative effects of gluten occur outside of the intestine.  This can result in only mild inflammation of the intestine but extra-intestinal damage to organs such as the thyroid, bones, pancreas, brain, adrenals, etc.  I would not feel comfortable having a piece of my small intestine cut out just to perform a test that is not completely accurate.

The best thing you can do is to fill out our gluten questionnaire and have the blood, saliva or stool test done to see if there is a positive antibody in any of these.  If only one is positive and you have many of the indicators of gluten-intolerance, then you should avoid gluten indefinitely.  Most people avoid gluten for a few months and then sneak something in such as a piece of bread and they end up feeling horrible after eating it.  Remember –  it is estimated that up to 40 percent of Americans are gluten-intolerant so it is very important to know if you are as well.  It can mean the difference between a major autoimmune attack on your thyroid or none at all.

The following grains contain gluten:

  • Wheat
  • Oats (not in nature but 99 percent of oats in the US are processed in machinery used for other gluten-containing grains)
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Spelt
  • Kamut
  • Triticale
  • Bulgar
  • Semolina
  • Couscous
  • Durum flour

*Gluten can be hidden, so read labels carefully. Be wary of modified food starch, dextrin, flavorings and extracts, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, imitation seafood, and creamed or thickened products such as soups, stews, and sauces.

The following grains do not contain gluten and are acceptable for gluten-intolerant individuals and of course those who are not:

  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Rice
  • Taro
  • Teff
  • Arrowroot
  • Wild Rice
  • Tapioca
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth
  • Wheat Grass
  • Barley Grass
  • Barley Malt

Goitrogens
Goitrogens are compounds in certain foods that inhibit the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland.  Goitrogens can be neutralized by lightly steaming, fermenting or cooking these foods.  Foods that contain goitrogens include:  kale, cabbage, turnips, rape seeds, peanuts, cassava, sweet potatoes, soybeans, kelp and Brassica vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.  All of these foods eaten in their raw state could have goitrogenic activity on the thyroid gland. 

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39 Responses to Action Plan – The Thyroid Diet

  1. daddy March 5, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    hi daddy, really good article on thyroid function

  2. jay eisenbach April 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    would you have any idea as to why my wife became sick to her stomach when I applied a topical magnesium oil to her skin. I put very little on.  Thanks, Jay Eisenbach
     

  3. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. April 26, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I would have to know exactly what the ingredients are. Also, it’s hard to tell without knowing your wife’s entire health history.

  4. aurora55 May 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Have you seen anyone cure their Hashimotos and long-term Hypothyroidism with juice fasting?

  5. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. May 19, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism cannot be cured with juice fasting.

  6. Diane November 10, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Hi, My 12 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.  I'm trying to find natural ways to help her and not have to be on meds for life.  I'm wondering about your suppliment information and what she would need, only being 66 lbs. she is actually on the thin side.  I'm going shopping to buy her some foods that are suggested and changing her eating habits to help her body get back into balance.
    Thank you!  -Diane

  7. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. November 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Each case is so unique that I don’t have any general supplement recommendations. Best to contact my office manager PJ and get some information. take care!

  8. Helen September 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Thahk good article on Hothyroid. I have Hashimoto, I think it is immune related disfunctions in the body.I have gut issues too. Feeling better since been on degestive enzymes, fermented and,kefire. And very strict diet.Due to candida. However, having no carbs not helping thyriod. And I am feeling weak.when I go off diet CAdidasis gets worse again, and again.i take raw Garlic,Oragno oil, coconut oil, Olive oil.
    Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

  9. Allison December 21, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Hi i have hypothyroid and hashimoto I am gaining weight at a fast rate. I’m on 200mg of thyroxin. I am lost on how to lose weight I go to the gym 3 days a week nothing is working I use to be 74kg before my son was born

  10. Missdeb Can January 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Hello. My blood work just came back and I was told that my thyroid levels are minimally high. I am 64, female and prefer not to swallow any type of pill. Any suggestion on good/bad foods to change in my diet? Thank you and blessings.

  11. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. January 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Check out the resources section on the website.

