The RAW Truth about Thyroid Health

Oftentimes I’ll get an email from someone concerned about thyroid disease. They’ll say, “I’m trying everything I can to lose weight and heal my thyroid condition, but it’s not working. I eat a plant-based diet with lots of raw vegetables and smoothies. I keep feeling more and more exhausted. What am I doing wrong?”

The first thing I tell them is, “Get off the RAW foods!”

Raw foods are wonderful, delicious and nutritious, but they are not necessarily good for all conditions. Especially, not for thyroid troubles.

Many plants contain anti-nutrients that can inhibit thyroid function. The brassicaceae family of vegetables contains glucosinolates that can inhibit iodine uptake, resulting in hypothyroidism and promoting goiter formation.[1]

Members of the brassicaceae family include:

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, radishes, turnips, kohlrabi, rutabaga, collard greens, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and mustard greens.

Many “health” oriented people think they are doing the best thing by putting raw kale into their smoothies. It’s actually not very smart: not only for thyroid health, but for kidney health, too. Kale, as well as spinach, contains high amounts of oxalates that can promote kidney stones and other painful deposits in the body, especially in people suffering with underlying fungal infections and candida overgrowth.[2]

How about those folks that are adding raw “maca” powder to their smoothies for an extra boost in libido and energy? It’s a double whammy! Maca root is cruciferous (from the brassicaceae family) and also contains high levels of glucosinolates. Yes, it’s a “super food.” And yes, the Incan’s used it for energy, but Maca was traditionally eaten cooked, not raw.

One of the awesome benefits of maca is that it is rich in iodine and that can be good for the thyroid. But, extremely high doses of iodine can actually have a negative effect and even worsen the symptoms of thyroid disease.[3] It’s one of the reasons why taking iodine supplements, can promote goiter and negative effects on the thyroid. Remember, enjoying everything in moderation is always the best route.

If you are one of the unlucky folks that is not feeling healthier, and your thyroid is not healing, take a closer look at your “healthy” diet and make some changes.

Traditional cooking methods can deactivate most of those anti-nutrients in these specific raw foods. Blanch that kale in salted water, and then saute it in some fat (butter) to help your body absorb the beneficial minerals. And, ditch the smoothies for a while.

This doesn’t mean that you can never have another smoothie or eat a raw kale salad, it just means to listen to your body, hear what it is saying, and make the necessary dietary adjustments that can facilitate healing.

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[1] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/foods/cruciferous/

[2] http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-green-smoothies-can-devastate-your-health/

[3] http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Maca_Root_Side_Effects

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  • Deborah

    Thank you, I love this and shared on Facebook. You are so awesome!

  • sas

    I’ve been diagnosed with HYPERthyroidism, and from what I’ve read it seems goitrogens are actually beneficial to suppress the thryroid. I respect your thoughts on this, there seems to be less info out there on hyper -vs- hypo.

    • @86a71c85c906a4fcb7f224949415da8f:disqus – As long as you don’t have trouble with kidney stones and joint pain, or digestive issues like Candida, the raw kale may work for your condition. I had hyperthyroid when I was initially diagnosed with my disease. I used cooked foods to help heal my condition. Do what works best for you. If you find that your condition is not healing, try something new.

      • Theresa

        Just wondering – I know all the raw veggies that are not good for the thyroid in raw form but can i eat other raw veggies or is it raw veggies in general? Thank you! Also, is it important to eat some (fat – butter, etc) with our meals? You also recommend Zahlers Kosher BugFree Eradicates Parasitic worms.. Is that something I can just start taking? I assume it is safe or you would not recommend it. I know it is good to get our nutrients from food but if you can’t always what vitamins would you recommend? I have Hashimoto. I do not have a lot of symptoms but i am trying to lose some weight. Thanks – i feel you are an expert on all of this so i am interested in what you can tell me.

        • @Theresa – yes, of course you can eat raw veggies! They are wonderfully delicious and very cleansing. As far as taking the BugFree, you need to check in with an herbalist, naturopathic doctor, or work with a health coach to see what could best benefit your condition. Not all things work for all people. Usually, a shift in the overall diet as well as lifestyle helps with many conditions, including hashimotos.

  • Barbara

    How would Kale affect Gallbladder stones?

