Concerned About Your Thyroid?


On a daily basis, patients come to me and say, “I was worried about my thyroid, but my doctor tested me and everything is fine.”

Thyroid Disease is currently at epidemic levels in the United States, impacting over 20 million Americans. The American Thyroid Association estimates that 1 in 8 women have thyroid disease and at least 60% of those suffering from thyroid disease remain undiagnosed. 1 

It is now estimated that the majority of hypothyroid cases, some 60-90%, are in fact due to the auto-immune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for doctors to fail to run the crucial antibodies that rule out this disorder. It is for this reason that thousands of patients go undiagnosed for years, suffering needlessly from a debilitating auto-immune disease.


From weight issues to fatigue, a poorly functioning thyroid can cause a laundry list of problems. While some people may experience only one or two symptoms, others may experience any number or mix of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty Losing Weight Despite Diet and Exercise

  • Difficult or Infrequent Bowel Movements

  • Brain Fog

  • Mental Sluggishness

  • Cold hands and feet or cold all over

  • Hair Loss, Brittle Hair

  • Loss of the outer ½ of your eyebrow

  • Morning Headaches

  • Depression, Anxiety, Lack of Motivation

  • Racing Heart, Heart Palpitations

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Muscle Aches and Pains

  • Muscle Fatigue

  • Dry Skin or Scalp


But there is hope! There are a range of botanicals that support thyroid function and many ways that good nutrition and lifestyle can reduce symptoms. Here are just a few tips to get you started:

Top 3 Foods TO Optimize Thyroid Function


Brazil Nuts: Richest source of selenium, a crucial mineral necessary to make thyroid hormones


Oysters: Richest source of zinc, a trace mineral crucial for converting T4 hormone to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone


Seaweed: Richest soured of iodine, a critical mineral needed to make thyroid hormones. *Despite common misconceptions, research indicates that iodine is safe to consume even for patients suffering from Hashimoto’s, provided they consume whole food sources which contain selenium as well.


**Please note that supplementing with vitamins to get these crucial nutrients is NOT the same as getting them from these foods. When consuming non-food sources such as synthetic vitamins, we run a very high risk of creating a further imbalance.


Top 10 Foods And Environmental Hazards That Block Thyroid Function

  • Gluten

  • Soy

  • Fluoride (found in drinking water, toothpaste, fertilizers, pesticides, various industrial uses)

  • Chlorine (found in drinking water, pools, hot tubs and common household cleaners)Bromide (found in bakery goods such as bread, soda, medications, fire retardants, and hot tub and swimming pool treatments

  • Pthalates and BPA in plastics

  • Fungicides, Pesticides

  • Mercury and other heavy metals–cavity fillings, tuna, swordfish, deodorants, canned foods, contact lens fluid, thimerosol (vaccinations)

  • Iodized Table Salt (use Celtic or Himalayan sea salt instead)

  • Chronic Dieting  (the chronic restriction of calories can damage the body’s ability to properly convert thyroid hormones)

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