Hypothyroidism and foods to avoid?

Answered on January 02, 2014
Created July 05, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I've heard people with hypothyroidism should avoid soy, gluten (ok, everyone should avoid these), dairy, cabbage, broccoli, peanuts, cauliflowers and a few more things. Does this only apply to those with autoimmune hypothyroidism (hashimotos)? Because I'm only hypothyroid, I haven't been told that I have hashimotos, but also I wasn't even told I was hypothyroid, I was just told that my TSH was 10, 8 and T4 16,3 on my latest tests. My dr prescribed me Levothyroxine, so I'm hypothyroid, I think?

Sorry if this question isn't really paleo-related or isn't related to this site, but I just need a quick answer. I'm asking this because I kind of need to know what to say when teachers and the principal at school ask me why I avoid a lot of foods, telling them that I eat paleo would not be allowed and they would not accept my way of eating unless I had some medical problem with some foods... And I do eat paleo, so I hope this question is allowed on this site anyway. :( English is not my first language, and I'm only 14 years old so please forgive my bad grammar

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on January 02, 2014
at 02:08 PM

I recommend to take a look at the AIP (Auto immunue) protocol by mickey. She has a great protocol including Hash/hypo. The website has tons of helpful info too!



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on January 02, 2014
at 11:20 AM

I just looked it up, and you are absolutely right lovestmatt29; seems peaches are another fruit that may interfere as well. Poop. Guess I'll have to cut way back on those two - most annoying, as I love them both - grrr. Strange that neither fruit was mentioned on the list from the PA - maybe that information is still evolving (dunno ;o)

Since I don't know exactly what ALA is, I couldn't really tell you one way or the other; you would think it would be a good idea to avoid the foods as well though. Maybe it's only the supplement because it would be in a more concentrated form? Don't know that one either-either (and aren't I just a fountain of information? Nope. Ha.)

Cooking the veggies does indeed remove the negative effects; my list said only the raw veggies were the problem. Totally killed off my grand plan to sneak broccoli and company into my diet via NutriBullet though *laugh*. Except for corn (which I think is a no-no anyway) and carrots, I absolutely hate vegetables. I always thought that when I hit adulthood I would automatically like them, but I don't and can't seem to choke them down either. My husband bought me a NutriBullet the other day, and I was totally juiced (geez that was bad) to find that I could now make spinach, spring greens and zucchini taste like bananas :oD


on January 01, 2014
at 03:42 PM

I also heard that strawberries should be avoided.

As for the supplement, ALA, should foods containing that be avoided too? Also, careful with the iodine supplements, i'd use food sources or at least cut your tablet in half. Too much iodine will make the problem worse.

I've heard cooking your vegetables gets rid of the negative effects on the thyroid because it breaks down whatever is in them that causes the problem.

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on January 01, 2014
at 01:04 PM


Just joined this morning and not sure if you still need this information or not, but I'll post it anyway. I have hypothyroidism too. Here is a list of foods that can interfere with your thyroid function that was given to me by my Naturopathic PA:

Foods to avoid - Raw Cruciferous vegetables (they are okay if cooked) Ex: Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbag, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohirabi, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabega, Turnip Greens.

Supplement to avoid - Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Supplements needed - Iodine, Iron, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B-12, Zinc

Foods to limit: Almonds, Millet, Peanuts, Pine nuts, Soy products, Sweet corn, Walnuts.

Hope this helps you (or anybody else that comes along ;o)

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