    • @disqus_Yaa8ukrLDN:disqus – that’s a great question. If you have a tendency toward stones (mineral and salt deposits), I would steer clear of raw foods that are high in oxalic acid. And, foods high in oxalic acid can interfere with calcium absorption as well.

  • blanca

    It seems everyday I get more and more confused about what to eat and not eat : (

    • @f0bc071db69fda2d20b86a25697b2573:disqus – just take it all one day at a time, one meal at a time, and listen to your body. If you’re not functioning optimally… make changes.

  • Kathy

    Wow I started juicing about 3 times a week using organic kale, cilantro, almond milk, blueberries etc. I also have shared this with my son who is on the Autism spectrum. I have read cilantro is detoxifying. I just heard something recently about the not so great effects on the thyroid.
    I’ve never had any issues with my thyroid. Do you think it could cause issues down the road??

    • @3364f575520e8c68376444d228ec740b:disqus – not everyone is affected by all foods the same way. If you are feeling good then keep doing what you’re doing. If you notice that thyroid begins slowing or you are getting bloated and not feeing well, then make changes.

  • Mar

    I HAD thyroid problems and currently have no natural thyroid function, but take meds as a total replacement. My question is can I use Kale. I had been making smoothies with Kale and would live to continue. Are ther other foods that I should avoid? Thank you for your help.

    • @3aeebe0986e885235c9a7fca55959894:disqus – it depends. If you haven’t had your thyroid radiated and want to “heal” it and get off the meds, I would try some other options. If you have a problem with kidney stones and/or calcification I would not have smoothies with raw kale or raw spinach.

      • Mar

        I had surgery-sub-total thyroidectomy 1972, then radioactive iodine in1974. I’ve been on thyroid replacement since then and have never felt “right” since. I love my green smoothies with Kale, but if its not the best thing or me then I’ll stop them. I would appreciate your input. I do not have kidney problems.
        Thank you.

        • @3aeebe0986e885235c9a7fca55959894:disqus – I’m sorry to hear you haven’t felt right since the RAI in 1974. If you love your smoothies with Kale you can continue enjoying them… just have them less often. There are many other smoothies that are delicious without the kale. And, remember to “chew” that liquid before swallowing it.

  • Marcy

    I’m a student at IIN and just listened to your speech. In it you mentioned your DVD on eating for your thyroid which was very ironic as my dr. had called earlier in the afternoon to say I needed to have my thyroid removed. My biopsy came back as having atypical cells which may or may not lead to cancer. I, however, want to try natural healing so was very excited to hear your speech and have bought your DVD already. If there is anything else you think I could do in my situation, I would love to know.
    Thank you

    • @b33cf5bf1840ad41b435f59f135e9102:disqus – yes, patience! It took time for the cells to become “atypical” and it’ll take time for them to become normal. Patience is the key when healing. Also, do NOT put a cell phone up to your face.

  • nele

    I really enjoy reading about health and wellness news but it is so frustrating, I am and want to stay vegan (mostly ethical reasons) and have been diagnosed with hashimoto a few years ago. What can I eat then, I feel like if even raw isnt ‘safe’ I dont know what else could be. I don’t want to check every bite of organic raw fruits and vegetables, especially if every source says someting else.

    • K. ICU Fit Williams-deCastro

      I have Hypothyroid and I am Vegan too. 🙂 And I know It can be frustrating. I enjoy my vegan diet. I eat Whole Foods, and lightly steam my goitrous foods. Its been 4 years since diagnosis. Learning all the time. Dont give up. 🙂

    • @35f338fdc267bf8bbba2cf43a06cd844:disqus – the only “source” you really need to listen to is yourself. Check in with your body. If it’s functioning well, then continue what you’re doing. If it’s out of balance, it may be time to make some changes. I’m a firm believer that the body knows much more than we (the mind) do. Our mind can become filled with ideas about food that may not necessarily serve us in the long run. Always check in with your body first – and then make adjustments that will help you feel your best. You can heal hashimotos – try to reduce stress as much as possible and heal your gut. Hashimotos is auto-immune. Over 70% of your immune system resides in the gut.

