My thyroid is fine according to my doctor, but my TSH has been creeping up and two of my sisters are on thyroid replacement. I realized I was cold all the time and decided to try supplements to help my thyroid. For many years I took no vitamins or minerals at all, figuring I ate a very healthy diet. I'm not entirely comfortable with the "you need these vitamins to clear the toxins from your body" line of argument, but I did see a difference from supplementing vitamin D on days when I wasn't in the sun, so I will try the whole package.
It made sense to me that I might be deficient in iodine because for years I almost never added salt to my food and I eat a lot of seafood only a few weeks a year. So I am supplementing with iodine and the necessary companion supplements. I currently take:
- 2 drops Lugols 2% (increasing my iodine very slowly)
- 2 Brazil nuts for selenium
- 1000 mg. vitamin C in ascorbate form
- 200 mg. Magnesium in Bis-Glycinate form
- 100 mg. Riboflavin
- 500 mg. Niacin (as inositol hexanicotinate)
- 5000 IU vitamin D3
- Ashwagandha (reduces the effect of stress on my blood glucose)
- 1/2 teasp celtic or himalayan natural salt
It was late last fall before I got to a dose of Metformin that I thought did anything for me, and my weight gain stopped at that point. So I can't say one thing made the difference, but I am down two and a half pants sizes since the beginning of December, without limiting how much I eat.
I am beginning to realize that I do have more energy and feel better. And it is lovely not to be hungry.
It is so nice to have those visible results because by conventional wisdom it is a strange way of eating. My usual day goes something like this:
- Breakfast: smoothie with one cup yogurt made from raw milk, 1 tblsp MCT oil, 2 local eggs (raw yolks, whites cooked in coconut oil), 1 banana, 1 kale leaf, and ice cubes
- Lunch: salad with meat and cheese on it or leftovers
- Dinner: meat and vegetables
- Bedtime snack: currently local strawberries with cream or custard