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I have had a huge salt craving for two years. 

Does anyone else who is hypo have similar? 

I was just wondering if it was a common thing.

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    Hi Lia!

    Iodine is a necessary supplement for a healthy thyroid. My best guess might be that if you are craving salt your body is seeking iodine. Make sure the salt you are ingesting is iodized and as always make sure your thyroid levels are where they need to be. In addition be sure to monitor your blood pressure. Best of luck to you!

     

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      Yes I think you are right. Seems to kick in when my levels need adjusting.

      Ivy endo always checks my bp, which tends to be low. 

      Thanks for your reply. 

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    your craving probably includes crisps  and olives. Your body is looking for the iodine I believe. As someone before said. Buy iodized salt. I use nothing else. I have been hypothyroid and can eat 6 packets of salty crisps straight off.!!!
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    just to let you know  . my hypothyroidism goes back25 years . I ate crisps then and have been munching them in great quanties as and when the craving hits me. my daughter is the same.  Hypo and a salty crisp muncher. Could be worse !
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    Hi Luna, yes, cravings. I’ll like I’m starving all the time, because I’m a way, I am. 

    I find supplements help. B12 shots also help. Fresh dandelion greens added to salad or smoothie help a ton. They’re bitter, so they taste bad in a smoothie, but they kill the cravings. The best way to kill cravings is dandelion greens with protein powder, ice, strawberries, stevia  smoothie. A high protein diet also helps. 

    I also tend to drink diet sodas- not the best solution. 

    Also, the awareness of  realizing that eating more does not make the hunger go away helps. You can look at what you’ve eaten, and evaluate whether that should be enough. 

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      Thanks for your responses.

      I actually don’r have much of an appetite and don’t eat very much. Mainly I eat vegetables and mushrooms. I’m not vegetarian, just don’t have the appetite for much else.

      It’s just when the salt craving hits crisps seem to be the fix-it fast remedy.

      I stopped supplements as nothing seemed to help my other symptoms.

      Thanks again. 

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      Hi Lia,  we all take a break from supplements from time to time... But, with thyroid disease, it’s important to take supplements because there is a high incidence of gut problems, which result in malabsorbtion and malnutrition. Thyroid patients often find they have deficiencies in vitamin D, Bs, iron, and others, though many patients never get tested and testing is very limited when done.

      Thyroid symptoms can mimick many other problems including diabetes, magnesium deficiencies, and other deficiencies and conditions. You can eliminate or reduce your symptoms by simple good quality vitamin and mineral supplements. It’s important to a avoid fillers and allergens such as alfalfa when you choose a supplement. Coblimated Bs can also be helpful as they are a more usable form for B6 and B12.

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      Yes my endo does regular full tests, not just for thyroid but far more comprehensive. Everything is monitored. So at present I don’t need any supplements at all. 
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      I am in Italy and I suppose things are different according to where you are in the world. But yes I do feel lucky. 

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