  • Jen Wollenberg Winkler

    Hi, Andrea! I’m watching your Adrenal Health video now – good stuff! I was wondering what your recommendation would be for where to go to have the thyroid and adrenals tested, and also, what “normal” levels are supposed to be? I feel traditional medicine docs may have a different definition of normal ranges than what they actually should be for optimal health. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • @jenwollenbergwinkler:disqus – I happy you’re enjoying the Adrenal Health video. You can get a blood test – that’ll usually tell you how your thyroid is doing. Although, I think that by the time you can detect imbalance in the blood, it’s already been happening for quite a while. Better to do as much preventative stuff as possible for optimal health.

      • Jen Wollenberg Winkler

        Thanks, Andrea! 🙂

  • michelle

    So what greens are safe for juicing for those with gut disturbances? We are juicing to add more greens and alkaline foods to an inflammatory condition but dont want to create other problems in the process.

    • @a7d824c842604683591e319db2a4ebca:disqus – a safe green for juicing is romaine lettuce or ice berg lettuce.

      • Alicia Andrews

        Iceburg lettuce has zero nutrients. Try Swiss chard. This website is dangerous, as you obviously have no medical degree and do not quote your sources.

        • @Alicia Andrews – very funny! Check your facts, maam. Iceberg lettuce is a good source of vitamins A & K. It is also crisp, sweet, and energetically cooling to the body. It’s a great summer food, especially if you have a tendency to overheat.

          • Alice Capen

            Iceberg lettuce contains fatty acids, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, as well as calcium. Yessiree bob, Alicia Andrews definitely does need to do a bit of research. Sounds like her knowledge came from the ’70’s because I also heard what she claimed during that time. The 1970’s also claimed that canola and margarine were good for you and that eggs and coconut oil were bad…

  • dedra

    I first heard you speak while going through IIN and have followed you since. I have hypothyroid and love my daily smoothies using GSG protein and greens powders, mixed fresh greens, various fruits, usually a whole lemon, coconut milk and Maca (for menopause). I was disheartened to see you suggest ditching smoothies as it’s my favorite meal of the day. I was wondering if a skin rash (on foot, hand and leg) I’ve been battling since before I even began drinking smoothies could have anything to do with my thyroid issues or exacerbated by my smoothies.

    • @7b16508a3b719795dc50928d4a6b32da:disqus – I think smoothies are a “fun” food and should be eaten once in a while, not on a daily basis. They can actually weaken the intestines in long term use. If you are feeling good continue doing what you are doing. If you are experiencing problems, make changes.

  • A big contributor to thyroid problems is the widespread deficiency in key nutrients like iodine, magnesium vitamin d and zinc. Whether from dietary sources or supplements they certainly help.

    • Surfdancer

      Iodine supplementation, whether through supplements or foods, is ridiculously hard to guage since measured in micrograms. I wouldn’t suggest adding iodine supplements or eating seaweed, because getting too much iodine further depresses the thyroid gland.
      All foods vary in amount of micronutrients within- one sheet of seaweed can vary in mcg’s of iodine by as much as 1000 mcg’s. How do you know how much iodine that one sheet on your wrap contains??

  • Thyroid health is so often overlooked, great tips!

  • Jenny Colon

    Hi Andrea! I have hipothyroidism and hipoglicemia. I am carnivore but my diet is not balanced with fruits and veggies and I always feel tired and without energy. I also get dizzy so I had to change many carbs such as gluten based pasta, white rice,etc…so I was reading about becoming vegan or raw foodist and I’m opting for raw food. What suggestions can you give me in order to balance my diet and not loose the necessary nutrients I need for my condition?

    • @jennycolon:disqus – I’m happy to hear you’re changing your diet… especially after getting dizzy! I think raw foods is a great way to cleanse. Although, for healing hypothyroid it may not be the best choice. Try to stay as balanced as possible. Good quality proteins and fats, plus lots of vegetables, both raw and cooked.

  • Dani

    Hi Andrea, I am an IIN Grad currently getting my masters in Nutrition, love all your work. I am dealing with thyroid issues right now, had blood work down and everything, started taking iodine supplement along with other vitamins. I also had the option to take a hormone but decided to try a more natural approach first.

    I have been thinking I have been making healthy choices by making smoothies/and eating kale/broccoli/cruciferous veggies (probably at least 14 times a week) along with stress from job/school I have started to miss periods and gain 15lbs as well as develop other hypo thyroid symptoms, my question is, do you think I brought this on by myself? by eating so much raw kale/spinach salalds, having smoothies for breakfast etc.?

