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Most cold medicines have a similar substance to epinephrine which can raise the heart rate - not a good idea! It's highly recommended to stick with over-the-counter medications that are safe for high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of which over-the-counter medications are safe.

Discuss with your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements and always tell your doctor about any significant changes in diet because what you add or take away may affect your medication and thyroid function.  

The body relies on a balance of many things such as vitamins, nutrition and hormones.   Supplement, vitamins, changes in your diet or consuming power foods may help to "manage" the symptoms but, during the hyper state, the thyroid will always win.  Once the thyroid levels are at optimal range, your body will then slowly return to a balance state.  Have patience, there are a lot of parts that need to heal and adjust from hyper back to normal levels  - the heart is first and  hair growth is somewhere at the bottom of the list.

Foods to avoid

  • Avoid iodized salt, sea salt, and salty foods.

  • You must assume that restaurants use iodized salt. So if you eat out, eat only simple things like orange juice and the inside of a plain baked potato.

  • Avoid dairy products (milk, sour cream, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream). Very tiny amounts (like a teaspoon or tablespoon per day) are allowed on some diets from thyroid cancer treatment centers.

  • Avoid seafood and any product from the sea (fish or shellfish. Also seaweed, kelp, contain carrageen, agar-agar, nori, algin, or alginate — all of these are made from seaweed.)

  • Avoid egg yolks

  • Egg whites are fine to eat! Some diets allow a packaged food containing egg if the label does not list egg in the top 3 ingredients.

  • Avoid cured meats like ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, unless you’re sure that the salt is not iodized or sea salt.

  • Avoid fresh chicken or turkey that has injected broth or other additives. These usually contain salt.

  • Avoid some molasses (the concentrated bitter blackstrap or sulfured molasses). It’s okay to eat the common sweet unsulfured molasses. Brown sugar is okay also.

  • Avoid most soy products (soy sauce, soy milk, tofu)  – Soybean oil and soy lecithin are safe

  • Avoid vitamins or supplements that contain iodine. Many multivitamin/mineral preparations contain iodine. Some patients choose to stop taking vitamins while on the diet.

  • Be sure to ask your doctor before you stop taking a medicine.

  • Avoid FD&C Red Dye #3: Used in food, medicines, some soft drinks – If the label just says “red dye” or “dye” and the food is artificially colored red, pink, orange, or brown, it’s best to avoid it.

Paleolithic Diet or Paleo Diet

Wikipedia:  The paleolithic diet is referred to the caveman diet and is based on the ancient diet of wild plants and animals.  The diet consist of mainly fish, grass-fed pature raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts - and excludes grains, dairy products, refined salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

"Grave's disease: a nutritional approach"
    by Hoffman Center Staff

Grave's disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism (when the thyroid gland is overactive). When confronted with a diagnosis of Grave's disease, there are four aspects that need to be addressed when planning a nutritional protocol - removal of thyroid toxic substances from the diet, focus on an immune supportive diet, dietary allergy elimination, and nutritional supplementation.  Article includes information regarding the Paleolithic diet.

Check out Zen Thyroid for great thyroid healthy recipes! 


"8 Foods Rich in Iodine"
Published on January 18, 2011 by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND 

1. Sea vegetables

The ocean hosts the largest storehouse for iodine foods, including Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. Kelp has the highest amount of iodine on the planet and one serving offers 4 times more than a daily minimum requirement. 1 tablespoon of Kelp contains about 2000/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Arame contains about 730/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Hiziki contains about 780/mcg of iodine, 1 one inch piece of Kombu contains about 1450/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Wakame contains about 80/mcg of iodine. I recommend sprinkling them in soups or on salads.

2. Cranberries

This antioxidant rich fruit is another great source of iodine. About 4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine. I would recommend buying fresh organic berries or juice. If you buy cranberry juice from the store, be cautious of how much sugar is in it.

3. Organic Yogurt

A natural probiotic, yogurt is an excellent iodine food you should add to your diet. One serving holds more than half of your daily needs. 1 cup contains approximately 90/mcg of iodine. 

4. Organic Navy Beans

Many beans are a great food source of iodine, but navy beans may top the list. Just 1/2 cup of these beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine. Beans aren’t just an iodine food, they are also incredibly high in fiber.

5. Organic Strawberries

This tasty red fruit packs up to 10% of our daily iodine needs in a single serving. 1 cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine. 

6. Himalayan Crstal Salt

This form of salt, also known as gray salt, is an excellent source of naturally-occuring iodine. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties, and are chemically processed. Just one gram of himalayan salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.

7. Dairy products

Milk and cheese are good sources of iodine, with one cup of milk holding around 55/mcg. To avoid many of the negative digestive effects of eating cow's milk and cheese, I personally would recommend opting for raw organic goat's milk and goat’s cheese; a healthier alternative for extracting iodine from dairy.

8. Potatoes

The common potato is an easy addition to most meals, and is one of the richest sources of iodine in the vegetable kingdom. With the skin, one medium-sized baked potato holds 60/mcg of iodine.