  12. Miranda January 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    I am 28 years old and after having my daughter in 2005 i had postpardum thyroiditis. I took levothyroxine for a year and it did go back to normal. Then i got pregnant again and had my second daughter in 2008 and after that it was super high, i actually think i had a bit of a thyroid storm of some sort, my heart rate went up to 160 on my way to work… i drove myself to the hospital, then was referred to an endocrinologist and put on levoxyl. I am not a fan of long term effects of these traditional medicines and opted to see a great natropathic doc who deals with endocrine issues, shes amazing and i now take many different supplements to balance my thyroid, we also found that my iron stores were low and my vit D was low, being that i live in the Northwest. So all that in combonation made me feel terrible everyday. I now dont have insurance to cover the natural doctor office visit but i am going to keep taking the great supplements that i am and keeping on a good healthy diet and exercise. She also had me cut out coffee,i was having starbucks lattes like two times a day, i now just have green tea or occasional black tea unsweetend that helped with the afternoon crash of energy.

  13. Miranda January 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Great Article Dr. Hedburg :)

  14. OaknD January 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Can you please explain how or if fermented barley miso can help my hyperthyroidism? If yes, how do I use it, in what quantities, and how often?
    Thank you

  15. kaggers February 2, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Allison~

    I have struggled with weight gain for the last two years with my Hashimoto’s, it is what actually led me to discover that I was hypothyroid. What has worked best for me is a low-fat plant-based diet. It wasn’t until I omitted meats and dairy that I started to finally lose weight. Oh, and switching from Levothyroxine to Armour. Check out The China Study and The Starch Solution. In addition, I also follow something called Fighter Diet (check it out on FB). I was very successful with a low carb diet for several years, until I became hypo. It does not work for me anymore. I don’t know about you, but my hypothyroidism has really changed my appetite and I can binge on significant amounts of food without realizing it, and I never EVER feel full, so it will take some very careful attention to what you’re eating, and the quality of that food as well. Myfittnesspal.com is a good place to keep track of your calories. Eating a low fat, plant-based diet helps increase volume without increasing calories too significantly. Also, lift weights 5-6 times a week and lift HEAVY. Another change I had to make was limiting the amount of salt I eat so I don’t retain water, a problem I never had until thyroid disease, and cutting out all gluten-containing foods. Good luck!

  16. Jamie February 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Hi there. Great information on your website. My husband (49 yrs old) has been sick recently. It started out with flu like symptoms but it wasn’t the flu. He had body aches and pains that moved around, carpel tunnel in both hands, cold a lot, very fatigued every day, muscle weakness, foggy thinking, etc. His primary sent him to see an Endo doctor. His blood work shows his t4 free is low, and cortisol low. The t3, free t3, tsh, testosterone, totol testosterone, FSH, LH, are all Normal. NOw his Dr. wants him to have a pituitary MRI this week. My question is this. Can he be Hypo from Adrenal gland issue alone? Or do you think he has a pituitary gland problem?

    What are the different scenarios that could cause a low t4 and low cortisol? Thank you very much for your time.
    Jamie

  17. Ali March 8, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    I have Hashimotos and have been loosing weight even though my latest
    TSH is elevated to 4.9 recently increased levoxyl from 100 mcg to 112 mcg the first increase in ten years, i am in my late 40 s . I have lost 20 pounds since this time last year. The weight loss is alarming since I usually have difficulty loosing one pound. I do not eat refined sugars. And basically follow the diet that you suggest.
    I definitely have GI irritation and family hx of colitis
    Any suggestions for safe weight gain and what may be the cause ?

    C reactive protein Is WN! test for celiac disease Neg, abdominal sonogram WNL
    CBC & Metabolic panel WNL, stool screenings are negative, cortisol stem test neg.

  18. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. March 8, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Thank you for the comment but I cannot give medical advice online.

  19. t lester March 15, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    my gp insisting not to test my iodine levels. so from tsh results he put me on l-thyroxine . I want to increase my iodine intake. what can I take to achieve a safe and effective dose of iodine???

  20. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. March 15, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Iodine should only be taken under the guidance of a licensed medical professional.

  21. hariom April 27, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    want to get rid of this thyroid problm

  22. Manisha April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I have thyroid. I have been having terrible acidity since the last one year. I have been on medicine for the duration having consulted doctors. been on Nexium and on completion of the dosage, Pantocid for three months. The day I stopped Pantocid my acid reflux is back and worse than ever. On check up I am told there is no Ulcer. Desperately seek advice. Pls help.