    Thanks

    • @Dani – If you’ve lost your period, gained 15 pounds and have developed other hypothyroid conditions, I would say, “yes” you may have exacerbated your condition. BUT, the good news is… you can tweak your diet and lifestyle and change the condition now that you are aware of it. Stop doing the smoothies for a couple of weeks and eat warm breakfasts (switch it up between eggs, oatmeal, soup), and see how your body reacts.

  • I have a question about all of these brassicaceae foods and how they could effect someone who was born without a thyroid? I don’t have any thyroid at all, so am I still able to eat these foods? I am taking a natural thyroid replacement, so could these foods cause trouble in the absorption of my medication? Thank you!

    • @corallynneb:disqus – great question. Whether you have, or do not have, a thyroid it would be wise to eat those foods the way they were traditionally prepared (cooked with salt and fat).

      • Thanks for replying, Andrea! I am guessing it affects the actual thyroid medication from being absorbed properly, right? Guess I’ll have kale chips cooked in the oven with salt & oil instead of raw kale in my salads! Heh.

  • SF

    I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and will be tested for Graves later this month. I was told to not have shellfish, or seaweeds (which I love) as they are high in iodine, and also to cut out soy products because they mess with hormones. Some of those docs say to also cut out the glucosinolates as they will make issues worse. … Whereas Ive read that some studies say I need iodine even with hyper. Very confusing, and really bummed that I wont be able to enjoy my favorite foods!

  • Great post, many people (up to 30%) are not getting enough iodine in their diet, leading to thyroid problems. At least these are the numbers I have read, which are very high but not very surprising.

    • cynic728

      Not all thyroid problems are related to iodine.

  • Anita Mas

    Wow, all I hear about is how good spinach and kale are for you. I never would have thought that they aren’t good for my thyroid! Thyroid problems run in my family, so this is very useful information.

    Anita | http://www.michelbabajanian.com

    • Midge

      If my thyroid is missing or doesn’t work at all ( my case) do I still have to cook my kale etc.
      I get different answers everywhere. It’s so confusing

      • @Midge – if you no longer have a thyroid, you need to take thyroid hormone. In that case, you probably wouldn’t need to worry about eating the raw cruciferous veggies, unless you have digestive issues.

  • Be aware that if you cook the food and then spill the water from the cooking, you also spill much of the nutrients that have dissolved into the water, so you should use that water too.

  • Berglind Guðmundsdóttir

    I have one question, I had a hyperthyroid problem a few years ago: I drank some liquid that basically killed it so I have to take medication for the rest of my life instead of the hormone the thyroid produced.

    My question is: dose the things in this article apply to me as well?

  • PauAX

    Hello Andrea, I love your work and you have inspired me to cure my thyroid disease. I´ve had hypothyroidism for 14 years now and I am almost 28 so we are talking of half of my life. I never knew I could heal myself… all the doctors I´ve seen always told me it was and is an incurable dissease. So I am really excited to take this journey on healing my thyroid disease through food.
    But this post made me think that I could be doing this wrong… I entered a juicing program for 21 days, do you think I should drop it? I haven´t started it yet. I was also taking 1 maca pill daily because I Heard it was great for balancing hormones. Should I stop taking it? This week I had my thyroid test done and I have my TSH in 5.48 🙁 (I really want to heal once and for all)Could you help me with your advice? Thank you so much!

    • @pauax:disqus – if you are going to do the juicing program, I wouldn’t juice any kale or spinach. There are many other veggies you can juice. And, you have to remember to swish those juices around your mouth and mix them with your saliva. As for the maca…. I would hold off on that for right now. It’s not time for you to speed up… it’s time for you to slow down. Read more here: https://andreabeaman.com/got-hypothyroid-slow-down/

