Can You Get Everything Your Thyroid Needs From Food?
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by Dr. Westin Childs
1w ago
Yes, well, sort of, but not exactly… After that very confusing answer, allow me to elaborate: In a perfect world, you would eat real whole foods every single day, you’d eat a variety of plants and animal-based food, you would eat enough variety to confidently conclude that you “eat the rainbow”, and these foods would be rich in the nutrients that your body and thyroid need. As you can imagine... Source ..read more
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Thyroid Hormone Resistance: What is it & How to Diagnose it
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by Dr. Westin Childs
1M ago
Thyroid hormone resistance gets a lot of attention from thyroid patients for one very important reason: Because it has the potential to explain why so many thyroid patients continue to feel poorly despite taking thyroid medication and despite having thyroid lab tests in the normal range. While this is true, the assertion that thyroid hormone resistance exists gets a lot of pushback from the... Source ..read more
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Do You Have to Take Thyroid Medication For Life Once You Start?
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by Dr. Westin Childs
1M ago
If you were to ask your doctor how long you need to take thyroid medication the answer you would probably get is forever. That’s a pretty scary thought for many thyroid patients and it causes them a lot of hesitancy in even starting the medication in the first place. After all, wouldn’t you think twice before starting something that you would then have to take forever? I don’t blame patients for... Source ..read more
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3 Types of Magnesium (& Doses) to Use for Thyroid Problems
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by Dr. Westin Childs
2M ago
If you’ve been a thyroid patient for any length of time then I probably don’t need to convince you that magnesium is important… But, I’m going to job your memory just in case you needed it! Here are a few reasons you want your magnesium levels optimized: In other words, a lot of different cells need magnesium. But, as I mentioned, most thyroid patients are aware of this which is why they are... Source ..read more
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The Cleanest Thyroid Medications on the Market
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by Dr. Westin Childs
2M ago
What do I mean by clean? I’m talking about the additional ingredients that come bundled inside your thyroid medication. Here’s how all medications work: They have an active ingredient and, usually, many different types of inactive ingredients. The active ingredient is the ingredient that does all of the work and is the reason you are taking that medication. In the case of thyroid medication... Source ..read more
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How Endocrine Disruptors Negatively Impact Your Thyroid
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by Dr. Westin Childs
3M ago
Tiny little almost invisible compounds that you come into contact with on a daily basis have the potential to wreak havoc on your thyroid. If you’re a thyroid patient then it sounds like something out of a nightmare, but in this case, it’s reality. These compounds are known as endocrine disrupters (1) or endocrine disrupting compounds and they are all around us. And pretty much no matter what... Source ..read more
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Do We Need New Thyroid Treatments & New Thyroid Medications?
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by Dr. Westin Childs
3M ago
When polled, an astonishingly high number of thyroid patients rate the need for new thyroid therapies at 10 out of 10. This number never ceases to amaze me for one big reason: It’s not actually true, we don’t have any need for new thyroid medications or treatments. And in this article, I’m going to explain to you in detail why this is the case. I know what you are thinking: “If we don’t need new... Source ..read more
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Updated Hypothyroid Treatment Guidelines to Take to Your Doctor
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by Dr. Westin Childs
3M ago
If you’ve been a thyroid patient for any length of time then I’m sure you’ve run into the frustrating problem of trying to convince your doctor that your symptoms are, in fact, related to your thyroid. Over the years, thyroid patients have repeatedly asked me why is it that their doctor seems so reluctant to even entertain the idea that their thyroid may be the cause of their symptoms when their... Source ..read more
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How to Safely Gain Weight If You’re Underweight With Thyroid Problems
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by Dr. Westin Childs
4M ago
Yes, you heard me right.  Today we are going to be talking about how to safely gain weight if you have a thyroid problem.  This may sound confusing to some of you because low thyroid states typically cause weight gain, but there are definitely plenty of thyroid patients out there who need to gain more weight and need to do so in a healthy way.  Which is key.  It’s not hard to pack on extra fat mass by consuming loads of unhealthy foods but to gain weight in a healthy consistent way, that requires some patience and no small amount of work.  While we will be discussing w ..read more
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Brazil Nuts And Your Thyroid: Helpful or Harmful?
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by Dr. Westin Childs
6M ago
Why Do So Many Thyroid Patients Eat Brazil Nuts?  Brazil nuts are often the go-to source of selenium for many thyroid patients.  They consistently make the list of top thyroid superfoods and are up there with seaweed and oysters in terms of thyroid-boosting benefits.  It’s no wonder then why so many thyroid patients eat brazil nuts on a daily basis.  The main reason for this is that they are the most selenium-rich food available.  Why would you want selenium for your thyroid?  Well, once you understand how important selenium is for thyroid function it be ..read more
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