Levothyroxine and food

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are there any foods you should not have while taking thyroxine? I have heard that soya should not be eaten, I had a very bad experience when I changed milk for soya milk was the medication to blame.?  I have also read that milk should not be taken as it builds up calcium in the body too much. 

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    Hi Sarah,

    I know you should wait an hour after you take medication before you eat any food and should always take thryoid meds on an empty stomach as this can affect the absorption.

    A lot of people with thryoid issues are sensitive to gluten (I eliminated gluten from my diet and found by IBS symptoms improved too).

    You're right with soya that can affect thryoid meds. I am also told that you should leave four hours between taking meds and drinking coffee as this can affect them too.

    I'm sure there must be books on this type of tjinh- might be worth going on the thyroid UK website or emailing them for information?

    I too am curious about this subject, but hope this information may help a little x

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    Thyroid UK have a great leaflet with a list of food to avoid, I don't have it to hand but I'm sure it's available on their website. One of the things I remember from it is brassicas, which are cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, kale and other foods in that family. You can eat a little but it's best not to have much. They also recommend not drinking too much cow's milk, as these foods are often fed to cows. I like rice milk as an alternative although it's a bit sweet for savoury cooking imo. I think eating beef is fine though.

    You're right about soya not being recommended, and I can second Sayhitocaz's point about gluten - it is structurally similar to a protein in the thyroid and can stimulate the immune system to attack it. I hadn't heard about milk building up too much calcium, I imagine it would depend on how much you were having?

    Hope this helps a bit, and like I said Thyroid UK have much more info.

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    Hello Sarah:

    Along with the others who aswered here, avoid Gluten and highly processed ready foods.  Watch carbs in the diet.  Also avoid whole milk,  2% is better or as low fat as  possible. Breads -limit them.



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    Thanks everyone for your help will take your advice. 
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    Some foods are not good for your throide ,I am on 125 off throxine daily and  have Eden for over25 years I tack supplements as my Bp was high 152 /92 however it know runs at 115/68 I tack horthorn ,fish oils ,and say lethasine which does not effect my throide at least I do not think so I was on 150 daily throxine however it's know Been cut two 125 I have lost a lot off weigh it's very hard on throxine to lose weigh But I was 15'9 on the 10 off decemBer know 14' 4 want two get two 13 hope this helps
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    Thanks Tony, 
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