  23. Helen July 21, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Good article. Just wanted to add that fermenting will probably increase the goitrogen properties, not reducing them. I had a bunch of links to research about this, probably can be found via google.

  24. Dina October 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I have Hashimoto’s, is it safe to use “green” powders (vitamineral Green from Healthforce) and or Spirulina in my smoothies?

  25. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. October 13, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    It depends on the quality of the product. Over-the-counter supplements may not be clean or standardized well so buyer beware. I like Moss Nutrition.

  26. KRIS LE October 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I would like more info on this my weight is really high and i want to get it down. Not sure who to turn to to help its really upsetting when you doctors you go to don’t know solutions.

  27. Stephanie Philosophos October 24, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks for the great info Dr. Hedberg. I am wondering if you could give me a couple studies to reference that have shown cooking foods containing goitrogens neutralizes them. I have limited access to studies, can’t find much on the net and would very much like to read a few or even one well conducted study. Thanks so much! Steph

  28. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. October 24, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2419242

  29. Hany Tadros November 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I do have hashimoto’s for almost four years, I’m gluten free, vegetarian(organic only), taking on daily basis 400 mg D3 ,1000 mg C, 100 mg b complex, 50 mg Zinc, Omega 3, fiber and raw thyroid from natural choice . I felt better but now i need to cure my thyroid gland.
    My question how I can cure my hashimoto for ever?
    Thanks

  30. Saundra Scott-Adams April 15, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks, Dr Hedburg

    I have just been diagnosed with Hashimotos. This article is very helpful. MY PH is 7 so am not concerned about that, but the rest of the diet information is great to have.

  31. Abdul June 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    My test result show T4 and T3 are normal but TSH is high. I ate many raw and cooked crucifereous vegetables. Also dropped my weight from 79kg to 57 kg in 3 months. after that blood test show TSH high 6.24 and two months later TSH goes further up to 9.7. Is it reversable? in your note, Kelp is goitrogenic, so it is not safe to eat kelp for iodine supplement? then which one is ok for iodine suppliment.

  32. Peggy Bonner June 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Thank you, so much!

  33. Corinne September 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    What is your take on Garden of Life Protein Meal Replacements? It is supposedly gluten, dairy and soy free.

  34. Dr. Nikolas Hedberg September 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I don’t have any experience with it so I can’t comment. In general, I would avoid anything over the counter due to poor regulation and inconsistent product quality.

  35. Rabeya February 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you
    Very good resourse. I have hashimoto hypothyroidis. And avoiding gluten and soya products. Also avoiding dairy. And felling good. But should i avoid soybean oil for cooking ?

  36. Rebecca February 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Hello,

    I am reaching out because I’m really overwhelmed and can’t find clear answers online.
    I recently found out through an ultrasound that the right side of my thyroid shows signs of disease but all of my blood tests (including antibodies) are normal. They said it could be the very beginning of Hashimoto’s.
    I have decided to try going gluten free, however I am terrified by everything I’m reading and I’m not sure just how careful I have to be. I also have OCD so that is making me completely paranoid about cross-contamination but I’m not sure to what level I need to be. For example, if I go to chipotle do I need to tell them to put on new gloves before they touch my to-go bowl? Should I avoid eating out at restaurants altogether? I am terrified of the idea that microscopic particles of gluten are damaging my thyroid and I don’t even know it because I don’t have overly obvious symptoms.
    Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Best,

    Rebecca

  37. Will February 25, 2015 at 2:37 am #

    Is whey protein safe for people with hashimoto’s? I find it hard to get enough protein without proteinshakes and i dont feel any ill effects from dairy but its still on my mind. Can dairy harm my thyroid/raise tpoab? Appreciate any info Nikolas.

    Thanks!

  38. Rishu March 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    My doctor advised me to go off rice, quinoa and buckwheat as well, are they really gluten-free?
    I have been diagnosed with hashimotos and have not had a gluten insensitivity test as yet though I have been eating whole wheat all my life.

    I read contradictory theories about gluten and hashimotos and not sure if practicing gluten free diet will actually yield results.

  39. Misha August 20, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Very helpful article and I have two questions, please
    1) If your C-reactive protein is elevated, generally how much protein should be consumed?.
    2) I love the protein drink, Spirotein, that’s been around for ages. It’s always given me pep. I stopped drinking it due to the added iodine as I have both Graves and Hashimotos. Can I drink it?

    Thanks..

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