    • Sarah Jenkins

      @pauax congratulations and well done you for taking full responsibility by having the courage to truly tune into yourself. This awareness is what will allow you to heal. I know because I have done so for myself. I post a number of tips and tricks for those truly showing up to do the work, change their Life & live vibrantly. The specific areas I have experience within include: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypo-thyroidism, chronic adrenal fatigue, circulation issues, hormonal imbalances, osteoporosis, hyper mobility in joints, ligaments, & muscles, auto-immunity, pregnancy, allergies, insomnia, etc
      Feel free to write with questions. I am happy to help; I do consult privately to those on the Self-healing journey.
      Best wishes & again sincerest congratulations!
      Sarah
      Instagram a/c sarahxjenkins

  • Matilda Montalvo

    The fear (circulating the internet by some authors) of eating cruciferous vegetables or that those with hypothyroidism should reduce or avoid the consumption of kale or other cruciferous vegetables is unfounded and does a disservice to the community. Whether you have normal thyroid function or hypothyroidism, there is no benefit for you to avoid or restrict your intake of cruciferous vegetables. Eating cruciferous vegetables is not optional; they have numerous anti-cancer benefits, a highmicronutrient to calorie ratio and an association with reduced risk of premature death.16 An effectively functioning immune system is dependent on their consumption,17 and these benefits clearly outweigh the risk of a modest decrease in thyroid function, which could only occur if the amount of raw cruciferous intake was at an insanely high level or a person was significantly iodine deficient. Eat one or two servings of cruciferous vegetables daily, in the context of a healthful variety of vegetables, beans, fruit, nuts and seeds; and be sure to get adequate iodine, too. Credible Source: http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/cruciferous_vegetables_and_thyroid.aspx

    • @Matilda Montalvo – funny! Whatever did we do before cruciferous vegetables became king? I couldn’t disagree more with your statement that “Eating cruciferous vegetables is not optional.”Many cultures around the world have thrived without broccoli and kale. It’s nice to include them into the diet, but certainly not a necessity. Thank you for sharing.

      • Matilda Montalvo

        The Statement’s Source and link is listed above, not my statement. Sorry. I was just sharing and passing along the information. 🙂 It’s always nice to welcome different points of views. Thanks for the reply. Have a wonderful day.

    • sophie

      There is much truth to what you write. However, seeing first hand that these (raw) vegetables negatively impacted my thyroid, I can say that – for some – it can be problematic. Now, I cook all my cruciferous vegetables…except sauerkraut…mmm love sauerkraut.
      That being said…the bigger problem for the thyroid is FLUORIDE!
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/13/fluoride-and-thyroid-dysfunction.aspx
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/05/another-poison-hiding-in-your-environment.aspx
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/fluoride-and-your-thyroid/
      http://healyourselfathome.com/HOW/NEWSTARTS/1_NUTRITION/MINERALS/IODINE/goitrogens_vs_iodine.aspx
      “Fluorine, chlorine and bromine can all displace iodine” since all halogens use the same receptors in the body…

      • @sophie – I agree! Flouride is toxic to the thyroid.

        • Pig

          What toothpaste has less fluoride if you have hypothyroid. Also, can you eat a bowl of raw spinach daily or reduce it to 3 times per week. Worried about goitrogens.

          • Surfdancer

            You can find fluoride free toothpastes at Whole Foods, Mother’s Markets, Sprouts or even Trader Joes. I believe the best have neem and tea tree oil- Andrea, what are your thoughts on best fluoride free toothpastes?
            .

          • @Surfdancer:disqus- I like Eco-Dent powder, and a couple of the “creamy” toothpastes (Tom’s, Jason’s). There’s a whole bunch of fluoride-free options at most health food stores.

  • Sandra

    Hi Andrea
    I was initially diGnosed with hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease) and tried to heal myself through a naturopath . After a year I decided to do RAI treatment and now for the past 3 years have been hypothyroid . I have been on several medications starting with Synthroid , then T4 T3 combination and for the past year armour ( pig) thyroid I feel terrible and hate all these meds. I eat very clean and the past 3 months have become vegan. I added ThyroSense from the health food store and it makes me feel better adjusting my armour meds to balance out my thyroid levels. I was on holidays and forgot my medication for a week and felt amazing. No meds made me feel like me again but then my labels started to decline so back on the armour. I know I need to to survive but my body hates it. I don’t know what else to try ! I hate what the medication does to me ( my mood is not me) for sone reason mt TSH went to 35 do you think it’s could be because as a vegan I am eating too many greens? I was also adding spiralina ( algae) to my shakes for protein ?

