Better health when you have a low thyroid.

A lot of people don’t seem to know that you need to have a look at your diet when you have a low thyroid.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite well recognised with

  • Fatigue: it doesn’t matter how much sleep you get, its never enough and you are probably not sleeping properly anyway
  • Lack of libido: no desire for sex :(, no energy either
  • No Enthusiasm: for anything, life is just a hard and slow chug
  • Brain fog: can’t seem to think straight or remember things you should easily know. You may even lose words or worse sentences!
  • Weight gain: you can’t seem to lose weight no matter what you do and exercise is out of the question
    and most of us rely on the Dr and little pills to put it right. That is of course if the Dr believes you and you fall into the blood test scale’ as hypothyroid.

What we need to do is to start acting on these symptoms before we even get a hypothyroid diagnosis as by then your immune system will be compromised and your metabolism will be  hitting rock bottom.

I thought I had a good diet a typical day was

  • breakfast of a banana and a cup of hot water with lemon
  • snack some nuts
  • lunch a meat or tuna salad
  • snack, OK, a biscuit or two
  • Evening meal meat or fish with vegetables or salad
  • Wine was weekends only and coffee was an occasional  thing
    yet being as healthy as I could and suspecting a low thyroid I was putting weight on and feeling awful.

Some diet tips for you as you need to protect not only your thyroid but also your adrenal glands as without sufficient liothyroxine (more about this important part of your thyroid activity in another blog – My miracle cure) in your body about 5am in the morning then you don’t get the kick start and the energy you need for the day.

My main ones to stay away from are Goitrogenic foods, soy, processed foods and sugar and more here.




VEGETABLES African Cassava (used in tapioca)
Bamboo Shoots
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage (including Kimchi and Sauerkraut)
Leafy Greens (Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach)
Sweet Potatoes
Although these vegetables are goitrogenic, they contain important fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, and they are too nutritious to completely avoid.
Try to eat them in moderation only.
Eat them cooked if possible – the cooking process deactivates most of the goitrogenic compounds.
NUTS Almonds can reduce thyroid activity
Flax Seed
Hemp Seed
Pine Nuts
Pumpkin Seed
Roasting and cooking reduces the thyroid inhibiting compounds.
Graham Flour
Matzo Meal
These grains all contain gluten. New evidence has shown a link between thyroid autoimmune disease and gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Your body recognizes gluten as a foreign invader, sending antibodies to attack, subsequently attacking your thyroid gland as well.
Since gluten can cause a reaction for up to 6 months from ingestion, it is important to eliminate gluten completely from your diet to halt the attack on your thyroid.
99 percent of people who are gluten intolerant don’t know they have this condition so if you have thyroid issues it is a  good option to eliminate gluten for a month and see how you feel. Gluten in widely used in processed foods.
Other items may contain gluten – cereals, pasta, bread, processed baked goods, soup mixes, salad dressings and condiments. Even toothpaste and lipstick!
Goitrogenic compounds are activated in millet when it’s cooked.
Oats are fine as long as they are labelled gluten-free. They are often cross contaminated with other gluten containing grains.
FRUIT Grapes
Grape juice
Fruit can be sprayed with fluoride based pesticides. Fluoride is a goitrogen.
Also even fruit sugar can be harmful to you as you get the rush and then the low.
BEANS Garbanzo Beans
All Soy Products
Soy Milk
Soy Bean Oil
Soy Flour
Soy contains isoflavones, it’s effects are goitrogenic and unfortunately it blocks iodine absorption.
People with thyroid issues should seriously reduce or eliminate the amount of soy in their diet, as it’s a major endocrine disruptor.
JUNK FOOD Processed Foods
Deep Fried Foods
Foods Containing Sugar
This group of “so called food” causes inflammation in the body and inhibits the thyroid hormone conversion of T4 to T3.
Reconstituted Juices
Citrus Flavored Sodas
Sodas and reconstituted juices are often manufactured using fluoridated water – fluoride is a goitrogen.
Citrus-flavored sodas and soft drinks – they contain bromine, a goitrogenic toxin.
Bromine and fluoride are two important culprits responsible for such a rapid increase in thyroid disease world wide.
TEA Black Tea
Green Tea
Black tea and green tea leaves absorb a substantial amount of fluoride from the soil and air.
Fluoride is a very harmful toxin, interfering with fluoride absorption.
SEAFOOD Farm Raised Salmon
King Mackerel
Farm raised salmon is really a grey color so it has to be dyed with chemicals to appeal to consumers. Studies have shown farmed salmon (like most farmed fish) contains alarming amounts of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents. Additionally, these fish are crowded with diseased water containing their own waste, chemicals and antibiotics.Shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel should never be eaten as the concentration of mercury is too high, poisoning your thyroid gland. Limit your intake of tuna to once a week – unfortunately there is no such thing as “a safe amount of mercury”.
Milk Powder
Eliminate dairy for a few months and see if you feel better.
Many people with thyroid disease have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy, and they do see an improvement in their symptoms.
If you think you are intolerant to dairy products, then either avoid them or consume them in limited amounts.
Commercial dairy products contain antibiotics and growth hormones, so its much better to go organic.

Wow a lot of stuff there and thanks to Low thyroid for the info.

What we need is Doctors to give us this information rather than not knowing at all or at best you are willing to search this out.
The only problem is that to protect your adrenals and recover from ME you also have to bend these rules a bit.

