I was having TONS of issues for a number of years and went to the right doctor a EHAC. He did tons of blood work and tests. Found out I had a huge candida problem along with a low thyroid. He said to strictly eat above ground veggies, meats and fats which is all good for me BUT I was curious about goitrogenic foods and if they will really affect me as long as I cook them. It still makes me nervous to eat them. I have been slowly feeling better week by week I am about day 45 Keto and just now starting to Sh*t on a regular basis and slowwwly leaning out. So How much will the goitrogenic foods affect me ? and should I worry about it. I really enjoy broccoli and spinach but I do NOT wanna risk any of the symptoms to come back.
Also, I am intolerant to poultry (just a random deal) I also believe I may have some nut intolerance as well.
Thank you !
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on June 06, 2013
at 02:22 PM
Thank you for your question, I am gearing up to share a thyroid related question myself. This is very interesting to me because I am on thyroid med's for hypothyroidism (low thyroid) which I started 6 years ago after the birth of my daughter. I have read some interesting testimonials on Robb Wolfs website of women with thyroid diseases ie hypothyroidism, hashimotos etc that were able to go off the med's as a result of the paleo diet.
I went to the doctor two days ago to order a new blood test as I am experiencing lots of symptoms of hyper or hypo thyroidism. Hair loss, weak nails etc. I've lost weight over the 4 months I've been on Paleo diet and apparently this can affect the thyroid as well. I am hoping to decrease my med's. One of the women in the testimonials went completely off her med's and her blood work is normal but she is keeping an eye on it.
I am currently reading the Paleo Solution and Robb says you can google just about any disease along with the word hyperinsulinism. I think you might want to check into that.
I have never heard of a goitrogenic food so will check into that. I can't say I'm overly convinced on that though, I'd say you still have a way to go to de-pollute your body and not worry too much about vegetable foods, I believe there is more value in them than not. Best of luck!!
on June 06, 2013
at 05:32 AM
"He said to strictly eat above ground veggies..."
AFAIK, broccoli grows above ground, but you're right: it's a goitrogen. All members of the brassicae/cruciferous family of veggies are goitrogenic, and the eminent Chris Masterjohn recommends limiting their consumption to 5 servings/week for those with healthy thyroids. If I were recovering from a low-functioning thyroid, I wouldn't mess around with cruciferous veggies at all until my thyroid labs (FT3, FT4, RT3) came back within the normal range.
BTW -- what kind of thyroid support did your doctor recommend?
on June 10, 2013
at 07:44 PM
Unless you really consume a lot of it I wouldn't worry about goitrogenic veggies. But if it does indeed worry you then take some kelp (iodine).
on June 10, 2013
at 04:49 PM
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