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Is regularly consuming raw spinach and kale bad for hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's)? Are they goiterogenic?

Is regularly consuming raw spinach and kale bad for hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's)? Are they goiterogenic?

Caution re: kale but: Eating large amounts of cruciferous vegetables like kale can suppress thyroid function, but it is not clear how much and moderate consumption, esp. If these are cooked, should not have much of an effect. If you eat very large amounts of raw kale then monitor levels of thyroid hormone to see if you need to take more. Spinach is safe. See http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=250 ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Can gluten diet, milk and soy products dangerous for Hashimoto's patients?

Can gluten diet, milk and soy products dangerous for Hashimoto's patients?

Gluten, if celiac dz: There's an association between celiac disease &autoimmune thyroid dz(eg:Hashimoto's).Celiac disease is an inherited intolerance to proteins in wheat,rye,&barley (glutens);get abnormal immune system activation.Symptoms can include smelly, floating stool, gas, weight loss, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis/easy fractures, more. Ask doc before trying gluten free diet-it's quite restrictive. ...Read more

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Is caffeine present in all chocolates and chocolate drinks?Does 'serious mass' weight gainer contains caffeine? Thank you.

Is caffeine present in all chocolates and chocolate drinks?Does 'serious mass' weight gainer contains caffeine? Thank you.

Dark chocolate: Caffeine is higher in dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Any of the serious mass weight gainer that is chocolate would contain some caffeine. Red bull is 80 mg of caffeine per serving and caffeine in milk chocolate is about 12 mg. ( red bull is 7x the caffeine of regular chocolate) it might help to cut back on red bull. ...Read more

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Is corn bread good to eat with adrenal fatigue?

Is corn bread good to eat with adrenal fatigue?

Unclear: Adrenal fatigue is not widely accepted to be a medical diagnosis by endocrinologists. If you meant 'adrenal insufficiency, ' then i'd say there usually is no recommended diet, so corn bread is neither good or bad. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome and am pre-diabetic., with gallstones. Will metformin and Synthroid (thyroxine) help?

I have hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome and am pre-diabetic., with gallstones. Will metformin and Synthroid (thyroxine) help?

See below: Synthroid (thyroxine) can help hypothyroidism, dosing should be started by your dr.Metformin can help with blood sugar control, though there is no specific recommendations when it cones to pre-diabetes. Exercise and proper diet should be part of the treatment as well. Be well. ...Read more

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Fatigue and weight gain. Blood work shows mild hypothyroidism (TSH slightly over 5) but no cold intolerance. Are my symptoms still related to thyroid?

Fatigue and weight gain. Blood work shows mild hypothyroidism (TSH slightly over 5) but no cold intolerance. Are my symptoms still related to thyroid?

Likely: The information you provided is consistent with thyroid deficiency and you should consult your doctor for replacement therapy. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can i eat chocolate on a gluten free diet?

Can i eat chocolate on a gluten free diet?

Maybe: Pure chocolate is ok (tastes bad), but it's the combination of chocolate and cocoa butter (like pure chocolate, a product of the cacao beans), sugar, milk (in some cases) and other ingredients that make "chocolate" such a taste sensation. And those other ingredients are where any gluten-related problems are introduced. There are some "gluten free" chocolate bars made though. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and take thyroxine , is it ok for me to eat cruciferous vegetables and soya products?

I have hypothyroidism  and take thyroxine , is it ok for me to eat  cruciferous vegetables  and soya products?

Yes, however...: Eating large amounts of cruciferous vegetables & soy can suppress thyroid function, but it is not clear how much and moderate consumption, esp. If these are cooked, should not have much of an effect. If you eat very large amounts of these then monitor levels of thyroid hormone to see if you need to take more thyroxine. See www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=george&dbid=47. ...Read more

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Does sugar and dairy cause acne with teens?

Does sugar and dairy cause acne with teens?

Acne: Sugar does not cause acne. There is anecdotal stories about milk and dairy causing acne, but no scientific evidence to supportit. ...Read more

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How can I diet and exercise with hypothyroidism?

How can I diet and exercise with hypothyroidism?

Yes: Not dangerous, but obviously, you want to treat your low thyroid (which i assume you are doing). ...Read more

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I have hypoglycemia and sjogrens and irregular heart beat and low bp.What supplements can help me lose weight and feel better other then diet and run?

I have hypoglycemia and sjogrens and irregular heart beat and low bp.What supplements can help me lose weight and feel better other then diet and run?

Complex question: You have some difficult conditions, and you also want to lose weight ; feel better. But you don't want to change your diet or exercise. You want to take supplements instead. The hard truth is that for sustainable weight loss, supplements alone will not do the job. Some such as fish oil, sea buckthorn oil, and/or borage oil may help the sjogren's dryness. Work w/nutritionist on your food plan. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is on boarder line and all tests like Fasting insulin all hormones are fine. No meat diet is good can PCO cause choles.7yrs infertility?

My cholesterol is on boarder line and all tests like Fasting insulin all hormones are fine. No meat diet is good can PCO cause choles.7yrs infertility?

MFO ; RYR: You can use good quality marine fish oil to lower triglycerides and red yeast rice to lower ldl. Some folks need one or the other, some both. Nutrition accounts for 15 to 20 % of lab results, the rest is familial. Please see your doc first. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism and high cholesterol on medicine for both. I can't get cholesterol down or lose weight. I diet and exercise. Any ideas?

Hypothyroidism and high cholesterol on medicine for both. I can't get cholesterol down or lose weight. I diet and exercise. Any ideas?

Thyroid and chol: You make the great observation about the connection between the two disease states. For the vast majority TSH treated to the narrow range of normal (i use 0.5-2.0) gives normal hormone function with appropriate change in cholesterol. If the LDL remains high, you may be one of the many people who also has hyperlipidemia -- possibly due to pathology in the LDL receptor. An endocrinologist may help. ...Read more

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