My breakfast is one example it’s a vegetable juice with added protein using pea powder and I really have just felt the effects of missing it as I tried an alternative with almond milk for 8 days, it did not work and I would have been better off with rice or coconut milk – I have now been advised (Thanks) . Back on my regular and now updated juice now:

  • 2 inch cucumber
  • 1 inch courgette
  • 1 large carrot
  • a handful of spinach (not everyone can take this so trail and error)
  • 1 inch slice fresh pineapple (great for sinus and catarrh)
  • 1 tomato (again a food that some tolerate and not others, if stomach pain happens try without in future)
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons pea protein preferably organic (for the protein to kick start my adrenals)
  • 1 small beetroot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 orange
  • half teaspoon olive oil as this helps digestion of the carrots

OK it’s not pretty to look at but it packs one heck of a vitamin and iron punch for me and really sets me up for the day.

Are you willing to support your thyroid by checking out your diet? It will be worth it.

Recovering Me
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18 Responses to Better health when you have a low thyroid.

  1. Joan George says:

    Awesome amount of info, it really gives an amazing insight into what is good for our bodies, and, shockingly, what is bad for us. xx

  2. recoveringme says:

    There is so much info out there and yet not the means to get it to the people who matter. People who are borderline and don’t know they are ill or newly diagnosed and believe just one tablet a day will make them better.
    If you know anyone like this, please pass on this information.

  3. Janie says:

    Thank you for sharing this list! I have been looking for a comprehensive list of goitrogenic food and yours is the most comprehensive I’ve seen – even better than medical sites.

    • recoveringme says:

      Thanks Janie and welcome to recovering me.
      I will still be researching and telling people what I have learned as my way through Hashimoto’s thyroditis and also adrenal gland malfunction.
      The great news for me is that I have found my way through this multi-layered illness and am able to live life quite fully again. What I have learned is now helping me to look at life in a wonderful new and positive way.
      Recvovering Me

      • chrissie says:

        I had most of my thyroid removed just 19 years of age as there was no other treatment for thyroid issues. I have never been offered any advice on any alternative treatments or dietry do’s and dont’s EVER by any doctors. All i am ever offered is a blood test when i know i am not thyroid happy. I have learnt more from you in just a few months than i have in 30 years from any doctor…which is pretty shameful for the medical profession.

      • recoveringme says:

        Hi Chrissie,
        thanks for your comment and just as I was thinking of giving up on Recovering me, you reminded me of exactly why I do this and that is to help share information. There is so little support from Drs who trot out the old ‘ this one pill will sort you out’ routine. If perhaps one of them went through what we have been through then maybe, just maybe………
        Keep working towards your better health and if you have a question there is always here or on my facebook page so please ask and if I have anything I can share I will.
        Better health
        Recovering Me.

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  6. Sree says:

    How harmful is eating garbanzo beans and baby spinach(raw) for hypothyroidism? I also see you have included spinach in your diet.
    I have hypothyroidism , but eat baby spinach , lettuce , garbanzo beans( chick pea) many times in a week. Is it something to avoid.Please advice

    • recoveringme says:

      Hi. There is no problem at all with raw spinach, beans, lettuce in your diet and I find that they all help me. Just ensure that you are getting protein in tour diet and especially before 10am in the morning. Reason is that your adrenals like to have protein to work at their optimum level to help you have not inlt sufficient adrenaline to take you thru a day but to also convert inactive T4 hormone into active elements to get into your cells. So do check out my advice about sufficient protein and it does not have to be animal you will see I use high quality pea protein powders too.
      Let me know if I can help you more.

  7. L. Rodrigues says:

    You mention to avoid chick peas which I love, are they very harmful for the thyroid. Is hemp protein powder the same as pea protein? I found your article very helpful.

    • recoveringme says:

      Hemp protein powder is often used when people do resistance training to help support muscle development. There are few known side effects and they do not have the intestinal effects of whey powder for auto immune illness sufferes.
      I prefer pea protein as it has a higher percentage of pure protein and it is also good as a thickening agent for my home made soups.

  8. L rodrigues says:

    Thanks, it is very helpful.

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  10. Nancy says:

    I hate to be a party pooper but you have two items on your list that are goitrogenic almond milk and spinach. Also you have tomato which is a nightshade food. People who are sensitive like me would get a huge stomachache from that juice. Also when adding protein make sure to always read the labels. I would never buy the kind that is not organic, make sure to look it up. Last thing, there is rice milk and coconut milk you can try.

    • recoveringme says:

      great to hear from you and thanks for the feedback.
      As I always mention this is my personal story and always also seek advice from Doctors.
      You are right about the spinach and I will add a warning to its use , for me it does not affect my pulse or temperature and I do feel the benefit from the added iron as shown in my regular test results, so for me a small less than a handful of leaves is having no negative impact.
      Again I don´t have an intolerence to the nightshade family, tomatoes being one of them and when people contact me directly it is one of the ingredients that is added or taken away as I get to know them and their symptoms better.
      This is general advice for those who have never been given aadvice by a Doctor and is the first step for many to a healthier diet that will impact on not only their thyroid health but also many other auto immune illnesses. Clean living, as organis as possible and tweeking it your your own needs is a great step forward that I teach many people who believe they have no hope – I do give them hope and belief and actual better health.
      Thanks for your comment, great to hear from you and I will be happy to make some amends

  11. Khyyy says:

    Looks like its not allowed to eat at all…food is a poison lol

    • recoveringme says:

      please don’t think like that. Food is vital to our health and it is all about healthy choices.
      I had a lovely free range roasted chicken last night with lots of organic vegetables.
      It is more about choosing the food that is the best quality you can afford and also cooking from scratch, no pre packaged meals.
      Use natural oils such as coconut oil to cook with and butter from animals fed only on pasture. A bit of research into your area and I know you will find these options available to you.
      Carry on eating for a great and healthy life.

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