  • Suze66

    Hello Andrea..
    I am currently in graduate school working on my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also work for a TCM practitioner. I understand that through research, that blood work does not always catch these conditions because of the “so called” levels that are considered normal function. That being said, I have had symptoms of hypothyroidism my entire life. I have been taking raw thyroid with adrenal and kelp tablets, as suggested by my TCM doctor. Can you give me some food suggestions? What is best to eat, and what to stay away from? I have also lost a large amount of wait from lap band surgery 2 years ago. Having difficulty losing my last 50 pounds. Also, could to much of the thyroid and kelp supplements be harmful or counteract what i am trying to accomplish? if so, what would be the symptoms of overuse? Thanks, Suze66

  • I absolutely agree with you. People who have hypothyroidism or slow thyroid function should avoid eating raw cruciferous veggies because they can further deplete their blood iodine level. In many cases, eating raw veggies can be good, but in hypothyroidism, eating raw can do more harm than good.

  • Denise Osborne

    When I was 16 years old, I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and hypothyroid. My mother put me on 14 different kinds of vitamins and thyroid medicine. I was not allowed to have any sugar and ate everything from the health food store. As far as greens were concerned all my mother gave me was iceberg lettuce and cucumber every evening and during the day orange juice and a banana. I got over my hypoglycemia and hypothyroid problem. I told my doctor recently and he said “no” that no one ever gets over a thyroid problem and he looked confused or something. I’m confused because my test did come out okay all those years ago. I guess some doctors are in the dark where natural healing is concerned. Now 30 years later, I have a mass (on the paper after x-ray it says “nodule”) and don’t know what it’s diagnose is and I just don’t want to hear the diagnose for some crazy reason. I’m taking vitamins again. Here I go again, but with Andrea’s help this time. I’ve been eating healthier for two weeks now and can already tell a difference. I plan to take it further with her program. Thank you Andrea for the wonderful recipes online they are helping. I am not laying down as much taking rest breaks. Your recommendation of food has me off to a good start! Thank you!

    • @disqus_lUazQtEd41:disqus fantastic! It’s good to know that you are already feeling better. Keep up the great work and remember to be patient. Healing takes time.

  • Seth Ashford

    Ever since I was diagnosed with thyroid disease, I have been trying to find natural ways to keep it under control. I think that eating organic foods would be a great way to help it out! I will try eating less raw vegetables, and look for other foods that might help it. http://myorganicfoods.net

  • kevin

    dear andrea
    with a TSH OF 10.51
    and a chonic headache, and fatigue
    i wonder what I can do to improve my diet
    as of age 16 i started eating very healthy.
    my mom did give me the freedom to cook and buy my own food.
    as i got better informed i made better choices.
    i really eat so damn well that I cant improve on it any more other then leave out or cook the goitrous veggies.
    any hints or tips.? i so much want to feel good.
    and one thing throws me for a loop. i read different things about tangerines, no not good to eat for tsh, yes very good indeed.
    whats your take on it?

    thanks

    i

  • janice

    Can someone direct me to the studies for proof as to why I am not supposed to eat cruciferous vegetables while having a thyroid condition…I have yet to find any.

    • Anon

      It says right on my Synthroid fact sheet from the pharmacy that these vegetables should not be consumed within four hours of taking the medicine. Also, no walnuts, flax or soy proteins. If someone is symptomatic with hypothyroid or borderline in terms or dosage (which many people with thyroid disease are) it makes sense to limit goitrogenic foods, especially in the morning, which is when many people both take their meds and drink smoothies.

  • Tamie

    Thank you so much for the information Andrea. I was just about to start a raw diet with most of the vegetables named above and came across this website, and it shed some light on some issues i’ve been having. Now I have reconsidered the raw thing totally and my husband confirmed everything you mentioned without ever seeing your site. Once again thank you. By the way I registered but even though I confirmed it, it won’t let me log in.

    • @Tamie – Awwh give your husband a big hug for supporting your journey toward health. It’s great to have a support system. I’m happy the information has helped shed some light for you. Keep up the great work learning about how to heal your thyroid.

  • Tom

    The solution is simple. Don’t cook food known to have high oxalic levels. They must only be consumed raw.

