Do green protein powders negatively impact thyroid?

Every day I receive emails from people asking about green powders and protein powders and how it impacts the thyroid. Here’s an example:

“I was wondering if you could speak about protein powders and how they affect thyroid disease. For someone with Hashimoto’s or Graves, which kind of protein powder works best? I’ve been hopping from brand to brand trying to find the perfect one and notice that some make me feel bloated, others with greens seem to negatively affect my thyroid levels. What about something like vital proteins? I don’t drink smoothies daily, but sometimes I enjoy them before a yoga class and sometimes I like to mix collagen powder into tea.” – Katherine K.

Thank you, Katherine K., for sharing your concerns with me.

Her email is a great example of the body speaking very loudly. She said she notices that some powders make her feel “bloated” and others “negatively affect” her thyroid levels.

I personally do NOT recommend ANY of those powders (protein, greens and collagen) while you are in the process of healing your thyroid.

First and foremost, the physical body is not designed to gulp down any type of food (proteins, carbohydrates, fats). Our food needs to be masticated with our own digestive enzymes that are released from the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands in the mouth.

Those protein powders and green powders are NOT ideal. If the digestive system is compromised, swallowing proteins without starting the process of digestion in the mouth (where it’s supposed to start), is going to lead to uncomfortable bloating.

Secondly, if the liver has been compromised or congested (allergies, hormonal imbalance, thyroid conditions) and the kidneys are feeling drained (chronic fatigue), the collagen powder in her tea can contribute to skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, hives or rashes, as those proteins build up inside the body without being efficiently detoxified from the system.

I know there is a LOT of information on the web, that you may be trying to piece-meal together to create a thyroid healing plan, but that can leave you confused and struggling for many years.

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Andrea Beaman is a internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.