Diet and good thyroid function

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Hi,

I am currently undergoing investigations after being on levothyroxine for many years and still being symptomatic. As I do not have hashimotos, and on examination the doctor couldn't even feel my thryoid gland, they think there is a good chance I may never have needed thyroid meds in the first place.

They will hopefully be looking to take me off meds gradually over the next year to see if my thryoid kicks in and starts producing it's own hormones again.

I have heard that some people benefit from certaib dietary changes and supplements and have been "cured" in some rarer cases.

I am gluten free at the moment and thinking about taking coconut oil for its potentially benefits to the thyroid and. metabolism. Does anyone else have any dietary advice that they have tried or anything that might be worth a shot? I also take vitamin D capsules

Thanks in advance

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    Hi no advice regarding diet but wanted too say go slow coming

    Off levo my endo thought i wasnt hypo and i was left feeling

    pretty unwell he wanted me at half dose from get go but i went

    Against him with gp's ok gradually dropped it but that was a 6

    Week period from 100mcg too 50mcg and my tsh went too 6.

    Though too be fair my tsh isnt suppressed but is within the

    range at about 3.5. So doc wont increase my meds from 75mcg.

    Ive recently started gluten free not sure if its helping. Good luck

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    Hi Caz

    Try taking selenium and zinc to assist your immune system. A wide-ranging multi-vitamin should contain enough.

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      Hi Barbara I'm taking various multivitamins, strong vitamin D tablets included and I have done for a long time. Unsure whether they make a difference to be honest. Do you take them? X
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      Having just googled it (that's the extent of my knowledge!) Phosphate levels are related to vitamin D levels. Have you had your vitamin levels tested recently? x
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      I take a wide-ranging multivitamin - with the restricted diet I'm eating due to my allergies and intolerances I need to!

      I don't suffer from the low vitamin B12 and low vitamin D that other people with hypothyroidism talk about - presumably because I've taken a multivitamin for about 30 years.

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      I actually found this about gastrointestinal symptoms of people with hypothyroidism.  It mentions about how up to 50% people actually aquire achlorhydria  which is low or no stomach acid...hence the low vit d and B12 in patients with hypo.  Anyway... here it is.

      Appetite is reduced. Modest weight gain may be seen due to water retention. Intestinal peristalsis is reduced. Abdominal distention, flatulence, and constipation common. Megacolon (uncommon) with signs of paralytic ileus. Malabsorption syndrome may be seen occasionally. Atrophic gastritis common, resulting in achlorhydria (50% of patients). B12 absorption decreases and pernicious anemia is present in 12% of patients. Parietal antibodies increased in 1/3 of patients.

      Atrophic gastritis;   (also known as Type A or Type B Gastritis more specifically) is a process of chronic inflammation of the stomach mucosa, leading to loss of gastric glandular cells and their eventual replacement by intestinal and fibrous tissues

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