Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

What is the iodine hypothyroidism connection? ‘Is iodine bad for hypothyroidism?’ This is among the most common questions I am asked by my patients. While it is true that your thyroid requires iodine to make thyroid hormone, too much iodine can harm certain individuals. In this video, I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods best …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

The Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis Connection

The Ovarian-Adrenal-Thyroid Axis or OAT for short is the most important axis to assess when striving for balanced hormones. The OAT is the way in which these three hormone producing glands (your ovaries, adrenals and thyroid) communicate and truly–rule your world. The 3-Legged Stool I like to think of the OAT as a 3-legged stool, which each gland representing a leg. When …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …

Going Gluten Free? Read this first!

If you’re considering going gluten free then you’ll definitely want to test for this! I know it may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s something you might consider doing if you feel like gluten is harming your health. Eat more of it. Ok, let me explain. Our first instinct when we learn about the inflammatory properties of gluten is to eliminate it …

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Is Whiskey Gluten Free?

Is whiskey gluten free? This is a common question in my practice as people begin to review the list of foods that are and are not gluten free. It is understandable— I can remember the overwhelm when I first had to go gluten free as I tried to navigate the grocery store (It’s why I created this Gluten Free Guide). The …

Guide to Carbohydrates While Treating SIBO {Free Download}

Carbohydrates are not the devil. An oft-misunderstood macronutrient, carbs can be found in everything from broccoli to brioche, but different carbohydrates play very distinctive metabolic roles in the body. We’ll go more into the different classifications of carbs in a future post; for now, I want to focus on the role of carbohydrates while treating SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). …

Hypothyroidism? Why You Should Absolutely Quit Gluten Now

It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism in the United States is caused by an autoimmune condition. In these cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism, known as Hashimoto’s, antibodies attack the thyroid, resulting in thyroid tissue destruction. There is evidence showing gluten plays a significant role in driving the antibody attack against your thyroid.