Lyme Disease patients: you may not be aware, but there are many antimicrobial herbs that suppress thyroid function.
Do your best to support your thyroid function, as it is usually suppressed by our infections and medications. Here, we learned about why healing cannot take place without a healthy thyroid. Healing the thyroid generally requires a multi-tiered approach, but today let’s look at some things you may be doing that can add insult to thyroid-injury.
- Gluten intolerance is a commonality in Hashimoto’s patients. Gluten has a molecular structure similar to your thyroid hormones. If gluten gets into the blood stream, your immune system tracks it to get rid of the intruder. But since it resembles thyroid molecules, your immune system attacks these, as well.
- Tryptophan suppresses the thyroid so minimize it. Gelatin contains no tryptophan.
- Get adequate protein, selenium, and tyrosine in your diet.
- Tyrosine is found in eggs, saltwater fish, turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, hard cheese, pork, gamey meat, beef, and sea vegetables.
- Polyunsaturated fats also suppress thyroid function. Boost both thyroid function and your metabolism with saturated oils like coconut oil and ghee.
- Be aware that goitrogens, some herbs, and toxins such as bromine, chlorine and fluoride prevent iodine absorption needed for proper thyroid function.
- Iodine absorption is more important than iodine supplementation. Actually, supplementing with iodine can be really dangerous. Limit goitrogenic foods, as these block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine. Goitrogens are in broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, canola, millet, tapioca, mustard, strawberries and more. You can cook these in water and dump the water to reduce goitrogens.
Some herbs to consider:
- Ashwagandha is good for the thyroid and HPA axis. I take this every day.
- Nettle assists with T4-T3 conversion.
- Since 80% of thyroid hormone conversion takes place in the liver, herbs that support the liver like milk thistle can be used.
- Bacopa increase T4 though it may not improve conversion to T3.
- Guggul improves T4-T3 conversion, cholesterol and metabolic rate.
Herbs that suppress thyroid function:
- The antimicrobials Japanese knotweed, isatis, and sida acuta.
- Curcumin, possibly.
- Sleep herbs valerian root, passion flower, motherwort.
- Cannabis, possibly.
- Green tea, due to ECGC and fluoride content.
- Quercitin in large doses.
It’s okay to incorporate these foods and herbs into your life, but be prudent, and when in doubt support your thyroid.
Have you noticed thyroid suppressing effects with any of the above?