Hypothyroidism and Food

Dr. Ron Overberg at Nutriwellness discusses foods that can be harmful to your thyroid if you suffer from hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be fatigue, brittle nails, intolerance to cold, depression and hoarseness.  I have dealt with all of these symptoms including weight gain and thinning of my hair.

I found the list of foods  (including millet and peaches) contained foods that I eat and probably should avoid.  I am very familiar with Dr. Overberg and have worked with him over the years.    He is the nutritionist at the Enviromental Health Center-Dallas run by Dr. William Rea.   If you, like I, suffer from hypothyroidism, you may want to read this.

I am currently on both T3 and T4 thyroid medication.    The hard part about the T3 medication is that it has to be taken twice a day.  I find taking the afternoon dose the hardest part of all.  Before I know it the day is gone and I realize I haven’t taken that second dose.  I am going to have to set a daily alarm reminder on my cell phone to remind me to take it.

My thyroid problem started when I started having the mold exposure and subsequent illnesses.  My thyroid became swollen and tender to the touch.  My doctor tried a short course of steroids thinking it was a reaction but it didn’t work.  My lab tests continually showed my levels in the normal range.  Finally my ENT, who knows I am anything but normal, decided that maybe this wasn’t my normal.  He initiated a low dose of thyroid medication and within a few days the swelling and tenderness disappeared.  I have a friend who had been told numerous times by different doctors that she was in the normal range and not treated.  Eventually she was given a low dose as well and is doing much better.  I guess unless we have ourselves tested early on we may never know what our true normal is.  How many of you who follow this blog have either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?


13 responses to “Hypothyroidism and Food



  3. Last year my doctor put me on medication and I gained weight. Could it be the foods I eat? I would like to see both of your lists.

  4. This is a very handy trick to know. In fact it’s always good to remember that “normal” is not normal for everyone.

  5. Kathryn, I had a check appointment with my doctor and we discussed my weight gain and she looked at my chart and said “Yes, you did gain weight.” Then she took me off the medication and four days later, I feel much better and have lost 2 pounds already. Darn medication and hormones just don’t work well together 🙂

  6. I realize I’m several months behind on this reply, but if you saw my email list, you would understand. WebMd is supposed to send 2/week and I often get 5/day.
    Back to the subject. There is some debate about it is better to take your thyroid at bedtime. I always took mine in the morning until I developed dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). I take quite a few pills in the morning; only 5 Rx meds, but add to that a dozen vitamin and other supplements. I found it easier to use a thicker liquid, e.g., milk (chocolate or almond), to make them go down. As you know, you can’t take thyroid med with calcium. About 2 years ago I started taking the Synthroid at bedtime with water or juice. So far, my thyroid levels have been fine.

    • I will have to ask my doctor about that when I see him for my IV on Wednesday. I just had my thyroid levels checked. I have been taking them sometime in the early morning so that my supplements don’t interfere with them. I will let you know what he says.

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