  • tammy

    Thank you so much Andrea..I got to know you through IIN and im a follower since! I made some changes in my diet, cut down gluten and increased Question: All my exams are good, TSH is relatively low and my T4 is high (almost marginal), and it increased more this month that Im eating healthier. Im eating a lot of boiled veggies but also green salads, would you recommend to have only boiled/cooked veggies and avoid raw greens? thank you for all your wisdom!

    • @tammy – No, I think raw green salad are awesome, and essential for the health of the liver. Just don’t eat raw kale salads.

    • Surfdancer

      lightly steamed veggies preserves many more nutrients than boiling which depletes them. Fermented wonderful too, just don’t over consume.

  • Irene

    I have Graves Disease and I am a tad confused about what I should eat. Weight loss is a nightmare and I never feel good.

  • PamP

    I had my thyroid removed at age 12, this information is not true for those who had their thyroid gland removed, eq papillary thyroid cancer. Once your thyroid is removed cruciferous vegetables will not have little to no affect on your thyroid because one will be on thyroid replacement medication for life. Cruciferous vegetables can prevent or reduce the risks for certain cancers. With thyroid cancer survivors, there is always a risk for a recurrence. Many who have had their thyroid’s removed develop Hashimoto’s (auto-immune), these cruciferous vegetables have far more important nutritional importance. Discuss your particular health with your endocrinologist. I avoided many of these vegetables until developing cancer again, 5 times afterwards. I started reading peer review journals, and nutritional reviews. Now cancer free, and eating all the broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, I can eat. And most of all, constipation free, a common problem with hypothyroidism.

  • Mary PF

    I have had Hasimotos for several years and have done a lot of research that all the cruciferous vegetables inhibit the thyroid along with flouride, soy, etc. My hasimotos became worse when I was trying to “eat healthier” so I believe for me there is some truth to this…and that is when I was using toothpaste without flouride, not drinking flouride water, and switched to organic produce. there are a lot of other healthy food w/o these but it is confusing esp when I am borderline diabetic as well. So I think before judging you should realize that everyone is going to be different. the article even says that if you are still tired and have symptoms then look to the “healthy” food. it is not going to affect everyone the same. For those of you who do not know, Hasimotos is an auto immune disease that destroys the thyroid so why would someone with Hasimotos want to further inhibit the thyroid?? I have managed to avoid supplements like synthroid by taking care of other chemicals and food exposure.

  • Isa

    Hello I have hypothyroidism and I want to start juicing the mean Green juice calls for Kale unfortunately that interferes with my thyroid juicing so in order to reduce the kennel and take how much leaves can I safely juice each day so I don’t torn my thyroid

  • Dg Breyers

    Hi Andrea, is this also applicable for nodules? Can I eat raw cabbage and lettuce? I am confused coz I saw you post cabbage salad recipes. Sorry I am new and trying to heal my thyroid naturally. I took synthroid for almost 9 years and decided to stop early this year and chose natural way when I saw your site.

    • @Dg Breyers – Nodules show up for many reasons. I think raw lettuce would be okay for you, but maybe not the raw cabbage right now. Plus, for nodules you may want to read this: https://andreabeaman.com/are-dairy-products-toxic/ Yes, I do post cabbage salad recipes. My website is for over all general good health, not just for thyroid. I have a thyroid book, with thyroid specific recipes, coming out next month. Keep your eyes open for it!

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  • Cynthia Robinson

    Is Maca root powder off limits with Hypothyroid?

    • Cynthia Robinson

      well skimmed right by what your wrote…so… NEVER MIND!!! 🙂

  • Rogitio

    Thanks for this information. I had a period of 1-2 years where I had green smoothies (often with raw kale) every day in the morning. This has disrupted my metabolism (I lost too much weight and can’t seem to put on any except around the abdomen) and starting a ringing in my ear (tinnitus). I’m a little at my wits end about what to do next as the information out there is so conflicting and it seems you can not eat anything without some sort of adverse effect. Not sure what to do about it now!

  • S. R.Gefen

    Kindly inform me whether a mixed salad containing washed, uncooked baby spinach leaves has a deleterious effect on hypothyroidsm. Thanks for your advice.

  • Thatiane L.

    I can have lemons and oranges? Some places say that i can, others say that i can’t, it’s really confusing :/