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Do You Really Need to Avoid Thyroid-Thwarting Foods?

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It’s true that what you eat can affect your thyroid gland, for better or worse. But some people have long lists of foods they won’t eat, and some people avoid perfectly healthy foods altogether, when they could be eating moderate amounts without an adverse effect on thyroid function. Here’s what you need to know to make better food choices for your thyroid.

Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, turnips, bok choy and others) are generally considered super-healthy foods. They help prevent cancer. In fact, they help to prevent thyroid cancer. Concerns about potential effects of cruciferous vegetables on thyroid

Are You Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin to Protect Your Thyroid?

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If you have any kind of thyroid condition, even cancer, you should get your blood level of vitamin D checked promptly, and keep tabs on it over time.

Why? Research links low vitamin-D levels with a number of autoimmune diseases, including the most common autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with antithyroid antibody presence, abnormal thyroid function, increased thyroid volume, increased Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels and adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with autoimmune thyroid disease. The lower the vitamin D level, the more severe the symptoms. People who improve their vitamin D status often

If you have a thyroid autoimmune disorder, check your body temperature.

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Lots of people have autoimmune thyroid disease. It’s the most common type of autoimmune disorder, affecting 2 to 5 % of people in western countries. There are a couple of types. The most common is Hashimoto’s. All of them involve lymphocyte infiltration of the gland, inflammation and cellular breakdown.

People may get their thyroid hormones checked because they have vague symptoms. Unfortunately, many doctors rely only on blood tests such as TSH and T4 to determine whether their patients need supplemental thyroid hormones. Levels may stay within a normal level for a long time, so people have gradually